Sure-Close Foodscrap Container

The Challenge:
To create a best-in-class 7 liter foodscraps/ organics collection container for the kitchen, that can be offered by municipalities to improve the participation rate of city wide composting programs.

  • latch design allows single-handed opening and closing with audible feedback
  • latch detailing securely locks lid to contain foodscraps even when dropped
  • molded features allow lid to stay open at 90 degrees or swing fully open
  • wide top opening facilitates easy scraping of foodscraps into the container
  • smooth top edge and removable lid allows easy cleaning in dishwasher or sink
  • multiple means to conveniently carry container and dump contents
  • tooling strategy addressed cost efficient solid and perforated lid options
  • achieved 6:1 nesting efficiency for compact warehousing and shipping

Product use and placement research, industrial design, RP prototypes, mechanical design, 3D CAD geometry, product testing, tool placement, ongoing manufacturer liaison and marketing support and IP management strategies.

Awards / IP:
  • Industrial Design registration secured
  • Utility patents pending
  • Endorsed by San Francisco compost program
  • Awarded sales of over 700,000 units through competitive municipal bids