This sustainable storage container + shopping bag reduces your consumption emissions and food waste!





Open your refrigerator – how many plastic containers do you see? Now open that cabinet where you store your shopping bags – do you really need that many plastic bags? We often store in our takeout boxes/plastic containers and keep those plastic bags in hopes to reuse someday because we forget to carry our cloth bags to the store. Most of these little habits are formed because it is convenient and cheap but we do them without thinking about the effects of its continued use on our environment. To solve both problems with one design, Gabriel Steinmann created P0 (pronounced pio like the letter and number) which stands for ‘project zero’  – a storage and shopping solution for food that aims to reduce consumption emissions.

P0 helps us to switch to and maintain a plant-based diet and reduce the amount of food waste. The design blends organic and sustainable materials with an earthy aesthetic to invoke warmth and a more personal relationship with the items we use. Its ceramic body and textile lining help encourage a deeper appreciation for the food we consume and make us more aware of how much food we actually need to minimize wasting it. It is also a practical and attractive utensil in your kitchen – “a symbol of change, of becoming a little bit more human,” as rightly described by Steinmann.

The jury at iF Design Awards gave PO the ‘iF Design Talent Award 2020’ because it raises awareness and facilitates sustainable food consumption using a very beautifully designed functional product. “The design will appeal to early adopters who will become ambassadors for this product. The whole process is well thought-out and the combination of the different materials is aesthetically pleasing and endorses the entire concept. The possibility of customization makes it even more personal and inspires others to change their food consumption habits,” added the jury.

This self-sufficient, parametric, adaptable storage-and shopping solution is something I would really love to see taking over the world and make that sustainable switch in our lifestyle convenient enough to ditch the plastic containers and shopping bags.

Designer: Gabriel Steinmann

Gastronaut Kids’ Utensil: Spork, The Final Frontier

If you’ve got kids, you know how it can be hard to get them to eat when you want them to. Anything you can do to make meal time more fun and entertaining is likely to help. If your kids want to be astronauts when they grow up, you can use this utensil to encourage them to chow down. The Gastronaut is basically a spork with an astronaut for a body, or an astronaut with a spork sticking out of his backpack, depending on how you look at things.

All you’ve got to do is tell your kids they’ll grow up big and strong like a real astronaut if they eat dinner with this stainless steel spork, and that should do the trick. Though if you do choose to feed them actual astronaut food, it might be a bit harder for them to stomach even with the spoon. Better to stick with spaghetti and meatballs for now.

You can grab the Gastronaut spork from Fred for 12 bucks.

These innovative paper plates are infinitely washable and reusable

Look closely and the Omotenasino Otomo don’t really look like paper plates. They look almost like plastic or melamine, with how incredibly glossy and opaque they are. The texture makes them almost look like cast iron, I’d say… but these plates aren’t made of any of those materials. They are, in fact, paper.

Japan’s fascination with paper spans over a millennium, with the introduction of Washi paper in 610 AD. It’s seen itself embedded in Japan’s culture, with its most popular use being in Origami, or the art of paper folding. The Omotenasino Otomo employ an Origami-esque pattern, and their innovation lies in the treatment of the paper, which makes it washable and reusable. This incredible ability comes from the design company Otomoshikki’s specialty lacquer, which allows the paper to turn into a stiff, waterproof, grease-proof, infinitely reusable material, almost perfect for utensils… and not just plates, spoons too!

The Omotenasino Otomo is a winner of the Design Intelligence Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Otomoshikki

McDonald’s Frork Turns French Fries into a Fork

Growing up the height of comedy was placing whatever I was eating directly over the tines of my fork so it looked like a macaroni fork. I could pull that gag with macaroni, green beans, and french fries. Pitchman Anthony Sullivan is pitching a new McDonald’s invention called the “Frork,” which seems to have come right out of my childhood imagination.

It is a plastic utensil that lets you cram three fries inside to use as a fork. Once you’re done eating with the Frork, you get to eat the tines. It may be the best thing to happen to food since fire. I really hope this is a real product, I’d rather like one.

The pitch is for it to go along with the new McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches. I like that McDonald’s is trying to make itself back into a place where people like to eat. Things have become largely inedible at my local location. At least the fries are still good.

[via Laughing Squid]

Upturned Utensil

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The Top & Down utensil design comes from a place of absolute ingenuity. Think of it as a life-hack turned into a product. Simply put, the Top & Down utensil is a saucepan with a lid design that can double up as a place mat that allows you to rest a hot vessel on a dining table. The lid has handles that act as a resting point for the vessel once off the stove and on a table top. Clever, isn’t it?? I wonder why no one thought of making it mainstream yet.

The Top & Down utensil is a winner of the Red Dot Design Award for the year 2016.

Designer: Zhang Weiwei

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Upturned Utensil

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The Top & Down utensil design comes from a place of absolute ingenuity. Think of it as a life-hack turned into a product. Simply put, the Top & Down utensil is a saucepan with a lid design that can double up as a place mat that allows you to rest a hot vessel on a dining table. The lid has handles that act as a resting point for the vessel once off the stove and on a table top. Clever, isn’t it?? I wonder why no one thought of making it mainstream yet.

The Top & Down utensil is a winner of the Red Dot Design Award for the year 2016.

Designer: Zhang Weiwei

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The CakeDozer Helps Get Your Slice Of Pie Off With Ease

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It’s the little things. Like when you’re using a regular pie server and you’re transferring one delicate slice onto a plate, and the darn thing won’t just slide off, so you’re stuck having to unceremoniously flop it over to its side. That’s a little thing that shouldn’t annoy anyone, but does. So an item like the CakeDozer is created to solve this non-problem. It’s got a little bulldozer on the handle that gently pushes off whatever is on it. It’s not going to change anyone’s life, but might make the process of serving cake and pie just a little bit easier, so its $16.50 asking price seems more than justified.

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An Egg-straordinary Beater

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While this might look like another egg beater (albeit an ergonomic and stylish one), what sets it apart is an additional and unique functionality without the need for extra parts. Its thoughtfully shaped curved pieces are designed in such a way that when the user presses down they spiral back and forth to mix the eggs. As flexible as they are, they’re also rigid enough to use the tool as you would a traditional beater.

Designer: Antonio Meze

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Machete Spatula: for Grillin’, Not for Killin’

Sure, you can use a plain old spatula to flip your burgers on the grill, but that spatula isn’t going to intimidate anybody or make you look manly. This Machete Spatula will do both.

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The neat cooking utensil from Firebox looks just like a machete. The lower end of the “blade” even has three bottle openers to help get beers open three at a time while grilling in the summer heat. It looks terrifying, but is actually harmless. It even comes with a bandana, because why not?

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You’ll cook like a pro, and be armed like Rambo.

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[via Laughing Squid]

Loch Ness Monster Ladle Won’t Make a Loch Mess in the Kitchen

Now you can have your own Nessie sighting right on your stovetop thanks to this Loch Ness Monster soup server from Animi Causa.

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Technically I guess it’s a ladle, but then again, technically the Loch Ness Monster is a plesiosaur. If it exists. This adorable kitchen spoon/ladle will have you seeing Nessie in every meal you create. When you are stirring your food, it looks like the creature is sticking its head out of the water.

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This is a lot safer than encountering the real thing. Plus it helps you serve up a tasty meal. The Loch Ness Monster Ladle costs just $16(USD) and will be available this February.

[via Gizmodo via Incredible Things]