Have these two Danish students reinvented the waste bin?
What started as a school project has now turned into a business with four full-time employees. The original portfolio of just one model for festival use has turned into three new DropBuckets for commercial and residential use, and distribution – which used to be limited to Denmark – but now goes throughout the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Germany. Talks have also been commenced with distributors in Sweden, Norway and Austria. Today the two designers have put their studies on hold to focus on growing their business.
The premium model is a simple and sustainable waste bin for festivals and events. It is made from recycled cardboard, is foldable for easy transport, storage and carrying, and can be put up in just a few seconds. It can also be reused a number of times (depending on the kind of waste that has been put into it) and then thrown out or recycled.
Heiða Nolsøe and Marie Berggreen invented the waste bin at their first semester on the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where they were studying design engineering. The purpose of their first-semester project was to come up with a solution for waste management in Copenhagen. Realising that waste management was often an afterthought for events organisers, they created an affordable, durable, and portable bin that was also sustainable.
After their semester project, their professor told them that DropBucket was a fantastic idea that they should continue to develop. Therefore, the girls put together a contract and spent the next year researching and developing the product.