No Fly Zone means no more nasties in our drinks...cheers!
AN Australian summer means something different to everyone, but it often involves outdoor events with friends and family, and sometimes flies.
Flying insects seek refreshment in our nice, cold beverages, so creators of No Fly Zone John Stewart and Leonie Lane found a market with the simple idea to create covers for your drinks.
"Growing up on a dairy farm ... (my partner John) found during social occasions enjoying drinks with friends and family ... a fly or wasp or something nasty would fall into your drink," Ms Lane said.
"So we thought it was an opportunity to provide a barrier product."
There are two No Fly Zone products currently available. The first is the bottle top, designed with the use of 3D CAD programs and utilising CNC lathed aluminium prototypes alongside 3D printed tools.
The glass cover, a newer product, will be focused initially on exotic animal fur imagery from Central Australia and also Taronga/Western Plains Zoo.
"There was an opportunity to put an image of a location or an animal they may have seen on the products. So they become momentos or souvenir objects," Ms Lane said.
"Most of the images are John's photographs.
"It's opting for the tourism market and also the health and entertainment industries."
Mr Stewart and Ms Lane sell No Fly Zone products in a few locations, including two in Bangalow and one in Eltham, but most of the sales come from their online store, noflyzone.com.au.
"The online shop is up and going ... it just means we can sell all over Australia," Ms Lane said.