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 el 24 Nov 2008 por Marta Reig

Chic Trash

Several designers have reinvented the classic garbage bag, turning it into what is practically a designer product.

Rabbit-kun, an adorable trash bag
Rabbit-kun, an adorable trash bag
Rabbit-kun, an adorable trash bag Rabbit-Kun folded Recycling was never so much fun Make trash towers Trash Chic Bin, design under the sink Lily Frank’s bag for MAQ Bags made by Anycoloryoulike in NY
You use them every day. They’re cheap and ugly. Very ugly. That’s why it never occurred to you that the black bag you use to throw out the waste and scraps of food could become a sophisticated item. Why decorate the cabinet under the kitchen sink when no one even sees it?

Our grandmothers didn’t even buy these. They thought it was absurd to spend money on something that went straight into the trash bin. And they were right, in a way. Today trash bags are an integral part of urban decor: they pile up on minor and mayor roads alike and, rather than decorate the city, they simply make it look dirty.

This is the main reason several designers have decided to renovate the whole concept of garbage bags. In New York, for instance, a group of local artists decided to substitute conventional garbage bags, using striking bubble gum pink bags with enormous white polka dots instead. The initiative? TRASH: Anycoloryoulike. Its aims? To improve the appearance of New York’s filthy streets, which are often flooded by uninspiring black trash bags. The result? Just look at the photos. The streets now look like Barbie’s country estate.

In Japan there’s an even more ambitious offer. Garbage Art Work was created by the Japanese agency MAQ. This trash bag collection was designed with the same aim as the one mentioned above, to transform Japanese neighborhoods into open-air museums. MAQ has already created several collections.

The ones printed with drawings of trees, fish and flowers are specially designed for non-stop recycling. Each model is a different color and each color corresponds to a type of recycling. Other designs include bags that use illustrations by famous artists, such as Lily Franky’s portrait of the dog Shiba, or the ingenious Rabbit-Kun bag, a bag that simply has a pair of eyes and a nose and whose handles imitate rabbit ears. This friendly white rabbit is the project’s mascot. He has been such a hit that he’s also become the protagonist of a comic strip about recycling, which you can look at here.

These bags are only sold in Japan. Those of us in the rest of the world will have to make do with Trash Chic Bin trash bags that are a little less ambitious but just as striking and original as the others we’ve mentioned. They are more elegant but less provocative. They come in different colored prints and have a drawstring for easy closure.
They are so impeccable and sophisticated; you’ll feel guilty about filling them with food scraps.

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MAQ Garbage Art Work
TRASH: Anycolor you like
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