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Reusable Jar Container that Dispense All Content inside a Drop-in Pouch

An innovation that will drastically reduce the disposal of rigid plastic jars and containers.

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Every day we dispose single use plastic jars and containers. These plastic containers consist of lotion bottles, toothpaste tubes, deodorant sticks, sealant tubes, condiment jars, liquid soap, hand sanitizer, yogurt containers etc. Moreover, some of these single use plastic containers consist of multiple components that are also disposed.  

Disposing rigid jars and containers is unnecessary and wasteful!

We designed a reusable jar alternative that doesn't require disposing. The new reusable jar eliminates digging, reaching and squeezing.  In addition, our new reusable container can be utilized to dispense one handed. By way of a tab, consumers can lift, scrape and suspend content inside a pouch refill. The pouch refill is purchased already filled and simply inserted inside the reusable jar container. 

Instead of squeezing content from container to pouch, the pouch comes already filled! We designed the filled pouch to take the edge off making a mess from adding content from one container into another.

Aside from dispensing one handed, the container dispenses ALL content inside the pouch. Once the pouch is empty, the user easily removes and inserts a fresh full pouch. To further help minimize plastic pouch waste, pouch can be made up of biodegradable film.

Idea Title

INAPACK... it comes in a pack!

Company / Organization Name

InApack Inc.

Where are you / your team located?

Chicago, Illinois. USA

How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

This Reusable dispensing container is not disposed. The refill can be made of biodegradable film.

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

Use Case One. Although Case one depicts the problem with recycling the sachets, content within the same sachets also pose as a waste problem. By eliminating the wasted content within, consumers will surely take advantage of the product. In addition, functional jars and containers will never be disposed. InApack is a hybrid packaging design that supports both rigid and flexible pouch/sachets. However, the rigid container is designed to be reusable and the sachet is a biodegradable refill.

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?

Global.. Not limited to a specific area.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

We plan on licensing the innovation to FMCG on a major scale. Introducing a new consumer refill and reuse behavior may be an obstacle.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

We foresee this idea becoming a simple solution to a complex problem. Let's face it, Reuse is a beneficial step above recycling! Although, recycling has been gaining ground, reuse of a container takes precedence! Due to logistics alone, the process of recycling may cost more than the benefit. (Fuel, carbon footprint, maintenance, manufacturing and more plastic). Our goal is to reduce the amount of plastic and eliminate product waste. We aim to test polished prototypes across many field of uses.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

Inventor Ron Jimdar likes his chip and dip. Ron got frustrated dipping his chip into a half full jar of cheese dip. The dip ended up on his fingers instead of the chip. It was that unsanitary moment that led Ron to design and prototype a lift inside jars and containers.

Tell us about your work experience

Inventor Ron Jimdar has a background in recycling toner cartridges. Tony Macias has a background in eCommerce and entrepreneurship. Jorge Sanchez has a background in Insurance and small startups.


Join the conversation:

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Hi Ron!

It is great to see you in the challenge.

Do you have a company website? Do you have patent protection for your idea?

Where are you at in the development of your idea?

Looking ahead, you might consider helping the OpenIDEO community better grasp how this idea could play out by describing the next steps! What are some the next and timeline to bring your idea to market?

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Hi Kate, I do have patent protection. Can I still edit my submission to describe the next steps in bringing my innovation to market?