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Best accessory winner at the Outdoor Trade Show UK

by Ashley Newland |

The Scrubba wash bag wins “Best Accessory” in the prestigious OTS 2014 Novel Awards at the Outdoor Trade Show in the UK. 

After being inspected by a panel of industry experts in the United Kingdom, the Scrubba wash bag was voted best new product in the Accessory category. The award was presented to the Scrubba wash bag's UK distributor, Eskimo Agency, by Caroline White, the Chief Executive of the YHA and Andrew Denton, Chief Executive of the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA). 

Each of the finalists in the seven categories were assessed by a panel of expert judges which included specialist outdoor retailers and journalists. 

The Scrubba wash bag is a product of Australian based company Calibre8 Pty Ltd and is exclusively distributed in the UK by Eskimo Agency.  Managing director of Eskimo Agency Adam Sismey said of the Scrubba wash bag “When we first saw the Scrubba wash bag, we knew it would be success.  Never before has there been a truly portable device for washing clothes while traveling”.Since they were introduced in 2010, the OTS Novel Awards have continued to grow in popularity, demonstrating the importance of recognising achievements and innovations from manufacturers across the outdoor industry.

 “The Scrubba wash bag has enjoyed a rapid international expansion as travellers realise the great benefits of packing this 145g (5 oz.) device”. Founder of the Scrubba wash bag and managing director of Calibre8 Pty Ltd Ash Newland said. “Appointing Eskimo Agency as our exclusive distributor in the UK has been paramount to our expansion into the UK retail market.  Eskimo agency have a good reputation for bringing the most innovative outdoor products to the UK and the present award reinforces that the Scrubba wash bag will become a staple accessory for UK travellers”.


In 2010, patent attorney and world traveller Ash Newland conceived the idea of the Scrubba wash bag as he prepared for a trip to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Fast forward to the present and the Scrubba wash bag is now a reality and, at less than 145g, is the world’s first pocket-sized washing machine.  The patent pending and electricity free product features a flexible internal washboard that enables a machine quality wash in just minutes.

The 2014 Novel Award from the Outdoor Trade Show follows the Scrubba wash bag's previous wins including Anthill's Smart 100 and inclusion in Entrepreneur magazine's "100 Brilliant Companies" and Forbes magazine's list of "Great Gifts for Travelers".

With 10's of thousands of Scrubba wash bags in the hands of travelers all over the world, it really is a travel gadget that is revolutionizing the travel industry.

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