Disposable bin from DTU students wins prestigious design award
Two students from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have won the prestigious Red Dot Award for their revolutionary sustainable, disposable rubbish bin DropBucket, DR Nyheder reports. Previous winners include Apple, Adidas and Audi.
Marie Berggreen and Heiða Nolsøe developed the product, intended for big events and festivals, using sustainable cardboard. They got the idea during their first semester at DTU, where they were tasked with a project called ‘waste management in the city’.
Creates ‘nudging’ effect
“It’s a whole new way to envision rubbish,” Berggren told DR. “When you set it up it creates a ‘nudging’ effect, so you help clearing up.”
The Faroese company P/F Royndin came in as an investor in March last year, investing 1.3 million kroner in the company, and more than 5,000 Dropbuckets were used at events and festivals in 2014.
The entrepreneurs have big hopes for future development. “There are so many ‘pop-up’ events around the world that are lacking a solution like this, where they can just set a rubbish bin up,” they said.