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The Hemp Bottle is a reusable water bottle made from industrial hemp plastic. The bottle will be a more durable, 100% safe, and completely biodegradable alternative to conventional plastic bottles.
The conventional, one-time use plastic bottles that we see everyday are made up of non-renewable oil and tiny glass fibers. The process for making these bottles is dangerous and releases harmful chemicals into the air that harms the people, wildlife, and environment surrounding the factories.
Additionally, once these bottles reach the hands of consumers they cause even more harm. Over time or when encountering minimal heat (such as being left in a car) they leech a toxin called DEHP into the bottle's contents. DEHP has been linked to obesity, diabetes, learning disabilities such as ADD and ADHD, cognitive and brain development problems, and sexual development problems, and even cancer.
If that wasn't enough, conventional plastic bottles will NEVER biodegrade in our landfills, posing an enormous environmental concern. Conventional plastic bottles biodegrade only through photodegradation, which means they need sunlight in order to break down. The whole point of a landfill is that it is a big pit filled with trash, which only sees sunlight for a small amount of time or never at all. This year, over 25 BILLION single-use plastic bottles will be sold in the United States alone, and more than 80% will end up being disposed of incorrectly, rather then being recycled. That's nearly 20 billion plastic bottles ending up in our landfills where they will never biodegrade, or polluting our world where, when they eventually break down 100 - 1,000 years from now, will release toxic chemicals into the environment.
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW
Rather then attempting to petition industry giants like PepsiCo® and NESTLÉ® to make a change, we can take a stand now and make the change ourselves. The easiest way to stop supporting bottled water, is to stop buying bottled water! And the easiest way to stop buying bottled water, is to purchase a reusable water bottle!
The New York Times states that the average American consumer spends nearly $1,400 a year on bottled water. If these consumers drank the same amount of water, but obtained it from their kitchen faucet instead, they would have spent only $0.49 in the same year!
When faced with these numbers, it is an easy decision to purchase a reusable water bottle. But which one to choose? There are so many reusable water bottles on the market from aluminum, to glass, to BPA-free polycarbonate plastic bottles. These reusable bottles will often crack, dent, and break fairly easily. Furthermore, NONE of these options are biodegradable! The Hemp Bottle will be more durable than these options as well as being completely biodegradable, providing an easy choice for consumers. Industrial hemp grows in abundance in many parts of the world and produces the STRONGEST natural fiber known to man. Additionally, hemp requires little to no pesticides to grow, making it a very environmentally friendly organism. Hemp is an extremely impressive plant with many people claiming that it has over 1,000 uses.
WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT
The $15,000 we are attempting to raise through this campaign will go directly to designing and tooling the plastic mold. This is our first and foremost goal because without a mold, we can't test plastic compositions. I will utilize resources at my school, San Jose State University, to design the mold in an attempt to save costs. Once the 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) is complete, it will be sent to numerous mold makers for price quotes. We will be using a private mold tooling company rather then using mold tooling resources at a manufacturing facility. This will give us the ability to take the mold to any manufacturing center we wish, instead of being locked into one facility.
Once the mold has been manufactured, hemp plastic testing will begin. This is an important stage because it will determine the best possible hemp plastic composition for the product based on positive characteristics. The plastic testing will be done locally in San Jose, CA to ensure appropriate oversight of the process. When the composition has been solidified and meets our high standards, any remaining capital will be put towards applying for a patent and beginning the manufacturing phase.
OVERFUNDING IS ACTUALLY HELPFUL
Anything pledged above and beyond our $15,000 goal is ideal as it will allow us to be more flexible in the design, tooling, patent procurement, and eventual manufacturing process.
THIS PRODUCT IN THE NEWS
This product was awarded three 1st place prizes in the 2011 Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge for the categories of people's choice, best elevator pitch, and most innovative idea of the competition. You can see these awards here: San Jose State University's College of Business
Additionally, this product was published on San Jose State University's website, detailing the awards presented in the Innovation Challenge. You can see the story here: "Hemp Plastic Water Bottles" Steals the Show at Innovation Challenge
EXPLANATION OF BACKER REWARDS
If this campaign is successful, there will be a "Supporters" page added to our website, TheHempBottle.com. This page will be dedicated to expressing thanks to those backers who donated more than $40 USD to the campaign. On this website there will be four tiers of representation. Bronze, for those backers who donated between $40 USD and $99.99 USD. Silver, for those generous backers who donated between $100 USD and $499.99 USD. Gold, for those impressively generous backers who donated between $500 USD and $999.99 USD. And Platinum, for those extraordinarily generous backers who donated greater than $1,000 USD.
Additionally, the individuals who donate more than $100 USD will have the privilege of being included in the packaging of the first Hemp Bottles shipped to the public. Silver status in the first 5,000 units sold for those generous backers who donated between $100 USD and $499.99 USD. Gold status in the first 50,000 units sold for those impressively generous backers who donated between $500 USD and $999.99 USD. And Platinum status in the first 200,000 units sold for those extraordinarily generous backers who donated over $1,000 USD.
For both the "Supporters" page of the website and the inclusion of recognition in the packaging of the first units sold, you will have the option of either using your name or the name of the organization to which you belong. Alternatively, short sentences in lieu of your name or organization are subject to approval by the founder. Of course, if you wish to donate, but do not wish to be included in the "Supporters" page or in the packaging of the first units sold, this is perfectly acceptable. Contact with you prior to the posting of the "Supporters" page and the inclusion of recognition in the packaging will be attempted to solidify what exactly you wish to be included. If several attempts have been made without response, the backer forfeits his or her right to be included on the website and in the packaging.
Furthermore, those individuals who donate more than $50 USD will have the opportunity to own one of the first Hemp Plastic Water Bottles ever produced. Backers donating between $50 USD and $499.99 USD will receive a certificate good for one Hemp Bottle when they come off the assembly line. Backers donating between $500 USD and $999.99 USD will receive a "family" certificate good for three Hemp Bottles when they come off the assembly line. Backers donating over $1,000 USD will receive a "friends and family" certificate good for six Hemp Bottles when they come off the assembly line.
International backers please add $10 USD to your $50 or greater donation, and $20 USD to your $500 or greater donation to account for shipping costs. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone for your support.
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