Create Your own Vase. Easy Peasy. And Green.
Create Your own Vase. Easy Peasy. And Green.
What is SPORElife?
Growing plants is easy, natural, almost instinctive. Yet, it is the result of an ancient knowledge now partially forgotten, and with it, so have the culture, tastes and smells of a bygone era. A wealth of plants could be widely used, if only we knew their qualities. The more species, the higher biodiversity; the more people are aware and involved, the more likely they are to preserve culture and nature. It is in this spirit that we designed SPORElife, an eco-friendly vase that you can create from a cardboard sheet! Generate your idea of a perfect vase, to accommodate different plants in different environments. Which of the possible configurations do you prefer? Which one is best suited for you home environment? Which one fits your plant best? Whatever your choice, the balance between you and your plant will be enhanced, also thanks to SPORElife+, a daily tool which will help you connect to your green soul and know when your plant needs you. Fancy trying? With each vase, SPORElife offers a pack of seeds for you to re-discover plants long forgotten. Find out all the packages in the side column. To read more about SPORElife, visit the website here or download the App!
A symbolic gesture to witness nature’s immense wealth. We selected for you a series of small, ‘neglected’ plants that could actually turn out useful in cooking. We chose them since they belong to a rural world, where they were heavily used, and can resist pollution and climate change to unveil their beauty every spring.
Common borage (Borrago
Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Common poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
Little hogweed (Portulaca oleracea L.)
Wild chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Thyme (Thymo vulgaris)
Lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta)
Sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
This is a Pot!
Discover all the possible configurations.
The idea comes from a creative and empathic approach meant to avoid any type of unnecessary waste through means, size and materials simplicity. From packaging to the use of environmentally-friendly components, this product aims to offer a dynamic and efficient user experience. The vase was designed in Italy, where it will be also produced thanks to your support! It consists of a cardboard sheet, covered with 2 plastic films that make it waterproof and resistant (the vase contains 3-4.5 liters depending on configuration). The vase will take its shape starting from a flat sheet, allowing you to create the shape you want while reducing and optimizing space during production and transportation. We tried to make SPORElife sustainable in each phase of the project, for you, for us and for the environment. Place the clay pebbles in the bottom before filling the vase with soil. We suggest you to follow these guidelines to allow plant development. When you water the plant, the water will sink down to the bottom and create a reserve that the plant will gradually absorb in order to grow.
Vase packaging consists of a paper box, more resistant and impermeable on one side to ensure that the product arrives safely and remains intact. If necessary, you can reuse it as a watering can by bending the cover (see illustration).
SPORElife+ was designed to improve the balance between you and your plant, without altering the simplicity of a natural, old act. This app is not only limited to the use of technology; it is a real social and sustainable process that takes shape and meaning when used and made available. In Wiki mode, you can learn, add and share knowledge to help create new ways of doing things.
A first BETA version is now available for free download in the Apple App Store. Check it out! Features include:
- SPORES_Find out more about the seeds in your box.
- VASE_Read assembly instructions and usage advice.
- CLICK & SHARE_Have fun and share pics with other SPORElife+ users.
If we succeed in our project, two more features will be added:
- ADD A PLANT_Add a spore that you know well, and share the love!
- TAKE CARE_From seeding to vase placement and plant growth stages. A Smart Calendar will send out alerts when your plant needs care.
Limited production for Kickstarter campaign
The kit that you will receive – by supporting us on Kickstarter – will be limited edition. How cool is that? Browse through the wide range of solutions in the side column; also, we designed two ad-hoc solutions that will be available exclusively on Kickstarter. Have a squiz!
- Seed collections – From seed to plant -
Wanna receive our ‘spores’ – Flavors or Herbs – with SPORElife vases? Support our project by subscribing to this section! Once the goal is achieved, we will immediately send you the seeds. The production to delivery process may take around 30-60 days. Start seeding your plants, meanwhile. When your SPORElife vases finally knock on your door, you can easily transplant bulbs to help them grow lush.
- For you - A thought for your buddies and loved ones -
Do you know anyone that would love SPORElife and want to give him a surprise? Support our project by dedicating a donation to him! After making your payment through the following link you’ll be able to download your coupon and send it directly to the person you want to offer SPORElife, so as he will become part of your pledge. Once the goal is achieved, we will promptly send him the ‘spores’ (seeds). He can start planting them while he waits for SPORElife vases to arrive. When the production is achieved, he will receive his vases in a gift box with a special card. ☺
All current product images for SPORElife are of prototypes. Small changes to improve your experience may occur during production. If you have questions, please contact us.
We really appreciate your support! We hope you like our Kickstarter project. Please share it with your friends on Facebook & Twitter and help us spread the word! We also would like to thank all great people that have helped out along the way and who we could not have done without. Many thanks for your help, support and encouragement along the way!
... experience & testing ...
Risks and challenges
It is now more than a year that we are working on this project. The first few months were spent to define shapes, materials and graphics. Then we had to find the company which was able to develop a prototype and give us the production. With the chosen company, which is considered to be the most competent and trusted, we tried to improve the product and to reduce the risk, even if we know that there will be other challenges we have to face. We will always be as clear as possible in order to inform you about the evolution of the project.
We have adopted the following measures to ensure an efficient and well made product.
- We have made over 50 prototypes.
- The prototypes have been tested in a variety of conditions for more than 6 months to ensure performance and durability.
- Stress test.
The collaboration with software engineers has produced a beta version of the app to support the vase. We are developing the full version that will soon be available with new functions and a real help to your experience with plants.
We have established contractual relationships with manufacturers to reduce the risk of delays by suppliers of materials and to ensure quality control of the product.
We have selected a freight forwarder to ensure a speedy and monitored delivery. We will timely inform you if things have required more time than expected.
- (45 days)