New Zealand-based couple, Steven and India Korner, have found a new revolutionary way of helping the environment. For a long time, businesses had trouble getting employees to recycle at work. A big part of the issue was the unattractive nature of recycling bins, creating eyesores in the usually sleek and stylish office working space. India noticed the issue after spending years in commercial real estate. She was able to talk to her husband, Steven, who worked for 5 years at Fisher & Paykel’s Auckland-based healthcare division and won a design award for a neonatal respiratory product. Together they came up with the idea of forming a business that focused on recycling plastic bins that would work in an office space.
The Start of a Great Idea
For the first few years, the couple sold wheelie bins, bags, and recycling labels to schools, supermarkets, rest homes, and other businesses from the back of a van whilst building the designs for their recycling plastic waste containers. India, a graphic design graduate, used her skills and experience in design and business to create the foundations of their recycling company. After finishing the designs, the couple began to sell their stylish bins to offices through New Zealand and then Australia. Method Recycling is now an e-commerce business with the potential to export their bins across the world.
Mechanical engineer, Steven Korner says “Many in the product design industry have questioned whether a plastic bin could be made without the standard ribbed reinforcements of traditional bin design. We have made the Method Recycling Station with the reinforcements sitting flat and flush, so as not to compromise the aesthetic quality of the system.”
Color Coded for Simplicity
Korner developed the injection molded polypropylene Method Recycling Station. The recycling plastic bins were created using interlocking parts and manufactured in the company’s four custom injection molding machines. The bins can also clip together. They come in four colors to represent each type of recycling process; red for landfill, yellow for plastic and other recyclables, and green for compostable trash.
A Design That Makes Recycling Plastic Attractive
The bins are 30 inches tall and hold up to 60 liters of waste. They’re portable and the elegant design allows them to be easily customized with a patented locking mechanism that holds the plastic bags open inside but still keeps them hidden. India says “Because we’ve put so much emphasis on design it sort of sells itself – it’s not really a hard sell, once they see it.”
Office workers are now proudly displaying the bins, as opposed to hiding them away. The couple have great passion for creating an environmentally healthy future for their children. Through Method Recycling, they are able to contribute greatly to this cause. This proves that there is limitless invention available in plastic molding for the right creative designers. An old plastic product line can be regenerated into a new invention that, like these remarkable recycling plastic bins, can also help the environment and serve to create a better world for generations to come.