Tired of your old bathroom decor? Perhaps the colors no longer go in your new place? I can’t even count how many time I have dragged my once fashionable magenta tissue holder around from house to house. I have no idea what to do with this tissue holder. It no longer goes in my yellow and green house, but I can’t throw it out. Too much eco-guilt.
Design Ideas has answered this very question with EcoGen Collection, its new line of compostable bath accessories. Tired of the look? Just bury it in the soil or in your compost pile, and it will decompose in less than 18 months!
When I read about this product in Home Magazine this month, my first reaction was disbelief. How could this “plastic” be okay for the environment? According to the Company, the science behind this product is a polymer called PHBV (poly-hydroxy butyrate-co-valerate.)
“The science is deceptively simple: To create EcoGenTM, we feed naturally occurring bacteria sugar that is obtained from corn starch. These “bugs” digest the sugar and store the resulting PHBV polymer much as the human body would store fat. Extracted from the “bug,” the stored “fat” becomes an injection moldable material. This material, Enmat®, is then blended with other biodegradable compounds to enhance its ability to process efficiently in standard injection molding machines. When exposed to microorganisms in compost or soil, EcoGenTM decomposes into carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Extensive scientific testing has established no harmful toxicity from the process or the end product,” according to a written statement by the Company.
The suggested retail prices for the items in the collection are as follows:
- Toothbrush Holder – $9.00
- Bath Box (small) – $10.00
- Bath Box (large) – $15.00
- Bath Cup – $7.00
- Pump Dispenser – $15.00
- Bath Bin (waste receptacle) – $30.00
- Soap Dish – $8.00
The products are available in either white, black, green, or blue and can be purchased at The Container Store. They will be available at Urban Outfitters in mid to late June.
(Editor’s Note: I recently went to check out the product at the Container Store, and it was not at the store. So, call before you go.)
Photo courtesy of Design Ideas, Ltd.