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Smash Can

Smash Your Trash

Sticking your foot in the trash is an effective way to compact the contents, but Ken Kreafle invented a much better solution with the Smash Can. It looks pretty much like an ordinary stainless-steel trash can, but the lid contains a clever surprise. A built-in cylindrical compactor descends into the can when you push on the lid, forcing down the garbage. You can compact twice as much trash into a single bag, without ever touching the mess or requiring electrical power.
Smash Can
Smash Your Trash

Sticking your foot in the trash is an effective way to compact the contents, but Ken Kreafle invented a much better solution with the Smash Can. It looks pretty much like an ordinary stainless-steel trash can, but the lid contains a clever surprise. A built-in cylindrical compactor descends into the can when you push on the lid, forcing down the garbage. You can compact twice as much trash into a single bag, without ever touching the mess or requiring electrical power.

Ken’s motivation for the Smash Can was to create a simple, effective solution to a nagging problem: the nearly constant need to take out the trash. His creation won a prestigious IDEA award from the Industrial Designers Society of America (all week long we’ll be featuring 2010 IDEA winners). The IDEA award is an impressive endorsement, but we wanted to see for ourselves how the Smash Can works.

We found the perfect tester: Captain John Doherty of FishAye Trading Company. John is an avid fisherman and he makes gorgeous artwork using some of the fish he catches (you can see his artwork here).

An artist and a fisherman – who better to put this Grommet through its paces. “With six kids, four adults, two cats, two guinea pigs, and a black lab living in the house, trash cans get to overflowing every day. After two weeks of constant use I find it works as good as it looks,” John told us. Thumbs up from a busy dad who is the ‘family garbage man.’ John’s daughter is pictured here smashing trash.