Stainless Steel Straws Made for the Hospitality Industry
The Suckitup, reusable straw dishwasher rack is the only commercially available dishwasher rack that has been specifically designed for cleaning reusable in the types of industrial dishwasher typically found in the hospitality industry, giving businesses the ability to adopt sustainable practices, whilst improving hygiene and ease of cleaning.
The initial challenge was to figure out a way of holding the straws in a variety of orientations which would ensure an even exposure to the high pressure water jets inside of the dishwasher. The rack also had to be sized to fit the most common dishwashers found in commercial settings, whilst having a capacity large enough to make it a viable solution for cleaning a large quantity of straws at any given time. On top of all this, the rack is manufactured from recycled PP, reducing the environmental impact, as well as the cost for the end consumer!
In 2018 it was estimated that an average of 10 million plastic straws were used every day in Australia, with an average usage life of 15-30 mins before being discarded. Reusable, metal straws have since become a popular choice for many individuals, but adoption has been low in the hospitality industry due to the challenge of cleaning the straws effectively in a fast paced environment. The Suckitup reusable straw rack eliminates this barrier to entry and provides hospitality venues with an option that previously didn't exist.
The requirements for the rack were clear from the beginning - It must be reusable, have a capacity no less than 100 straws, it must make use of recycled material and be user friendly and robust enough to withstand the rigours of a hospitality environment. These requirements dictated the material choice, colour selection (due to the limited palette of recycled PP), the simplicity of the flexible snap clips for the lid, and design for disassembly. Another feature of note is the inclusion of a space for a bristle brush on the inside of the lid. This brush can be used to dislodge any stubborn contaminants - Our testing has shown that when the rack and straws are properly soaked, the brush is infrequently used.
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SUCKITUP WINS GOLD AT GOOD DESIGN AUSTRALIA FOR THE WORLDS FIRST REUSABLE STRAW CLEANING RACK.
Reusable Straw Dishwasher Rack Wins Good Design Award Gold Accolade in Australia’s International Good Design Awards.
The winners of Australia’s peak international design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country were announced today during the 2020 Good Design Week.
Reusable Straw Dishwasher Rack received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Product Design Commercial and Industrial category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.
The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, design strategy, social impact design and young designers.
More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors evaluated each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition at this level.
About Reusable Straw Dishwasher Rack
The Suckitup, reusable straw dishwasher rack is the only commercially available dishwasher rack that has been specifically designed for cleaning reusable metal straws in the types of industrial dishwasher typically found in the hospitality industry, giving businesses the ability to adopt sustainable practices, whilst improving hygiene and ease of cleaning.
The Good Design Awards Jury praised Reusable Straw Dishwasher Rack, commenting: “Any reduction in the number of disposable drinking straws is a positive thing, Suckitup go further to provide an all in one solution. This is a well-resolved, integrated and aesthetic solution to the issue of cleaning metal reusable straws. It's a really innovative product that addresses a huge need - by making the straws easy to clean, uptake will be increased. Consideration of the user experience is evident in the design, as is engagement with the people that will use the product. The approach to packaging the design as a complete unit (straws + cleaning rack) is really clever and removes barriers to purchase. A really well executed design. ”
Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award is a significant achievement given the very high calibre and record number of entries received in 2020.”
“There’s no doubt it has been a really tough year for everyone so it’s nice to be able to share some good news for a change. The projects represented in this year’s Good Design Awards shine a positive light on our creative and innovative capacity as human beings. These inspirational winning projects give me hope and optimism that our design community will continue to innovate, no matter how challenging the world around us is,” said Dr. Gien.
“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence - it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately make our lives better. These projects showcase the shear brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world,” said Dr. Gien.
The 2020 Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with an astonishing 835 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.