Making house hold chores easier with a new trash bag package design.
Trash bags are sold in single packages, requiring individuals to purchase more than one box at a time if they wish to outfit their entire home with different sizes. Having multiple, separate packages causes clutter and frustration in the home where storage is limited. The packages in which trash bags are stored are notoriously difficult to keep under control when trying to grab just one bag.
Dispensing of the bag was a large issue for our users
This innital survey I conducted helped determine how large the product could be made to maximize convenience and minimize its footprint.
To generate solutions for these problems, I began to understand our main insights and brainstormed some possible solutions to identify different ways this could be resolved.
Lack of Variety
Trash bag packages remain an item that must be purchased separately to attain every size necessary in a household.
Trash bag packaging remains relatively simple, a borderline tissue box for trash bags. It serves no extra purpose. This feels like a missed opportunity.
This first idea came in the form of vertically stacked bags in a tower form. The product designer I was working with made me aware of the materials which egg-carts used to keep eggs in place. This was utilized to maintain internal rigidity.
The next concept changed the layout of bag receptacles significantly. It maintaines the dimensional effectiveness of our first concept.
testing on real people
Some of our main issues were solved with these two solutions, such as our problems with dispensing the bags, and having to sort through several boxes.
However, a new problem presented it self with users wanting to be able to refill the bags.
refill the box
Side Flap Design
Taking queues from cereal boxes, we implemented a side flap into our package. For a side flap to work properly, the reenforcement material had to be shifted to one side to enable customers to retrieve the bags and not have to remove a support insert in the process.
Building The Flap
We constructed a prototype with the flap to study how effectively users were able to operate it and refill the bags. It was immediately obvious that its likeness to a cereal box was a familiarity users took advantage of.
In keeping with Glads current branding system for their trash bags, we kept the on-box information the same so customers could scan the package for their same informati on they have used when shopping before.
Our proposed solution would involve combining the most popular types and sizes of trash bags purchased together into one package. The goal of a single package is to eliminate clutter and provide an easier dispensing experience when refilling multiple bags at a time.
We believe a worthwhile exploration into ergonomics and handling could shed light on the experience customers have while refiling the trash bags. Several consumers pointed out how nice it was to be able to fill everything at once. What if we promoted this activity? Would handles or other niceties compel users to complete the task of filling trash bags faster and get back to their daily activities?
A very time consuming, yet potentially beneficial area we considered while producing this package was the method which the rolls were constructed. Is a roll the most effective way to put trash bags into a container? Would a flat stack, similar to tissue boxes be better?