The Mothers of Invention: 15 Products Invented by Women Entrepreneurs
They say necessity is the mother of invention, but for these women entrepreneurs, it also took plenty of innovation, creativity and grit. We’ve rounded up 15 products invented by Women Owned businesses, each borne out of necessities or challenges large and small – from addressing nausea and reducing plastic use, to helping improve the recovery process for breast cancer patients. Make a point to support these mothers of invention to demonstrate your commitment to women's economic empowerment.
15 Women Owned inventions
NoMo bands are peppermint-scented wristbands that provide gentle pressure around your wrists for instant relief for nausea or migraines. They even have a Nomo Nausea for dogs! These bands provide relief fast, without drugs or side effects. If you or someone you know have migraines or nausea (including pregnancy-related) – these are a must try.
Protect your electronics at the beach, in the water or on hikes with LokSak’s waterproof electronics bags. You’ll be able to bring your tablets and smartphones worry-free of sand or water damage. This military-grade protective bag comes in a variety of sizes and can even turn your phone into an underwater camera.
Car Cache is a car handbag holder that keeps your bag accessible and out of your passengers’ way. You no longer have to reach, put your bag in the floor, or watch your bag fall and spill all over the place. The Car Cache keeps the bag upright, easy to reach, doubles as a dog barrier to the front seat, and has pockets for backseat storage.
The Solavore Sport Solar Oven is a lightweight, portable oven that uses sunlight and internal reflectors to transform sunlight into heat for solar cooking. It is durable and able to fit two pots for cooking. Learn more about the benefits of solar cooking.
Turbie Twist is a super-absorbent hair towel that stays in place to help dry your hair and keep it out of the way. The towel is much easier than using a large regular towel to wrap your hair on top of your head and will stay in place as you move around. This one is a game changer for long hair.
Happi Tummi is an all-natural, external remedy for colic, gas, constipation and acid reflux. With sizes for both babies and adults, the waistband and herbal warming packs provide relief for all ages. Bonus: it’s easy to use: “Just warm it, wrap it and watch it work.”
Did you know that every year more than 300 million pounds of single-use plastic dry cleaning bags are dumped in landfills? Green Garmento is working to reverse that trend by introducing recyclable, breathable, and reusable garment bags. See founder Jenni Nigrosh’s pitch on Shark Tank.
Zip My Dress
We’ve all been there. Stuck in a dress we can’t unzip. Zip My Dress is a simple solution for that problem, specifically designed for invisible zippers, but that works on all types of zippers. The small size allows you to travel with it so you never struggle to get dressed on your own.
Bakers Sto N Go
The Bakers Sto N Go is a food storage container that is virtually air tight with adjustable shelving. The container keeps baked goods fresh and allows you to stack them without worrying about smudging the icing or decorations. Use it for cookies, brownies, cupcakes, a bundt cake or other snacks like chips, chocolate covered strawberries, and deviled eggs.
Click & Carry
Who else has temporarily lost circulation to your fingers while carrying too many plastic grocery bags? Or are you just annoyed at having to take multiple trips back and forth to the car? The Click & Carry is a handle is a handy solution that is designed to carry multiple bags at once in your hand or over your shoulder. Lightweight and durable, the Click & Carry can manage up to 80 pounds of bags or cargo.
Temp-N-Toss are disposable adhesive paper forehead thermometer strips that are easy to read, non-invasive (making them ideal for babies and young children), and eco-friendly. They are small, easy to travel with, and can be used for continuous monitoring for up to 48 hours. These non-invasive strips that work within 15 seconds are worth the hype!
Red wine stains are no match for Wine Away. This acclaimed go-to stain remover has been saving carpets, clothes and furniture since 1997. It also comes in multiple sizes, including single use packets perfect for your purse or travel bag, for that inevitable wine spill on the go.
IntelliDent makes toothbrush shields that protect your toothbrush from airborne bacteria. The disposable, travel-friendly shields last for 7 days, dry quickly and are breathable to protect your toothbrush from breeding bacteria. The IntelliDent Toothbrush Shield “acts like a surgical mask for your toothbrush.”
Medebra offers patented post-surgical recovery bras/vests for breast cancer and other patients. The bra for women, and vest for men, offers maximum support, pouches for drains, soft fabric, and adjustable Velcro straps for comfort and easy of wearing.
Heal In Comfort
Along the same lines, Heal in Comfort offers patented breast cancer mastectomy recovery shirts that are soft, easy to get on and off, and have internal pockets to conceal surgical drains.
KnoNap is a cocktail napkin that can detect the presence of date rape drugs, invented by student entrepreneur Danya Sherman, who recently won first place in WBENC’s Student Entrepreneur Program Pitch Competition. Read our Q&A with Danya for more about KnoNap and her experience as a young female founder.
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