Author: Edith G. Tolchin

Lessons and Rewards, Multiplied Together

Family’s invention helps kids learn math Inventions resulting from family collaborations are an invaluable learning experience. They can also be a financial success if families follow all of the proper steps and the market is right. Velvet Alvarez of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania—a junior at Moravian College—and her mother, Isabel, are determined to make Math Game 2×3™ a hit. Edith G. Tolchin: How did the game come about? Velvet Alvarez: My mom always had issues learning her multiplication tables and always thought. “There’s got to be a better way to learn them that’s easier and quicker.” She also wanted to help...

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Creating Options for New Moms

Nursing apparel offers comfort and style For years, nursing apparel consisted of a few styles of nursing bras, one or two often messy or stained maternity tunics, or T-shirts. When breastfeeding, comfort should be paramount to help new moms deal with frequent sleepless nights. But who says you can’t have both comfort and style? Elizabeth Best and her mom, Clareanne Best, invented the Millybutton™ with nursing moms and babies in mind. They are co-owners of the Pittsburgharea company. The patented breastfeeding apparel accessory helps turn any blouse into a nursing top. Edith G. Tolchin: Tell us about your background,...

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Big Help for Tiny Babies

I love sourcing and manufacturing baby products because I like challenges. When I began working with China factories in 1990, the sourcing process was either winging it or common sense. For example, if we wanted to make a safe product for a baby, we would not use components such as sharp objects and dangerous dyes. Eventually, that wasn’t enough. After countless product recalls over the years, the United States created the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in 2008. This required manufacturers to undergo complex testing for their baby products and comply with other regulations in order to introduce safe...

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Exploring the Outdoors, Indoors

Couple’s cat window seat promotes tunnel play, privacy while preserving blinds. I often get inquiries to manufacture new pet products, so I know there are many dog and cat inventions brought to market every year. If you Google “new dog and cat inventions,” you get 45.9 million entries! Cats are explorers by nature, whether inside or outdoors. My little old indoor kitty, Missy-Pups (it’s a long story), likes to climb up on her soft window perch to observe the outside world. The WindowKitty® cat window seat allows the kitty to enter into a cylinder and look out the window...

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Leanest Fly Trap

Couple’s device for garbage can catches pests for easy disposal.  Have you ever wished for a solution to house and fruit flies that did not involve toxic chemicals, electronic zappers or fly swatters? Tired of placing a defogger inside your house and hightailing yourself and your pets to safety while you hope those bugs are properly exterminated? Joylyn and Dennis Darnell, a couple from Pacific Beach, California, have long contemplated a better solution. The Garbage Can Fly Trap is a simple and natural alternative to other methods that often do not solve this common bug problem. Their invention can attach to your outside trash can, which helps keep flies...

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