A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Notion -1 a (1) a theory or belief held by a person or group
nOcean - the believe products can be practical, reusable and help to make the world a better place
Single use plastics are a serious environmental problem.
Between 2000-2010 we created more single use plastics that the entire 20th century
The cost is too high for many types of plastics to be recycled. They end up being incinerated with other trash,
in landfills, or worst of all in the ocean
Not enough is being done to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink.
nOcean plans to change this.
The average American uses 1.6 straws per day for an average of 584 straws a year!
Straws lightweight nature makes them almost impossible to recycle
A small gust of wind can send them airborne to the Ocean
In the ocean, plastics are physically harmful and toxic to wildlife
Toxins accumulate and compound as they move to larger predators, and eventually are passed on to us
nOcean's plan to help fight single use plastics is multifaceted.
The straw reduces your environmental footprint
You'll never have to worry about leaving it at home
Your beautiful bracelet makes it easy to spark a conversation about the importance of reusable products
The straw is extra long so it can be adapted to fit all wrist sizes. If you have extra small wrists plan to cover most of the metal to give the straw proper length.
1. Simply figure out how long it needs to be in order to have a proper fit around your wrist and cut it to the that length. If you have extra small wrists plan to cover most of the metal to give the straw the right length for most cups.
2. Insert the cleaning spigot inside the straw.
3. Next you can either place nOcean around your wrist and push the ends together.
The nOcean straw can be worn on its own and washed with your hands before eating, or can be housed in protective outer case to keep things sanitary.
A cleaning spigot is housed inside the silicone band which makes cleaning the inside a breeze. It's convenient! At last you can wear your love for the oceans on your sleeve and show the world your commitment to reducing demand for disposable products!
While not creating more waste is important, there's still the issue of dealing with the garbage already in the ocean, and ensuring ocean friendly policies are implemented. Kickstarter will get nOcean off the ground and running. As the company grows, nOcean will use 50% of it's annual net profits to take plastic out of the Ocean. We plan on working with manufactures to produce products ethically and recycle the used materials.
Risks and challenges
Our team has been testing prototypes for 5 months now. We've made several products already and a few of them out of silicone. Each product has taught us new lessons and we now know how to deliver a beautiful product in a timely fashion.
The biggest challenge with this project is getting high quality recycled materials to make the straws with. The more people we have, the more buying power we get to purchase great recycled product. Help us get it to as many people as possible! We want to put as much effort as possible into cleaning the ocean so we need your help to help share word!