US 20070053616 A1
The bag attachment for a cooler includes a pouch defining a bag having a frame disposed about the mouth of the bag. The frame is releasably attached to an external wall of a cooler and maintains the mouth of the pouch in an open state, allowing for the storage of waste, such as empty cans and bottles, in the receptacle. When the pouch is full, the frame may be detached from the cooler and closed to seal the mouth of the bag for transport to a waste depository.
1. A bag attachment for a cooler, comprising:
a pouch having an open mouth;
a frame attached around the open mouth of the pouch, the frame having a releasable closure for closing the mouth of the pouch; and
means for releasably attaching the frame to the cooler.
2. The bag attachment according to
first and second frame members; and
at least one hinge pivotally connecting the first and second frame members.
3. The bag attachment according to
4. The attachable bag for a cooler as recited in
5. The attachable bag for a cooler as recited in
6. The attachable bag for a cooler as recited in
first and second frame members;
at least one hinge pivotally connecting the first and second frame members; and
means for selectively and releasably securing the first frame member to the second frame member when said frame is in a folded state.
7. The attachable bag for a cooler as recited in
8. The attachable bag for a cooler as recited in
This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 60/713,358, filed Sep. 2, 2005.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a bag attachment for a cooler for storing and transporting empty cans, bottles and other waste.
2. Description of the Related Art
Coolers and ice chests for transporting, storing and chilling beverages are common accessories for picnics, outdoors parties and other activities where cold beverages and food are desired. Food wrappers and empty bottles and cans are often returned to the cooler for later transport and disposal. Placing waste back into the cooler, however, is unsanitary, raises the temperature inside the cooler, both through thermal conduction and the introduction of warm air each time the cooler lid is opened, and also requires the user to carry a heavy cooler full of ice and waste to a waste repository. It is desirable to have a separate receptacle for the waste generated by users of the cooler or ice chest.
Garbage cans often are not conveniently located for the disposal of waste at a picnic or party, and are not easily transported. Although garbage bags may be transported along with the cooler, loose bags are difficult to hold open without a garbage can, and may easily rupture or spill their contents.
Thus, a bag attachment for a cooler solving the aforementioned problems is desired.
The bag attachment for a cooler includes a sack or pouch defining a bag having a reclosable frame disposed around the mouth of the bag for supporting the bag and selectively closing the bag. The frame is releasably attached to an external wall of a cooler through use of a suitable fastener, such as a hook-and-loop type fastener, and maintains the mouth of the pouch in an open state, allowing for the storage of waste, such as empty cans and bottles, in the pouch. The bag may be formed from any flexible material, particularly cloth or fabric, and preferably of mesh or netting, which allows for the free passage of air, preventing the build-up of unpleasant odors from waste material deposited in the bag.
When the bag is full, the frame may be detached from the cooler, and the frame may be folded and clasped shut to close the mouth of the receptacle for transport to a waste depository. A pair of handles are fixed to the frame, allowing the user to easily carry the bag when it is in the folded state.
These and other features of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.
Similar reference characters denote corresponding features consistently throughout the attached drawings.
The present invention relates to a bag which forms an attachment that is selectively attachable to a cooler. The bag 10, as shown in
As best shown in
In the preferred embodiment, pouch. 26 is formed from mesh, netting or any other suitable open material allowing for the free passage of air therethrough in order to prevent the build-up of unpleasant odors generated by waste 34. An open material, such as mesh or netting, further allow liquids to drain through the material, rather than pooling in the closed, lower end of pouch 26. The frame 42 includes first and second frame members 16, 18, which may be pivotally joined to one another by a pair of hinges 20 so that the frame folds or pivots to close the mouth of the pouch 26, similar to the closure members of a purse. It should be understood that frame members 16, 18 may be pivotally joined, each to the other, through any suitable means for pivotal attachment.
First and second frame members 16, 18 are formed from plastic or any other suitable resilient material that is strong enough to support pouch 26 and selectively maintain pouch 26 in an open state for receiving waste. First and second frame members 16 and 18 are preferably formed of relatively lightweight material, allowing for the easy transport of attachable bag 10. First and second frame members 16, 18 may be formed of plastic tubing and, alternatively, may include telescoping tubing in order to provide an adjustable length for foldable frame 42, allowing the frame 42 to be adapted for use with multiple coolers.
Frame 42 is selectively and releasably secured to an external wall of cooler 12 by a releasable fastener. Any suitable releasable fastener may be utilized. However, in a preferred embodiment, a first strip of fastening material 32 is mounted on cooler 12, and a second strip of fastening material 36 (shown in
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First and second releasable clasps or locking elements 28, 30 are secured, respectively, to first and second frame members 16, 18. As shown in
Additionally, each frame member 16, 18 has a handle 24 attached thereto, allowing a user to easily carry bag 10 when the bag 10 is closed and fastened by clasps 28 and 30, as shown in
Alternatively, bag 10 may include a second set of fasteners, shown as hook and loop fastening strips 38, 40 in
In use, cooler 12 is transported to any desired site, such as a picnic or baseball game, and frame 42 is attached to cooler 12 through the engagement of fastening strip 36 with fastening strip 32. Second frame member 18 is positioned beneath hinges 14 of cooler 12 so that the opening of the lid of cooler 12 is not prevented or impeded. Empty cans and bottles 34 are deposited in pouch 26, which is supported by, and held open by, frame 42. The weight of cooler 12 maintains frame 42 in a stable position, thus providing solid and stable support for pouch 26.
As bag 10 fills up with waste 34, frame 42 is prevented from rotating under the weight of pouch 26 and waste 34 through the contact and engagement of supports 22 with the external wall of cooler 12.
When pouch 26 is filled with waste 34, frame 42 is detached from cooler 12 and the frame 42 may be closed, as shown in
Through the use of second hook-and-loop strips 38, 40, secured to the exterior of receptacle 26, as shown in
It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, but encompasses any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.