Brabantia started in 1919 as a 15 employee factory in the Dutch town of Aalst. From the beginning, their mission was to create lasting products designed to retain their function and beauty for up to 20 years. They introduced the pedal wastebasket to the market in 1947.  Today, their product line includes a wide range of products including waste baskets, food storage, cookwares and kitchenwares, laundry products, and bathroom accessories.