Some of the product ideas are just terrible, and occasionally people get laughed out of the room, but a lot of the ideas are surprisingly smart. I even realized a while ago that a company that is next door to my yoga studio was on Shark Tank, and apparently their business has blown up. The downside is that it sometimes feels a bit like advertising, but I've only ever bought one thing I saw on the show, and it was actually a product none of the sharks invested in:
The Rapid Ramen Cooker. It's basically a square bowl the size of a dry cake of ramen noodles. Certainly it didn't change my life, but it was pretty cheap (a set of two for $12.99) and we use it at least once a week.
I was watching a recent episode though, and I was just utterly confused by one of the products that got pitched. A husband and wife came on pitching an alternative to paper towels called Bambooee. The difference was that these towels are made of bamboo and they can be washed and re-used up to 20 times. The couple went on and on about how the mission of their company was to reduce waste and be green. That's awesome, but there are also things that already exist called: TOWELS.
I have towels that I've used far more than 20 times. I use paper towels too, but either because I'm cheap or because I grew up in a house that considered paper towel use to be extravagant, I don't use them much.
Bambooee is at the 20 minute mark
Maybe there's something I'm just not getting here, but isn't the greenest option out there to just buy regular towels? I guess it's hard to keep turning a profit on something that people rarely need to replace, but I feel like I'm the smartest guy in the room.