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$8,187
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 8 2014
Jason ShepherdBy Jason Shepherd
First created
Jason ShepherdBy Jason Shepherd
First created
$8,187
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
64
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 8 2014

About

Bag-Straps™ is the anti-clip solution that allows you to effectively store and carry large bags of pet food and more. When we set out to design our product, we asked ourselves, “Why does it have to be a clip? Why isn’t there a better solution for closing durable bags? Why can’t we have a strap?” These questions inspired us to create Bag-Straps™ and change the game of closing large durable bags forever. Just wrap the velcro strap around your bag of pet food, fertilizer, charcoal and more to keep contents fresh and contamination-free. With the convenient and secure handle, you can carry heavy bags with ease.

Using a patent-pending technique, Bag-Straps™ wraps tightly around your bag of pet food. The strap loops around a large bag and attaches to the velcro adhesive for secure, convenient and air-tight storage. Then simply grab the secure handle and you’re good to go! By using Bag-Straps™, you’ll be able to give your best furry friend the delicious and fresh food they deserve.

Steps:

1. Set bag on top of the strap 
2. Roll/close bag to the point where you get a nice seal
3. Place base of the Bag-Strap™ over the bag’s seal
4. Apply the amount of tension necessary to slide the strap through the proprietary, or split, handle
5. Fix strap to itself via the velcro adhesive
6. You’re good to go! 

Interested in learning more about Bag-Straps™? Then read on!

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Ideas/Uses:

  • Animal Lovers - Keep your furry friend’s food fresh, organized and safe from contamination in the bag. Whether you own a dog, cat, horse, rabbit, ferret or some other adorable animal, Bag-Straps™ securely closes your pet food bags. While you may be thinking plastic containers do the same thing, well think again. These containers just lead to stale and contaminated food. However, your pet food bags are specifically designed to keep harmful elements (light, oxygen and moisture) out. By using Bag-Straps™ to seal your bag, you’ll guarantee your pet will have the freshest food! Or, as your favorite furry friend would say, “Bag-Straps™, helping you humans effectively store our food for generations to come!”
  • Grill Master - Easily carry those big bags of charcoal to the grill with Bag-Straps™ and fuel up the summer fun. Then during the winter, keep the bags neat and organized in the shed without worry of them spilling over or moisture sneaking in, keeping them safe for next season.
  • Green-Thumb Gardener - We know carrying those hefty bags of fertilizer to and from the shed is a hassle (to say the least). By using Bag-Straps™, you no longer have to deal with carrying that awkward and heavy bag. Simply wrap Bag-Straps™ around your bag of gardening goods for carrying convenience and spill-free travel.
  • White Collar Weekend Warrior - Make your next DIY project easier with Bag-Straps™. Carry all those heavy and precarious bags of concrete, mortar, thin set or plaster without worry of spilling them all over the ground or floor. Plus, Bag-Straps™ helps to keep moisture out so you can use your bag of concrete or thin set for years to come.

Design:

Bag-Straps™ is designed with comfort and function in mind. The curvature of the base has a slip resistant bottom that allows for the base to mold to the overall bag that it is keeping closed. No matter the size of your hand, the Bag-Straps™ handle is shaped for maximum comfort when lifting those heavy bags. The proprietary split-handle design allows you to easily pass the strap through the slit to gain leverage. Then using velcro, the strap adheres to itself and freshly seals the inside contents.

 Design of the Base

The base is specifically designed to replicate the curvature of a large bag. Since pet food bags are plastic and slippery, we created a slip-resistant base to keep air out and your contents as fresh as possible.

Bag-Straps™ is simply the BEST for solution for you!

Handle Design

Specifically designed to ergonomically fit in your hand, the Bag-Straps™ handle mimics the natural curve of your hand for ultimate comfort when lifting even the heaviest of bags. Then, with a stroke of genius, we decided to split the handle (no worries, it doesn’t pinch or compromise the structural support). This unique feature keeps the strap taut so you can velcro it without causing slack, making it a cinch to seal the freshness in your bags. With your help, we can make sure our furry friends only enjoy the freshest of food for generations to come!

Bag-Strap Specs:

  • Carrying Capacity = 50lb
  • Handle and Base made of ABS plastic 
  • Urethane rubber insert for the base 
  • Length = 10 inches 
  • Heights = 3.5 inches 
  • Strap = 45 inches long

The Story:

After years of frustration with those lackluster bag clips, we were inspired by the idea to develop a no-clips approach for closing bags and Bag-Straps™ was born.

We wanted a solution for closing and carrying our cumbersome bags that was:

  • Easy to Use 
  • Highly Effective in Providing Freshness 
  • Durable 
  • Unique Marketability

So we started to do some research on our potential solution.

It was during our initial research that we found a plethora of blogs and scientific resources that explained the importance of making sure your pet food was stored in its original bag. The bags are specifically designed to keep out all those things (light, oxygen and moisture) that will lead to the food being contaminated. This fact opened our eyes and sparked some important questions. Why do so many people keep their pet food in containers that could be leaking harmful chemicals into the oils of the food? Do they even know the danger of taking it out of the protective bag? We then set out on this adventure to create a unique product that would solve this problem and help our furry friends in the long run.

We have hired a well-known and popular industrial design firm from Charlotte, NC to assist us with the design, prototyping and eventually manufacturing of our product. After much collaboration and many phases of prototyping, we have successfully created Bag-Straps™, a simple, yet effective way to close, freshly store and transport the contents of more durable bags.

Manufacturing Process:

The very first version of Bag-Straps™ was simply two pieces of wood glued together with a slit in the base - it used a product called Velcro® Velstretch® as the strap.

Version 1
Version 1

The next version expanded on the first, basic prototype. I toyed around with plastics and urethane rubbers in my house and ended up creating silicone molds. I then poured the plastics and urethane rubbers to create the prototypes. This version also used the Velcro® product Velstretch® for the strap.

Version 2
Version 2

After this stage, I realized that I needed to start talking to a design firm to build a more professional quality product.

Version 2
Version 2

I brought in the Enventys team to start the ideation and design phases that would ultimately lead to the Bag-Straps™ version you see today. Early prototypes were made out of a more cost effective plastics. Then we went through an engineering phase that allowed us to view and make cost effective adjustments to the CAD files. Once we had refined our design and understood where we were going, we started to print both the alpha and beta version of Bag-Straps™ on a 3-D printer.

Ideation Phase
Ideation Phase
Orthographic Design Phase
Orthographic Design Phase
Alpha Prototype
Alpha Prototype
Alpha Prototype
Alpha Prototype
Beta Prototype
Beta Prototype
Beta Prototype
Beta Prototype

Timeline:

We're lucky that we've found some great partners to collaborate with for production. Together, we are working to deliver the highest quality finished goods to our awesome Kickstarter backers. Check out our project timeline for when you can expect to get your Bag-Straps™:

  • April and May: Finalize production run and source manufacturing with the funds from a successful Kickstarter project
  • June - August: Work with our suppliers to deliver production runs in a time sensitive manner
  • September: Ship the first production run of Bag-Straps™ to all our campaign supporters (pssst, that’s you)

Why Kickstarter:

It started with a simple idea of a no-clip solution to bag closure and it has grown into an amazing vision that we hope will reach far and wide. We turned to Kickstarter to bring our dream to life because it has helped so many other inspired idealists make their project a reality. By backing the Bag-Straps™ project on Kickstarter, you’ll be playing a major part in helping us live out our dreams!

With your help, we can make Bag-Straps™ a reality. The funds raised during our campaign will go toward covering the costs of tooling, manufacturing and the first round of Bag-Straps™. And since you’re one of our backers, you’ll receive one of the first Bag-Straps™ right off the production line!

Help our project become a reality - We know you and your furry friends will appreciate it!

About the Team

Jason Shepherd, founder and inventor of Bag-Straps™, brings his expertise in finance and asset management to the project. By combining his passion and work ethic, he has driven his strategic vision for his brain-child forward and succeeded in making Bag-Straps™ production ready. He is ready to bring his idea to life.

Shepherd collaborated with Enventys, a Charlotte-based invention consulting company, to design and build the Bag-Straps™ initial prototypes. Enventys has a team of talented industrial engineers who have a background working in product development and design as well as experience with the manufacturing process. Their global offices will be vital in the sourcing/manufacturing process. Enventys also produces the Everyday Edisons show on PBS.

Partnerships with consulting firms and marketing partners will be crucial in overall development of the device.

Bag-Straps™ is currently patent pending.

Risks and challenges

Between our functional prototypes and our collaboration with Enventys, we plan on delivering the best product possible. No matter how prepared or experienced we are, there is always the chance of hitting a bump in the road. There's always the possibility of timeline setbacks, but we've set safe shipping dates to ensure we get our product to backers by the promised dates. We will be sure to keep everyone updated on all the latest Bag-Straps™ news.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL THREE FOR THE WIN - Get here before the crowd to receive a three pack of Bag-Straps™ at the early bird price. No matter if you're planning to keep your furry friend's food fresh or to carry your gardening supplies or to store your DIY supplies, you're going to need more than one of our Bag-Straps™!

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    ALL THE BAG-STRAPS™ - For those that have bags of dog food, charcoal, gardening supplies and more, you're going to need a three pack of Bag-Straps™.

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    IT'S A WRAP - This very special reward has a bit of everything. You'll receive a three pack of Bag-Straps™, web acknowledgment, an exclusive video conference with founder/inventor AND personalized phone calls to keep you updated on all the latest Bag-Straps™ news.

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