Petal Claims Gold 🥇 at the 2020 New York Design Awards

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3 min readDec 17, 2020


Multi-disciplinary design team recognized for its re-imagining of the in-home waste storage process.

Petal is delighted to announce it has won the Gold Award in the 2020 New York Design Awards in the category of Product Design — Homewares.

The New York Design Awards, run by DrivenxDesign, recognize design that leads the way in technology and innovation.

The award celebrates creative and innovative design solutions with consideration given to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and overall function.

Petal was conceived by a multidisciplinary design team who sought to solve a series of persistent and pervasive problems with waste disposal in the home and beyond.

Together, they identified a set of problems without an existing solution, and delivered Petal: the world’s first freezer for household waste.

This year’s New York Design Award winners will be honored during a virtual awards presentation on Thursday evening, December 17.

🏆 The Winning Team 🏆

Scott Henderson — Industrial Design
Brian Petz — Engineering
Primoz Cresnick —Engineering

About the Product Design

Petal is a familiar surprise. From the outside, Petal is a beautifully-designed, pedal-operated waste bin. Its unique design aesthetic communicates a democratic freshness — an accessible, friendly and welcoming form that melds seamlessly within any home environment.

Its outward three-dimensional statement confidently expresses its new and unique technology with lightness and optimism, evoking feelings of health and happiness versus the trashcan’s necessary evil.

On the inside, where it counts the most, Petal combines proven, high-efficiency refrigeration technology, advanced vacuum-panel thermal insulation, and an innovative design architecture to perform as a hybrid freezer/waste bin — naturally stopping odors and putting germs on ice, in a convenient, easy-to-use form factor.

View the full project brief here

About DrivenxDesign
DrivenxDesign is a global design community consisting of over 95,000 members, 9,500 brands and 1,700 studios. It represents the world’s largest network of design award programs, having recognized outstanding projects from over 7,500 brands & 2,500 studios over the past decade through awards run annually in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, as well as New York.

About Petal
Established in 2020, Petal is a majority women-owned Fort Worth, Texas-based consumer goods company on a mission to stop rot, stink, and the spread of germs. Its namesake product is the world’s first zero-odor, germ-freezing waste bin. As a purpose-driven enterprise, Petal believes everyone deserves to live in healthy, clean, and sustainable environments; plastic pollution is a scourge that must end; and that composting should be easy and widespread.

Petal pressed PAUSE on its operations on Wednesday, November 18 due to supply chain issues related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts.
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