Automatic Funnel

UNIECO (Universal – Ecofriendly) is a very smart bottle design for those who use liquid refills like soap, shampoo, lotions etc. Refill packs always work out economical, but the problem with the pouch is the transfer of contents to a bottle without spilling out, especially if the bottle has a small mouth. The UNIECO bottle comes with a reversible silicon rubber flap near the neck. When inverted, the flap becomes a funnel and directs all the liquid straight into the mouth, thus avoiding spills and wastage. Good for butterfingers!

UNIECO won the Silver Prize at the IDEA Design 2010

Designer: Jinsoo Cho

UNIECO - Bottle Design For Liquid Refill For Soap by Jinsoo Cho

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40 Comments

  • Hartigan says:

    Genius!!

  • RONJERAMY says:

    Love it !!! but will our throw AWAY society like it?What should i fill it up with?

    • Chiyu says:

      Good Idea. But only idea is cheap. Please make a physical prototype to see how it actually works. Stop rendering and uploading online to let peopele consume visual concepts. If good, then realise it. Redering concepts keep designers in a copy norm and lose the originality.

      • Cloud Levi says:

        lol You DO realize that you’re preaching pointlessly against the entire website’s very PURPOSE, right?

        Anyway, this is damn NICE! Looked at it, thought “wait, that won’t work” because my tiny little American mind was thinking of a normal bottle where the lid screws on the outside. Reversing it and thickening the threads to make them more durable is SHEER GENIUS!!!

        My only gripe is the image there showing the bottle’s own threads… …yeah, look closely…the threads are going the opposite direction as the lid! XD Whoooops!

        • Flippedbydesign says:

          Humm, probably because we’re seeing the front part of the upper part and we’re seeing the sectioned back part of the bottle

  • Cloud Levi says:

    OH! You know what I’d LOVE to see on this design? A high quality FOAMING plunger!!! <3 I love foam soap…

  • Jeremy says:

    Love the idea. I just hate cleaning up after topping up the spilt olive oil from the can.

    Purely my own fault that I read the feed heading as “Automatic Funeral”

  • JULES says:

    Brilliant !

    When finished of filling, the funnel is not very clean…
    Do not forget waiting enough time for the liquid leaving the funnel before pushing it back… OK.

  • javad says:

    very goooooooood

  • Toddrick says:

    Or I could just use the funnel that I have in my drawer so there wouldn’t be the added production and material costs (and material waste) in each of these bottles.

  • Steve says:

    Although I think this is a neat idea, but doesn’t this still have a clean up factor? once you are done pouring the liquid into the funnel, the funnel it self would still need to be cleaned before you could put the funnel back down, otherwise it would just spill over and defeat its purpose.

    On a side note, i couldn’t help but notice that the hands in the renderings were not the appropriate size, unless the container is gigantic. Just saying.

  • Richard says:

    brilliant

  • Richard says:

    brilliant

  • Barty says:

    If the liquid is oil or bleach or whatever might be in there. When you flip the funnel back down again the liquid is still just going to be on the funnel! meaning you're going to have to wipe up after anyway. would be ok for less sticky or thick liquids.

  • Barty says:

    If the liquid is oil or bleach or whatever might be in there. When you flip the funnel back down again the liquid is still just going to be on the funnel! meaning you're going to have to wipe up after anyway. would be ok for less sticky or thick liquids.

  • Jasper says:

    Funnel and edge between funnel and bottle will become filled with soap and you will have to clean anyway. Besides: the problem with filling bottles with soap is the fact that the air cannot escape when the soap blocks the opening. Filling with a funnel will take ages this way!

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