It's not often you get a chance to relaunch the company you founded 10 years ago. It's a long and crazy toy story, but we are excited to relaunch our award-winning, eco-friendly toy company, Sprig, with a new line of eco-vehicle toys made from a sugar cane and corn cob bio-polymer. These toys even smell like toasted corn!
If you are interested in a company that likes to tinker, explore, and playfully pioneer, then please join us.
Please consider backing this project to support the farmers, scientists, engineers, teachers, and factories we are working with. Our Colorado factories thank you.
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Welcome to the world of Sprig, where play comes naturally.
Goal #1: Our first goal with this project is to introduce the world to a new way to make toys that inspire kids to play like the old days.
A successful campaign will allow us to finalize production on our 2 farm trucks in time for sand box season (spring 2018). It's the perfect time of the year to get kids outside, unplugged, and connected back to nature.
Your support will bring great toys to children everywhere and will also help bring US / Colorado manufacturing back from overseas.
Introducing the Sprig Farm Trucks:
Lightweight yet durable these chunky outdoor trucks are ready to roll for miles of adventures. These rugged preschool trucks are perfect for the backyard, beach, or living room and are made from plants instead of oil based plastic. Our toys feature a new bio-plastic derived from sugar cane and upcycled corn cobs.
These trucks are made from plants grown on farms! They even smell like toasted corn, yep toasted corn.
We are proud to be making our toys in Colorado in collaboration with farmers, scientists, engineers, and US factories.
From Farmer to Factory to Family:
This project represents a collaboration between agriculture and industry with a shared mission to unplug our kids and inspire them to play like we used to, while connecting them back to nature.
Our Team is in place, our plan is in motion: With our team of heroes in place, we start this adventure on the farm. We have 5 playsets designed by our team in Colorado, and for our first production launch, we have selected 2 farm vehicles to produce in our Colorado factory this spring.
It's time to inspire play.
When a child picks up a Sprig Adventure truck, they can see it’s not like other toys. It looks different, you can see the plant based materials. The toy looks natural, it looks a little bit like wood but it's as strong as old fashioned OIL based plastic.
Then another surprise, it smells like toasted corn!....yes it smells like corn! This toy is different and the kids can't wait to unplug and play.
These chunky durable farm trucks are great for little explorers on the go! Lightweight yet strong, these plant based toys will go for miles in and out of the sandbox.
These are not your grandpa's wooden toys:
Made from an exciting new bio-plastic, these aren’t just trucks inspired by farmers, they helped make them.
Over the past 3 years we have worked with farmers, scientists, and engineers testing wheat starch, corn starch, recycled plastics, blends with pine, rice hulls, and corn cobs.
We selected sugar cane as our base material for a variety of reasons. Our final bio-polymer is a combination of a sugar cane grown in brazil with upcycled corn cobs from farmers in the Midwest. We call this new material Sprigwood.
We have experience in plant based plastics:
We are product designers and have spent the last decade tinkering with a vareity of sustainable materials on a mission to take OIL and batteries out of the hands of kids at play. We have 10 years of experience creating bio-plastic parts and this project is our biggest project to date. We have been creating play for nearly 20 years now and have worked some of the biggest and best toy companies in the world.
We will be using the funds to finalize tooling, material procurement, and production kickoff this winter in time for sandbox season next spring.
As part of our research and development, we have already invested in the bulk of the vehicle tooling and have begun testing the first production test shots.
We have our first stretch goal set at $95,000 to launch our Adventure Guides, which will expand our reward and giving options.
To reach goal #1 for the launch of the Farm Explorer trucks, we have curated some great rewards that also give back to our children's charity partner, Tree of Hands. Early Bird Rewards - Be the Hero! Join us for this Farm adventure and help kick start our first production run in Colorado!
Rewards that give back:
We have detailed a few rewards above that allow you to order a Sprig Adventure truck and make a toy donation to Tree of Hands, a children's charity based in the British Virgin Islands.
After recent hurricanes, these children's organizations have an incredible need for our support. Thanks for supporting great product with greater purpose.
Goal #2: Launch our Adventure Guide characters.
We have a world of adventure characters and playsets engineered and ready for tooling. We just need a few heroes to join us on this adventure. Made from sugar cane and corn cob bio-plastics, these adventure guides offer a world of open ended storytelling fun.
Why we are working so hard to get kids playing outside? Turns out it's good for their brains, their bodies, and it's great for our planet too.
The way we used to play:
When we played as kids, our heroes were real. They were our parents, family, local firefighters, farmers, the list goes on. These heroes were the people all around us.
In the sandbox, we were farmers and builders. On bicycles, we were pilots or astronauts leading secret missions. We had all the tools for play - Sunshine, space, and simple, inspiring toys.
Today's kids don't play like we used to:
Life today is filled with busy jobs and busy lives all linked in to our super-connected world. When we find free time, it’s easy to plug into our phones, tablets, and TVs for escape.
We give them the latest gizmos and gadgets, add extra lessons and practice, in hopes our kids have all the right tools to thrive.
But are these the right tools? It’s a recipe for over-stimulated kids and that’s a problem in more ways than one.
We want to give our kids the world, but what kind of world are we providing them?
These tools of learning and play end up as mountains of batteries, enough plastic waste to fill up our oceans, and a distraction to the minds of a generation.
This isn't the world we grew up playing in, but it’s ours to save.
It's time for kids to play like the old days, but it's up to as parents and stewards to be responsible for the world they play in.
We are the heroes now. We are the farmers, builders, scientists, and parents. We are the captains and the pilots of the planet. We are the ones kids will emulate.
We are the defenders of play.
Simple Features spark imaginations:
Our vehicle and characters are designed with simple iconic features to merely seed the "play story" while letting kid’s imaginations fill in all of the blanks. There are no theme songs, no batteries, only the power of the child's imagination.
NO FACE? NO PROBLEM!
When a child picks up their Sprig Adventure Guide, they instantly notice there is no face. They quickly realize it doesn’t matter to them, but there is a reason it matters to us.
With no faces, the child is free to decide if the farmer is mom or dad, boy or girl. They choose the name, the emotions, happy, sad, scared, etc and they create the adventure with just their imaginations.
If a child wants to add a face, you can draw one on and wash it off. Let them create their own character, sculpt hair and new hats, it’s yours to play with.
The adventure guides represent everyday people. Our SprigWood material offers a natural variety of skin tones for the adventure guides, just like real life!
Do you believe in the work we are doing? We hope so and we hope we make our launch goal and get the trucks rolling out of our Colorado factory.
We have 4 Stretch Goals and will publish more details if our campaign does well.
So please spread the word, we have an exciting world of toys that we would love to launch with your backing. These toys are not found in stores, so our launch is only as big as you make it.