Hemp Plastic for the Masses
I apologize for not posting an update in a while. I’ve been very busy, but I have some exciting new details to unveil.
Back in November when I was at... Read more
Video of My CHTA Speech
I'm not sure that Kickstarter will let me post this video because of it's size, but if you'd like to see the speech I gave at the Canadian Hemp Trade... Read more
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Convention
I am now back in San Jose after attending the CHTA convention last week. The convention was more than I could have ever hoped for. My speech was very well... Read more
Good News and Bad News (kinda)
The Good News.
The original Hemptainer is now on display at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands! A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative from... Read more
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance
I'm excited to announce that I've been invited to speak at this year's Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance convention! The convention will take place from November 24th through the 27th in... Read more
Finally! Product Molds!
Hello everyone! I am now back in the United States after completing a short semester abroad in Europe. In between studying, and of course some fun time, I was able... Read more
I received the product revisions from my industrial designer and hit the TechShop today to try and 3D-Print another prototype. For the first time, everything went perfectly. No failed prints,... Read more
First mold of the material!
I used the TechShop's public mold to mold these poker chips last night. It was hard to capture the true color of the material on my camera, but the first... Read more
Public: Meet Hemp Plastic
Today I received my initial test shipment of the raw material! I can't even explain how excited I am!! If you look closely, you can actually see the hemp fibers... Read more
I just received confirmation from my materials supplier that my order has been processed and will be shipped out this Monday! I am more excited then ever to get my... Read more
The Tedious Process of Prototyping!
PROTOTYPING! Ever since I've been back at school for the Spring semester, I have been diligently working at the TechShop to create a workable prototype of the jar. I've easily... Read more
The TechShop - Options for Prototyping & Mold Tooling
About 2 blocks away from my campus is a community workshop called the "TechShop". The TechShop has 6 locations across the United States and was founded by Jim Newton, a... Read more
An Update On My Updates
Hello all of my wonderful backers!
Well, life sure has been busy for this hemp liberator! I have returned to school, and even though I'm back to taking a full... Read more
New Product Decided Upon
As mentioned in a previous update, I have put the production of The Hemp Bottle on hold due to some weaknesses I uncovered with the material, mainly the tendency of... Read more
Time For An Update!
I apologize for not updating recently, I've been busy finishing up school and moving all of my stuff down to Southern California for the summer. At the moment I am actively searching... Read more
Discovered A Bioplastic Facility Specializing in Hemp Plastic
I've discovered a plastics manufacturing company in Hong Kong with over 30 years experience in plastics processing, and 15 years of research and development in Natural Fiber Composites. The term... Read more
Getting Out Of The Mud
Since the successful funding of this project, I have come across one roadblock after another, after another. The more research I do and the more people I speak with I... Read more
Admitted Spartan Day
Yes, I realize that the title of this post probably needs a little explanation hahaha. Here at San Jose State we have an event called Admitted Spartan Day (our mascot is a spartan), where... Read more
Backer Prizes In The Mail
After spending an hour at the post office today I was finally able to mail out all of the backer prizes. Keep an eye on your mailbox over then next... Read more
Backer Prizes Ready To Ship!
Over the past two days I've organized, packaged, and stamped all of the backer prizes! I will ship out these packages this coming Monday (4/9/12) so keep an eye on your mailbox!... Read more
Backer Page Up!
The new backer page honoring those who donated over $40 is now up and running on my website! Head over there now to see your name up in lights and revel... Read more
Spring Break? Nope! Spring Work.
Well it took me the better part of 5 hours, but I finally finished everyone's Hemp Bottle Certificates. 86 certificates in total! That's 86 lucky people who will be receiving... Read more
Currently Compiling Backer Prizes!
Well it's been over a month since this Kickstarter campaign ended, but I am finally compiling backer prizes. I will be a few more weeks before I am able to... Read more
If everything is easy, you're probably doing something wrong
So I've been able to come up with some hemp plastic compositions that I think would be well suited for this product however I am running into the issue of... Read more
Still Awaiting Backer Survey Results
Finding a viable hemp plastic composition is proving to be more difficult then I had originally anticipated. During my recent research I have uncovered some hurdles that will need to be addressed... Read more
Awaiting Final Backer Survey Results
These last few weeks I've been taking the time to get caught up in school and prepare myself for the road ahead. I have also been doing some research in my spare... Read more
Backer Reward Surveys
The reward surveys for backers have just gone out! In order to present you with your much deserved reward for backing my project, there is some information I will need from you... Read more
Just The Beginning
This adventure began back in December when I entered the idea into the 2011 Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge at my school. While I believed in the product as much back then as... Read more
Yesterday around 2pm PST this campaign successfully reached, and surpassed, it's $15,000 funding goal! As I'm sure you can imagine I am ecstatic and can't wait to begin the next... Read more
SJSU To Implement A Program to Help Student Ventures
I met with the Dean of the College of Business here at SJSU today. The reason for this meeting was to see in what ways San Jose State could help... Read more
The Future Is Bright With Canada
I drove out to the Santa Cruz boardwalk today and passed out informational pamphlets. I've been spending the remainder of my day researching possible plastic compositions for the product. I've... Read more
Informational Error Resolved
It was brought to my attention that one key fact I have been using about the safety of conventional one-time use plastic water bottles was incorrect. I had originally been stating that... Read more
SJSU Today Article
SJSU Today has been published an update article entitled Student Raises Funds for "Green" Water Bottle detailing what I've been doing with the product since the Innovation Challenge. This is a... Read more
Follow up to Acceleration Rally Speech
The speech I gave at the Acceleration Rally on Tuesday went swimmingly. I was able to meet some very influential individuals and speak with them about my idea. In the... Read more
San Jose State's Public Affairs office has shown interest in doing a follow up story on me. This is the same entity that published the article about my product winning... Read more
Speaking at SJSU's Acceleration Rally
I've been invited to speak at San Jose State's Acceleration Rally on February 7th. This is an event held for campaign volunteers and SJSU leaders. Basically, these are people who... Read more
Some great news
One of my advisory board members has informed me that he is interested in assisting in the plastic composition testing phase. He is polymer engineer and his MS thesis in... Read more
22% funded and the sky's the limit!
As of the writing of this, $3,375 of the $15,000 goal has been pledged. According to Kickstarter's statistics, projects that receive 22% of funding have a 84% success rate! I... Read more
16% of goal reached
I wanted to reach out and thank everyone who has backed this project so far. This early momentum is extremely exciting and makes me curious as to what the rest... Read more