DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste
 

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste

devised around the principle idea of reducing packaging waste while creating a stylish water flask, the team at DiFOLD has designed the origami bottle. foldable, reusable, and recyclable, the product utilizes collapsible design technology developed by petar zaharinov – co-founder of DiFOLD. compact when folded and stable when unfolded, the origami technology can reduce the volume of empty containers by 80-90%, leading to radical logistical optimization and savings in fuel and CO2 emissions. 

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

all images by yanne golev

 

 

through this first product, the founders of DiFOLD – radina popova and petar zaharinov – aim to demonstrate the potential of this design technology and build a strong community behind the origami bottle, allowing them to move to the reusable packaging industry where this technology can have a bigger impact. what makes DiFOLD’s patent-pending folding technology different from others is the reduction of polygons along the circumference of the tube. they are reduced to just four. in this way the structure works in two very different ways. firstly, it keeps its round shape and behaves like a non-foldable structure when unfolded. secondly, it works like a rigid origami mechanism in its folded and semi-folded state.

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

the design is reusable and refoldable 

 

 

in order to move from one state to the other, the structure needs to be pressed on particular spots along its creases. another huge advantage is that it can work not only with cylindrical shapes but also with conical ones and mixtures between them. the designers propose that almost every shape and container can become collapsible using this concept.

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

the bottle occupies 80% less space when folded and can fit in a pocket or a bag

 

 

DiFOLD’s origami bottle exploits the most simple triangular pattern that allows folding in just three steps. this makes the product extremely practical and compact and at the same time gives it a minimalist and stylish design. it is made of a very high-end and durable thermoplastic (TPC, TPE-E) polymer – arnitel and its bio-based version – arnitel eco, both by DSM. it can be recycled multiple times without significant loss of quality and has been granted a cradle to cradle certification in 2013. it is also food-safe, BPA-free and has an operational temperature range from -30°c to +100°c.

 

video by beardfrost productions 

 

 

the bottle is designed not only for at least 5 years of intensive usage but also for easier closed-loop recycling by avoiding hybrid materials and difficult to separate overmolded parts. furthermore, the duo plans to have policies to collect old bottles through its future distribution channels and turn them into new products. DiFOLD launched the origami bottle on kickstarter on june 16, 2020, getting it fully-funded in just 4 hours.

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

the bottle is perfect for concerts or festivals

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

the bottle is ideal for outdoor lifestyle

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

30,000 regularly used reusable bottles can save 82 million PET bottles in 5 years and 1,200 tonnes of plastic

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

origami bottle is the first origami bottle that is not made out of paper

 

video by DiFOLD

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

reusable packaging containers – concepts

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

technology principle – only 4 polygons along the circumference of the tube

DiFOLD designs collapsible and reusable 'origami bottle' to reduce packaging waste designboom

the final product – the origami bottle

 

 

project info:

 

project name: origami bottle

product design and invention: petar zaharinov of DiFOLD

art director: robert shunev

 

first video:

production: beardfrost productions 

script: petar pacholov

second video:

script and production: DiFOLD

photography: yanne golev

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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