Best of the Home and Housewares Show: Ecopod

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A satisfying crush is key to why the Ecopod works. It's well designed (by BMW's Designworks), well made (of stainless steel) and looks nice (in white or black), but we are convinced that it is just kind of fun to use the thing, hence making recycling more attractive.

The Ecopod has a manually operated internal mechanism that crushes packaging down to a manageable size for processing, storing and/or transporting to recycling centers.


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Pop a water bottle in the top and depress the foot lever. Around 40-50 items can be stored in the removable lower "pod" before it needs emptying. Additional storage area under the top lid is for other recyclables such glass bottles and newspapers. A third section is for storing plastic grocery bags.

Available now from Williams-Sonoma ($328.), all the details (including the news about it's iF Product Design Award win) can be found at www.ecopod.org...