A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won’t)


I was in a purely pleasure-seeking mood when my eyes fell upon these quirky waste cans from Umbra. I instantly fell for the modern graffiti-like graphics, not to mention the eco-friendly material.

Designed by artist Joshua Davis in collaboration with Umbra product designer David Quan, the Artala Trash Can is made from degradable plastic. The exterior is printed with three of Davis’ designs, in his unmistakably colorful style.

The cans measure 10″ D x 14.5″ H, have a 3-gallon capacity and come in three cool colorways – kiwi, red and ocean blue. Find the Umbra Artala Can at Plushpod for $18.

I find them fanciful and worthy of much more than trash.


3 thoughts on “A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won’t)

  1. How eco-friendly is the material really? As a plastic, isn’t it still made from petrochemicals / fossil fuels? It’s a great start that it’s biodegradable, and I guess this is what you were trying to applaud. However, unless you compost it then it will emit greenhouse gases as it rots in landfill.

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  2. Caitlin: Much thanks for catching that horrible typo! It is definitely made of DEGRADABLE plastic…

  3. For those of you who don’t know, degradable plastic doesn’t need to be composted, unlike biodegradable plastic. Degradable plastic can break down through chemical reactions rather than micro-organisms and it doesn’t leave any residual toxins behind in air, soil, or water. It is, however, still made from oil. Thank you to Kim for giving me this link: http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/197/1/Degradable-Biodegradable-Compostable.html

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