Saving the Earth with simplehuman {Review}

Happy Earth Day!  What better way to celebrate our wonderful planet than with a review that will make recycling easier and more functional in your home?  I know that I have struggled to find a good system for recycling in our house, but thankfully we have figured out a great plan and I am excited to share it with you! 

Our old sensor trash can broke a long time ago and we have been making due for longer than I would like to admit, and my trash has been all over the place as you can see from the picture below. 

Once baby D started crawling and becoming mobile it suddenly became a top priority to get our trash and recycling situation under control.  I researched many companies and many trash cans until I found the perfect fit for our household with simplehuman.  Simplehuman has a line of recyclers made with dual containers build into one trash can but I knew with the amount of trash and recycling we go through that we needed a larger recycler than the typical 8 gallon size.  I ended up choosing two of the in the 45 liter size (around 12 gallon capacity) to review; one for trash and one for recycling.  

I was surprised when they arrived at how big the boxes were and the size of the trash cans themselves. But after using them I know why simplehuman makes a slightly larger can and why they are so fabulous!  

There is an inner bin that you place your trash bag around and that bin fits down in the trash can to give a very sleek appearance and hides the trash bag overhang.  The bags are the easiest I have ever experiences to change with this can.  There is a little ledge that you set the inner bin on while you remove the trash bag and then replace the liner.  It makes getting the bag in and out super easy.  


Simplehuman does make their own liners to fit their trash cans and honestly I thought the actual bag was no big deal as long as it fit in your trash can, but it really does make a difference with this system.  I have tried both the liners that simplehuman offers that are made to fit the trash can and a regular 13 gallon bag (which will fit the 45 liter can) and in my opinion the simplehuman bags are much better at releasing from the sided of the bin and overall a better fit.  Simplehuman even makes a fun blue recycle bag to clearly distinguish your recyclables from your trash.  Of course you can use a regular 13 gallon trash bag, but you do get a sample package of 10 liners with your trash can to test out and you may be surprised at how great the simplehuman trash bags work once you try them.  


I have been so impressed with the sturdiness and quality of these trash cans.  I have never owned a simplehuman trash can before, but now I don’t think I can go back to just a regular old trash can.  You are definitely getting what you pay for with simplehuman!  The step pedal on the trash can is heavy duty and made to last for 150,000 steps — that’s more than 20 steps a day for 20 years.  WOW!  I can also say after having this trash can in my house for the past month it can take the daily wear of a family of six plus the company that comes in and out of our house and it still looks new. 

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I am so happy I went with the manual step can with a baby.  My last trash can was a sensor open top and it was great for a childless couple or older kids, but with toddlers I constantly had kids playing in the trash and opening the lid.  Eventually the lid got broken from the kids playing with it.  I really like that I can slid the bars in place to keep the lid open if I want to or just use it regularly by stepping on it.  It keeps the baby out of the trash, but allows my other kids (even my 3 year old) to access the trash can as needed.  

The only problem I ran into with my custom recycling system was telling the difference between my identical trash cans.  I needed a way to differentiate between the recycling can and the regular trash.  After giving it some thought, I decided a vinyl decal would be perfect for my kids and any visitors to know where to put trash and recycling.  Thankfully Laura has been working with Silhouette and she was able to create some fabulous recycling stickers for me to use.  It was super easy to apply the vinyl and the results are perfect!  Now my trash cans look great and are stylishly distinguished too!

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I am giving simplehuman butterfly step trash cans two big thumbs up for the functionality and style.  If you are in the market for the perfect trash cans and a more aesthetic way to recycle you will be glad that you sprung for the simplehuman cans and the great details the company builds in. 
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Buy:  You can purchase your own set of simple human trash cans online or in many major retail stores nationwide.

Thank you to simplehuman for sending my butterfly trash cans for review.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest!

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