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Litter picking solution

Bettahold launch

Posted on 08/07/2015

Nobody would class litter picking as a skilled occupation but after a few days as a volunteer for a local environmental charity, I soon learnt to put something heavy in an empty bag to weight it down, particularly on a windy day! 

Once you’ve experienced a bag spinning round and round like a corkscrew making it impossible to get into, you’ll understand my frustration.

The next problem was that as it got fuller, it got heavier so it tended to drag along the ground (often with an empty bottle clinking on the pavement) and the handle would tear away from the bag. 

I decided to try one of the plastic rings with clips to hold the bag into position.  It helped but no sooner had I got the bag into place and put a few items in it than the weight pulled it away again!

Now, I’m no Edison but there had to be a better way. 

1. A bag has two handles.  If I held them both at the same time they’d take twice the weight before tearing.  Nor would it be possible for it to spin like a whirling dervish.

2. If the bag could be held at the bottom of the handles it would be less likely to rub along the ground.

However, as I only have two arms and handles are designed to be lifted from the top, it was obvious that it needed another dose of thinking about.

The answer was simple (the best solutions always are).  Design a hoop with two bars inside to wrap the bags handles round.

After rejecting several prototypes the Bettahold was finally born. 

Does it work?  Yes.

It only takes a few seconds to fit the bag and then to detach it but it solves all the problems – even in strong winds and with heavy loads!

Don’t take my word for it – have a look at the video!

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