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Last updated November 18, 2016

Sustainable worlds

Spruitje makes futuristic designs with light and living ecosystems. Inspired by 70's design, science fiction movies but mainly nature.

Sustainable worlds

Spruitje makes futuristic designs with light and living ecosystems. Inspired by 70's design, science fiction movies but mainly nature.

€49,251
pledged of €75,000pledged of €75,000 goal
265
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 18 2016 7:31 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 18, 2016

About

 

 

Spruitje makes futuristic designs with light and living ecosystems: Pickles, Big Brother, Floating Island and Green Dexter. Inspired by 70's design, science fiction movies but mainly nature. Because of my fascination with primeval plants like ferns and moss - that have withstood the test of time - and the years of experimentation, I know exactly which plants keep each other balanced within a self-sufficient biotope. Moss and condense are essential in the works and ensure that the humidity stays in check, so that the nature can do its thing. And that's exactly what it does. A plant could die, a mushroom could sprout or a caterpillar could crawl. The works of Spruitje are living organisms that each have their own unique surroundings.

 

    

The condense is part of the design. To be more precise, it actually enables the work to be self-sufficient. It works a little as rain does in nature, and will therefore differ in intensity. Sometimes you'll see more condense than other times. Ideally the humidity in the ecosystem should be above 40%. The moss, which forms the basis of the little world, works best with this percentage. After a few weeks you'll realise that the ecosystem is leading its own life. Plants can suddenly grow very quickly (or not at all), you'll discover a little mushroom, the moss will change colour... Don't worry if a plant dies, as this also happens in nature and is part of the cycle. The light in the design is purely aesthetic. It's a LED-light that doesn't give off a lot of warmth and therefore doesn't influence the ecosystem.

 

You can support Spruitje by pledging to your convenience!

By backing my kickstarter campaign you can get the sustainable worlds for a reduced price.

 

  

 

 

 

My name is Jonael van der Sloot, founder of the brand Spruitje (little sprout in Dutch). I chose the name because I love to experiment with the growth and life of plants and vegetables. My parents fed my fascination for plants and raw nature from a young age onwards. When I was six months old my parents emigrated to Argentina with our family. They started their own biodynamic farm, meaning that I learnt to look at the nature in a holistic manner when I was a little boy. At the age of nine we moved with the entire family, which by that time consisted of eight children, to Chile. Our house there was surrounded by 50 hectares of forest. When I came back to the Netherlands at the age of 12, I was bothered by the tiny neat gardens in the city. I was used to untamed and wild nature. Plants like ferns and moss that survived the primeval times, roots of different vegetables that do their own thing and self-sufficient ecosystems fascinated me more and more. I started experimenting with plants and I taught myself everything about permaculture. A hobby (literally) gone wild, because before I knew it, my whole house with filled with little projects. When my daughter was born I had to hand in some of the space. That's when the sustainable worlds were first created. "Let's see what happens when I combine these plants in a glass pot and light." I got good feedback en I started to get assignments for installations on walls in restaurants, and slowly but surely I started to sell my work. I have two daughters now, live in Amsterdam (still without a garden though) and I have an atelier in the 'testing station' of the old agricultural school in Aalsmeer. I guess it's obvious that I really feel at home there. 

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow me on: Facebook and Instagram or visit my website www.spruitje.nu

 

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How can you support me?

Just click the green “Back This Project” button. Next, select the reward you'd like to receive and your pledge amount will automatically populate. If you select a reward that involves shipping, you'll be prompted to include this additional amount in your pledge.  If you don't want a certain reward, select "No thanks, I just want to help the project" and enter your desired pledge amount.  

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Lastly, click the “Pledge" button and you’ll be all set! You should receive a confirmation email within moments of completing your pledge. We'll send you an email when funding ends to let you know if your pledge went through.

What do I do if I have questions about a project? 

Ask me! At the bottom of my project page there’s an “Ask a Question” button. This will send your question directly to me.

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Crowdfunding (ook wel publieksfinanciering genoemd) is een alternatieve wijze om een project te financieren. Crowdfunding verloopt echter zonder financiële intermediairs, dus zorgt voor direct contact tussen investeerders en ondernemers. Kickstarter is een website die het mogelijk maakt om een crowdfunding campagne online te delen. Op deze manier kan iedereen investeren in het project. Het idee erachter is dat veel particulieren een bedrag investeren en dat deze kleine investeringen bij elkaar het project volledig financieren. Dit in tegenstelling tot bankkredieten en grootinvesteerders, waarbij er sprake is van slechts één of enkele investeerders die een groot bedrag inbrengen. Deze kleine investeerders noemt men the crowd het Engelse woord voor mensenmassa. Op Kickstarter gaat het geïnvesteerde geld niet direct naar het project, de ondernemer ontvangt het geld pas als (ten minste) 100% van het bedrag binnen is. Indien deze 100% niet wordt behaald krijgen de investeerders hun geld terug.

Hoe ondersteun je Spruitje?

Door te ‘pledgen’ aan mijn project! 

Klikt u op de groene 'Back This Project' knop. Selecteer vervolgens het bedrag dat u aan de campagne wilt doneren aan de hand van de beloning die u wilt ontvangen. Als de belonging verstuurd wordt komen daar nog verzendkosten bij.
(U kunt ook doneren zonder een beloning te ontvangen, dan selecteert u de optie ‘Make a pledge without reward“ en voer het gewenste bedrag in.) 

U maakt daarna een Kickstarter account aan voor uzelf als u die nog niet heeft.
Selecteer vervolgens ‘Continue’ om uw betaling te bevestigen. Op Kickstarter kunt u met een creditcard van Visa, Mastercard of American Express betalen.
Tot slot, klikt u op de ‘Pledge’ knop en alles is rond! Je krijgt een bevestigings e-mail binnen enkele momenten na het invullen van de ‘pledge’. Wij sturen u ook een e-mail wanneer de financiering is geslaagd om het u te laten weten!

Wat moet ik doen als ik vragen heb over het project?

Vraag het aan mij!
Aan de onderkant van mijn project pagina is er een “Ask a Question” knop. Dit zal uw vraag direct naar mij te sturen.

Voor mee vragen over kickstarter lees: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions?ref=faq_subcategory#BackAProj

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Me and my collaborators are extremely confident in our skills and experience that we will be able to produce these products and deliver it to backers by the estimated dates. We have already produced working prototypes, and we are ready to produce the final products. Now, all we need is your help. The funds raised are going directly into production. Although there is no direct risk, there is always the chance for unforeseen circumstances to occur during production. We promise to keep everyone updated and informed of any challenges that may arise.

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    Pledge €5 or more About US$ 6

    This is not a postcard

    This postcard has been printed on a special paper made up of seeds of various wild flowers.
    An easy and original way to send flowers to loved ones, because you can plant the card as a whole in the garden or a plant pot.

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    Pledge €15 or more About US$ 17

    Wereable Spruitje

    You can wear this small bottle with dried reindeer lichen around your neck. Born from a fascination of primeval plants, this necklace was inspired by the mini landscapes that moss shapes. The necklace is made of brass, which is often used in our designs.

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    Botanical (triangle)

    Ferns are amazing primeval plants with a beautiful structure, which comes across even more clearly when dried and framed on minimal designs (triangle).

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    Botanical (square)

    Ferns are amazing primeval plants with a beautiful structure, which comes across even more clearly when dried and framed on minimal designs (square).

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    Botanical (circle)

    Ferns are amazing primeval plants with a beautiful structure, which comes across even more clearly when dried and framed on minimal designs (circle).

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    Pledge €50 or more About US$ 56

    Three of a kind 'Botanicals'

    Ferns are amazing primeval plants with a beautiful structure, which comes across even more clearly when dried and framed on minimal designs (triangle, square and circle).

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    Pledge €75 or more About US$ 83

    Green Dexter Natural (early bird)

    Green Dexter lights up the other side of a plant. It shows the beautiful roots that are sometimes forgotten. A plant is almost just as big under the ground, as it is above. All plants can actually live for a long time in this design, but they won’t grow because of a shortage of nutrients.

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    Pledge €90 or more About US$ 100

    Green Dexter Black

    Green Dexter lights up the other side of a plant. It shows the beautiful roots that are sometimes forgotten. A plant is almost just as big under the ground, as it is above. All plants can actually live for a long time in this design, but they won’t grow because of a shortage of nutrients.

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    Pledge €90 or more About US$ 100

    Green Dexter Natural

    Green Dexter lights up the other side of a plant. It shows the beautiful roots that are sometimes forgotten. A plant is almost just as big under the ground, as it is above. All plants can actually live for a long time in this design, but they won’t grow because of a shortage of nutrients.

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    Pledge €125 or more About US$ 139

    Pickels

    Pickles is a living ecosystem. After many experiments over an extended period of time, Spruitje found the right combination of plants and moss to create a world of self-sufficient raw nature. The moss and the condense form the basis and keep the ecosystem stable.

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    Pledge €200 or more About US$ 222

    Combo 1: Green Dexter + Pickels

    Pledge €200 for the 'Green Dexter' (black edition) + the 'Pickels' and get 'This is not a Postcard' and 'Wereable Spruitje' for free!

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    Combo 2: Two Pickels!

    Pledge €240 for two Pickels and get 'This is not a Postcard' and 'Wereable Spruitje' for free!

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    Pledge €300 or more About US$ 332

    Big Brother (local pick up)

    Big Brother is a living ecosystem. After many experiments over an extended period of time, Spruitje found the right combination of plants and moss to create a world of self-sufficient raw nature.
    The moss and the condense form the basis and keep the ecosystem stable.

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    Pledge €300 or more About US$ 332

    Big Brother

    Big Brother is a living ecosystem. After many experiments over an extended period of time, Spruitje found the right combination of plants and moss to create a world of self-sufficient raw nature.
    The moss and the condense form the basis and keep the ecosystem stable.

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    Pledge €400 or more About US$ 443

    Floating Island

    This piece of work is based on science fiction movies and 70’s design, like many of Spruitje’s work is. The lava stone, covered by moss, appears to be floating. After many experiments Spruitje found the right combination of plants that work well in this design. The plants get their nourishment from the air and after a while more different kinds of ferns and moss will appear on the stone.

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    Pledge €500 or more About US$ 554

    Combo 3: Dexter + Pickels + Big Brother

    Get the Green Dexter (black edition) + Pickels + Big Borther and I will include 'This is not a Postcard', 'Wereable Spruitje' and 'Three of a kind Botanicals' for free in this combo!

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    Pledge €900 or more About US$ 996

    Spruitje's Special

    You pledge €900 or more you will get all of Spruitje's products including:

    - This is not a Postcard
    - Wereable Spruitje
    - Three of a kind Botanicals
    - Green Dexter (black edition)
    - Pickels
    - Big Brother
    - Floating Island

    Imagine the whole collection at home or at your workplace... I love to see the sustainable worlds combined!

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    Pledge €75 or more About US$ 83

    Green Dexter Black (early bird)

    Green Dexter lights up the other side of a plant. It shows the beautiful roots that are sometimes forgotten. A plant is almost just as big under the ground, as it is above. All plants can actually live for a long time in this design, but they won’t grow because of a shortage of nutrients.

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    Pledge €105 or more About US$ 117

    Pickels (early bird)

    Pickles is a living ecosystem. After many experiments over an extended period of time, Spruitje found the right combination of plants and moss to create a world of self-sufficient raw nature. The moss and the condense form the basis and keep the ecosystem stable.

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    Pledge €250 or more About US$ 277

    Big Brother (early bird local pick up)

    Big Brother is a living ecosystem. After many experiments over an extended period of time, Spruitje found the right combination of plants and moss to create a world of self-sufficient raw nature.
    The moss and the condense form the basis and keep the ecosystem stable.

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Funding period

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