When Ash Newland began preparing to hike Mount Kilimanjaro, he didn’t expect the journey would lead him to a whole new career.

Ash was getting ready for the big climb when he came across a seemingly simple problem – he wanted to pack light, but that would mean washing his clothes every few days. How do you manage regular laundry when you’re camping in the wilderness?

He came up with the beautifully simple solution of pairing an old-fashioned washboard with a waterproof bag. The combination, which eventually became the Scrubba Wash Bag, allowed travellers to wash their clothes anywhere – no electricity or sinks required.

A traveller washes their clothes using the Scrubba Wash Bag, with a tranquil lake in the background

Ash didn’t set out to become an inventor. He came across a problem that mattered to him, and had a go at fixing it. When he saw that plenty of other people faced the same problem, he knew he was onto something.

Before he became an entrepreneur Ash worked as a patent attorney, so he knew how important it was to protect his idea from copycats. Read about how Ash protected his Intellectual Property (IP) before launching his crowdsourcing campaign for the Scrubba Wash Bag.

The interior of the Scrubba Wash Bag, showing the flexible washboard

Ash’s latest product, the Scrubba Weightless Wallet, has just been funded on Kickstarter! You can take a look at all of the Scrubba products on Ash’s website.

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A woman fills her Scrubba Wash Bag at the bank of a river

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