Virtual Trash Can

Paris

French collective 5.5 Designers has made a business out of selling tongue-in-cheek products designed to help us consume less by making better use of what we already have -- like their prosthetic chair seats and legs for busted up furniture...This time, they're offering a humorous virtual trash can backdrop where you can hang your (hopefully biodegradable) plastic bag, saving yourself the need to buy a real one (which, ostensibly, has a larger footprint than the sticker).

From a purely design standpoint, the sticker makes trash look somewhat charming. And it's a space-saving solution for the tiny kitchen.

For Americans readers, it should be pointed out that in Paris, where these stickers are made, paper grocery bags are not an option, but biodegradable plastic is increasingly available in compliance with a law to phase out non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags by 2010. Also, the city of Paris has daily trash pick-up, meaning that you don't have to worry about hanging a bag of garbage in your kitchen since it never has enough time to get stinky. (The small paper bags used by vegetable and fruit sellers are now for the most part biodegradable, and marked as such.)

The vinyl trash can sticker is available from Domestic

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com

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