Innovation takes center stage at Housewares Sneak Preview


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Ahead of the International Home + Housewares Show March 10 to 13 in Chicago, HellaWella editors got a sneak peak at some of the innovative, the green, the colorful, the energy-saving and the natural.

Love Starbucks, but hate the idea of all those disposable cups heading into the landfill? Then check out KeepCup, the first reusable cup that is designed to fit under the heads of most espresso machines. Available in four sizes, the BPA-free KeepCup also easily lets you mark off your drink info on the cup, ensuring you get the perfect drink.

Move over, Energizer Bunny! The Glas Collection from Energizer is the company’s line of energy-saving lighting solutions. The Glas Task Light, which is cool to the touch even after hours of use, produces less heat with an LED that never needs replacing.

Brown-bagging it to work just got a whole lot easier, thanks to the PACKiT brand personal cooler. No longer do you have to worry about having a fridge nearby to keep your food fresh. This stylish, freezable lunch bag keeps your food nice and cold for several hours, freeing you up to snack where you please.

Terminix Mosquito Solutions
Mosquito repelling gets a stylish new look with the Terminix AllClear Mosquito Mister Lantern from Universal Pest Solutions. This portable lantern uses lemongrass extract to fend off more than 95% of biting mosquitoes from areas up to 300 sq. ft. without relying on the nasty chemicals found in other repellents.

Crane Defense Humidifiers
Ease cold and flu congestion, breathe in fresher air and enjoy smooth skin and shiny hair — all with Crane’s humidifiers. Its Antimicrobial Product Protection in the water tank fights mold and mildew, which keep the mist clean. The energy-efficient humidifier also features silent, 24-hour operation; auto-off function when the tank empties; an ionizer for fresh air; and a control touch panel.

La Crosse Temperature and Humidity Monitor
Like a nanny-cam for your temperature and humidity needs, the La Crosse monitor let’s you know when things are not as they should be via custom text and email alerts. Featuring probes for wet or dry environments, the La Crosse Temperature and Humidity Monitor enables you to keep tabs on your refrigerator, pool, garden or anywhere else that requires temperature and humidity control.

Full Circle Fresh Air compost collector
The Full Circle Fresh Air compost collector distinguishes itself from other compost containers by utilizing breathable, compostable bags and a built-in wind flume system to promote aerobic decomposition to eliminate bacteria growth and the nasty stuff that comes with it. When it is time to compost, you can simply take the bag of food scraps and throw it in your compost pile or green bin, or bring it to your nearest compost collection center.

Fagor Healthy Squeeze Slow Juicer
Good (and nutritious!) juice comes to those who wait. The Fagor Healthy Squeeze Slow Juicer uses a mere 150 watts of energy to grind and press fruits and vegetables, delivering a tasty juice that is packed with nutrients and enzymes.

Bona Hardwood Floor Spot Cleaner
Fido have an accident? Clean it up with Bona’s pet spot treatment, which eliminates pet messes and odor from hardwood floors. And bonus: The cleaner is safe to use around your family — including the guilty party.

Delta Design Co. Yube Cube
The storage system with a super-fun name offers modular design, eco-friendliness and personalization. Create a room divider, display case and more!

Hoover Dirt Devil Whiskers DSV Robotic Vacuum
It’s adorable, hands-free and may just keep you entertained for hours. The Whiskers vacuum sweeps and vacuums hard floors with just the switch of a button. The robot can move under furniture and beds and around various household obstacles.

Revol USA Revolution
Revolution can safely cook on every heat source. Yes, you read correctly, every heat source — including induction and flame top. Made with natural components, the line is 100% recyclable and comes in seven colors.

Simplehuman Butterfly Sensor Can
Nothing says convenience like some hands-free magic. The Butterfly Sensor Can from Simplehuman features multisense technology that reacts and adapts so it won’t open or close before you’re finished. The technology has three modes: ready mode, task mode and a 30-second stay-open mode.

Lifetime Brands kitchen gadgets
got colorful and creative in the kitchen with its Get Happy Kitchen Gadget Collection (left), which includes nesting measuring cups, measuring spoons, bag clips and handled brush. The Trap Door Colander by Farberware (center) features dispensing doors on the bottom that allows the user to direct where food is dropped. The Bagel Guillotine (right), now available in three new colors, offers a durable stainless steel blade with dual-serrated edges.

Additional reporting by Gail Hoffer