What is greener than recycling with a plastic trash can? Recycling in a compostable, recyclable container.
Clean Cubes is a new patent-pending biodegradable, disposable and recyclable trash bin available on Amazon. It was invented by Javier Colayco, a New York City-based Harvard graduate and web entrepreneur, and his wife, Thuy Minh.
What really impressed me was that after only 2 weeks on Amazon.com – not even available in retail stores yet – Clean Cubes™ received a prestigious 2012 International Housewares Association Innovation Award at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.
Honestly, this is one of those products that makes you sit back and think, “why didn’t someone think of this before?” We all want to live green and reduce our carbon footprint. Yet we are using metal or plastic tins for our recyclables. I know a friend that uses paper bags for her recyclables, but that paper bag rips far too easily and – let’s be honest – doesn’t look nearly as clean.
In fact, it was the clean look as much as the sustainability that went into the design for Clean Cubes.
“Colayco, 34, thought of the Clean Cubes concept when devising a solution to the constant trash pileup in his small New York apartment. He and Minh, 30, were constantly frustrated with an overflow of trash whenever they had guests. “
Instead of bringing out big, ugly trash cans or just the bags, the Clean Cubes are cute and can be placed throughout your party space for recyclables. They are sturdy enough to be used multiple times. And if they happen to get filthy, you can put them in the recycle bag and get another one out.
I for one think they deserved that housewares award. They beat out over 400 other products for good reason. It cuts down even more on our consumer waste!
What do you think of the Clean Cubes? Isn’t this one of the most useful inventions so far?
Disclaimer: I received compensation to tell you about the Clean Cubes. After reading the press release, I was so impressed that I added my personal commentary and that is 100% my opinion. If you don’t like compostable trash bins, that is totally cool! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!