Why We Chose This
The Erpa Trash Bin, designed in 1928, was one of the first foot-pedal-operated waste containers of its kind. Josef Road, who founded the Erpa company in Germany, first devised the metal bin for use as sanitary containment in hospitals—the pedal mechanism allowed medical workers to avoid touching the top of the can and the tight lid helped maintain a hygienic environment. In the 1950s Josef’s sons, Fritz and Ernst, took over the company and eventually the Erpa evolved from a medical container to a waste collector for home use—and today it remains an icon of modern, efficient design.
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