Vivian Chen


Industrial Designer

Bio Bin






2021

Bio Bin is a modular worm composting system for urban residents to compost food waste at home. It focuses on the process of caring, growing, and connecting. The nutrients from the compost can be used to fertilize plants, turning waste into useful resources for another life.

Industrial Design
Sustainability



We Are Wasting a lot of Food


America wastes roughly 40% of its food. Of the estimated 125 to 160 billion pounds of food that goes to waste every year. Households are responsible for the largest portion of all food waste, approximately 50% of the total food waste happens at home






How might we enable urban residents to compost food waste while meeting their emotional needs and lifestyle in the post pandemic world?




Space efficient
Low commitment
Displayable design
Added greens







Mood board




Design


Bio Bin is a modular worm composting system designed to fit seamlessly into modern small apartments. It focuses on the process of caring, growing, and connecting. Bio Bin is not only functional, but also decorative. The nutrients from the compost can be used to fertilize plants, turning waste into useful resources for another life



Prototypes




Design Details


In order to make composting accessible to as many people as possible, Bio Bin is designed to the minimal. An inportant aspect of the design is to have minimal part counts to reduce production cost
Bio Bin lowers the bar for composting, it is a simple home product that anyone can get and start composting



Planters


Planters can easily attach to the plants panel, small and medium sizes are available, allowing users to customize and decorate Bio Bin



Rubber Feet


Rubber pads provide stability, allowing bins to stack nicely while leaving space in between bins to ensure steady airflow



Integrated Handle


One injection molded body with ergonomically designed handles, comfortable and affordable
Bio Bin comes in various colors, made with recycled HDPE


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