SOL Water-Purifying Bag

An eco-friendly and convenient way to access clean water, anywhere

Fort Jones, California-based Tortoise Gear aims to make products so users can thrive in practically any environment. The brand’s SOL Water Bag (which is currently crowdsourcing on Kickstarter) is a compact, solar-powered water-purifying bag for all kinds of outdoor adventure. Unlike many water-purifying systems, the SOL needs no chemicals or tech gadgetry and, as with so many inventions, the idea came to CEO Eric McCormick …

Xtracycle’s Edgerunner 24D Cargo Bike

Carry everything from kids to kayaks and groceries in this highly functional bicycle

Much love and thought are going into the redesign of cargo bikes, such as Porterlight’s new customizable option, to make them less intimidating and more enticing for regular personal use. Oakland, California-based Xtracycle offers the Edgerunner—which they’ve dubbed the “ultimate cargo bike”—and their intro model, the 24D (whose name comes from its 24 speeds), balances performance and value. Ross Evans founded the company when he …

Üllo Wine Purifier

Getting rid of sulfites and other chemicals with advanced filtering technology

llo, a Chicago-based start-up, focuses on restoring wine to its natural statesomething they believe enhances any wine experience and ultimately makes wine safer to drink. A team of three individuals (a chemist, a wine expert and a chemical engineer) have put their many skills to the test and created a product that will revolutionize wine purifying and protect wine-drinkers from preservative chemicals, which can trigger …