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We recycle styrofoam & turn it into glue for the 21st century: high quality | no harmful fumes | non-toxic | vegan | made in USA
321 backers pledged $26,117 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Story

We started Nine Lives Products in 2012 to eliminate styrofoam waste by turning it into... GLUE! Yep, glue like everybody uses every day. Glue for the classroom, glue for DIYers, glue for crafters, glue for kids, glue for scrapbookers, glue for home repair. Besides us, there is no other recycled glue available for people to buy... and there is no other way to naturally recycle big, blocky styrofoam waste (the stuff that your appliances, TVs, video game consoles, and other breakables come packed with).

So are our glues toxic? NO WAY!  Our glues are 3rd party certified Non-Toxic, so no one gets hurt. We started with 2 guys in a barn in Northern California, and as we’ve grown, our mission has remained the same: to eliminate huge quantities of styrofoam from our landfills and make quality recycled products right here in the USA. Thanks for viewing, reading, sharing and pledging.  Your pledge today will help us reach our goal!

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Our Recycled Glues

People love our recycled glues! There is no other way to naturally recycle styrofoam waste, and there is no other recycled glue available to consumers today = we solve 2 problems with one recycling method!  Thousands of bottles of glue sold means thousands of TONS of styrofoam taken out of landfills, rivers, beaches, and lakes.

Each bottle/jar of our glues contains more than 30x its size in styrofoam waste:

We have 3 different glues available today (and more to come!)

School Glue - for teachers, parents, and kids gluing together everyday projects using paper, fabric, and other porous surfaces

Paste - for arts/crafts, scrapbooking, and other creative projects; high tack, versatile, spreadable

Gel Glue - multiple varieties for arts/crafts and home repair, for use on glass, stone, tile, ceramics, gems, rhinestones, and other non and semi-porous surfaces

Our glues are perfect for all sorts of users... everyone needs glue!

Our glues are super effective and very versatile... check out their attributes:

Track Record

Nowadays, folks are talking about our glues all of the time!  Bloggers, recyclers, and people interested in simple solutions to complex environmental problems all talk about our glues online.  Check out one of our recent environmental awards.

Here are a few of the awesome DIY projects that creative fans and customers have been making with our recycled glues:

  • Morena @Morena'sCorner

  •  DIY Placemats @CSIProject

  • Courtney's DIY 21st Birthday Present @SpreadinSunshine15

  • ConsciousBox Review

Check out these user photos... so many creative projects (and they're green)!

Click here for more selected DIY project photos from DIYers around the world...we have so much online support that we can't even begin to fit them all on this page:

Now we're moving that same sentiment into national stores so that many more people can get on board (with your help!).

Why Kickstarter?

We need your help to purchase larger equipment to meet growing demand. It’s expensive to set-up shop, and we need bigger machines to satisfy orders from large retailers. We’ve proven the product and sold online for 2 years, and we've shipped orders to all 50 states.  We need to purchase a stainless-steel mixing tank and an in-line bottle filler in order to grow into more retail locations (see photos below).  We are using Kickstarter because it is the fastest way to bring our recycled glues to people interested in using them... you!

PLUS, we’re developing other amazing gluey products (and coming soon: paints!) made from recycled styrofoam, and any funds that exceed our goal of $25,000 will be used to finish their R&D.

Rewards

All applicable rewards include standard delivery. For rewards that include your choice of glues, backers will be able to specify which type of glue they would like after funding is complete via a Kickstarter questionnaire.


Recycled School Glue - Endangered Species Series Class-set:

 ...and a few close-ups:


"Green Dream" close-up photo of Ellen's incredible flower ornaments, made with our recycled glues:

 ...and the origami flowers themselves:

Production and Fulfillment Plan

Providing this campaign reaches or exceeds its target, rewards aim to be delivered in time for Back-to-School in September (extra-special timing for the kids, teachers, and parents interested in our Recycled School Glue). The schedule is summarized below:

Delivery

All rewards include standard delivery in the USA.  International delivery: add $15.  Photographic proof of posting only can be provided on request. Nine Lives Products does not take responsibility for items posted standard delivery that are subsequently lost or damaged in transit (don’t worry... this hardly ever happens!).

We need you!

By backing the project, you are essentially helping us to purchase larger equipment that we need to fulfill demand from larger retailers. Your help will allow us to meet minimum production volume requirements and finish innovating new products that we have in the pipeline. Plus we are connecting with the most important early adopter community in the world... you!

Thank you

Thank you for your pledge in advance, and for sharing this campaign with as many people as possible. We can’t do this without you.

Sincerely,

RJ, Kaveh, and The Team at Nine Lives Products -- Berkeley, CA, USA

Risks and challenges

Product design and market feasibility have been proven over the past 2 years, selling online and in select retailers in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve sold online through Amazon, Green Home, The Spotted Door, Abe's Market, and others, and have shipped orders to all 50 states. Now we just need the equipment to handle even larger orders!

As far as kickstarter rewards are concerned, we have 2 years’ experience fulfilling online orders, and have become very good at it.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    PLANET PLEDGE --
    Thanks for your support! Your contribution will help us eliminate truckloads of styrofoam.

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    Pledge US$ 7 or more About US$ 7

    PLANET PROTECTOR --
    One tube of Recycled School Glue (1floz size) + an eBook with 10 cool projects using our recycled glues... a must-have!

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    EARLYBIRD PLANET PACK -- A sample pack of our glues (quantity 3) to satisfy any and all of your gluing needs! DIY, arts/crafts, school, home repair... $5 off retail prices for the first 250 earlybirds!

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    EARLYBIRD GREEN TEACHER --
    A full class set of Recycled School Glue (1floz size, quantity 13)... $15 off retail prices for the first 125 earlybirds!

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    DONATE A CLASS SET --
    We will donate a large class set of Recycled School Glue to a school of your choice! This pledge level includes a large class set (4floz size, quantity 13) of Recycled School Glue - Endangered Species Series: beautiful illustrations of different endangered species + educational facts about animals and the environment (see photo under “Rewards”). A different animal on each bottle makes this a perfect donation to inspire the next generation.

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    GREEN DREAM
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    A sample pack of our glues (quantity 3) + a beautiful, limited-edition origami flower ornament professionally designed and crafted by expert Ellen @TheChillyDog, made with our recycled glues! Great for parties, class decorations, etc. (see photo under “Rewards”)

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    EARTH FOR LIFE --
    Be one of the first 20 to get our next product! At this pledge level, receive a 1-year supply of your choice of glue (2floz size) + a 1-year supply of our next product line, slated for release in early 2015!

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    GREEN TEACHER #3 -- This option is for very creative classrooms and students. At this pledge level, you and your kids get the chance to work with our design and illustration team to develop our next themed set of Recycled School Glue (see Endangered Species Series under "Rewards" for example). After designing, we will send you a class set labeled with your design (quantity 13). But there's more! This is a limited pledge level, as we plan to take all student/teacher designs to our retailers for evaluation... ultimately your best designs could be placed in stores!

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    Pledge US$ 3,500 or more About US$ 3,500

    EARTH’S STEWARD --
    Our founders will come and speak at a venue of your choosing (school, workplace, event, etc) about recycling, waste, environmental education, and sustainable business -- Airfare & lodging incl.

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    Pledge US$ 10,000 About US$ 10,000

    RECYCLING LEADER --
    We will come to your region and plan to set-up a modular styrofoam recycling and processing facility in your area to work towards eliminating styrofoam waste in your city or town (and turn it into glue!) --
    Airfare & lodging incl.

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Funding period

- (30 days)