One of my life long struggles ever since moving out of my parents’ house is dealing with recycling without it looking an eyesore. It’s that combination of overflowing mess and somewhere to store an extra bin without it looking too obvious.
But as of late while we’re renovating, I’d promised to design and make a system from a wooden carcass as our current recycling station is just too ugly for words. It’s not even the slightest Instagram-pretty, let’s put it that way.
In fact, we usually store the council’s container for cardboard and paper in the conservatory sat next to a generic bin for plastic and tin that doesn’t even match. And then the sheer volume of packaging gets out of hand each week.
However, as of last week, Brabantia who have been designing home products for almost 100 years, totally changed my perception of a classic bin with the launch of their latest unique design called the Bo Touch Bin and already I’m in love!
After nearly a century of craftsmanship in the making, this Dutch design is a sweet nod to retro living and simplicity with its elegant tapered legs, cabinet style shape and offers 8 stunning colours to choose from. One of the main reasons it wins me over is that it can fit in a room like any other piece of furniture.
IT’S NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE!
You won’t find me a big fan of things that only offer aesthetics, although they are still important, but as my home is quite small, whatever I bring home also needs to be practical too. Thankfully the Bo Touch Bin can be used as a 36 litre bin, but also gives you the option to compartmentalise waste in three x 11 litres or 11 litres + 23 litres, making it perfect to organise recycling on the go. And whatever you choose, Brabantia have designed tailor made PerfectFit waste bags to make putting them in is just as easy as taking them out with seal-up, tie carry handles.
Each compartment lends a hand to the future by being sustainable and whispers its love for the planet as they’re made from 100% recycled materials, while 40% of its structure is of high-grade recycled materials, proudly positioning it at bronze level Cradle-to-Cradle.
Like a friend, Bo also comes with 10 years of guarantee and service but also sets a trend that bins can be beautiful too and even offers luxury textured editions: Mineral Golden Beach, Mineral Windsor Red and a very appealing fingerprint proof matt steel version. Am I the only one who usually avoids silver or chrome for this very reason?!
And to test the bin for ourselves, I was invited with a handful of other foodie bloggers to join an afternoon tea style Bo Bus Tour in Hanover Square, London to celebrate its launch. (Below left to right is Sandhya from Sandya’s Kitchen, Emily from A Mummy Too, Bintu from Recipes From a Pantry and little ol’ me!)
It’s not often we all get to meet up, so we took the opportunity to have a mini party and drink Emily’s yummy vegan strawberry and coconut smoothies. (I might’ve had seconds and the odd cheeky cake or two).
And any yogurt pots, cupcake wrappers and food scraps perfectly found a home in their dedicated compartment.
(Here’s Emily being the perfect host!)
There’s just one difficult question: which colour would you choose? They’re all so chic and versatile!
COME WITH US ON OUR LONDON JOURNEY!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Brabantia. All opinions are my own.