Smoothie Jar Bag
Smoothie Jar bags! My name is Rory and I like crafts…there, I said it. A lot of people like to goof on a guy that digs crafts (especially ones involving sewing) but I don’t care! This kinda stuff rocks! I’ve always been into drawing, making hemp-jewelry, painting on rocks and pots, and making lil sculptures out of random stuff. Art was definitely my favorite class back in the school days. When I discovered YouTube my instant fave was Threadbangers, Man I love that show! I started drawing on my t-shirts (and I am soon to start experimenting with appliqué) and dreaming up new ways to pimp out my clothes and give them a custom twist. At the same time I was delving into the raw-foods world (Smoothies galore!) and began to realize that there were no decent portable drink containers with a glass lining.
Why was glass so important? Well it has been found that plastic drink and food containers can leach chemicals into the foods they store (yeeeech to say the least). I didn’t need a scientific study to confirm that I could often taste a funky plastic aftertaste in my beverages after they’d been in my travel mug for over an hour. So I started using glass mason jars to tote around my beverages. This was great because they’re inexpensive, non-reactive, and are easy to clean. I’d simply pour in my smoothie, pop a bendy straw in there so I could just unscrew the lid and take a sip, screw the lid back on and I was on my way…sounds good right? Well sometimes it was a pain in the hinder. (laughing) The inner lid often fell out of the sealing ring and would plop on my clothes (yay…) and the straw was always a mess with smoothie so taking a sip meant my soul patch getting a nice primer coat of smoothie stucco. This madness had to stop!
Luckily this was easily fixed, by drilling a hole in the lid for a straw I could keep the lid on and still get a drink. Sweet! But, the store bought drink containers still had a leg up on my jar, they were insulated! Mason jars rock but, glass is very conductive and my smoothies would warm up pretty quick and leave a gallon of condensation on whatever it was sitting on. What to do? In comes those cheap $2 or less) freezer bags from the grocery store! Yeah! Now to cover the jar in this material and bag it up! In our early version my wife beautifully sewed together a bag out of the pattern I cut from an old band T, add a strap for easy carrying and voila! We had a smoothie jar bag!
Well some people were pretty impressed with these lil’ bad boys and suggested we sell them so we concocted a much more pimped out version with some awesome fabrics, wide comfy straps, and a better insulating material; a foil coated bubble-wrap insulation used in homes! It’s completely non-toxic and the bubble-wrap adds quite a degree of cushioning to the jar which should help reduce incidences of a breakage, which I’m told is a common problem amongst smoothie jar carrying super heroes! We’re soon going to be offering the jar bags complete with a couple of pre-drilled jar lid inserts!