Rise of the Mumpreneurs: The inspired inventions making recession-hit mothers their millions
15:23 GMT, 4 September 2012
The recession has been lingering over our country for too long now.
But rather than becoming consumed by the doom and gloom, savvy mothers have found creative ways to turn the negatives of economic turmoil into a positive.
According to new research, the recession has fuelled a record boom in big ideas and inventions amongst British mothers – with more than one in three (39 per cent) saying that they have turned to their skills, creativity and initiative to make money over the past year.
The recession has fuelled a record boom in big ideas and inventions amongst British mothers- with more than one in three (39%) using their skills, creativity and initiative to make money in the last year alone
According to the survey a third (34 per cent) claim the recession has played a part in the mounting number of ‘light bulb’ moments they’ve had, with one in six (15 per cent) dreaming up new ideas every fortnight in a bid to put themselves in a better financial position.
From shape memorising wool to wheelie bin covers, mothers say they are reacting to daily household problems, with many saying they are finding their inspiration whilst spring cleaning.
THE TOP EVERYDAY INVENTIONS MOTHERS CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
1. A flushing toilet
4. Pain killers
6. The light bulb
Meanwhile, almost a fifth say they have dreamt up big ideas in their sleep, while one in six (16 per cent) say they are thinking big in the bath tub.
And the research suggests their brainwaves are far from pipe dreams.
Almost a quarter of mothers are going back to basics and getting to grips with the science and technology principles behind their ideas, realising that a better knowledge in these fields will help fuel their success.
More than one in six are looking into or going through the patent process, and nearly one in ten has swatted up to create their own models or prototypes according to the study of UK mothers by The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair.
Mark Champkins, British Inventor and supporter of The Big Bang Fair said: 'This research shows the recession has sparked a real ‘can do’ attitude amongst ordinary mums of all ages who are looking to make some extra cash – and it’s amazing to see that they are turning to science and engineering to make the impossible possible.
'Breakthroughs using science and technology hold the key to not only transforming individuals’ lives but the state of our country’s future economic growth.'
Mothers across the UK are being encouraged to inspire their children and teenagers to put their own ideas, discoveries and inventions to the test in the country’s most exciting contest – the National Science and Engineering Competition.
TOP CELEBRITY INVENTIONS
Even A-listers at the height of their
career, politicians and royals have taken time out, away from the public
gaze, to dream up new ways to address the problems in their everyday
Orla Kiely's 'Wottle' design
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis invented the Wet Wipe Nappy, which incorporates
a sealed pocket on the outside that can be filled with cleaning wipes –
eliminating the need to store, dispense and travel with two separately
packaged items. As disposable nappies take hundreds of years to degrade
in landfill, she is looking to collaborate with a company that uses
environmental science to bring a biodegradable product to market.
Internationally renowned designer Orla Kiely created the world's first
designer reusable water bottle – the 'Wottle'. Designed for refill, not
landfill, it is made from recycled HDPE – High Density Polyethylene and
is free from Bisphenol A. The Wottle was designed to be compact enough
to fit in a handbag or gym bag as well as the cup holders in the gym –
perfect for busy women's on-the-go lifestyle.
Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts worked closely with chemists to invent the
Dainty Doll Make-up range for pale-skinned girls, perfecting natural
formulations and colours as an alternative to layering on
chemically-enriched foundations, while including an anti-inflammatory
ingredient to reduce redness and swelling on the face.
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher may have been the Iron Lady, but
many people don’t know about her ‘softer’ side. Graduating in chemistry
from Oxford University, Thatcher joined food manufacturer J. Lyons and
Co. as a research chemist and invented Soft-Scoop ice cream, heralding
the age of Mr Whippy ice-cream vans and the 99 flake.