The sweltering summer has come and there are a lot of unpleasant things that come with it, from the sweltering heat to the unpleasant smell of spoiled food, accompanied by cockroaches roaming the house. And if you think summer in Vietnam has been extremely bad, then think about Japan, the country where you will have to store garbage in the house for quite a long time before throwing it away, and this is also where many people eat fresh fish almost daily.
And to overcome this problem, a company called Nakanishi Kinzoku Kogyo has launched its product called Clean Box. By combining the technology of the freezer with the extremely sophisticated design of the waste bin, Clean Box can store your trash, especially organic, at -11 degrees Celsius. And it allows compartment Blocks the growth of bacteria, the main cause of bad odors.
If you wonder why -11 degrees Celsius and not -10 degrees Celsius, the answer is dirty diapers. The level of heat that is said to curb the smell of dirty diapers is -10 degrees Celsius, so lowering the temperature by one degree will provide an extra “belt” of safety.
In fact, the founders of the company, Nakanishi Kinzoku Kogyo, came up with the idea for the device in 2017 when they read an online debate about people in Japan sharing the idea of putting their trash in the freezer during the day. stove to deodorize. However, this is clearly not a good solution because not everyone likes to put dirty diapers next to their bags of vegetables or frozen meat. So the company decided that instead of putting the trash in the freezer, they could put the freezer inside the trash. A 2016 survey found that about one in five people have tried putting their trash in the refrigerator or freezer, and of those, only about one in five continue to do so.
Of course, developing Clean Box was not easy. There needs to be room for airflow, coolant and condensate in a very compact space. The first limited edition of 100 Clean Box was released in 2019 and sold out almost immediately. So in April of this year, a crowdfunding campaign helped them raise more than $300,000 in pledges to develop the product. That’s because Clean Box is now available at many major home appliance stores across Japan, with a price tag of around $358.
Each Clean Box has dimensions of 69 x 23 x 44 cm, shell material is stainless steel and ABS plastic, capacity of 20 liters, equivalent to 30 diapers or 6 medium garbage bags. Rated power consumption is 73W.
The product is attracting the attention of a large number of users, as well as the online community. But online comments are still “cautiously optimistic”. Most appreciated the idea of eliminating horrible odors in the home, but also expressed concern about energy consumption and other potential problems.
“That’s a good idea.”
“I think just putting it in the fridge is fine.”
“I usually put fruit and vegetable peels in the freezer bag… but I guess that won’t work with diapers.”
“Perhaps it would be better to design an odor-proof bag, so that it doesn’t have to use electricity?”
“But when you take the bag outside, won’t the melted ice get everything wet? And will the bag be more prone to puncture if frozen? ”
“For that price, you can buy a normal freezer and put the trash in it?”
“Why stop there? Let’s make them with nuclear power too!”
While not without problems, the Clean Box made it clear that there was a need to be addressed. The company is currently looking to expand sales to hotter regions of the globe, such as Southeast Asia. They’re also targeting restaurants, which often have a lot of organic waste, and are concerned about making sure the space doesn’t smell like a landfill.