Our world is suffering from pollution. This tragic degradation of the environment mainly comes from us humans. One of the biggest factors is unnecessary packaging and especially wrapping. Particularly at Christmas time, we tend to use cute laminated, color dyed or metalized gift wraps. They might look pretty but the truth is: Those wrapping papers take part in destroying not just our planet but also thousands and thousands of animal and plant species.
The amount of gift wrap people use annually in Germany is enough to cover 7000 football fields. In the UK, the wasted wrapping paper at Christmas could stretch to the moon if each sheet was laid end to end (a fact even shared on gov.uk/).
What’s our answer?
We created an alternative to gift wraps to make the first move. Instead of using wrapping paper to pack your gift, you can choose to use a RangeBox. You don’t even need wrapping skills, a lot of time or steady nerves to pack!
We developed two version of RangeBoxes so far: one mainly for books (but not only) and one for wine bottles.
The big advantage to usual gift boxes is that RangeBoxes are flexible in capacity which means you can pack in gifts in different sizes. You don’t have to struggle with finding a box with perfect measurements for your gift.
How do RangeBoxes work?
Our boxes work with springs that always respond to their center. By that, you can be sure your gift always fits and is protected from collisions. Since they are well constructed and made of high-quality cardboard, we can assure you outstanding durability.
Even if you cannot regift a RangeBox anymore, disposal is simplified as well. We were mindful not to use any other materials next to cardboard: no sponge, no rubber, no metal. We did that to spare you the task of separating waste correctly before disposal. RangeBoxes are utterly recyclable!
Why did we choose those themes for our first boxes?
We want to give local artists the opportunity to express themselves by immortalizing their art on our boxes. Our first box themes were designed by a young talented artist from Berlin. Her name is Marekue and she works with fashion artist Paula Kunkel.
The meaning behind the theme of our Book RangeBox: In Vietnam, we used to have koi carps and we enjoyed feeding and watching them. It personally reminds us of good times and since ocean pollution is one of our biggest problems right now, we thought: “We need an ocean box with fish!”
The meaning behind the theme of our Wine RangeBox: Since this box was designed for wine bottles, we required a sophisticated but more modest theme. Marekue conjured a graphic that was meant to show some layers of leaves. But when we presented them to our family and friends, everyone saw something different. So much room for interpretation – from Buddha to dragons to a geisha’s back. We realized that such versatility of interpretations just matches amazingly with the size range of our boxes!
And who is RangeBox?
The founders behind RangeBox are Dat and Minh, two 19-year-old dudes from Germany who look like brothers and even have the same surname but - plot twist - they are not actually brothers.
Even though we do not have degrees in packaging engineering, we needed to start this project. If no one combats classic wrapping paper with innovation, why should not we do it then?! We feel certain we can at least give an impetus and spread more awareness about the current problem.
However, we were and are not alone with this project. At this stage we would like to mention some awesome friends who truly were helping hands and brains to get RangeBox this far already:
- Max Graustein developed RangeBox from scratch together with Dat. He only left the founding team to start a new chapter in life in a different country.
- Mareike Kühr put any creativity and effort into our RangeBox themes. Moreover, she was keen to leave her handprint on RangeBox’ strategy.
- Joffrey Umbdenstock was appointed as "Head of Kickstarter Video". He made all animations and did the entire post-production of the video.
- Dat Ngo shot our product photos under highest time pressure and was always willing to put our project above his other stuff.
- Abdu Baack pledged to help us out with realizing the video. He operated the second camera and pre-eminently, ensured the audio to be recorded properly.
- Philip Sobkowiak was always accessible on questions and requests regarding graphics and Photoshop. He quickly subbed as an actor after we missed a video part and needed to film additional footage.
- Also, big thanks go to the Biocom AG for permitting us to shoot our video in their empty headquarter on a Saturday.
Why do we need YOUR help now?
Our vision is to create a cycle of happy people gifting each other RangeBoxes over and over again. We aim to revolutionize the way of gifting by passing on our boxes. A box that has so much character makes a present even better than a typical wrapped one. Unfortunately, as young founders, we do not have the financial support we need to make our dream come true.
So, do you want to be a part of our team and more importantly, a part of the movement? Then join us and support this vision with a small donation. Every Euro/Dollar counts when it comes to building momentum!
Edges for a cycle.
Risks and challenges
Christmas is coming and we want to bring all our boxes into your hands under all circumstances. We work closely with a very reliable production company from Germany to produce all ordered boxes immediately after the campaign ends or even before that! However, the shipping then is something we don’t have direct control over and especially just before the winter holiday, in-time deliveries are big challenges for any fulfillment and shipping service.
If the worst case occurs and you don’t receive your boxes before Christmas, we really apologize. But still, RangeBoxes are made for any gifting occasion, so the next one is not far away!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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