A Drop of Water and Bioplastic Planter
by Bas van der Veer



Dutch Design Week 09: Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Bas van der Veer has won the prize for best project at the school's Graduation Galleries exhibition, which opened in Eindhoven yesterday.


Van der Veer presented two projects: a rainwater storage butt with an integrated watering can called A Drop of Water (top and below), and a biodegradable packaging system for plants called Bioplastic Planter (above).


Van der Veer won the René Smeets award, which is given each year to the best body of work and is named after the academy's founder.


Graduation Galleries continues at Design Academy Eindhoven until Sunday 25 October during Dutch Design Week.


Top photos are by Astrid Zuidema. Here's some text from Design Academy Eindhoven:



A Drop of Water

Thousands of litres of water disappear via the rain pipe into the sewer during a rain shower. At the same time, an average household uses litres of drinking water to irrigate the garden. Bas van der Veer combined these two concepts in A drop of water: a rainwater butt with an integrated watering can. The light grey water butt is attached to the rain pipe, so during a rain shower the watering can is automatically filled. Once it is full, the rest of the water flows over into the water butt, so serving as a reservoir. “In this way, it is easier for the users to water their garden using rain water instead of drinking water from the tap.”


Bioplastic Planter

Bas van der Veer believes in the future of biodegradable materials. “After use they serve as raw materials for the natural world.” Van der Veer devised the Bioplastic Planter: a biodegradable container that makes the transport and planting of young trees easier. The Planter supports the tree after it has been planted, against the wind for example, and ensures that it does not have to be clamped by stakes and rubber bands. When the tree’s roots begin to shoot, the Bioplastic Planter biodegrades under the influence of light, moisture and mould. The material then becomes feed for the tree. In this way, it automatically returns into the cycle of the natural world, and it serves the natural world rather than damaging it.


Posted on Sunday October 18th 2009 at 3:25 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Nathan

    Brilliant idea!

  • congrats Bas! great work!

  • It is great to see a product which considers the whole cycle, and is useful after it’s life. Brilliant design.

  • Gunnar Á.

    Green design is growing up!
    Love it.

  • G

    Really nice. Very beautiful, but I was obviously a sleep in the meeting when it was decided lime green was back in fashion. I’ve seen it in quite a few designs over the last few months, and I have never been convinced of its brilliance. But now I’m just being petty, because I really like this project.

  • Great!! lovely project.

  • tanya telford – T

    These look like really good thoughtfully designed practical products for out doors (although water is a very topical & important subject i also really like the planter).

  • Cool idea (A Drop of Water) but there are some things unaddressed. First, what are you going to do about mosquitos? That is a lot of standing water. G had a valid point with the lime green but it goes further than that. It’s a giant water droplet that actually looks more like a pregnant pipe. It looks cheap and no way would I ever have something that ugly in my backyard. Why can’t I attach a hose to it and lastly, how is this going to work with other type of rain pipes?

    Concept, is spectacular, great way for a consumer to save money and could be functionally sound. Design is lacking in a big way. At school you have a lot of time to develop and refine your ideas and I guess I would expect more.

  • annika

    Hej Bas,
    I’ll go tomorrow and see it in real!


  • Great work. 6 months ago I too wouldn’t have had this in my backyard. But now I’m intrigued and humored by its quirkiness. Products in this segment are always so styleless, mundane and “engineered”, however but this is very refreshing.

  • effectively charming..but still have a wrong color-coding (if i’m not mistaken)

  • Jeroen

    My parents had one of those water tanks installed in their house 25 years ago. Only it was brown, had a less attractive shape and had only a tap, and not that nice lime green watering can. Was a great idea and is worth being rebranded.

    Bioplastic planter is great! I have never been able to find a good use for the plastic pots in which you buy plants. and transparent looks much cooler than the usual black.

  • Nélida

    It’s a very witty design, simple, visual and cool.
    And it allows many more possibilities and variations.
    Here in Madrid it rains so little that we can afford, fortunately does not happen in Spain.
    I imagine that the object will be a project, and the only drawback I saw was not just the pipes and their diameter, which will vary depending on the area, but the weight will end up storing water and sustain the pipeline.

    a greeting and thanks