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FinalStraw Collapsable Drinking Straw

Plastic drinking straws seem too small, too inconsequential, to be bothered about in our need to protect our environment. Except that Americans use from 170 million to 390 million straws every day. That’s huge. Multiply that by 365 days, and straws become a mammoth force to be reckoned with....

Le-Glue: Glue For Legos and Building Blocks

Is there anyone among us who has not known the “thrill of victory” when placing the last LEGO®* on the castle’s last turret? And the “agony of defeat” when an overly excited Rover careens into it. Might not be a castle; might not be a dog. But after weeks...

BoxLock Smart Padlock for Package Deliveries

In the United States alone, online shoppers spent more than $409 billion in 2017 and are projected to spend $461 billion in 2018. That’s a lot of packages! Two of the top delivery services companies alone average 19 million packages a day. Those packages may be coming from the...

Bermies Shorts

Bermies is more than a brand of swimwear. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a community of people who explore the great outdoors and have a serious commitment to protecting our oceans. They share photos of their adventures and at-risk sea life on Instagram @bermies. The swimwear is cutting-edge. The shorter...

Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter

Do you remember how much fun it was scooting around your neighborhood back in the day? Have you ever felt like grabbing a child’s scooter and flying down the street with the carefree exuberance of youth but were afraid you’d look silly. Now you can have your own scooter...

SolSource Solar Cooker by One Earth Designs

The sun is our largest source of free energy, generating thousands of times more power each day than we can use in a year. We need to develop ways to collect that clean, renewable energy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and lower the emission of greenhouse gases....

The Avocaderia – Avocado Bar

Avocados are now known as “the world’s most perfect fruit.” There was a time when they were scarce outside of Mexico and Central and South America. The U.S. did not allow imports of fruit from Mexico until the late 1990s. As the restrictions were lifted, the demand for avocados...

Petrol Bottled Water Treat For Dogs

Look around. Wherever you go, there are people with water bottles. Or simply look at the numbers: $11 billion per year spent on bottled water, and that’s just in the U. S. Bottled water isn’t new; it’s been around since the 17th century. But it wasn’t until the 1970s...

Radiate Portable Campfire

The ability to control fire was the first “giant leap for mankind.” More than 100,00 years ago (some scientists set it at more than a million years ago), our ancestors used fire for light and warmth and found that cooked meat tasted better than raw. There was also the...

Everytable Healthy Fast Food

Throughout the United States, in areas both urban and rural, there are communities without access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. No grocery stores or farmers’ markets. No fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk. Instead, there are easily accessible fast food chains and convenience stores with low-quality, overly processed,...

Bouquet Bar Gift Boxes

I recently came across a list of rules for gift giving. A gift needs to be personal (that leaves out gift cards), thoughtful (ditto), beautifully wrapped (ditto) and surprising. I immediately thought of the Bouquet Bar, where superb floral designs merge with innovative, high-quality treats for gifts that not...

The Longhairs Men’s Hair Products

“Hair Ties for Guys”: catchy name, great idea. Lindsay Barto and Chris Healy had each been growing his hair for a year or two and had dealt with the consequences, including hair slipping into soup, the risk of leaning over a running motor and being blinded when caught in...

Pandaloon – Panda Pet Costumes, Apparel and Accessories

You must see Huxley on YouTube. Huxley is a Pomeranian puppy who has the good fortune of having Eugenia Chen as his human. Eugenia created a panda bear Halloween costume for Huxley and then videoed him. Never one to miss a chance to be in the limelight, Huxley frolicked...

iFork Flatware That Never Touches The Table

Far too often we keep doing the same thing, because, well, “that’s the way it’s always been done.” Good enough for generations past, good enough for us. Take forks, for instance, basically unchanged in 500 years we’ve been using them. They sure beat eating with our fingers. Why try...

DetraPel Liquid Stain Repellent Spray

If only...Luke hadn’t dribbled soup on his tie before the interview. Emma hadn’t muddied her shoes on her way to meet the new fellow’s parents. Brad’s fast-food ketchup hadn’t settled into his car’s passenger seat (and then his date’s coat). Their days would have gone so much better if...

The Christmas Tree Hugger

Ryan Kenny has always loved Christmas trees. When he was little, he’d fuss over the family tree until it was just right. ‘Cause Santa checked the “Nice” column for little boys who worked to make the tree beautiful. Now Ryan is a grown-up and he still wants a tree...

EverlyWell Home Health Tests

EverlyWell is perfectly poised to become an integral part of the “do-it-yourself healthcare” trend with its at-home tests that check hormone levels, blood sugar, cholesterol and much more. We are accustomed to monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature with apps on smart phones and tablets. A cool...

Slumberkins

Slumberkins know how children feel when those rough patches in life come along, and children can learn from the Slumberkins’ experiences. The fox was anxious when his home life changed. He learned that change is an ordinary part of life, even in families, but the love among family members...

GloveStix – Deodorizer For Gloves

A three-hour drive with lacrosse gloves—that’s what it took for Krista Wood to begin her mission to cleanse the world of stinky sports equipment, a world she had inhabited for years with three athletics-loving children. Their son asleep, Krista and her husband Chris were left to suffer the consequences...

Qeepsake – The Text Message Baby Journal

Stephanie and Jeff McNeil were like many of the rest of us. As we wait to meet our new daughter or son, we plan. Sometimes we might go so far as to plan out our child’s whole life (i.e., daydream), but mostly we plan how we are going to...

PopSlate Phone Case With Screen

Yashar Behzadi and Greg Moon had an interesting idea, Popslate, a phone case that doubled as an E ink display. Their first prototype wasn’t ideal, so they moved on to Popslate 2: the display was better, the case thinner, and they added a back-up battery and Wallet function. Yashar...

AfreSHeet (Peel Away Labs) – Layered Bed Sheets

AfreSheet has come a long way since its appearance on Shark Tank, when Maxwell Cohen introduced the sharks and their 8 million+ viewers to the genius of disposable sheets for dorm rooms and summer camp bunks. Maxwell was still in the stage of evaluating a need for the product...

BrandYourself – Online Reputation Management

Someone somewhere may be rummaging through your life. They are not searching for evidence of how great a person you are; they want to unearth the “dirt,” photos that seemed funny long ago, membership in suspect groups, and rants you posted online. Things you have long forgotten. It may...

Bantam Bagels

Nick and Elyse Oleksak loved watching Shark Tank. They admired the entrepreneurs and daydreamed about starting up a company of their own and appearing in the tank. They came up with various ideas, but nothing stuck, until Nick had a dream about a bagel the size of a donut...
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