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(Archive) The Living Bin

Never take out trash.

This project was part of DDW 2022
Studio Hendrikx

What if our everyday products are alive? Imagine breathable houses, living coffins and self-healing T-shirts. Studio Hendrikx strives to restore the parasitic relationship between humanity and its environment by expanding the horizon of human imagination by exploring living materials.

Why do we drive trash around the city?

With over 1,000 colorful species across the ocean floor, sea anemones play a vital role as recyclers in marine ecosystems. Even in our ‘gray’ North Sea, the beautiful Beadlet Anemone (Actinia Equina) can be found. While sea anemones attract waste from the ecosystem into their inflatable bodies, humans tend to transport their waste.

Research has shown that in some cities the annual collection and distribution of our waste is equal to six times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Currently 15% of all CO2 emissions in the world are caused by road transport. Why do we drive trash around the city?

The generosity of the North Sea.

In nature, sea anemones feed on animal and plant waste, bacteria can eat plastic and mycelium has shown to neutralize heavy toxins. If we could learn to collaborate with these intelligent creatures of our planet, it would allow us to process waste locally while restoring native ecosystems. Imagine ecosystems specially designed for regional waste challenges: Living Bins that eat our trash.

The 'Nibble' bin is hand-blown out of glass into an organic shape, so it can host specially grown sea anemones capable of eating our organic waste and provide a light show through their luminescence. Be wondered by the generosity of the North Sea. And remember, never take out trash.

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This living exhibition will be traveling the world to advocate a world in which our products are alive. For future inquiries and exhibitions please reach out to

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