stack and go
The crate of tommorrow adapts to the customer. With sideway stacking!

Solution

Problems need solution.

Espacially elderly people have problems transporting common 12x1L crates because they are to heavy for them. Or imagine you a single person household  need just a couple of bottles. In both cases the persons either buy a just half filled crate, or they struggle to transport the bottles individualy. Both cases arn't optimal at all in terms of usability.
The solution is simple: The crates needs to adapt to the user. Not the the user to the crate. 
 
With this concept you can adjust the size of the crates perfectly to your needs. 4, 8, 12 bottle or even larger crates are possible. Every crate has a flap/hook that connects them together. 
 
Perfectly stackable on standard euro pallets for easy worldwide transportation.

Update:
Why 4 bottles instead of 3?
Through a little survey at my local supermarket I found out, that most people (80%) think 3 bottles are easy enough to transport without a crate. Only 12% thought it's still comfortable to transport 4 bottle without a crate.
Furthermore, I ask espacily elderly people how many bottles they are able to carry without problems. I ask them to lift a basket filled with various numbers of standart one litre bottles (3-12 bottles). The outcome supported my theory and concept. Almost 95% said the standard 12bottle crate is far to heavy. Around 35% preffered 4 bottle as a small crate and 8 bottles for a large crate. Only 11% thought a 3 bottle crate would perfect. 22% preffered 5 bottles, 15% 6.
The conclusion was to develope a 4 bottle crate which is expandable to 8 or even 12 bottles.

The advantages of the new 4 bottle crate compared to 3 bottle crate:
- no small hooks that can breake off
- more bottles per europallet
- less material per bottle
- prefered by customers

Advantages compared to standard 12 bottle crate
- much better usabilty
- suitable for single person as well as elderly people
- no half filled crates anymore

Sustainability:

While thinking of the impact of plastics to the enviroment you always find the problem of plastics discard into the sea. They take up to 100 years to decompose and posses a great threat to sea animals like birds and fish. They often have toxic components which acumulate in the fish we eat.
But eaven proper recycling needs lots of energy.
A possible solution could be to use biodegradable plastics. In 2007, Robson Storey, a polymer scientist at University of Southern Mississippi presented an plastic, that decompose only in saltwater.

The everyday usage of the crate wouldn't be limited, but if tossed into the sea it will decompose in about 30 days. Leaving only harmles components. Recyling would be easy too. Old and used crates can be tossed into a salt water pool and the "recyling" porcess wont need any energy.

source:
( http://www.livescience.com/7222-biodegradable-plastics-tossed-sea.html )

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