Have you seen that show called American Inventor? If you haven't seen it, I suggest that you do because it's a lot fun to watch! But in any case,
for some reason, I woke up this morning with drinking straws on my brain. And why is that you ask? It's because I could not locate my drinking straw
this morning to sip my orange juice out of. Lol, well... I suppose you are now asking, "You mean, you only have ONE drinking straw??" Well.... yes.
And here's why.
You see, I used up my box of straws ages ago where I only had one straw left and amazingly enough, I've been using that same straw now for several
weeks for all of my cold beverages! When I'm done using it, all I do is rinse it off with cold water and place it on a paper towel by the sink to use
again for my next glass of pop or iced tea. And believe it or not, this straw is as good as new even though I've been using this same straw a few
times a day, for several weeks now!
Well anyway, as I was saying before, I woke up with drinking straws on my brain this morning because last night I couldn't find it to sip my ice tea
out of. My teeth are very 'cold sensitive' and for this reason, I prefer to drink out of a straw for any iced beverages. So this morning, when I
woke up, I thought to myself, "Darn, if only I had a container of some sort with that straw in it attached to my key chain just to prevent misplacing
this thing again". And right after I had that thought, BAM, it hit me like a thunderbolt! A brilliant idea came to my mind and since then (going on 3
hours now), I haven't looked back because this idea that I came up with having to do with drinking straws may also be just one small way, albeit a
teeny-tiny one, to HELP SAVE THE PLANET!!
So here's my idea. What if there was something on the market that serves not only as a key chain, but also as telescope drinking straw holder where
that holder would also to have the message 'Save The Planet' printed on it in bold letters!
You see it's like this... and sorry for my skipping around on this but just now brainstorming on this idea, the fact is, millions, if not billions of
drinking straws are disposed of all over the world ON A DAILY BASIS at fast food places like McDonald's for example. I mean, just think of all that
waste and how these plastic straws are doing their own number on filling up landfills and hence consequently harming our precious environment! But
just for a moment, I'm now asking you to think of what it would be like if everybody instead carried around their own drinking straw encased in a
small container of some sort that also could serve as a key chain to zip out when at a fast food place! Where instead of making your own contribution
to world pollution, you would instead be making a small but worthy contribution to painlessly save our environment!
So let us now return back to that part where I mentioned that TV show called American Inventor. Supposing that we members here at ATS brainstorm on
developing a prototype for a retractable re-usable drinking straw and some kind of a container for it with a cutting edge design that would also serve
as a key chain and, in it's own small way, promote environmental awareness via the Save the Planet message that's printed on it.
The object of this invention would be three-fold:
1) The usage of re-usable straws to help save the environment
2) To serve not only as a container for the reusable drinking straw but also as a key chain.
2) The message on the container/key-chain that this straw is enclosed in would also serve as part of a SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT awareness campaign.
So here's my idea, why don't we ATS members brainstorm and come up with a prototype for this 'invention' and then appoint someone here to show it
on the American Inventor show!
If you've watched that show before, you will see that the judges are very receptive toward GREEN inventions. The top winners receive $50,000 to take
their inventions to the next level which is mass production and in my humble opinion, I think an interesting looking SAVE THE WORLD thingy that can be
used as a key chain that ALSO holds a re-usable telescope drinking straw would be a real hit with the GREEN crowd -- don't you?
It could be sold at novelty gift shops, drug stores, grocery stores, in online Gear Stores or whatever... for any number of internet orgs and so
on.... because that org. or company logos could also be printed somewhere on that straw container along with the SAVE THE PLANET message.
Ok.... so here's my idea and I would LOVE it if some of you here join me in developing a prototype for this truly worthwhile 'invention'! Let's
all have fun and see what we can come up with to take this project to the next step! American Invention?? Hey, why not??
[edit on 30-6-2007 by Palasheea]