Breathing new life into "outdated" products.
Playtex Baby division makes the Diaper Genie line of diaper disposal pails. Essentially, the pail utilizes a plastic liner (tubing) into which one can drop soiled diapers, sealing in (most of) the smell. When the plastic tubing runs out, a refill is loaded onto the pail. A boon to parents, such diaper pails with similar designs were/are made by several companies. Playtex remains the leader.
Around December 2011, Playtex discontinued the Twist-away refills that were compatible with the Classic Diaper Genie pails, essentially imposing a "forced early retirement" on the Classic Diaper Genie, since the "Classic" pail was not compatible with the refills that Playtex was manufacturing for its other, newer pail designs (http://www.playtexbaby.com/DiaperGenie/Diaper-Genie-II-Refill
In early 2012, Playtex customer support told me, on the phone, that my options were to buy a newer model of the pail (& invest in the fitting newer refills), or to buy the older refills from online retailers that were selling them at almost twice the price.
I knew what to try next- to "surgically transplant" the plastic liner from a newer refill to an older depleted Twist-Away refill casing. That would achieve:
1. Less landfill waste- since I would not have to throw out a perfectly functioning older pail and invest in a newer model
2. Savings - since even the cheapest newer generation pail would cost well over $25 (http://www.playtexbaby.com/DiaperGenie/Diaper-Genie-Essentials
3. Help launch a career in product design? - IF I could convince Playtex that letting users load older pails with lining/tubing sold WITHOUT the casing (which is the bulk of the hard plastic in the refills, and a recurring source of undegradable landfill waste) would be a win-win for both Playtex and Customers (and the Environment!!). I already had, in my head, the concept for a bio-degradable, low-impact minimalistic paper casing for the plastic liner.
Good news- it took me less than 4 minutes to take apart a refill of the newer design, extract the compactly-folded plastic liner from it, and then transplant the liner into a depleted refill casing of the older design.
Bad news- f you've already tossed out the your empty old refills, you would need to get your hands on at least one refill "cartridge" of the older design, or use a 3-D printer to create one :-)
@Playtex @PlaytexBaby Why not reduce the plastic used (and then sent to landfills) in the Diaper Genie products? #diaper #baby #pet #poop #disposal #parenting #odor