Like toilet-paper holders and dust pans and brooms, the humble garbage can is not an item that most people spend too much time thinking about. But we’re not like most people—and we’re guessing if you’re reading this, you’re not either.
We want our utilitarian and everyday essentials to function well, prioritize sturdy and natural materials, and look nice, to boot. (Is that so much to ask for?) So when we find products that are a perfect convergence of all three—like these cheery powder-coated galvanized steel recycling and waste bins from South Africa–based Pedersen & Lennard—we get stupidly excited. (The company calls the products “Recycle Bins” but they can be used for trash as well.)This isn’t the first time we spotlighted the company’s recycling bins. In 2013 we featured them in a post about the company’s founders, Luke Pedersen and James Lennard, but back then, the bins had wooden lids that needed to be lifted by hand to throw something away. They’ve since changed the design, improving on its functionality, we think. The bins now feature an integrated swing lid. No lifting required.
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