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About this project

trayGUARD®+ Kids is a tray table cover that provides an instant hygienic surface while traveling on an airplane, bus or train, and provides a blank canvas for children to color. It is food contact safe and incorporates a chemical-free silver and copper ion technology. Watch this funny video about trayGUARD+ (the original) to learn more about our first product:

In the wake increased media coverage following the SARS, Avian and Swine Flu outbreaks, people are becoming more aware of germ transmission related to travel. Recent articles in the New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC and ABC News have focused on the lack of cleanliness of surfaces on airplanes including the tray tables. Dr. Charles P. Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona has been widely cited by the media on the subject of germs on airplanes. “We find a lot of flu and cold germs on airplane tray tables…And there’s no protocol or government requirement for airlines to clean those between flights,” said Gerba in one recent article. 

Airplane tray tables have been found to be some of the germiest areas on the plane, along with the seat pocket and lavatory door handle. Tissues containing mucus, diapers, and particles from a sneeze potentially carrying bacteria and viruses come into contact with the same surfaces upon which a traveler may eat, read or nap. On average, interiors of airplanes are only deep-cleaned every 30 days. Need we say more??

Hand sanitizing gel is great, but, it only works temporarily. Once you close your tray and it touches the seat back or someone next to you coughs or sneezes, your tray is contaminated again. We recommend using sanitizer when possible and using trayGUARD+. trayGUARD+'s fabric continuously inhibits the growth of bacteria, germs and fungi and provides a clean surface for the duration of your trip.

Stickers and coasters will be available to ship by June and finger puppets will be available to ship in August.  You will receive trayGUARD+ and trayGUARD+ Kids in September, just in time for the start of flu season!

 We've tested dozens of prototypes on all different kinds of airplane trays.  In doing so, we learned a great deal and thus have added several design features to ensure that the performance of trayGUARD+ is optimized.  These unique features include: 

With a successful Kickstarter Campaign, we are anticipating that trayGUARD+ Kids would be ready to ship in September of 2014, in time for the start of Flu Season and fall travel! 

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Risks and challenges

We worked successfully together for several years to bring the original version of trayGUARD+ to life and into the marketplace. We understand the challenges in bringing the product to market and have learned how to successfully navigate those challenges. We've tried to think of everything that could go wrong and have "Plan Bs" e.g. back up suppliers for all components if need be. If we run into challenges along the way, we will tackle them head on as we always do. As a creative company, we always run into challenges, and our job is to solve them. We're confident that we have set realistic goals for this project and in the end will have a solid, marketable product that is environmentally responsible and provides peace of mind for frequent travelers.

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    EARLY BIRD - LIMITED QUANTITY - SET OF GERM PUPPETS & SUPER HERO GERM FIGHTERS • set of 2 felt germ finger puppets featuring one of four fun tips that encourages children to incorporate silly but effective personal hygiene habits into their daily routine • set of 2 super hero germ fighter finger puppets featuring one of four fun tips that encourages children to incorporate silly but effective personal hygiene habits into their daily routine

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