Bird Silo – Slate
Bird Silo is a bird feeder for the modern yard made from 100% recycled plastic.
Helsinki-based bird enthusiasts Mika & Julie Tolvanen studied the eating habits of birds for several years, feeding them from prototypes at their dining room window. The feeder’s size and shape were chosen specifically for small songbirds who prefer to eat while clinging vertically. Bird Silo is designed to function like a grain silo. You lift the top cone, pour in wild seeds, & the feeder fills from the bottom up.
“We wanted to design a functional sculpture. We also thought Bird Silo should be a bird feeder whose impact on nature is just feeding the birds.” —Studio Tolvanen
- 100% recycled Polypropylene / 100% recycled Polyester / Stainless Steel
- Ø×L: 177 × 230 𝗆𝗆
- Designed in Finland / Made in China
Which birds will visit?
Bird Silo is a specialty feeder designed to feed birds who like to cling vertically while eating. These birds have a specific diet. Common diners include, Fantail, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Sparrows, Silvereye (or Waxeye), Starling, Yellowhammer.
We suggest serving wild bird seed mixtures.
Feeder care and bird hygiene
Hand wash Bird Silo with soap and warm water and replace food often, especially during wet or humid weather to avoid bacteria that might harm your feathered guests. In severe wet weather, it is recommended to fill bird feeders with only enough food that will be consumed in a couple days.
Design for a circular economy
We love the subtle flecks in our plastic that tell a story about its recycled beginnings. The raw material for our polypropylene comes from 100% upcycled post-consumer waste plastic containers and washing machine parts. The raw material for our recycled polyester rope comes from 100% upcycled post-consumer waste plastic bottles, and it is colored using a water-free dying process. Also, even though our bird feeder isn’t a toy, we decided the stainless steel hardware should be certified ‘safe for toys’ anyway. The feeder is designed for easy assembly and disassembly. All the parts can be separated and recycled - starting the circle of reuse again. It wouldn’t make sense to deliver our 100% recycled plastic bird feeder in a single-use plastic package, so we designed a box that is folded entirely from cardboard. It requires no glue, so it’s easy to unfold. We’re counting on you to recycle it!
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Mika & Julie Tolvanen founded their design office Studio Tolvanen in 2015. Mika is a Finnish designer who grew up in a North Karelian village. He graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2001, received the Bruno Mathsson Prize in 2012, and was named Finnish Furniture Designer of the Year in 2017. Julie is an American designer who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She studied architecture, worked for 10 years as a woodworker, and moved to Finland in 2009 to get a masters degree in furniture design. They design products for residential & contract use from their studio & workshop on Lauttasaari island in Helsinki, Finland. Hobbies include birdwatching & kayaking.