Simple Inventions

by Todd McDonald on March 8, 2012

A resealable soda can….a double-ended toothpaste tube….a turn signal biking jacket…even the new heart catheter invented by Matt Reavill described in a recent Chicago Tribune article (Inventor says new heart catheter will save lives). These are all examples of simple inventions that use individual parts or technology already in existence, but in a unique, and very clever way.

Perusing these items and more at Simple Inventions That Are Pure Genius reminded us of recent “simple invention” of our own….

The Challenge:

Hospitals produce over 5.9M tons of waste each year – with very little being recycled – a main reason being that the staff simply have no time to separate plastic lids and trays for recycling.

The TEQethylene™ Sterile Barrier System/ Medical Packaging Solution:

  • Uses a proprietary blend of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – a material known to have less environmental impact than other materials.
  • Uses TYVEK® thermoplastic lidding material by DuPont™ (also made from HDPE) for a mono material, more easily recycled package.
  • Uses an adhesive coating identified as having a negligible impact on recyclability.
  • Backed by research data so customers can meet requirements for stability studies (that are typically so costly and time consuming that it is difficult to change materials).

Does your company have a simple invention of its own?

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