When our member Patrick Lehoux realized how much energy could be saved by upcycling his old bottles instead of recycling them, he knew he had a great business idea. He invented the Kinkajou, a bottle cutter named after an adorable animal with powerful chompers. The colorful Kinkajou tool is strong enough to cut safely through glass and its DIY fans are using it to give their bottles new lives as drink ware, candle holders, even pendant lights. The biggest challenge in launching his business? Patrick had to conquer his fear of being in a Kickstarter video. Twenty days later, Patrick had $80,000 to launch Kinkajou. And he’s fully overcome that stage fright: today Patrick gives TED talks on how those 20 days changed his life. Patrick, we raise a glass to you!
You can order your own Kinkajou bottle cutter at Patrick’s website, bottlecutting.com.