Ash & Ädda

Catharina Drees

Juli / July - 2019

Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar



Ash and Ädda are two ashtrays that prevent cigarette butts from being thrown on the ground by shortening the process of throwing them away. Ash pocket ashtray is portable and Ädda add-on ashtray can be flexibly placed in different locations.

What is the Topic?

In everyday life on the road, we like to take shortcuts. One unpleasant topic that we would like to leave behind as quickly as possible is our waste. Because everything that ends up in the trash disappears from our minds. In the case of smokers and their cigarettes, the stub ends up on the ground and is forgotten. Dropping the cigarette where you are standing is much shorter and easier than finding a trash can first. But in such a cigarette filter after smoking you can find arsenic, lead, chromium, copper, cadmium, formaldehyde, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nicotine. 50% of nicotine is dissolved out by water after 30 minutes. So when it rains, these contents end up in our groundwater. Effects can include gene changes, behavioral changes, and death of organisms.

Why does it look like this?

The Shape of Ash is inspired by pants pocket as it should spend the most of the time there. The folding helps to get a bit more volume for the cigarettes it should carry. Also you can find a triangle bail for everyone without pants pockets, it can be used to get connect with bags or trousers. The add-on ashtray Ädda is yellow-orange for the reason it should be seen and used. The cigarette can easily extinguished by the grooved surface. The cylindric shape is inspired by the city -funiture, -tubes and -stakes.

What is special?

Both Ashtrays are designed for the Daily life, you can use them flexible and almost everywhere. It stops the overload of cigarette wastes in towns.

What is new?

Conventional pocket ashtrays are out of Metal or plastic they are basically for a relaxing and sitting smoker. Ash is useable for smoking on the way, the material silicon ist soft and heatproof. Therefore it is not uncomfortable in your trouser pocket. For everyone who has not an Ash, here comes Ädda, it helps everywhere were you can´t find ashtrays.