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A pick up-and-go, sustainable tool that helps redistribute the weight when carrying heavy bags while providing you with a free hand!
A pick up-and-go, sustainable tool that helps redistribute the weight when carrying heavy bags while providing you with a free hand!
104 backers pledged $6,088 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT IS IT ?

The Bindle Stick is a practical TOOL that redistributes the weight when carrying heavy groceries or other bagged items from a person’s hands to a more durable part of the human form, the shoulder.  The inspiration comes from applying the scientific principles of simple machines so that a person can CARRY MORE WEIGHT WITH LESS EFFORT. Using the concept of a fulcrum and a lever helps ELIMINATE PAIN in the hands and arms while providing a FREE HAND to do other important things.

 THE DESIGN:

The Bindle Stick is made from HARD MAPLEWOOD, HARD RED OAK, HARD MAHOGONY which are STRONG and DURABLE so as to effectively distribute the weight of bagged items on the shoulder.  The FORM is organic with ergonomic curves and gives this product a “folksey” yet smooth, rich, comfortable feeling. It is FUNCTIONAL, PRACTICAL, and EASY TO USE. I am sure you will find many benefits to the Bindle Stick and love it as much as I do!

WHY IT’S BETTER:

This design allows the user to carry grocery and other bags more EFFICIENTLY, more COMFORTABLY, and more RADICALLY DIFFERENT than anything else on the market.

My concept begins by focusing on TWO FAMILIAR PROBLEMS.The first problem is: How to carry multiple heavy bags without the painful sensation produced in the hands and other body parts?

The second problem is: How to do other activities with your hands when they are full? i.e.: opening doors, holding an umbrella, using a phone, or reaching for keys or a wallet, sipping your coffee, holding the hand of your significant other or your child's hand...even waving for a cab: the possibilities go on and on! Therefore, I designed a better way to carry your bags without bringing pain to your hands and body and provide a free hand for everyday needs.

WHO IS IT DESIGNED FOR:

This is a product that can benefit EVERYONE. The Bindle Stick is designed initially for typical city dwellers, the majority of which have to carry heavy loads by hand, do not have a car, and must walk or take public transportation.  However, the Bindle Stick can even help the car owner in the suburbs who will still need to get the bags from their car into their house or carry bags up or down stairs.  This tool can even be used for self DEFENSE!  ;-)  This is a product that is good for ALL AGES no matter how strong you this design helps your lift heavy things more efficiently.

My neighbor "D" going through physical therapy on her shoulder says, "This is great! Hardly feel a thing."
My neighbor "D" going through physical therapy on her shoulder says, "This is great! Hardly feel a thing."

WHY?

WHY NOT redistribute the heavy load, make it easier on yourself, and with your free hand unlock your front door. You can literally feel the weight fall off your shoulders as you comfortably remove the Bindle Stick and your reusable bags. In an effort to reduce our plastic bag consumption, this eco-friendly product encourages bringing your own reusable grocery bags and includes some really nice canvas bags in the REWARDS section ;-)

MY INSPIRATION:

This product has been on the back burner of my mind for a long time, and finally, through Kickstarter and friends like you, I have a way to make this dream a reality!  The inspiration came from moving to a big city without a car. I quickly realized how painful a simple trip to the grocery store could be.  Even if the grocery store was only a few blocks away, carrying heavy bags home by hand was a pain!  Today, I not only carry groceries with my Bindle Stick; I even use it to carry my heavy tool bag around on my Handyman jobs. IT REDUCES STRESS!  I want everyone to enjoy the benefits as well! 

MANUFACTURING:

   Built on strong core values of innovation, durability, and honesty the Bindle stick is proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. (Chicago, IL.)  The first 30 will be LIMITED EDITION MAPLEWOOD, RED OAK, and MAHOGANY sticks, hand carved by myself with T.L.C.   :-)   Based on the donations received: this first production run will allow you to customize the color of your handle, make it even more personable with your initials engraved in the side, and comes with durable, thick, rope handled canvas bag(s) with the Bindle Stick logo!  **But no worries, the Bindle Stick is designed to fit any type of shopping bag out there**

THE FUTURE:

   Foreseen as a successfull product, some minor adjustments would be made in material and manufacturing in order to reach a larger market.  As a test run in major U.S. metropolitan cities this would be marketed on a small scale primarily through word of mouth on my website and then to select grocery stores.  Assuming people will love this as much as you and I do, this would be sold on a large scale for shopping malls as well and anywhere lots of purchases are made and carried away in bags.

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    A handcrafted, hard maplewood Bindle Stick!
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    **NEW PRODUCTION RUN**
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    **NEW PRODUCTION RUN**

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    **INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION RUN**

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    **NEW PRODUCTION RUN**

    A hand crafted, beautiful grain RED OAK Bindle Stick!

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    + Work with me for choice of color finish for stick and color paint for an even more customized handle (includes a black grip option)

    + Two Bindle Bags (canvas bag with rope handles and official logo on the front).

    A handcrafted, hard maplewood Bindle Stick with your personal initials engraved in the wood. :-)

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    + Work with me for choice of color finish for stick and color paint for an even more customized handle (includes a black grip option)

    + Two Bindle Bags (canvas bag with rope handles and official logo on the front).

    A handcrafted, hard maplewood Bindle Stick with your personal initials engraved in the wood. :-)

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    **NEW PRODUCTION RUN**

    A handcrafted, MAHOGANY Bindle Stick with your personal initials engraved in the wood. :-)

    + Work with me for choice of color finish for stick and color paint for an even more customized handle (includes a black grip option)

    + Two Bindle Bags (canvas bag with rope handles and official logo on the front)

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