The first was a disposable tea bag. In 1904, coffee and tea merchant Thomas Sullivan decided to save money by sending samples of his products to cafes, restaurants and shops. Instead of heavy cans, Sullivan began packing very small portions of tea into small bags of muslin and silk. However, the tea bag was patented only in 1952 by the company of another successful tea manufacturer and competitor Sullivan by the name of Lipton.
In 1908, the American doctor Alvin Davidson published a study on mortality among schoolchildren. One of the reasons he named the use of unhygienic public metal mugs. The campaign spread throughout the country, and in 1910 the “safe cup”, a sheet of cardboard rolled into a cone, was patented.
The idea of a disposable diaper fell through at first. The first were waterproof baby panties that were worn over a normal diaper. They sold with great success. When paper panties appeared, consumers suddenly began to doubt: it seemed impractical to use a diaper once and then throw it away. 10 years later, Procter & Gamble became interested in disposable diapers.
A relatively recent invention is disposable panties for women. They are especially popular with Japanese schoolgirls. There is a real hunt for schoolgirls' panties in Japan. On her own panties (which she can take off and sell right on the doorstep of the school), a Japanese schoolgirl can earn decent money.
The disposable syringe was invented by New Zealander Colin Murdoch, a pharmacist and veterinarian. The invention was supposed to simplify and speed up the vaccination of animals - the medicine had to be sealed in a syringe in advance. The production of plastic disposable syringes on an industrial scale began in 1961.
Most of the benefits from the reluctance of customers to use things a second time were managed by the manufacturers of stationery. The protagonist of this story was the Frenchman Marcel Bic, the founder of the Bic company. The first Bic ballpoint pens were released in 1953. Within three years, 1 million pens were sold a day.
In 1972, the company began producing disposable lighters.
In 1975, Bic introduced disposable razors to the market, pushing Gillette out of the market. By the way, Marcel Beek, who never took loans and did not give interviews, died ten years ago.
The name of the person who invented the disposable condom is unknown. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, condoms were reusable and had to be washed and stored in small boxes. Disposable condoms became available in the 1960s. Now every year in the world there are used from 10 to 15 billion condoms.
The latest curiosity is disposable contact lenses. They appeared in the early 1990s. The essence of disposable lenses is well expressed in one of the advertising posters. On it, a handsome macho man, leaving a Jaguar, in which three beauties are sitting, casually remarks: "I love them - and I leave them."
In 1997, a patent was developed in the United States for the invention of disposable devices that do not require additional recharging for the duration of the conversation for which they are intended. The idea came from New Jersey-based children's toy developer Randy Altshul. Despite the fact that after the infamous terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the US government officially banned the use of disposable telephones, they are popular in many other countries. The cost of such a mobile phone is scanty - about 10-2o dollars.