Bin Bin

Stocking, shipping, and displaying produce while eliminating cardboard boxes and elevating the aesthetics of a small food grocer’s display. A 2017 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge finalist.

Problem

Traditional waxed cardboard produce boxes can’t be recycled.

OPPORTUNITY: Create a produce bin system that combines the lightweight convenience of cardboard produce boxes with the durability and utility of plastic bins into one highly flexible, plant-based plastic bin.

TEAM MEMBERS: Gregory Beson, Weiran Chen, Danielle Connelly, Sarah Templin
Use

BIN BIN is used for stocking, shipping and display, eliminating the need for cardboard boxes and elevating the aesthetics of a small food grocer’s display.












System

Bin Bin is a closed loop system. The bins are owned by small green grocers & distributed to their local produce farmers. The farmer utilizes the containers for both storage at the farm and transportation of produce back to the grocer, who then uses them for display. This eliminates the need for new boxes while unifying, beautifying and customizing store display.



Material

Bin Bin is a mono-material product formed from Ingeo, a Cradle 2 Cradle certified biopolymer made from greenhouse gasses.













 

Bin Bin is a produce bin system which combines the lightweight convenience of cardboard produce boxes with the durability and utility of plastic bins into one highly flexible, plant-based plastic bin. Bin Bin is used for stocking, shipping and display, eliminating the need for cardboard
boxes and elevating the aesthetics of a small food grocer’s display.

 

USE + SYSTEM
Bin Bin is owned by small green grocers and distributed to their local produce farmers. The farmer utilizes the containers for both storage at the farm and transportation of produce back to the grocer.

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By using BIN BIN the need for new cardboard boxes each week is eliminated and the store display is easily organized and made uniform, customizable, and beautiful. The stocked bins go directly onto the produce shelves as display while empty bins go back on the farmer’s truck for use at the farm, thus completing the exchange loop.

This design was 2017 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge VI finalist. (2017)

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