Don’t you just love it when your worlds collide? This happened recently in our diabetes group when Leon Tribe, from Pocket Watch Pill Box, shared his business of upcycling pocket watches into pillboxes. Based in Sydney, he has an etsy shop where he sells his gorgeous alternatives to a plastic pill box for people with any kind of health condition requiring you to take medication out and about, with style!
Leon buys pocket watches and converts them into pill boxes by removing the watch mechanism and lining them with felt of a colour chosen by the customer. For older people with limited eyesight or fine motor control, a button is much easier to activate than flicking a lid with a fingernail so there is opportunity across a range of ages for a more functional pill box too.
The designs available are almost limitless so the appeal is wide ranging. For example, Leon offers a gold and pink bejewelled pocket watch pill box on a long chain which can be worn like a necklace for children who may be on medication. “I imagine managing chronic disease is tough for children. A pretty pill box necklace makes it a little more fun and an object of envy rather than one of derision” he says.
Leon was recently asked to replace the felt with a photograph, so is in the process of perfecting that and expects to offer this service soon. He is also accumulating a lot of digital watch mechanisms! A friend of his has an Etsy shop and sells earrings and they are looking at collaborating to turn his spare watch parts into unique jewelry – watch this space! The materials used are the pocket watches, some felt and a tiny amount of epoxy to hold it together. Rather than mould-set plastic, these pill boxes are made of durable and reusable bronze metal. While a plastic pill box may last 12 months or so, the pocket watches are built to last. This is Leon’s first year, but the feedback from customers and the medical community has been overwhelmingly positive.
Leon started the business after being diagnosed in early 2017 with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is managed with insulin injections via needles or an insulin pump. However, often people are taking medications for various conditions, and now living with a chronic disease, Leon noticed there was a lack of interesting and affordable pill boxes. He decided to make his own and Pocket Watch Pill Boxes was born.
Leon says he believes that sustainability is vital for the long term prosperity of our species and the planet.
“In so many ways we are testing the planet’s limits so anything we can do, as individuals, to reduce this burden is a good thing. My business provides an alternative to the disposable plastic landfill of conventional pill boxes and, in my opinion, offers something prettier, recyclable, and more durable”. To make a difference he says, start with small, incremental changes. This does not have to be an overnight resolution.
If you want to find out more head to Leon’s etsy shop here.