In our daily lives, we live with such lousy package design solutions. A tube is a terrible way to store toothpaste, and when was the last time you got the last drop out of a bottle of lotion or shampoo? In addition to the user experience issues, there's the sheer wastefulness of plastic bottles that we use once and then throw in the recycling, still caked with residue. And when it comes to storing wood finishes, an even worse package design than bottles is cans. Here's a can of wood finish left behind by the previous tenant of my current apartment:
I was excited to find it--then disappointed to see he hadn't sealed the lid properly, the lip clogged as it is with poured finish. What a waste.
In the There's got to be a better way! mindset I dug around and found a company called Finishing Solutions, which makes a product called Stop Loss Bags:
A doypack for storing finishes is a much better idea for both storing and dispensing, though I have to admit the business with the funnel looks like a PITA.
If anything, I wish a Dupont or a MinWax would hear about these guys, buy up the company, kick their can suppliers to the curb and start selling new finishes in these doypacks. The power tools we use to work wood get better every few years, so it seems absurd that we're still dispensing finishes the same way we did fifty years ago.
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