Let's try to avoid the obvious double entendres and check out a new application for injection molded plastics: the Banana Guard. The product, from Aberrant Designs Inc., is made to hold bananas and keep them from getting bruised. Aberrant Designs also offers what it calls a Froot Guard, for apples, peaches and similar-sized fruit, and a smaller Froot Case, for kiwi, plums and apricots. I imagine there are customers out there that would like a colorful, durable and reusable fruit-shaped plastic container that the can use to carry fruit in their lunch box or back pack. According to the company's FAQ page, the Banana Guard was designed to accommodate the majority of banana sizes. "Our testing indicates that over 95 percent of commercially available bananas will fit into the Banana Guard. Highly curved bananas can be straightened ever-so-slightly without harm to fit the Banana Guard shape. The opposite holds true of very straight bananas. The guard features ventilation holes that allow the fruit to ripen naturally. As the Plastics Blog noted last week, there seems to be no end to the number of sustainable new products that designers and molders can create out of plastics. Now we can add the Banana Guard to the list.
Fruit protector gains attention
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