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Brief Published: 11 Dec 2020

Pull-Out Fridge Tackles Food Waste

Despite a noted reduction of household food waste during the pandemic, huge quantities of food purchased is still left in the depths of consumers’ fridges to expire and end up in landfill. Tackling this issue, Brighton-based designer Thalis Nicolaou has designed a modular fridge that allows consumers to see and have full access to the contents.

The Presenta fridge has three vertical three-tiered shelving units that swing out on a hinge so that everything inside can be viewed at once. The door swings open and slides neatly down the side of the fridge for ease of access. Detachable shelves and containers can be added or removed to optimise the space and to allow for ease of cleaning. Below the main door is a deep drawer that can be used to store larger items.

Nicolaou has also added an orange LED light to remind users to check for expiring items; an orange light indicates if the contents of the fridge haven’t been checked within the last 24 hours.

Consumers have made some strides to reduce food waste during the pandemic, becoming more resourceful and putting more effort into meal planning. This shift was initially a knee-jerk reaction to fears around food shortages and reduced trips to the supermarket, however, some of these habits have stuck; in the UK, consumers were wasting 6% less in October compared to February (World Economic Forum, 2020). 

For more examples of clever waste-reducing kitchen appliances and design hacks, read Designing the Post-Covid Kitchen and Self-Sustaining Kitchens, part of the Kitchen of the Future Industry Trend.