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

Pharrell Williams co-designed an incredibly gorgeous looking cutlery set from recycled CDs

I’ll admit, there’s nothing about that headline that could even remotely be predicted. Each word seems more improbable than the next, like predictive text gone absolutely bonkers, but it’s true… the man behind Happy and Get Lucky just partnered with Pentatonic, a circular economy company, to release a portable multi-use cutlery set that’ll make you feel happy and the planet feel lucky. Pardon my horrible wordplay, it’s a Friday night where I’m from, even if it’s being spent at home.

Titled the Pebble, these gorgeously vivid and funky cutlery tools are a collaboration between Pentatonic and i am OTHER, a creative collective assembled by Pharrell, and are made mostly from recycled materials. The unusually vibrant cutlery set is named after the pebble-shaped container it comes in. The colored container is made using plastic recycled from music CDs, and perfectly houses a spoon, knife, fork, a pair of chopsticks, and even a collapsible drinking straw. Plastic handles for the cutlery are crafted from recycled food packaging, while the cutlery themselves are crafted from steel, with a highly durable anodized titanium coating for strength as well as to give the cutlery their unmistakable vibrant purple hue.

The Pebble serves as a vibrant, desirable, eco-friendly, and multi-use alternative to single-use plastic cutlery… a problem that results in 40 billion plastic utensils being thrown out as waste each year in USA alone. Designed as a quirky, candy-esque alternative to the boring white plastic sporks that come with packaged food, the Pebble’s foldable/collapsible cutlery can be used and reused multiple times. The grippy, rounded outer case and the added carabiner clip makes it easy to carry around or to secure it to a backpack while camping outdoors, and that absolutely delicious color combination should really get your mouth watering and your heart singing!

Designers: Pentatonic & i am OTHER

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cutter Set: No Slice Left Behind

Like most children during the ’80s, I spent much of my time watching cartoons and going to the movies. One of the bigger franchises back in the day was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I always thought they were weird, and the biggest thing I had in common with the Turtles is their love for pizza.

If you are the ninja pizza cutting sort, this is the utensil set for you. It comes with one wheel-type pizza cutter and one spatula, each with a handle that looks like a sword. I can’t say that I have ever used a spatula to get the pizza off the pan, but whatever.

The spatula and cutting blade for the pizza cutter are stainless steel, and both are dishwasher safe. The set sells for $29.99 at ThinkGeek.

Batman BBQ Tool Set: Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Burgers?

Grill like one of DC’s finest thanks to this Batman BBQ Tool Set. Because in your world, Commissioner Gordon doesn’t lure you to Gotham with the Bat Signal, you lure him to the Batcave with some perfectly grilled burgers. Then you sit down and eat, shoot the breeze, and laugh about Ben Affleck being cast as you.

Be the hero of your own backyard and brood while flipping steaks and burgers. Isn’t it about time your summer grilling experience got geekier? This is my new set of BBQ tools right here. Love that the logo is on the spatula. Now if I can just figure out how to brand my meat with that bat-logo, I’ll be good to go.

The Basic Bic Just Got Better!

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Bic is the timeless go-to writing utensil for writers, designers, teachers and students, but the brand has yet to venture into making other office supplies. This concept not only expands on Bic’s famous line of pens, but transforms them into multifunctional tools that should belong in any creative’s toolkit!

The new design ditches the “pen-only” idea and reimagines the body as a structural base for many different tools instead of a traditional cap. This is how Bictools was born! With peripheral add-ons, it can instantly switch from ballpoint to compass, ruler, scalpel, a paper bender, or other various gadgets. The click-on/click-off feature saves time, space and the need for multiple larger tools. The tool caps are easy to replace and even easier to expand your collection!

Designer: Juan Carlos Fanes

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Space Masher: 3…2…1… Blast-off to Mash Potatoes

Mashing potatoes has pretty much remained unchanged for my entire life, as we continue to pulverize our potatoes with the same basic metal kitchen tool we’ve used for years. What did that potato ever do to you to deserve such a beating? Well, at least Mr. Potato Head’s last gasps for breath will be drowned in butter and heavy cream.

Now, thanks to the miracles of science, you’ll soon be able to mash your potatoes with the jet blast of a rocket ship.

Lior Bartal and Ototo design’s whimsical Space Masher will take your mashers to new heights, as it blasts off toward the ceiling of your kitchen. I can only imagine it’s on a mission to a far-off, exotic planet covered with broccoli trees, where it rains cheddar cheese sauce.

If you’re ready to give your potatoes the upgrade they deserve, blast off over to Amazon and order yours today.

R2-D2 Pizza Wheel Slices, Beeps, and Boops

I really like pizza, and we bake it frequently around my house. If you like to make pizza too, you need a good pizza cutter. Sure you could go down to Walmart and get a plain pizza wheel for a few bucks, but why get a crappy one when you can get a Star Wars one?

The R2-D2 Pizza Cutter starts out with the standard spinning blade of pizza cutting. The handle is where the cool stuff is. It looks like R2, and has a cutout for a speaker in the base. That speaker makes R2-D2 boops and beeps as you slice up your pie. Sadly electronics in the handle mean you can’t just toss it in the dishwasher, and you need to handwash it.

You can grab yours over at ThinkGeek for just $9.99(USD).

A Twist on Cutlery

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This chic cutlery set is named “Giro” (from the Italian word for “turn”) for both its twist in the geometry and how the cutlery is turned in your hand when finding the best position for use.

The set, designed by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio for Alessi, features a twist that originates from the point where the handle transforms into blade and graduates along the length of the utensils. The ergonomic silhouette that is created by this gradual transformation creates a dynamic motion frozen in solid material and presents a balance between modern and classical.

A three finger concept for the holding and balance of the cutlery has been adopted in the design. The weight of the cutlery transfers from the lifting position to the position when in use, supporting and balancing the utensils in both situations.

Designer: UNStudio

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Polygon Is A 4-in-1 Origami Measuring Spoon

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Good design has always attracted us, and the Polygon spoon is as elegant a design as we’ve seen in quite some time. It’s a measuring spoon that’s flat in its natural state, but when pinched at the appropriate places it folds up into an appropriately sized receptacle. There is a tablespoon Polygon and a teaspoon Polygon, each one featuring 1/2, 1, 1-1/2, and 2 T, and 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 tsp, respectively. It’s really easy to use, wipes clean with just one swipe of a wet rag when laying flat, and lets you wipe off sticky liquids (think honey) back into their receptacle for little to no wastage. It’s even possible to use it as a spatula with which to spread whatever you just scooped with it. The fully funded Kickstarter will require a $12 pledge to secure your own pair of Polygons, with shipping in January 2017.

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