testing it by collecting balled up pieces of paper off the kitchen floor! “Fast forward just a matter of days and I had already reached out to a patent lawyer to draw up a patent


ehind many products is an individual or team driven by a desire to bring to market a solution to an age-old problem.

In the case of the new Clear ‘N’ Collect Multi-Purpose Rake, the team leading the way is husband and wife, James and Sally-Anne Coneron. Together James and Sally-Anne are on a mission to change the way we remove leaves and debris from our gardens, patios and driveways, with the Clear ‘N’ Collect brand – a true passion project.

A career turned idea “Like many ideas the Clear ‘N’ Collect

Multi-Purpose Rake was

borne from an on-going complaint I had, says James. “I worked as a landscape gardener for over 20 years, during which time I had used a wide array of tools to tackle the issue of debris in the garden, but not a single one did the job completely. It was a constant juggling act between rake, spade and broom, which over time took its toll with the constant bending and stretching. I just knew there had to be a better way.

“After many years of listening

to my musings on the topic, my wife, Sally-Anne, tasked me with channelling this thinking into some real product development, with the light bulb moment coming in March 2019. Within the day I had created the first cardboard prototype of the Clear ‘N’ Collect Multi-Purpose Rake,


application to ensure that my idea was covered by comprehensive IP protection. The crucial product development stage followed as it was of paramount importance to ensure that the tool was not only functional but that it also didn’t compromise on its durability, lightweight design, or value for money and effectiveness. We went though many more prototypes to ensure we met this strict criterion, all of which massively influenced the end design. With our final 3D printed design ready to go, it was time to find a manufacturer.”

Placing recycled materials front and centre “It was really important for us to utilise a material which delivered results, but didn’t impact upon the environment, and we wanted to work with a company that held similar values, says Sally-Anne. “We spoke with lots of different manufacturers, both here in the UK as well as internationally, and found that Modern Mould Associates in Hampshire really understood our mission. Together we were able to forge ahead with the design to create something that we knew would deliver, whilst also helping to push the envelope for British industry during a time of manufacturing source evaluation post-Covid-19, as well as the pressures of Brexit. “One thing we didn’t expect to happen, and we’re so glad it did, is the material innovation which the body (scoop) of each Clear ‘N’ Collect Multi-Purpose Rake is made from. Our original plan was to either use material that was widely recyclable at the end of its lifecycle, or utilise as

much existing plastic as possible. Safe to say that end-of-life car dashboards and waste electrical goods were not originally on our radar! Channelling these waste products away from landfill not only plays a part in protecting the environment, but it also helps give the product a really interesting backstory, one which we hope opens up the eyes of consumers to the world of possibility that comes with recycled material innovation. “We honestly do believe that the

realisation of the 100 percent recycled plastic used helps to encourage sales at the point of purchase, whether as a talking point, intrigue or simply because consumers want to make more environmentally friendly purchasing decisions. Either way it’s a win-win for retailers,” says Sally-Anne. “It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come since our light bulb moment. In the last 18 months we have built the brand from the ground up, with the first stockists taking us in-store in August 2020. In just a few short months we have seen our retail stockists grow and we are now currently stocked in 33 retailers including high street retailers and leading UK garden centres,” enthuses James.

Clear ‘N’ Collect Multi-Purpose Rake in use When it comes to tidying up debris in the garden many of us reach for the rake, shovel and broom. But what if these were all merged into one super mega tool that does everything at once? Step forward the Multi-Purpose Rake from Clear ‘N’ Collect.


In this issue we meet the husband and wife team behind the all-new Clear ‘N’ Collect Multi-Purpose Rake, and try out this innovative multi-function tool that’s made from 100 percent recycled plastic.

The key feature of this rake is that it makes collecting debris faster and more efficient. It changes the method of collecting rubbish in that there is no need to create piles of waste in the conventional way. Instead the Multi- Purpose Rake enables the debris to be collected at the same time of raking. This not only minimises time spent raking and collecting, but it also reduces the amount of bending and stretching that comes from this task traditionally, meaning it’s good for all backs and provides an ideal solution for those that suffer from on-going back complaints. Using the Clear ‘N’ Collect Multi- Purpose Rake is really easy, simply open the folded halves of the tool and rake the leaves as you would with any other rake, in fact having two handles makes this even easier. Then once raked up, just close the two sides of the rake together in order to trap the leaves in the scoop, lift up and deposit in the recycling bin or compost heap.

It’s not until you see and use the Clear ‘N’ Collect rake that you realise just how much easier and more efficient it makes the job of clearing leaves. This tool really does go to show that the simplest ideas are the best and makes you wonder why no one has thought of it before. Despite being made from 100

percent recycled plastic, there’s been no compromise on quality and the rake looks good, feels very sturdy and is clearly built to last. Measuring just 1,050 x 430 x 150mm when closed, the Clear ‘N’ Collect can also be easily stored away when not in use.

Find out more The Clear ‘N’ Collect’s Multi-Purpose Garden Rake has a RRP of £24.99. To find out more, please visit or check out the company’s social media feed at

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