Kasey Hou, 36, came up with an "Ikea-style toaster" which is easy to assemble and also repair if it ever breaks.
She developed the kitchen appliance as part of her product design degree and is optimistic that it will help people cut down on pollution.
The body of the toaster is made from stainless steel, includes two bread trays and a timer, and produces crispy slices within minutes.
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According to Miss Hou, it takes users just over half an hour to assemble her invention by using an easy-to-follow instruction manual.
I tried to promote the idea of increasing longevity through repair and that's my approach as one of the solutions to e-waste
Kasey Hou – Student
The inventor, who developed the toaster as part of her Product Design degree at the University of Edinburgh, said: "I think it has that unique selling point.
"Because you have to make it yourself, you create a special bond with the toaster you are making.
"You can also repair it yourself if it has any problems instead of taking it somewhere to get fixed or get a new one."
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The body of the toaster is made from stainless steel, includes two bread trays and a timer
Kasey Hou, 36, is doing a Product Design degree at the University of Edinburgh
Miss Hou, originally from Taiwan, believes that people should try to prolong the shelf life of all products and that the issue of electronic waste is a "challenging" one.
She said: "I don't have a particular attachment to this area but I asked myself, 'wouldn't it be great if I could come up with a design to help reduce e-waste.
"E-waste is a huge issue and I doubt there will be a single solution to it.
"For my project, I tried to promote the idea of increasing longevity through repair and that's my approach as one of the solutions to e-waste."
Miss Hou picked up an Art Collection Award from the University of Edinburgh for all the hard work she put into the project.
Her friends were on hand to trial the product and she believes this was very important in developing and adapting the product.
She said: "I've had good feedback from people who have trialled the product. They say that it is easy to assemble and that the instruction manual is very clear to follow.
"They found that the overall experience of making the toaster was very interesting and engaging."
'Because you have to make it yourself, you create a special bond with the toaster', says Hou
'I tried to promote the idea of increasing longevity through repair' says Hou
Miss Hou said that she 'really enjoyed' doing the project but hopes to see her unique innovation hit the shops in the near future.
She added: "It's really fun. It is cool to see ideas start from scratch and then you make it into an actual product which also works in reality.
"I would love to do this if I had the chance, to work with big companies because they do have more resources.
"For myself, I didn't have these which made it quite hard to figure out the structure of the toaster I had to work on it a lot."
The innovation is currently on display at the university alongside a range of other creations
The innovation is currently on display at the university alongside a range of other spectacular creations.
Professor Chris Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art was “delighted” with the products on display.
He said: "The degree show promises to be a great celebration of talent across the college. I am sure visitors will find the work stimulating, innovative and challenging."
The degree show is free and is open 11am-5pm from until 11 June. Late night openings will be held on Wednesday 7 June and Thursday 8 June, until 8pm.