Student's answer to milk theft woes

Student Katherine Larner has the perfect solution for victims of the 'milk thief'.

Katherine Larner
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Katherine Larner has come up with a solution to aid victims of milk theft

Student Katherine Larner has the perfect solution for victims of the 'milk thief'.

The 22-year-old Nottingham Trent University student got fed up with other people taking her milk while she shared a house.So she designed My Milk which prevents anyone who's unauthorised from opening the bottle.

"Milk theft is a regular annoyance for office workers and cohabiters up and down the country," said Katherine, who is doing BA (Hons) Product Design at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

"It's probably happened to all of us at some point, but until now, as far as I'm aware, no designer has ever really done anything about it.

"What I've designed is intended to be bought as a gift and as well as protecting a person's milk, it aims to poke fun at the issue."

My Milk features a combination lock which prevents anyone who doesn't know the code from unscrewing the lid. Consumers store their milk in it rather than in the standard carton and a dial on the side allows them to set the sell-by date each time it's refilled.

The product is set to go on public display alongside a host of other student design works during the 2015 NTU Degree Show at the University's City site from 29 May to 6 June.

The shows are almost unparalleled as one of the UK's largest displays of national award-winning student work and feature designs from subject areas as diverse as fine art and photography, furniture design and fashion, architecture and decorative arts.

James Dale, principal lecturer in Product Design, said: "Katherine's product illustrates how design can help address many modern issues, such as those facing people who share fridges.

"Not only does it promise to keep cohabiters' milk fresh and secure, it could also stop their relationships from turning sour."

Student's answer to milk theft woes

Published on 9 June 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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