"Fantastic, Innovative and Useful." Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
"Great, functional and stylish, wish I had thought of it." Blue Design Inc. California
"Invaluable, amazing and seriously smart - why didn't someone think of this sooner." www.foodinjars.com
Bigmouth Funnels - invented by Robin Bristow in June 2012.
I needed a solution to the problem I had when transferring jams and sauces into bottles - I kept messing jam everywhere so I made a funnel out of the lid of an ice cream container. I used it so often that I decided to manufacture them.
I designed the smaller funnel to solve the problem of refilling salt and pepper grinders. Their most outstanding feature is that they pack flat and can be used for foodstuffs that standard funnels cannot be used for - eg: rice, oats, spices etc.
To establish how the broader design community viewed the function and aesthetics of the Bigmouth Funnels they were entered into several design competitions. They were very successful - winning the 2012 Sydney Design Awards and were awarded Good Design® by the judges of the 2013 Australian International Design Awards.
Using an Australian manufactured, BPA free, food grade, dishwasher proof and recyclable polypropylene and a Brisbane Plastics company I commenced manufacture and sales of the funnels through a few retail outlets in Sydney, Brisbane and Noosa as well as online. The funnels are currently only available in green and blue and I have been receiving many requests to increase the available colour range. By using Kickstarter I hope to raise enough funds to produce the funnels in 2 new colors as well as emboss "Thanks Kickstarter" onto these exclusive new funnels.
Here are the cost breakdowns for the new funnels: AUD $ 450 for the new art plates, AUD $ 1550 for the production run and AUD $200 for the shipping. Total costs: AUD $ 2200.
We have been working with Plastics Australia in Brisbane who will be die cutting the new funnels for us. Because of their ease of manufacture the factory has shown they can produce very large quantities if required. Plastics Australia also have sister factories in China who they can call on to assist with any extra large orders if required.
I would like to thank the following companies for their support:
Risks and challenges
We already have an excellent relationship with the manufacturer Plastics Australia in Brisbane and are confident we can meet our production goals but with any manufacturing project there could be some delays caused by unforeseen events such as material shortages. We do not anticipate that these could affect our production deadlines but there is always a small chance that we may run a bit behind. It would be wonderful to offer a great new color range to the public and this is where I need Kickstarter to help me grow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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