Lori Zimmer

Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made from Interchangeable Parts

by , 04/18/13

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Forecasters predict 2012 to be a record-breaking year for tropical storms – and a truly sturdy umbrella is essential for dealing with pouring rain and gusting winds. A new crowdfunded umbrella called the Ginkgo promises to stand up to impending wind and rain, and it can be born again as a new umbrella in the event that it’s damaged. The umbrella is made from recycled polypropylene, and its piecemeal parts are interchangeable and can be used to assemble another umbrella should it break.

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We’ve all seen it – the aftermath of a powerful storm leaves the streets littered with broken umbrellas. According to Ginkgo, around nine hundred million broken umbrellas make their way into landfills each year. Part of the problem is that standard umbrellas aren’t flexible. Another issue is that they are made up of 120 mixed-material parts, which make them very difficult to recycle – and their polyester canopies won’t degrade for 1,000 years.

Ginkgo’s model is made from just twenty pieces that lock together with snap-fit joints instead of breakable screws and pivots. Instead of metal and polyester, the entire umbrella is made from recycled polypropylene, a light and resistant plastic. When the durable umbrella finally reaches the end of its life, the entire thing can be thrown into the recycling bin, since the fabric, thread and structural pieces are all made from polypropylene.

The Ginkgo umbrella recently launched an Indiegogo campaign that lets supporters pick colors and variations for their pre-ordered umbrella. If the campaign reaches $200,000, the company will set up a cradle-to-cradle supply chain.

+ Ginkgo on Indiegogo

Via Clean Technica

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  1. Tristan Pope July 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I purchased a Ginkgo umbrella well over a year ago now – and yet I still don’t have one. Why? Because they had a flaw in production that made it so when you opened them, they BROKE. So when I reported the problem they said they would ship another… but I have spoken with Federico Venturi many times over email and he promises me they will ship me another, yet they never have. I asked for a refund and it was refused, saying if he did it for me he would have to do it for everyone… This has been one of the worst experiences I have had for a crowd sourced invention I have ever backed. never again with this company. (Will update if they ever actually hold to their word)

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