Tin Can Lids by Jack Bresnahan

New Designers 09: Northumbria University graduate Jack Bresnahan exhibited a series of biodegradable, plastic lids for turning used tin cans into household containers at graduate show New Designers in London last week.

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There are 9 plastic lids in the set, which turn the cans into objects including a vase, soap dispenser, sugar caster, tea and coffee canisters, toothbrush holder, money box and desk tidy.

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See also: Jar tops by Jorre van Ast

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Here's some text from Bresnahan:

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Jack Bresnahan
Northumbria 3D Design 09

Green issues are at the heart of everything that Jack Bresnahan does.  A passionate believer that designers  must take responsibility for their designs from conception to disposal, Jack feels that ‘anything that ends up in landfill is simply poor design’.

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His aim through his designs is to create products that make environmentally friendly goods more accessible and help to make day to day living greener. This is not a blinkered crusade however, as while his designs are always created within a green framework he balances this with a drive to develop products that are both useful and good to look at.

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His first final year project is a prime example of this.  Across the UK, countless tin cans are thrown away everyday. Some are recycled; others go straight in the bin.

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In an attempt to breathe new life into old rubbish, Jack has created a range of 9 different biodegradable plastic lids, that can be placed on the top of a freshly-washed  baked beans can for example and transform its purpose. From a vase to a soap dispenser, a sugar pourer to toothbrush holder, money box to desk tidy and tea and coffee canisters, these stylish lids take tin cans to a whole new level.