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Proof of Concept
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
The “Quick Story”
Papelyco by Lifepack was formed to offer an alternative, sustainable solution to using disposable plates made from non-biodegradable foams and plastics that wind up in landfills, streams and oceans after use; these products are harmful to wildlife and the environment as they may never bio-degrade.
We offer an alternative that converts users of paper products into responsible consumers.
Hailing from Colombia and brought to St. Louis via Arch Grants by co-founders Claudia Isabel Barona (CMO) and Andres Benavides (CEO), Lifepack sells “packaging that generates life”.
Our sustainable, disposable, biodegradable paper products are made from pineapple crowns and corn husks—agricultural waste by-products—that reduce both the pollution from polymer plate use and greenhouse emissions. But our product is not just recyclable: Since the product is embedded with seeds, consumers can actually plant the packaging after use. This means a plate will find a second life as a plant or flower, providing the planet with more oxygen and, ultimately, more life. Or, if you wish not to plant it, you can simply discard it with your regular garbage where it will bio-degrade in the landfill in a matter of weeks.
Here is a quick summary of our campaign before we tell you more.
We are making these wonderfully biodegradable plates in Colombia which you need in the US. To get US going, we need US-based production. Help us get to our $ 15K goal so that we can bring our product to you. Read more about our story, our passion and our goals.
Our full time line and description of how we plan to use the money are detailed at the end of this page. We have plans that can utilize much beyond our target of $15,000.
The idea for the startup was based on some shocking statistics: In 2010, Colombia generated 27,500 tons of waste each day; the USA clocked in at 600,000 tons—with just 35% of the waste being recycled. In Colombia specifically, 4% of that came from disposable plates and cups, as well as plastic and styrofoam packaging. Meanwhile, packaging in the US comprises 30 percent of solid waste and takes between 500 and 1,000 years to decompose. The effects of all this waste on the environment, needless to say, are huge.
In 2010, our daughter was born and as we thought of her future and those of other children we decided to produce and introduce a new product that would contribute to sustaining the health of our planet and our children.
Our mission is to become a global producer of products that are 100% plantable, compostable and biodegradable. We want to empower consumers to make decisions that help protect and preserve our planet today and tomorrow by promoting a sense of social responsibility.
How it works?
STEP 1 - Use the plate.
STEP 2 - Remove the biodegradable film covering the plate which is made from corn. This will allow the seeds to germinate more quickly from the plate.
STEP 3 - Plant the plate: Take your plantable paper and cover the soil in the prepared pot or in a garden with the paper. It's okay if the paper overlaps. Spread a 1/8 inch layer of soil over the plantable paper pieces and tamp down gently.
STEP 4 - Water during germination: After planting the paper, give it a good soak. You want the paper and the soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water. During the first 10 days, keep the paper moist at all times. The water is necessary for germination.
STEP 5 - Care after germination: Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to overwater. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed.
STEP 6 - Enjoy the flowers: Once the flowers (or herbs or vegetables) start to blossom, enjoy them.
STEP 7 - The plate decomposes and a beautiful plant is created.
Our current products and accomplishments
Each plate you use means that:
0.02% fewer trees are cut.
2.7 liters less wáter will be used in manufacturing.
500 grams of less solid waste would go to landfills.
4.8 Kwh will be saved in production
How do we do it?
1. We collect agricultural wastes such as corn husks or pineapple crowns depending on what is most commonly available in the region from local farmers. We never cut trees to produce our product.
2. We transform these natural fibers into an environmentally safe paper product that we then use to produce our final product. Our production process is clean and free of any chemical ingredients that can harm the environment.
3. We produce the final product by employing heads of households that are single-women with children seeking a means of employment and providing them with an income opportunity. We also engage incarcerated women providing them with manufacturing experience and skills that are translatable to non-institutional work settings.
4. Our product is ready and available. Flowers are presently germinating from our paper plates. In the near future we plan to develop and transfer this technology to industrial packaging applications in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries.
Our social sustainability consists of:
• creating awareness and teaching consumers to be more environmentally conscious and responsible;
• providing work to people that need it in order to improve their own quality of life and their families; this includes at-risk women;
• Working with farmers to reduce waste management costs; and regional farmers to create our products;
• By engaging our suppliers, employees and consumers we are helping their families as well.
Overall, the leadership team’s vision—and passion—values “sustainability of the natural environment; of being responsible stewards of that environment; and of promoting social justice, equity and life skills training through entrepreneurship” .
So far, Lifepack's vision of social and environmental impact has come to fruition: We have provided skills training to more than 190 women, created 20 direct jobs, trained 35 female inmates, brought revenue to more than 10 pineapple farmers and generated an average of $3,000 in additional income to single-mother households—a number that goes a long way in Colombia.
What are we going to do?
With your help Kickstarter friends:
Papelyco wants to establish its production facility in St. Louis, Missouri and use corn husk and local seeds in its products. The Papelyco team also wants to reduce million tons of waste generated from manufacturing in the United States.
Papelyco also want to increase our production and sales, to introduce the plantable paper to use in a diverse packaging applications like food, beverages, health care, personal care, and much more industrial package applications.
Papelyco will generate employment.
Papelyco plans to launch its production facility in the new Saint Louis manufacturing incubator Brick City Makes (http://brickcitymakes.com) .
Who do we want to reach and help?
We want all public schools and communities to plant our products so that the products can transform into beautiful local gardens and that the people who plant our products can have healthy and organic foods in their homes.
The hundreds of thousands of flowers in our products will help in the pollination process of bees and butterflies like the Monarch Butterfly. Our products will help the Monarchs in their yearly migration and therefore will increase their populations.
We want to create many jobs in the St. Louis area, especially for people with disabilities and for local war veterans.
A Mobile App to Follow the Process of Papelyco Plates!
All the world may know where the plants are that are grown from our products.
Papelyco by Lifepack, has designed an app for phones that will be free to download. Our clients will be able to track from anywhere in the world where our plates are being planted and how they are growing by putting in their Zip Code. They can take pictures of the plants and interact with other users via social media. Also, experts will be able to track the pollination process of bees and butterflies.
People Talking About Papelyco
Papelyco by Lifepack is based out of Cali - Colombia and St. Louis, MO USA.
We have met a number of risks and challenges with our start-up but we have learned to overcome these by implementing simple yet effective solutions. We believe the greater risk is in having a grand idea that can make a difference in our health and that of the planet but not turning it into a reality. Papelyco is a reality. We have a tangible, proven product that is presently in the market.
a. 1 T-shirt (black or white). The T-shirt has the Papelyco logo which signifies how the plates transform into living plants.
b. 1 Ecological tableware with:
8 plantable plates 6 "x 6".
8 plantable plates 6 "x 8".
8 plantable plates 9 "x 9".
12 forks in renewable pine.
12 knives in renewable pine.