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Clever Eco-Friendly Rat Trap Design Has a Few Flaws

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Jul 12, 2010 • References: coroflot and cubeme
Product designer Elodie Delassus’ ‘Sourisverte’ is an eco-friendly rat trap. The idea is to lure the unwanted rodent into a cardboard container where it eats poisonous seeds and dies. Burying the dead rat with this container will let the decaying animal nourish a garden.

The rat trap design has some problems, however. No self-respecting rat would be contained by cardboard. Rats have very sharp teeth in order to escape from such confinement. Poison generally causes a slow, painful death -- it’s not eco-friendly. Making and using a cardboard trap is wasteful. It would be better to let a cat do the work.