Moving from Ethiopia to the UK, designer Ben Cullis Watson’s jaw dropped when he saw the alarming amount of food waste that ended up in landfills (a rare occurrence at home). Inspired by Bokashi, a centuries-old Japanese composting method, his Taihi waste bin makes it easy for anyone to convert their kitchen food waste into nutrient-rich soil builder and garden compost for their household plants.
The Bokashi process produces both a liquid fertilizer and compost. The liquid is deposited within a sealed watering can that is integrated into the product, and can be used each day to water houseplants. The system uses an organization of two bins to manage waste, producing compost much more quickly that traditional outdoor methods. Better yet, its double lid system and rubber seals prevent smells from escaping while its special non-stick coating makes it easy to empty and clean.
Designer: Ben Cullis Watson