WISH WE'D THOUGHT OF THAT...
5 AMAZING IDEAS & COMPANIES
What’s your favourite brand of toilet paper? Brandless are betting on you struggling to answer this question. Launched in the US in 2017 they offer a range of over 300 essential unbranded items from cleaning products, basic food items and even stationery, all sold online for $3 each. You can buy individual items, create regular subscriptions or pick out simple bundles of products (the pizza bundle does sound pretty great). Brandless recently raised $240 million to take on giants like Amazon. The founders Ido Lefer and Tina Sharkey see a future where people shop in accordance with their values rather than what giant logo is on the packaging.
Belgian company Slow Cabins offers the perfect way to relax, in beautifully designed compact cabins in remote locations. Before you pack your bags, you should know there is a small catch (that we think is awesome), Slow Cabins won’t tell you where the cabin is until you have made a reservation, they will just guarantee it is located within a two-hour drive of your home. So far the cabins are only in Belgium, but the plan is to open sites in the UK and other countries in the coming months. Slow travel is a growing trend with more and more people looking to change up their hectic routines and enjoy the simplicity of nature.
There have been tons of new affordable eyewear brands since Warby Parker came on the scene a few years ago. Genusee is a stylish eyewear brand bringing something new to the table. Manufactured in Flint Michigan, the glasses are made from recycled single-use water bottles. For years Flint had a water crisis, with the city’s 100,000 residents forced to drink bottled water.
Genusee co-founder Ali Rose wanted to do something positive to address this issue and the company was born. Each pair of glasses upcycles 15 water bottles and costs $99. They started shipping in January 2019.
COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING
Based in Hamilton, Canada, Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots craft brewery that aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists and musicians. They feature limited edition works of art on their beer cans and labels, and work to make sure the liquid on the inside is as diverse and creative as the artists they profile. Collective Arts Brewing brews everything from their flagship IPA Ransack the Universe to an award- winning porter called Stranger than Fiction. Every three months they have an open call for art to be considered for their labels and have used works from artists and bands all over the world.
The World’s Most Advanced 3D Imaging Sensor. Vayyar develops safe, mobile, low-cost 3D imaging sensors, enabling applications ranging from breast cancer screening, to detecting water leakage, people tracking, vital signs and more. Founded in 2011 in Israel, Vayyar started with a focus on breast cancer detection, however as the technology matured and evolved, Vayyar widened their scope to additional markets including smart home, security, automotive and retail. Even though we say we wish we’d thought of it first, let’s be honest, there is no way we could have worked out how to create this imaging sensor.
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