ZipBin is probably one of the neatest things I have seen in a long time. I will admit I never knew it existed until today when I was searching for other things that readers were looking for so I have never seen them in person or in action. I will say when I saw it I mentally kicked myself for not inventing it myself.
The ZipBin website gives this back story to it (I could have written this same story):
The ZipBin® Story -A “neat” story
Could messiness be the mother of invention? ZipBin® storage originated when my inventive 10-year-old son, Max, and I put our heads together for some true “out-of-the-box” problem solving. Like many boys, Max loves plastic building blocks. And he likes to dump them on the floor-CRASHHH!! Of course, I loved to see Max play, but I groaned when I heard that loud mess of blocks spilling everywhere. Neither Max nor I liked cleaning up all those little pieces.
Inspired by our problem, we thought creatively about how to solve it until… what if Max’s toy bin unzipped to a play mat and zipped back up, capturing his toys? That would take the work out of having fun. It would be neat! And that’s the name we chose for the company – Neat-Oh!® – that would introduce ZipBin® storage to the world…
I could see these as neat items for Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles without little kids to keep around for when children come to visit. They also seem like a good idea for daycares and PreSchool classes………….I better just go order one and see if I like it before I keep talking about them…LOL!