http://www.thegrommet.com/pocket-monkey-ultra-thin-multi-tool-2-pack Pocket Multi Tool by Pocket Monkey Zootility, discovered by The Grommet. All the utility of a pocket knife, but in your wallet. It's so light and thin, you won't even know it's there.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/solidteknics Steel cooking pans that combine the best of cast iron and French steel pans are going to be a game changer in your kitchen. They even might be the last pan you ever buy. The Australian-made AUS-ION pans are created from one seamless piece of iron steel. The dense material cooks similarly to cast iron, but is lighter and thinner. The result is a hard-core pan that heats evenly and maneuvers easily. The durable pans are built to last a lifetime—which is why SOLIDTEKNICS backs them with a multi-century warranty. Founder Mark Henry’s design features a longer, vented handle that stays relatively cool and is easy to control. And each pan is pre-seasoned, too. Clean it like cast iron—so no soap or dishwasher—and it will continue to season with each use. With a guarantee to last a lifetime, if not more, these hard-core pans will prove to be the new workhorse in your kitchen.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/kilner Even if you swear you’re not handy in the kitchen, this homemade butter churner lets you make your own butter in about 10 minutes. It’s as easy as turning the handle. Kilner has been England’s trusted name for glass since the 1840’s, so they were the right folks to revamp the old-school butter churner. Theirs follows the original design but with a few modern tweaks. The gears are made from stainless steel to wash easily and avoid rust, while the paddles and lid seal are made from food grade silicone. All you need is heavy cream and a little effort. When the butter takes shape, you’ll also have buttermilk—a tasty byproduct—to cook and bake with, too. Once you see how simple it is, you’ll be a churning convert. This 21st century update on the standard churner makes it easy.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/mortier-pilon This fermentation pot will help you create nutrient-rich foods that are good for digestion . . . and it looks great doing it. If you’re not familiar, fermentation introduces helpful bacteria, or probiotics, to balance your digestive system and help it absorb more nutrients. It’s an age-old food preservation technique that—without the right tools—can be as messy as it is beneficial. You put your foods in a type of brine (usually a mixture of salt, water, and vinegar), and a delightful chemical reaction happens. Mortier Pilon creates the ideal environment for this biological transformation. This vessel has a futuristic look with clean lines, but the design has a purpose. As the organisms inside begin to grow, they create gases. The water seal lets those gases escape, while also keeping air out. An included weight makes sure your veggies stay submerged under the brine and outside the reach of unwanted bacteria. Get new recipe ideas fresh from the Mortier Pilon cookbook—like pickles and homemade sauerkraut. To keep track of your creations, update the rewritable label. To store your fermented foods in smaller batches, you can use their optional canning jars. Whether you’re an expert or an amateur, this fermentation crock will get you asking, “Is that fermentable?”
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https://www.thegrommet.com/alexia-ergonomic-mediation-seat Meditation should be relaxing, but unwinding is much more challenging when you’re uncomfortable. Alexia is an ergonomic meditation cushion that lets you find your zen with perfect posture and comfort. Alexsandra Nascimento Giganti is a meditation devotee, but she hadn’t mastered getting comfortable. Her husband used his industrial engineering degree to design a gorgeous, functional seat. He researched ancient yoga books to find the right combination of support, comfort, and beauty. Alexia’s internal foundation points help your body find perfect sukhasana pose. Also known as “easy seated pose,” sukhasana is used in yoga for easing hip tension and reducing stress. Alexia raises the hips and angles them forward to naturally make you sit up straight, while your legs fold underneath you—without the pressure of your body weight. Alexia’s lotus-like design is enhanced by richly colored fabric or leather—it’s an unusual-but-practical piece. Whether you’re working, relaxing, or just watching TV, Alexia can improve your meditation practice as well as your posture.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/guac-lock Lock that guac. This shatter-proof, odor-proof guacamole container keeps it fresh, green, and ready-to-eat for longer. The container sits on a base that removes oxygen with a push (it reminds us of those push-up popsicles), creating an airtight seal. This keeps the avocados from turning brown, which means your guac stays green for days. And this oxygen-deprived environment can preserve other dips, too, like hummus, cocktail sauce, salsa fresca, and even tzatziki. When you’re ready to eat, Guac-Lock is great at serving, too. The push feature helps when you’re enjoying your dip. Give a gentle press down on the container’s sides to push the dip to the top, which looks more appealing and avoids having to scrape down the sides. We know how seriously people can get about their guacamole. Guac-Lock preserves it ‘til the last drop.
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http://www.thegrommet.com/elephantrunk-parcel-dropbox The Grommet team discovers the package mailbox, Elephantrunk from Architectural Mailboxes. The Elephantrunk is like a mailbox, but it's a secure drop box designed specifically to accept your packages.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/silicone-storage-bags For something so flimsy, disposable plastic baggies can really add up. But these durable, reusable silicone bags do the same job—and more—without any waste. stasher bags are made entirely of silicone. There’s no plastic in them—as well as no BPA, phthalates, and latex. And, unlike their plastic counterparts, these bags have way more uses. Just make sure to press the seal firmly and squeeze excess air from the bag to help close it up tight. They can go in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher. They can even handle boiling water, so you could cook with one, too—sous vide, anyone? The pure platinum silicone is non-porous, so bacteria can’t grow, keeping food fresher. Besides snack duty, you can use a bag to store household odds and ends, or to keep toiletries mess-free on trips. A clear window lets you peek inside, and you can label each bag with a dry erase marker. The waste of plastic bags wore Founder Kat Nouri down. She channeled her frustration into creating an eco-friendly alternative—and now those one-use bags are a thing of the past.
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http://www.thegrommet.com/sugru-self-setting-rubber The Grommet team discovers Sugru self setting rubber; a soft-touch silicone rubber that molds and sets permanently. It sticks to aluminum, steel, ceramic, glass, wood and some fabrics and plastics, too.
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www.thegrommet.com/vejibag Organic gardener Sally Erickson couldn’t bear the thought of selling her homegrown greens in plastic bags. She knew that fresh produce needs humidity, so Sally created the Vejibag. This ingenious vegetable bag keeps produce crisp and fresh longer. The Vejibag is made of 100% organic American materials. The cotton is grown in the southern U.S. and sewn by hand in Maine. The resulting fabric is beautiful, breathable, and easy to clean. Add just a bit of moisture to the bag every few days and watch your veggies thrive. Carrots stay crunchy, kale stays crisp, more plastic stays out of our landfills, and more U.S. workers find pride in contributing to a healthier planet. There really is much more in this vegetable bag than just produce.
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http://www.thegrommet.com/yogibo-yogi-max The Grommet team discovers Yogibo; whose huge bean bag chairs have a frictionless bean bag filling that make it the most comfortable bean bag chair available. Relaxing on a Yogi is more like floating than sitting.
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www.thegrommet.com/mobi Möbi is a fun, fast-paced number tile game. The goal is to make simple Math equations as quickly as possible—a great way for kids or grown-ups to apply Math skills. Plus, it comes in an adorable blue whale. Players draw blue number tiles, then use them to create simple equations (like 2+3=5) by including white Math tiles (plus signs, minus signs, multiplication signs, etc.). Each valid equation is called a “pod.” Keep using your blue tiles to build new equations on those pods, almost like a crossword. The first one to use all their blue tiles yells “Möbi” to win. Wildcard tiles and a few other creative rules make this a great family game. Want to play with younger kids? Just remove the multiplication and division tiles. With no need to calculate scores, and no paper or pencils, all you need to play Möbi is a flat surface. It’s a great travel, beach, or picnic game. And it can help kids with hand-eye coordination, cooperative play, and automaticity, which is the ability to apply learning automatically without actively thinking about it. Wife-husband creators Vanessa and Marc Nobrega like classic word games (Scrabble, Bananagrams) that disguise learning as play. They wanted to invent a game their son, Noah, would stay interested in as he grows up. Whether or not you think you love Math, you’re bound to love Möbi.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/seedsheet With this garden sheet set, growing your own herbs, flowers, or veggies is (almost) as easy as unpacking and unrolling. Even if you have little space or know-how, Seedsheet is designed to help your gardening ambitions succeed. Each sheet is a weed-resistant tarp that contains strategically spaced seed pouches. The position gives each plant enough room to grow. Also, certain seeds are placed near one another, a technique called companion planting, which acts as a natural form of pest control. For instance, planting tomatoes near particular herbs can keep worms at bay. Maker Cam MacKugler’s background in architecture and green living informed the idea for Seedsheet—a combination of technology and design. He sketched his first prototype with crayons while he was house sitting an 80-acre farm. Spread the sheet on readied soil—like you would a picnic blanket—then mist the tarp as directed. The fine, food-safe film on the pouches will dissolve. (It’s similar to the thin coating on over-the-counter capsules.) In a few weeks, you’ll be celebrating your own gridded, non-GMO garden.
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www.thegrommet.com/the-empowerment-project To help homeless people stay warm in the winter, Veronika Scott created the EMPWR coat. This water-resistant, self-heating coat transforms into a sleeping bag for nighttime and a crossbody bag for the off-season. It began as a class project. Veronika and her classmates were challenged to design something that fills a need in Detroit. She came up with her innovative coat after doing research at homeless shelters. While the coats are definitely useful, Veronika realized that many homeless people needed more long-lasting help—jobs. To give homeless people a chance at financial stability, she started The Empowerment Plan. This non-profit employs individuals from shelters to make the coats, then donates them to people living on the street around the country. The company’s workforce is able to give back while getting back on their own feet.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/math-for-love Link colors to numbers to fun in a math board game that’s addicting and stealthy. Prime Climb makes you exercise math skills while you’re distracted at play. Married mathematicians Daniel Finkel and Katherine Cook are the architects, creating a new take on doing equations. After training teachers for many years, they turned their attention to designing a visual, intuitive game to help kids become fluent in math. Much like learning a language, getting the key concepts down while you’re young can help them take root. To play, you roll two ten-sided dice—then you use operations to decide how many spaces you can move. Add the two numbers or subtract, multiply, or divide them, depending on which total will give you the best turn. Climb your way up to 101—gaining special powers and bumping opponents back to the start along the way. When we played the game, our teenage kids even asked to play it again. That’s right—teens asking to play a math game with their parents. There’s no greater endorsement than that.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/urban-agriculture Who says you need a yard to have a garden? Organic plant growing kits from Urban Agriculture are designed for small spaces, so you can grow beautiful flowers and herbs on a balcony or windowsill. Founder Chad Corzine wanted to grow his own organic produce, but having a tiny LA apartment made it difficult. He found that growing kits were low quality—the peat disks just didn’t have the nutrients the seeds needed. So he decided to make something better. Urban Agriculture gives you the right soil, seeds, and container to grow like a pro. The organic potting soil (instead of peat) has all the nutrients needed, and the special hybrid seeds are designed to grow in tight spaces. And the containers are as beautiful as they are sustainable—made from recycled tea sacks from India, each earthy container is unique. They’re shaped deep to keep soil aerated and well-drained while letting strong roots take hold. Grow your own flowers and herbs, even without a yard. With an Urban Agriculture growing kit, all you need is a little space and a lot of sun.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/oru This origami kayak, discovered by The Grommet, folds into itself without tools, making kayaking accessible to those who can't store a full-sized kayak. Plenty of folks enjoy kayaking, but none of them enjoy moving, storing, or carrying one. Inspired by origami, the lightweight Oru Kayak is made from a single sheet of corrugated plastic engineered to fold in on itself for never before seen portability. Oru is made of 5 mm, double layered, custom extruded polypropylene. The special monolithic structural unit is designed to allow the boat to forgo a structural frame without compromising durability. Assemble it in 20 minutes; disassemble it in 10, and use the time it would have taken you to lug a traditional one around, relaxing on the water.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/lasso Cold floors lead to icy toes, naturally, and then to these wool felt slippers. But Lasso slippers are a bit different from the rest. They’re made from one piece of wool felt that arrives flat for you to turn into tasty slippers. With just a few minutes, and some colorful laces, the slippers take shape and are ready to wear. Founder Gaspard Tiné-Berès was studying design in London when he put his education to good use. He DIY-ed some leftover wool felt scraps and sneaker laces into makeshift slippers. His feet felt warmer, but he kept working on his design until, 164 prototypes later, he was finally satisfied. Gaspard appreciates a minimal approach, so his slippers look streamlined, and are made with minimal tooling and materials, too. Genuine leather soles add more insulation to the already super warm wool, and extra laces let you switch up colors—if you’re ever willing to take them off.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/tangram-factory Meet a truly modern jump rope. The Smart Rope counts your jumps and shows them in real-time with a futuristic LED display that appears right before your eyes. It’s a slick, motivating feature. And this connected jump rope gathers even more data as you exercise. With specially designed handles, the rope rotates inside them as you jump. Via a Bluetooth connection to the Smart Gym app, you’ll see all of your fitness stats—like calories burned, time elapsed, and goals reached. The app even lets you connect with friends for extra motivation or to spark a jumping competition. Fitness buffs know that jumping rope burns calories fast and provides all-over toning. The Smart Rope is the first innovation from Tangram Factory, founded by two designers who worked in the tech and fitness industries. They wanted to combine this efficient exercise with a fitness tracker that doesn’t need to be worn. The rope is lightweight and compact, so you can use it in pretty much any space. Pack it in your bag to squeeze in workouts while you travel, too. A simple fitness tool is now a connected piece of exercise equipment that is as engaging as it is effective.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/diamondkingsmoker Want to smoke meat or fish? This bbq smoker box lets you use the grill you’ve already got. Made in the USA, it streamlines the smoking process and works on any type of grill. Patrick King paired over 30 years of experience in the forestry industry with expertise in wood science—not to mention a passion for smoking—to make a bbq smoker that does the job easily at home. And his all-natural wood chunks and pellets lend distinctive flavors to the meat (like almond, cherry, and mesquite). Just place your protein—ribs, chicken, or even fish—next to a lit box, and the smoker does the rest. It’s a simple process, but it does take some time to get that smoky goodness just right. But trust us, the tasty results are worth it.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/cbd-for-life Give your skin a high. CBD moisturizers, hair products, and pain relievers are rich in vitamins and omegas that nurture, revitalize, and even soothe. And they’re Made in the USA. Cannabinoids are extracted from the stems and stalks of industrial hemp, then mixed with essential oils and other natural ingredients, making a healthy, nourishing recipe. Because it’s hemp-derived, it’s not psychoactive like the THC that’s found in marijuana. Instead, the cannabinoids interact with the receptors in your own endocannabinoid system. This helps hydrate, cleanse, rejuvenate, reduce inflammation, and soothe. The idea for making this type of body care came to one of the Makers after using cannabinoids for scoliosis pain. She noticed it not only soothed the ache, it also made her skin clearer and softer. So she teamed up with a chemist to perfect this formula. Besides the positives in all of CBD for Life’s creams, rubs, and sprays, they omit all the bad stuff. They’re completely free of GMOs, Formaldehyde, Parabens, and artificial coloring that are commonly found in beauty products. Your skin thanks you in advance for the pampering.
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www.thegrommet.com/arcade-belts Designed by three active buddies (a pro skier, engineer, and coach), the Arcade Belt is made to stand up to anything from sitting to walking the dog to extreme athletic endeavors. Rugged and comfortable, these low-profile elastic belts won’t pinch or get in your way. Founders Cody Townsend, David Bronkie, and Tristan Queen were frustrated skiing with belts that restricted their movement and hurt to fall on. After an exhaustive analysis of the traditional belt’s shortcomings, the trio invented something far superior. Weatherproof and stretchy, the Arcade Belt meets the demands of active sports but anyone can appreciate its performance. The smooth, stretchy nylon moves comfortably with you. Sized to fit almost anyone, the high-quality elastic will last for years without giving out. The flat, durable buckle won’t leave a bulge under your shirt and, when the belt needs cleaning, you can throw the whole thing in the wash. The one-size-fits-most designs (no holes) are easy to adjust for different styles of pants, too. With styles from casual to classy, wear one out with friends or even to a meeting. Whether you’re sitting at a desk or scaling El Capitan, you’ll enjoy the Arcade Belt’s smooth profile—no bulging, pinching, or adjusting.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/handson-gloves Dog grooming gloves mean the end of brush anxiety for your worried pup. In fact, he probably will just enjoy the massage, unaware that you’re de-furring him with each rub, scratch, and stroke. Grooved palms and fingers free up shedding hair—in a major way, so you’ll want to do this outside. The nubs are shorter than bristles, so there won’t be any tangles or clumps to unwind. Use them on a dry pet or in the bath—where they give extra grip and deeper scrubbing action and make maneuvering around your animal easier, too. And your pet gets a nice rub down in the process that helps promote a healthy coat. Jay Michaelson created HandsOn for his horses, who enjoyed brushing and gentle scratching on their thick coats. He quickly realized other animals could benefit from these grooming gloves, too—like dogs, bunnies, and even cats. Whatever pet you have at home, these gloves will make grooming easier and more pleasant for you and your four-legged bestie.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/thinoptics ThinOPTICS reading glasses are so compact and convenient, keeping them on hand is a no-brainer. Even better than foldable reading glasses, this pair has been pared down to just lenses and a metal bridge. They’re super thin and light—weighing less than a nickel. Don’t let the small scale fool you, though. These glasses are tough. The lenses are made with the same shatterproof material used in bullet-proof glass, and the bridge is made from Nitinol—a metal ten times more elastic than spring steel. For reading, the design sits low on your nose and stays put, thanks to Flexgrip technology. Check text messages, peruse a menu, or read prescription labels. When you’re done, slide these readers into their super slim carrying case. It attaches to the back of your phone or fits in a wallet, jacket pocket, glove box, or anywhere else. Now you’ll always be able to see when you need to.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/faribault These heirloom quality, 100% pure wool blankets are stain-, wrinkle-, and water-resistant—and Made in the USA. And they’re made to last for years and years. For five generations, the Faribault Mill has spun together a tight knight community of craftspeople that take the raw wool and transform it into high quality blankets. This Minnesotan mill been around for over 150 years—using some of the same techniques and machinery that made 250,000 blankets for soldiers during WWII. The wool they use has active properties that react and adapt to changes in your body temperature. It warms you up if you’re cold and releases heat and moisture when you’re hot. Propelled by a legacy of careful craftsmanship, Faribault blankets will be keeping your family warm for years to come.
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www.thegrommet.com/clug-bicycle-rack CLUG: It’s a combination of “clip” and “hug.” And that’s exactly what it does to a bike tire, enabling you to stand your bike—upright or horizontally—anywhere you clug it. It’s an indoor bike rack small enough to hold in one hand. CLUG comes in two parts and installation is as easy as mounting it on two screws. Once the “clipper” (the CLUG’s outer casing) is mounted, snap in the colorful “gripper.” Just like that you are ready to clug your ride. Mount it to a wall, your floor, a tree, anywhere you want to park your bike. Then, roll in your tire, and it will make a “clug”-like sound when it catches. CLUG isn’t made to suspend a bike. But as long as the unclugged tire remains on the ground, CLUG will keep your bike standing. There’s a CLUG to fit each common tire width and several colors to fit your décor. And since it’s so small, it doesn’t take up any more room than your bike does.
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http://www.thegrommet.com/genius-pack-functional-luggage This luggage with compartments discovered by The Grommet cleverly puts what you need at your finger tips. Stay organized with a laundry compression pouch, an umbrella pop out, and more.
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http://www.thegrommet.com/molecule-r-cocktail-r-evolution-gastronomy-mixology-kit The Grommet team discovers Molecule-r whose molecular gastronomy kits include the ingredients, tools, and recipes to make molecular gastronomy accessible to amateur chefs.
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http://www.thegrommet.com/350-anywhere-fireplace-wall-mounted-fireplace-and-contemporary-fire-pit The Grommet team discovers the Anywhere Fireplace: a contemporary stainless steel wall mount fireplace or fireplace pit that goes anywhere.
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https://www.thegrommet.com/solinge Most of us don’t sharpen our kitchen knives, tools, or other household blades correctly—if at all. Sol.inge’s blade sharpener is a single, multi-purpose tool that lets you keep many different blades in top form. To properly sharpen, you need the right angle for the blade. Normally that would mean a special sharpener for every single tool. But Sol.inge’s tool has two sets of self-adjusting plates. They move to create the proper angle for sharpening each blade. Work on a variety of tools, from scissors to knives—even those with serrated blades. A stationary blade lets you tackle heftier jobs like garden shears. And for smaller surfaces like cheese graters, nail clippers, and can openers, there’s a pop-out handle with a blade to get them in shape. Creator Marc Adam has been perfecting this sharpener for years, combining his efforts with knife makers and engineers. He made this tool so versatile that it will put an end to dull, annoyingly ineffective blades.
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