vintage ice bucket or stylish compost pail?
Although my condo building has always had recycling facilities, it wasn’t until just a couple of years ago that we added green bin recycling – about which I was originally quite excited. However, despite my sustainable perspective, I am sad to admit I haven’t been using this program as much as I should be, due to the fact that as much as I love to cook, I wasn’t producing enough green waste to regularly fill the utilitarian compost bucket provided by the city. And with my design focus, this ugly bin was banished out of sight and out of handy use, under my sink.
The search was on for a more size and design appropriate solution. Given my bent for retro, my solution is this vintage aluminum ice bucket I picked up at a Salvation Army thrift store for $2. Made in Italy, likely from the 50s or 60s, it’s just the right small size to fit grocery store produce bags and definitely stylish enough to sit on my counter. Easily at hand, I can easily open the lid with the back of my hand (while deep in the muck of cooking) with the integrated carrying handle. Bellissimo!