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This type of baking bowl is currently shipped from China & Indonesia. I've come up with my own green design to produce here in the UK.
This type of baking bowl is currently shipped from China & Indonesia. I've come up with my own green design to produce here in the UK.
107 backers pledged £2,268 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm looking to raise £1,910 to get a new micro business venture off the ground. This part of the project is to cover tooling and have the cutter made.

In the world of artisan baking, a specific type of cane basket called a banneton or brotform is used to leave a trademark pattern in the finished loaf. Artisan baking is very big in the UK right now, but for a trade that usually champions local produce and materials, you may be surprised to hear that these cane bowls are almost always imported from the far east, usually China or Indonesia. This set me on a course to try & come up with a sustainable alternative using British materials and a UK workforce.

The traditional banneton/brotform is made from rattan cane. There isn't a natural equivalent growing in the UK, so my next idea was to use food grade recycled plastic. Plastic has to go somewhere and at the moment it's either landfill or recycled to make new, useful products. This way it will still be made here by British firms and as Eco friendly as I can be given the challenge I'm facing.

I've come up with my own design ® and had a prototype made by a 3d print firm in Scotland and numerous tests have confirm that my design performs well. My design is registered with the Intellectual Property Office in the UK. The finished product will be produced by a company in Bucks who are preparing to produce the tool, and will look like the four section one shown in the photo & video, but in a single piece of vacuum formed food grade RPET. Tooling is estimated to take up to 14 days.

I have emails from a number of leading British artisan bakeries who are very supportive and would happily transfer over to my British made rpet brotform in their bakeries.
My brotform will also be on sale directly to the public via the website.

My brotform will sell for less than the imported cane version, and less than the pressed wood pulp versions. Head across to the pledges area, where you can take up ad space on the website at the bottom of this message, where I hope to eventually roll out a range of baking products. With the £12 pledges, each £12 will secure one brotform, £24 = 2 etc. Please add them as seperate £12 pledges to help me keep track of numbers.

Thanks.

Mike Batho.

www.breadstead.co.uk

Risks and challenges

As it's a home business, the only challenge I can see will be shipping the product, but though It'll be time intensive, I can't see it being a problem. The main hurdles have now been cleared - coming up with a working design, getting the prototype made for testing, and protecting the design.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $19

    For £12 you'll get a shout out on the THANK YOU page and will be sent a brotform in the post. Cost includes shipping to anywhere in the UK. Help make the project happen, and reap the rewards.

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    For £24 you'll get a shout out on the THANK YOU page and will be sent 2 brotforms in the post. Cost includes shipping to anywhere in the UK. Help make the project happen, and reap the rewards.

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    AD SPACE 'B'. For £200 you can have your company details on the main page of the website - plot to the left of the banner. This space stays on every page of the site and will be viewed by everybody coming to buy the product, check out the project & read the blog. Your advert will remain in place for 12 months, after which we can review. Only companies deemed appropriate will be allowed space. Anything deemed unsuitable will result in your pledge being refunded. Food, catering or hospitality industry welcomed, but not exclusively. Ad design to be approved by me.

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