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I have to hold my hands up and admit that about 5 years ago I spent around £70 on a bin! Looking back I cant quite believe I bought it. It was one of those shiny silver bins where you cant see any part of the bin liner. It was a complete waste of space the lid never quite worked properly and I had to polish it piratically every day to keep it looking clean. So there I was with £70 worth of sparkling bin, and a carrier bag hung on the kitchen door for rubbish!
I first saw Ben The Bin on a repeat episode of Dragons Den I watched. I liked the bin but thought that they were probably a bit of a gimmick and not likely to have been produced like many of the products you see on this show. After watching it I typed the name into Google and was pleasantly surprised to see that there were several places that stocked them.
I ordered my bin from the www.ethicalsuperstore.com for £6.95. I didn't pay any delivery charges as they offer free delivery if you spend above £50 and I was buying some other things at the same time, normally delivery is £3.95 from this site.
Ben the bin is available in 3 colours, blue, pink and green. The bin is made from 100% recycled plastic, it is designed perfectly to fit a supermarket carrier bag on. This means you don't need to buy bin liners for it and makes use of the carrier bags that may otherwise be thrown away. The bin is easily wiped clean if anything is spilt on it. The logo for the bin is discreetly written in the same colour as the plastic.
To use the bin you just take a standard carrier bag and hang the handles of the bag over the handles of the bin. The bin is light weight and stable, if you have more than one they are stackable when you are not using them.
After I ordered my first one I liked it so much that a month later I ordered 3 more. They are so handy for separating recycling. I have to admit I can be pretty lazy then it comes to separating rubbish and have ended up throwing up recyclable waste in the normal bin. I keep these bins in strategic places in the house where I am more likely to use them. I use one for paper waste, so I place that bin next to our desk where all the mail gets opened. This way junk mail and envelopes go straight in. I have one for plastic and one for general non-recyclable waste, and the last one I use when I am gardening. Previously I used to carry a bag round with me for weeding and pruning, I would end up faffing about trying to put rubbish in one handed while trying to open the bag.
I would highly recommend this product, the colours are lovely and I think it is very reasonably priced. I am trying to make more environmentally friendly choices with my purchases and this seemed like a good start to me. I am moving house in a few months and will have much more space, I think I will end up buying a couple more so that I can use them for sorting all the household rubbish. Since buying these bins I can see a real reduction in what I put into my non-recycle bin each week.