EnerGaia: Sustainable spirulina superfood urban farming
EnerGaia: Sustainable spirulina superfood urban farming
Purifying urban farms that consume CO2 and produce fresh spirulina foods for the growing population. We make cities healthier.
Purifying urban farms that consume CO2 and produce fresh spirulina foods for the growing population. We make cities healthier. Read more
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
The world faces many challenges today. Billions of people do not have access to clean water, proper sanitation or sufficient food. And with the global population increasing from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, and then to 11 billion by 2100, experts agree that this will further strain global food supplies.
Meanwhile, we continue to rapidly consume natural resources, resulting in global climate change and species extinction.
Necessity is the mother of invention though. Clever individuals from all walks of life - both modest and privileged – are rising up to develop sustainable solutions for the benefit of all. They are social entrepreneurs. Their motivations are to make a difference, help others who cannot help themselves, and leave the world better than how they found it.
We are a team of such social entrepreneurs and environmentalists. And we agree with the World Health Organization, NASA, and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization that Spirulina can be a part of the solution to global food security and climate change.
Our passions and values drive us: to succeed, to make changes, to act. At EnerGaia, we are passionate about preserving the environment; helping others; and finding ways to be more efficient in everything that we do. We are a small team with big dreams to help change the world. You can learn more about us on our website: www.energaia.com
These core values have lead us over the past few years to do the following:
1. Introduce a new way of farming algae, like super healthy Spirulina, on land that can not be used to grow other food crops, like unused urban spaces.
2. Bring more technology to Spirulina farming systems in an effort to improve production efficiency and scalability, and share this new technology with other Spirulina producers around the world.
3. Develop innovative food and beauty products that contain large enough amounts of Spirulina to actually provide a real benefit. Don’t take our word for it though, please try them and see how you feel!
We have been fortunate enough to receive a lot of media coverage about our work. Here is a nice example for anyone interested. Additional press about us can be found here.
USE OF FUNDS
Accomplishing this vision requires resources. We have many: technical expertise, strong management and local relationships. But this is not enough for us to be able to scale our solution and make a real impact. We need your help to fulfill our execution plan for this project.
Here is exactly how the project funds will be used:
- It costs us about USD $100 to build one of our algae tanks on 1 sqm (~10 sq. ft.) and operate it for one year
- One of these tanks can grow 6 kg (approximately 13 lbs.) of fresh Spirulina per year
- If we meet our project goal, we can add 300 algae tanks
- This added production capacity, along with our current production, is enough Spirulina to produce all of the rewards
- If we exceed our goal, then we will add more tanks which will help us with the rest of our mission
So we ask you to lend a hand. Help us to make a difference, and you’ll get to try some of our cool products (details below).
Plus, we promise that our rewards will ship in time to arrive for Christmas and other end of year holidays. They are great gifts! We can even have them gift-wrapped and include a customized gift card if you provide us with the details.
OUR INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS
Spirulina Pastas and Rice Noodles
We currently produce 4 varieties of Spirulina pastas: Linguini, Spaghetti, Penne and Fusilli. We are currently working on a Conchiglie (shell) pasta that we are also hoping to have ready in time for delivery. If available then we will add this as an option for all backers to choose from prior to shipment.
These pastas are made from high quality wheat durum, spirulina, salt, and distilled water. There is no egg, so the pastas are all completely vegan with zero cholesterol, and also halal. For pasta aficionados, replacing the egg with spirulina also has the benefit of extending the al dente window of cooking time.
These pastas are 100% natural with no additives or artificial coloring. The dark green color comes fully from our spirulina, as we pack 15% of fresh spirulina into each batch. They all have the same flavor and consistency of a beautiful premium pasta, but with the added protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals from the spirulina.
We are also developing a gluten free spirulina rice noodle using a blend of gaba, brown and purple rice.
Spirulina pre-made smoothies
Our team has been testing some delicious pre-made smoothie mixes that contain a healthy amount of Spirulina. These mixes come in a dry powder that is simple to mix into water and enjoy. Two of our current creations are a hearty breakfast smoothie containing banana, bocoa, peanut butter, quinoa, oat bran, and of course spirulina amongst its ingredients, as well as a tropical fruit smoothie containing pineapple, banana, orange, and mango. We are working on a few other mixes though, which we will share with backers who have chosen this reward prior to shipment. We use only high quality, all natural ingredients to preserve the nutritional value and the taste of these smoothies.
We want people to be able to try fresh Spirulina in their own recipes at home, without having to go through the trouble of growing it themselves. Until we can start producing in more cities throughout the world though, the best way we could come up with is to freeze our fresh Spirulina so that it can stay delicious for up to 1-year if kept frozen. We're are convinced that once you try it, you will never go back to using Spirulina tablets or dry powder again.
One way we love to use frozen Spirulina at home is to make smoothies using fresh fruits and veggies.
Spirulina cosmetic facial masks and creams
It's a well kept secret is that Spirulina is also really good for skin health, as it is said to have anti-aging properties. In fact, many high end spas throughout Asia, and a few in Europe, already use it in facial masks and body scrubs. We therefore decided to develop a set of Spirulina cosmetic products for home use. Give them a try and let us know what you think. We promise you will not be disappointed.
Since these our latest innovation, our cosmetic products have a longer estimated time for completion. Thus, any rewards that include cosmetic products will ship starting in March 2016. We apologize for this delay, but we want to make sure that we get only the best, high quality Spirulina products to each of you.
New Reward option! Spirulina chocolate truffles
We have a good friend who is a chocolatier and he is helping us to make Spirulina chocolate truffles. These dark chocolate truffles each contain 5% dry Spirulina. They melt in your mouth and taste amazing. Healthy chocolate - what's not to love!
We are a diverse team of socially minded individuals. Between us we can speak English, French, German, Thai, Vietnamese and some Gujarati. Here is a recent picture of some of our team members at the ASEAN Social Impact Challenge 2015, which was part of the ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit. We were honored to be chosen from a field of 231 groups to be one of the two finalists representing Thailand at this event.
Risks and challenges
The lack of practical experience within early-stage social enterprises often creates risks - scaling or replication issues, inadequate cost controls, low product revenues, or an incomplete understanding of market dynamics. These risks deter traditional investors from taking a chance on ideas that could change the world.
We've worked hard to mitigate as many risks as we can, but it's possible that things may not go exactly according to plan. However, we will always be upfront with our backers about any challenges that arise.
Two potential risks include the following:
- Delivery date slippage: We are confident that we will ship by the projected dates, but delivery could take longer than planned since everything will be coming from Thailand.
- Product changes: As we refine our new food products during the recipe formulation and product testing phases, it may require us to make some changes. However, we'll try our best to only make changes that enhance the product experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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