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May 9, 2006

Breakthrough concept in the lawn and leaf bag space


Attention Hefty and its competitors: I'm throwing this one out for whomever has the good sense to grab it and bring it to market first.

You know how frustrating and annoying it is to try to find the end of the bag that opens?

Sure, you're right half the time but what about the other half?


Both ends look the same, is the problem: whether the bags come folded in a stack or on a roll, you end up fooling around with the sealed end for a while before deciding either you need more coffee or you've got the wrong end.

Solution: as the bags come off the extruder or roller or wherever they come off from at the factory, print or spray a green line on the end that opens.

Gee, that wasn't so hard, was it?

Then why hasn't anyone done it — yet?

When you see that green stripe on your bags next year along with the TV and print commercials heralding this revolutionary concept, you'll know where they stole it from.

But don't be a hater: it's not stealing if someone gives it to you and, as always, I give it away.

The best things in life — at least from this spot in the peanut gallery — are indeed free.

May 9, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Well, here's how I tell which end is which. For bags not on a roll, the edges that look blunt are closed and the edge that looks crisp is the one that opens. With bags on a roll, they usually come off the roll head first. In other words, the end that's free is usually the open end and the end you tear off the roll is usually the closed end.

Posted by: Al Christensen | May 9, 2006 7:38:38 PM

Joe, I think that was a brilliant idea. I always have that problem with plastic bags. It would be interesting to calculate how many hours are wasted each year with this problem. Of course, it may be that everyone else knows something about plastic bags that we don't know...

Posted by: Karl Zipser | May 9, 2006 2:59:26 PM

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