If you’re a bit of an ideas, devices, tech and culture nerd like I am, you’ll know that sense of excitement, joy and delight you get when you discover cool, new and affordable inventions.
It pops up to remind you that the internet is a pretty cool place and all over the world smart people are not just coming up with new ideas, but also taking action and turning them into realities. I often feel this rush when I visit crowd funding sites like Pozible or Kickstarter, or when I read a news story about some kid who creates a ground breaking app and then sells it for a billion dollars to Google.
I thought I was pretty across this kind of stuff, but I was in near disbelief when I stumbled upon a brand new website that showcases new ideas, projects and products from microbusinesses, which I’d never heard of before.
The platform is called Pitchi and it brings together the best of innovation, community, design and e-commerce. It’s great because it allows anyone to start selling, and as a prospective buyer you can get a full understanding of the products through video, blogs and item information. It’s a big, wide, open marketplace full of creativity, new ways of solving old problems. It’s also a place where you can pick up an interesting and unique product that not everyone else will have.
To celebrate my discovery and spread the good word on behalf of all of the great ideas coming from microbusinesses in Australia and around the world, here are 5 of my favourite products on Pitchi!
Abacus Pod Rack $26.00
Designer coffee accessories and coffee machines are already beautiful enough as they are, and can make quite a statement in your kitchen. But with this new, sleek pod holder, you won’t have to store your colourful pods in a container on the kitchen bench, or pay for one of those overpriced dispensers. The Abacus Pod Rack can hold up to 36 Nespresso capsules and can be fitted to any flat surface both vertical and horizontal. Make art like the Italians.
Trolley Bags $34.95
I’m criminal when it comes to using plastic bags at the supermarket. I always forget my canvas bags and hate it when they pile high in the back of my car, looking rather messy. But a new invention called Trolley Bags adds another layer of practicality to the eco-shopping experience, which makes reducing your plastic bag use easy and practical. The system comes with 4 bags which stack across your shopping trolley much like files in a cabinet. Once you’ve finished at the register you can reload your bags, pop them in the car and carry them into your home.
Steadyrack Classic Bike Rack $79.00
I really enjoy cycling but struggle to safely and securely store my bicycle. I currently rely on an L-shaped floor stand, but hate that this takes up precious space in my living room. If I had the Steadyrack Classic Bike Rack however, I’d be able to easily store my beautiful beast in the garage – where it belongs! The rack has been built with all riders and non-riders in mind and is an easy wall-mounted mechanism that stores and folds bikes in a stylish and accessible fashion.
My favourite product on the site at the moment is the memobottle. I love it because it’s simple, aesthetically beautiful, innovative and affordable – all signs of a great product. When I ride my bike or scooter to commute oftentimes I have to stop, pull over and readjust my bag so that my water bottle isn’t poking into my back. But why do water bottles have to be round? It’s practical when it comes to the sports field, but unnecessary for everyday use. Instead, this product redefines how you store, carry and drink water. It fits perfectly into your back pocket, laptop bag, hand bag or backpack, all whilst keeping you hydrated and looking stylish. Now that’s refreshing!
This post was written with support from Pitchi. Check out their website to discover more innovations.