Gallery: Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made...

 

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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  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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