If you follow the blog regularly you’ll know I’m a big fan of Brabantia. I love their products, have several of them in my own home (some gifted some bought) and have always liked their bins in particular.
So I was delighted when they asked me if I wanted to take a look at the brand new Bo Pedal Bin. I actually have the Bo Touch Bin (a yellow one on legs – look further down the page to see how this looks) but this is a new style pedal bin and one with a difference.
The Brabantia Bo bins are designed to make recycling your waste extra simple, and come with either 1, 2 or 3 internal waste compartments.
Choose from one 36 litre bucket, a set of two (11 + 23 litre) buckets, or a set of three 11 litre buckets.
The stylish looking Bo comes in 8 different colours so you can really coordinate with your decor. I’ve chosen Concrete Grey this time and if you look closely it has a little sparkle effect finish which I like. If you don’t want a bright colour but still want to be on trend, I’d definitely recommend it.
With its unique design, contemporary colours, and focus on sustainability, it is a new way of looking at waste separation.
I love the inner bucket system. It means you can lift one and empty it without disturbing the others, and they are big enough to hold a decent amount of waste too. We’re a busy household of 4, who recycle and try to keep our other waste to a minimum. I was concerned the buckets wouldn’t be large enough, but I can allay any concerns and reassure you they really are.
The shape and design of this Bo Pedal Bin is great too. No more tall round bin jutting out into the room, the flat back of the Bo sits neatly against a wall or kitchen island, and the low, contemporary shape suits a modern kitchen.
The inner buckets are all made of 100% recycled materials. Bo Pedal Bin is also Cradle-to-Cradle® Certified on Bronze level. It meets strict requirements for (re)use of materials, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness.
On top of that, for every Bo Pedal Bin sold, Brabantia donates to The Ocean Cleanup.
The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Invented by then 17-year-old Boyan Slat, a network of extremely long floating barriers lets the ocean gather the plastic using its own currents. The array could theoretically remove about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. A prototype of the barrier is currently being tested in the North Sea. You can find out more about the Ocean Cleanup project HERE.
These images allow you to see how the new Brabantia Bo Pedal bin compares to the first Bo bin on legs.
It’s much lower which will definitely suit some kitchens; and of course the opening action is different too. The Bo on legs has a push lid mechanism whilst the more traditional pedal bin action means you don’t need to get your hands near the bin at all, and allows you to have your hands full and still open the bin.
Below, you just get a peak of my waste compartment combination – this one would work perfectly for normal waste in the large section and then recyclable items in the smaller section. This is the exact set up I have for the yellow Bo and it works really well.
As you may expect, there are Brabantia bin liners available (we use a generic large one in the bigger section, and just collect recyclable items in the smaller without a bag).
We are using the Bo Pedal Bin for extra recycling in the house. It just means we’re not going to the main outdoor bin too often and it allows us to separate our recycled items to a greater degree, indoors.
Can you tell I’m a fan!
Any downside to the bin? I can’t think of any to be honest. You may find the cost prohibitive of course; these bins are quite an investment starting at £139 for the Bo Pedal (the Concrete Grey retails at £169) but they do come with a 10 year guarantee, and I think they’re worth every penny.
All images copyright Jen Stanbrook
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