I’m always looking for ways to make recycling easier and nicer to look at. Apartment living means that we’ve had to get creative about where we place our recycle bags and bin so that they don’t become an eyesore. They currently reside behind the dining room table in a corner that is visible only from the back wall of that room. I would much prefer, however, a more modular solution that would look more like a part of our decor and less like an afterthought.
I’ve written about Way Basics and their cubes and furniture made of recycled paper before. But as much as I love zBoards and all the design possibilities they provide, the one thing they didn’t do well is hold weight. In other words, I couldn’t turn a Way Basics cube on its side and use it for storage, as the back wasn’t designed for that purpose. Way Basics’ newest product, Recycler 360, remedies that, with a sturdy modular box that locks together via notches, eliminating the need to connect the zBoards with adhesive. I can easily see three or four of these lined up against the back wall to contain our recyclables.
This would look like a design decision that was made intentionally as opposed to our current collection of functional but mismatched pieces. It’s also available in espresso, kraft (as in paper) and white. Not bad for a solution that costs $20 and is fully recyclable at the end of its life cycle.
The kraft paper option looks a bit too much like the moving boxes I’ve been trying to get rid of, but I love the espresso and white versions. And I can think of a hundred other uses for these fun little cubes. What would you use them for? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.
On a side note, Way Basics was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the Inc. magazine’s Newpreneur of the Year award. A newpreneur is described as “a new breed of entrepreneurs who are using the recession as a catalyst to start a business or develop an idea.” I’m happy to see a green company being represented among the semi-finalists, and I’m definitely giving them my vote.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of post-consumer recycled paper
- Way Basics is a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council