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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.

Accomplishments:
  • 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

Responsibilities:
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