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NEW SEARCH! Full Circle Home is searching for sustainable, healthy, innovative solutions for creative food storage

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Full Circle Home believes that products shouldn’t just be functional, pretty to look at or environmentally aware... they should be all three (and more).

Full Circle Home's products balance form, function, affordability and responsibility.

They are now looking for food storage innovations for in the home or on the go.

Their goal is to be a healthier, more sustainable alternative to the dozens of plastic lunch/bento box solutions on the market, a more design-conscious alternative to the utilitarian stainless steel options and a more durable and affordable alternative to some of the glass to-go containers.

To learn more and share your ideas, click here!

Happy Inventing!

Mary Gorman
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^THIS is where a functional, 3D printed prototype can shine! Yes! 

These searches just keep getting better and better...

Patric J
Derrick James
Robert Pontius
Michelle Sartori
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Hey guys!

Need a little inspiration for this search? Look no further than the newest InvENting 101, now on the blog!

Saletta .
Robert Pontius
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That was good read.  Thanks Michelle.

Saletta .
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Recommended reading for anyone thinking about submitting to the Full Circle search!

Saletta .
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Ralph:

I couldn't agree with you more - this search is perfect for a functional 3D printed prototype. I also have some prototype ideas using vacuum forming/thermoforming (which in turn is perfect for using a 3D printed "tool").

I'd love to get one of these: http://formechinc.com but will probably just settle for the old ShopVac and oven setup (to my wife's dismay): http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-good%2C-che...

Ralph Machesky
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Really great food storage designs, this is the way my associates and I do lunch, how do you improve such good food storage containers ? , really need to think on this one, good luck everybody...

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I'm in with my first submission to this search! Full Circle looks like a company on the move with innovative, stylish and earth-friendly products - definitely something I'd like to be a part of.

Team Magic
Mary Gorman
Ralph Machesky
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Who else is in this one?

Here's a little more "food" for thought:

https://www.greenerpackage.com/bioplastics/researc...

Sarah Mann
Patric J
Ralph Machesky
Mary Gorman
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Wow Robert! Do you ever sleep/rest?

I've got a killer entry but still doing some patent research and prototyping.

I like to re-invent everything I do first, so someone else doesn't later.

Patric J
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Ralph:

I have 3 young kids so I have no idea what sleep/rest are anyway...

The submission I already made still needs finishing touches - I'm just getting my new 3D printer geared up to print a prototype, and then have to shoot a video to upload. My new printer has a bigger build volume and does soluble supports so it should be a much nicer prototype than my older printer could do.

Best of luck in this search - I suspect you have higher standards than I do for "pulling the trigger" on a submission. I often submit a "rough draft" or even a "placeholder" in order to commit myself and start the clock ticking and then I polish it up as soon as I can.

Derrick James
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Is anyone else having trouble bringing up the Full Circle web page?: 

http://fullcirclehome.com/

I've tried for the last 3 days with no luck.

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I'm considering entering my patented product but can't find the terms - is it exclusive licensing? Where can we find such info?  

I'm bothered that their website doesnt work, but I've found this:

look up Creo kitchen dot com It is part of Full Circle (I can't post the link)

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Hi Marj, I believe this is what you're looking for:

https://www.edisonnation.com/faq/legal

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Thanks Robert - hey are you on Linked In? 

Have you licensed something before through EN? I see your points!

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Marj:

I'm not active on Linked In - honestly I just found it too much to maintain.

The points just mean I've tried a lot but yes, I've been blessed to license a product through EN to Health Enterprises/Apothecary Products.

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Hi Marj!

Just jumping in to add to Robert's response. The terms you are agreeing to when you submit your idea are outlined within the Edison Nation Innovator Agreement as Robert noted (thanks Robert!). 

If a deal is done, it will likely be an exclusive deal with the sponsor as it will be a product they do not want competitors on. In some instances, deals are non-exclusive, such as when the concept is for a technology that can be incorporated into more than one product, like Pressix. 

Hope this clarifies and best of luck in the search!

Robert Pontius
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Hey guys!

The Full Circle Team is having some tech issues with their website, but has shared their product catalog with us in the interim so you can view their product offering - please CLICK THIS LINK to open the PDF of that document.

Thank you!

Michelle

Sarah Mann
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Many thanks for looking into that Michelle - the catalog will do the trick for me, but I feel sorry for Full Circle's tech team which must have incredible pressure on them with their website having been down for several days.

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Glad it helped Robert and thanks for letting us know!

Their team is definitely not happy this is happening and actively, aggressively working to get everything back up and running. I'll keep everyone posted!

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QUESTIONS?

The Full Circle Team is going to be answering YOUR questions on this search!

Starting today, please post any questions you have within this forum thread. We'll be compiling these to send to Full Circle on Monday of next week. They'll be providing answers that we'll compile into a blog post to give you a leg up for the search!

Post your questions here now!

Derrick James
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Fantastic! I'd like to know what the Full Circle Team believes are the major "pain points" consumers have with food storage, both on-the-go and at home.

Ralph Machesky
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Good questions Robert.

I'd like to know:

1. Price point (range) for food storage.  In today's world we have everything from Gladware to Rubbermaid.  Both serve food storage needs and both are aimed at different, yet valuable markets.

Gladware is a low-end, temporary semi-disposable item, while the Rubbermaid stuff is more costly, yet designed to last a really,really  long time.  Huge difference in price point between those two.  Yet both products are still around and serve their market segments quite well.

2. Define Earth Friendly. Earth-Friendly materials can be defined in a variety of ways and is mostly due to ones opinion.  For instance- Cork is a natural material that is harvested in thin layers from the bark of the tree.  Only so much can be stripped away , else you kill the tree or open it to diseases.  Due to the growing demand for this excellent material, demand easily outpaces supply.  Enter synthetics such as Boro-Silicate glass and food grade (medical grade) silicone.  Even natural rubber cannot compete with the valuable and varying formulations of silicone, period.  

I have no trouble creating the ultimate *anything*.  I do need to know what the price point or target MSRP is first though. ; )

Patric J
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Ralph- I ran across this beauty and thought of you and your oven. I had one of these as a kid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCvgvWiZNe8  Available on EBay for under $50

Robert Pontius
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Wow, thanks for posting that Mark.  I never knew those existed.  Not only is it a cool toy, but having one of these (or something similar) would be great of proof of concept packaging.  Could be potentially useful for the Full Circle food storage search as well.

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Thanks Mark - that really brings me back to childhood "maker" memories - I can smell the noxious fumes from that burning plastic still. I also used to melt lead tire weights to pour into army man molds - it's a wonder my brain functions at all after all of that fun but toxic childhood exposure.

That said, $50 is better than thousands for one these: http://formech.com

Kim L
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Another question for Full Circle: are you interested in items made with *biodegradable* material or are you looking for durable items only?

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Hey guys!

We've just posted a blog post with the Full Circle Home team's answers to your questions!

Check it out and be inspired! Last week for this search!

Derrick James
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I found great insight and inspiration for this search in that blog post - thank you!

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I've read all of the search materials several times but I just realized I'm not entirely clear on whether this search includes "food storage" in the sense of *at home* storage of *ingredients* and things such as sugar, pasta, and coffee beans or does it ONLY include "on-the-go" and home "prep and store" "food storage" applications? I.e., the "at home" application looked for is not long-term storage, but short-term storage in preparation for taking meals on the go.

The emphasis certainly seems to be on "to-go" and "prep and store at home (to go)" like bento boxes and snap and seal containers but I'm not clear if that's the *exclusive* focus.

I should have asked this earlier for the blog article!

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Because I got an Xbox One S game console, I cannot upload attachments like photos. Can I submit without attachments?

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Arthur: this is not an "official" answer but YES you can submit without attachments. I'd make sure your text description is perfectly clear though.

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Does anyone care to speculate on whether "food storage" of *ingredients and dry goods* like pasta or sugar (as opposed to "on-the-go" prep and store) is within the parameters for this search?

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I'm totally reading this as prepared, prepped or "on the go" and storage for left- overs that need refrigeration. Seeing nothing in the way of replacing the "canister set" or packaged goods/pasta etc. They're looking at "on trend" for today's busy life style but health orientated folks with middle to upper incomes...

That's my take on it Robert.

However I do find the photos of kitchen brushes somewhat disconnected from the search, but that's just me ;)

T.

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Lunch boxes have been somewhat trendy on crowd-funding sites.

Mayhap they see the size of the pie; and would like a slice.

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Robert, I'm guessing that full circle would certainly consider longer term storage of ingredients in addition to storage solutions for already prepared meals.  If it's a good idea, I'm thinking they'd be interested.  Just my take.

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Thanks for the input guys! Always helpful to get more eyes on something you're trying to understand fully - thanks again for weighing in.

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Robert, (and everyone else)

Just my thoughts about food containers being either long term or 'on the go'.

Why not both?

The larger containers used to transport fully prepared dishes could also be used for long term storage for pasta, beans , rice etc., with proper dersigning of course. And the smaller containers that might go into lunch boxes could be used to store whole spices such as whole pepper corns celery seeds, cumino seeds and or star anis and more. Toasting and grinding whole spices no a day is extremely trending right now.

Just felt I had to contribute to this one.

Patric J
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Many thanks williamj! Ultimately I am sensing that the answer to my question is that the line between "on-the-go" and "at home" food storage can be a little blurry (as you have illustrated). It appears that Full Circle is primarily interested in portable-type solutions but may also be open to more home-based food storage items, especially when that home storage is in that gray area that somehow supports on-the-go applications.

Also, I was completely unaware that grinding whole spices is trending - thanks for that little nugget too!

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Did anyone see the food storage product on episode four of Funderdome?

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Robert,

Just check out your local supermarket.

Not too long ago you couldn't even find whole pepper corns. Everthing was preground. Now you can purchase whole seeds like celery seed and cumino seeds and star anise and more that I can't think of right now, with moreon the way.

Bet you can't guess who does most of the cooking and grocery shopping in this house.

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Hey guys!

Robert, I'd definitely stick with more "meal prep" and traveling with food-type products versus food storage at home for this search.

Best of luck to all! Today's the last day!

Thom C
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Thanks Michelle!

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Thanks for the official EN reply Michelle.

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Right under the wire, I put a second submission in last night after 2AM my time. I've been playing and experimenting with about 15 concepts for the last two months and finally settled on this one to submit. Nice thing is that as a result of this search I was able to stockpile what I believe are about 10 really viable ideas that just weren't appropriate based on the parameters for this search, but that I may be able to submit at some future date. Anyway, I'm into this search with 2.

Who else is in this search?

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Any forum faithful over the wall at stage four in this search...? My reworked/submitted concept came sliding back down the wall just like just like W. E. Coyote (Bugs Bunny episode)...Lol. 

If you get to stage 5 in this LPS, good job, a tough market!

Robert, Ralph... sounds like you guys have some competitive prototypes in this one. Imagine Tim H. has a couple in this one (on the quiet side).

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I've got one at G4 but it's been sitting there for a LONG time. 

I've been using a 3D-printed prototype of that product for months but I just can't find the opportunity to make a video of it in action to add to my submission (admission: I *hate* making videos). I guess I should at least take a photo of the thing! (I have renderings and motion study renderings in the submission already).

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Yep a simple pix with product ...

I'd say the video could be added after stage 6 before 7, most effective for the presentation.

This way you don't burden yourself thinking about doing a video every time, for every submission...?

Just a thought... With all your time constraints.

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Thom:

Ideally, I'd love to have a 1-2 minute demo video for *every* submission I make, right at the beginning. Alas, my aversion to video-making as well as the subversive efforts of my 3 young kids often makes that impossible.

Despite my inclinations and the time/process management technique you mention, I have to recognize that videos can just be so much more illustrative, especially if motion is involved, and sometimes I fear an R4 or R5 will result if an idea (however wonderful it might be) is not adequately explained *visually*. Plus videos are so much better for "proof" that something works, and my inventions often rely on some novel phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. Sometimes *I* have seen the thing work but I never get around to *showing* it work, which makes those red X's particularly gut-wrenching.

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Robert,

Have you checked out Fiverr? I'm hearing good reviews. I bet there are video makers that you could hire at a very affordable rate.

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Sarah:

I hear good things about Fiverr too, but I'm too concerned about disclosure (even if I use an NDA). Plus, I figure by the time I take the time to explain how everything works and what I want I might as well have done it myself. Added complication: I'd have to send them my physical prototype, arrange to get it back, etc.

I *love* making 3D models and 3D prints and working prototypes myself - just not wild about the process of making a video.

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