Smart recycling | Totem 60 Bin Review

Disclosure: This is an unpaid review with Joseph Joseph. I was sent a Totem 60 Bin for the purposes of this blogpost. All images, thoughts and words — as ever — are my own.

There used to be a time when we’d literally throw anything and everything in the bin, if it was surplus to requirements.

And there was only one bin.

And a compost heap if you were lucky enough to have an allotment or a garden large enough to house one.

Thankfully, these days we live in an era where so much can be recycled.

In the area where we live, for example, the council recycles glass, paper, tins, garden waste, fabric — even food.

All good. And it gives me a sense of well-being to think that we’re trying to do our best for the environment (especially given how much packaging things seem to come in these days).

But the downside of being able to recycle so much is our kitchen is usually FULL of rubbish.

Bags for this, boxes for that. A caddy for food scraps.

Very often, our kitchen resembles a recycling centre. And for a neat-freak like me, it makes me despair.

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Introducing The Totem 60 Bin

Thankfully those clever chaps at Joseph Joseph have come up with the most intelligent waste bin you’re ever likely to come across. And not only intelligent but good looking too.

The Totem 60 is the epitome of smart recycling.

This is the Ferrari of bins — sleek, shiny and beautifully styled — plus it’s innovative system combines waste and recycling in one very lovely looking package.

The Totem 60 in stainless steel
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The Totem 60 offers the best in smart recycling
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Totem comes in three sizes — 48L, 58L and 60L — and is available in Stone or Graphite as well as there being a stainless steel version of the 60L unit.

And it’s not just a pretty face. There’s a general bin at the top of the unit — with an odour filter to reduce unpleasant smells — and a pull-out drawer at the bottom that can be divided to suit your recycling needs. We’ve got paper and card in one side and plastic and glass in the other.

The top bin can be easily lifted out so it doesn’t disturb the contents of the drawer below plus there is also a separate little caddy for food scraps. This can be stored inside the drawer or the waste bin — or you can take it out entirely to give you more room for refuse; we have ours standing on the kitchen counter.

The Totem 60 — top unit for waste and a pull out drawer for recyling
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The Totem 60 — includes a separate caddy for food waste
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The Totem 60 — A pull out drawer for recycling
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The Totem 60 — The drawer can be sectioned off so you can have two compartments; we have bottles in one side, papers in the other
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My Totem 60 Bin Review

Joseph Joseph have labelled the Totem 60 ‘intelligent waste’ and they’re not wrong. But as well as being smart in terms of intuition it’s also smart in looks.

It’s streamlined exterior will fit beautifully in any setting; whether your kitchen is a vision of contemporary loveliness or one of rustic charm, this is the perfect bin.

Gone are the piles of paper and precariously balanced towers of cans and bottles, hello Totem 60. Sleek, discreet and a master of waste management.

Trashy this ain’t.

Recycling has never looked so good.

The Totem 60 — the most intelligent waste bin you’re ever likely to come across
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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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53 thoughts on “Smart recycling | Totem 60 Bin Review”

    • It looks SO stylish doesn’t it? We had an old fashioned ‘dustbin’ in the kitchen for years — very cool but only good for rubbish!! We ended up with piles of recycling surrounding it!

  1. Wow, that bin looks totally amazing, I love how you can keep all the recycling tidy. Unfortunately I just use a supermarket hessian bag to keep mine…


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