Warped Wastebasket Makes Trash More Compactable

New Push-Up concept garbage can aims to make filling it with trash twice as useful and three times as fun. On average.

A 2010 iF Concept Design award winner by Sung-Hyeun Shin, Jeong-Hoon Cha and Chang Hyeun Lee, the Push-Up has nothing to do with the ubiquitous chest exercise or indeed any kind of pushing up at all. Still, the design is intriguing for both an office and home environment.

Despite our best efforts to move to a paperless society, our bosses insist on wanting covers on our TPS reports and our utility providers insist on sending us paper promotional materials to hock their latest wares. And though we try in vain to recycle, those poorly-worded TPS reports and useless piles of marketing gibberish often end up in the wastebasket, taking up valuable space.

More importantly, they're taking up valuable time when you have to get off of your ass and empty the bin.

But fear no more, wasters of paper! For now you can go twice as long without having to stand unaided, without having to move the massive stumps known as your legs. All thanks to the Push-Up.

Here's how it works. The thing is made from a flexible material - apparently both rubber and silicone are in the running right now - and while it holds the shape of ye olde regulare garbage can, it comes with one special, added feature. 

You can crush it.

That's right, when the basket starts to get full, just gather it up in one hand and press down hard.

Presto! More room for all of your poor paper problems, and more time before you have to do anything about it.

Don't let this happen to you.Don't let this happen to you. 

While this would be a bad idea in a kitchen garbage - seriously, a really, really bad idea - it's a great, albeit simple, idea for a home office or workspace.

Of course, the point of it being simple also goes along with "and you didn't invent it", so Sung-Hyeun Shin, Jeong-Hoon Cha and Chang Hyeun Lee will likely be laughing all the way to the bank. Once they've cashed their big-money marketing checks, they can throw the receipts away, sit down at their computers, and get to work on their next project, knowing it will be twice as long before they have to get up again and do something about the trash.

Waste - now with less haste. The Push-Up.

Source: Yanko Design