Who- Grant Bell, founder of Zeewok - Products with Attitude
What- The Dunkfish is a fish shaped tea infuser. “We wanted to create a fun and easy to use product that turns the traditional ritual of brewing tea on its head,” says Grant Bell, founder of Zeewok - Products with Attitude. The product was inspired by the youthful energy and innocence of his children, who reminded him every day to never grow up.
Needs- Material detail for the design was critical for Grant Bell. Dunkfish from ideation to production was a 15 month process to get it just right. “The first initial design didn’t include Eastman Tritan copolyester,” says Bell. “I didn’t want to consider using plastic in the tea infuser. But after seeing the Tritan samples and doing some research on the Eastman Innovation Lab, I knew it was the way to go.”
The tactile feel of Dunkfish – food-grade silicon on the top half – combined with matching translucent, glass-like colored Tritan ribcage accentuates the design of the mesh and ensures the basket holding tea leaves will never distort. The thoughtful design, quality materials, and construction of the unique infuser make sure Dunkfish lasts a lifetime.
Material- Eastman Tritan copolyester, With its glass-like clarity, minus the weight, shatter-risk, and slick-wet handling that comes with traditional glass products in the kitchen, Eastman Tritan copolyester is the perfect material for the Dunkfish cage.
Tritan™ is a new-generation clear plastic with excellent toughness and impact resistance. Unlike some plastics, Tritan is made without bisphenol-A (BPA) and it retains clarity after repeated dishwasher washing cycles, without hazing or cracking
Success- Dunkfish launched on Kickstarter in 2012 achieving 100% of its $14,000 goal in just 28 days. The tea infusers are available in 4 fun colors – orange, blue, citron and red. Check out the Zeewok site for Dunkfish and their other products with attitude.