16oz stainless steel cups. Retainable cups offer an affordable alternative to single-use, throwaway cups; a simple concept re-imagined. Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 2, 2013.
About this project
Stainless Cups Company
Hi Kickstarter, we are the newly founded Stainless Cups Company and we have come up with a great product to share with you, a 16oz stainless steel cup. Retainable cups for a sustainable future™ designed to replace those ubiquitous red cups...
Stretch goal and Founder's Cup
We have hit our goal and want to keep the momentum going all the way up to $25,000! Hitting 25k will allow us to order even more cups, save extra money on shipping, and offer all of you backers the founders cup for only $8.
-Simply add $8 to your reward selection to get a cup with the founders logo. Limit, one per backer and no addition cost for international shipping.
Why Do We Care and Why Should You
Like many of you, we consume liquids everyday to survive and we often do it out of cups. Unfortunately, this simple act can have some serious consequences... the indiscriminate use of throwaway plastic cups (the red cup). Until recently, we thought we were doing our part to preserve the planet by recycling the used cups. Then we learned that the red cup is made out of polystyrene, which is unfortunately the same petroleum based plastic used to make Styrofoam. Guess what?! For economic reasons, polystyrene is generally not recycled!!! In the US alone, it is estimated that over 24 billion single use plastic cups wind up in landfills every year or worse yet, floating in our oceans. As it turns out, we weren't doing our part for the environment, we were just filling up the landfills. So we decided to do something...
How Did We Get Here
On the last day of a long bachelor party we endeavored to play some more beer pong. Unfortunately, our entire supply of red cups ended up in the trash. We were shocked. We had used 200 red cups in just one weekend! Needless to say, we were appalled at the thought. That’s when we had the epiphany, we can produce a high quality stainless steel beer pong set that people can use again and again with no waste, although if you're not good at the game you may still end up wasted...
How Can You Help Us
Well, we made the beer pong set and it's awesome! However, the cup we designed for the beer pong set is the perfect cup for all occasions and the vast majority of plastic cups are used for occasions other than beer pong. The positive response to the cup has been overwhelming as have the expenses associated with starting a new business. We want to market our cup as a retainable™ alternative to single use plastic cups. For that, we will need your financial help.
Where We Are Today
We have gone as far as our bank accounts and credit cards can take us.
- Our cup is now designed
- We have a primary and back up supplier
- The tooling and mold are paid for
- Sample cups have been received, tested, debugged and approved
- Cup printing has been tested and refined
- Our logos and slogans have been trademarked
- Our patent is pending for the beer pong set
What Your Help Will Do
- Purchasing economies of scale. To keep our product costs at an economically feasible level, our production orders need to be in the 10's of thousands. We need your help to place an order of that size...
- Permanent facilities. We have been operating in borrowed facilities that aren't nearly adequate for our needs. Like the landfills, we are overflowing...
- Your pledges will go directly towards shipping, packaging, and logistics in general. Our goal is to use only recycled paper products. Also, stainless steel, due to its weight, is not cheap to ship.
- Your help will get us over these initial hurdles.
The Next Step: Kickstarter
...and here we are. If we are fortunate enough to receive your help, “Thank You” in advance, we will be ready to go into full blown production immediately.
Please take a look at the rewards packages we have put together on the right. We have something for everyone, whether you just want one cup for everyday use or you're planning a big event, you will find what your looking for. All of the packages include free shipping in the US and we will do everything we can to ship all orders on time.
Risks and challenges
Starting a business and developing a product is definitely a challenge. No matter how hard you try, you're not likely to anticipate all the potential problems that can arise. The solution is realizing in advance that adverse situations are going to happen; just make sure you leave time (and emotional fortitude) to work through them.
Because we have invested in this project heavily ourselves in both time and dollars, the initial design work is done and the rather lengthy trial and error process with our suppliers, printers and logistics has been completed. That being said, there is still a risk that a large production run could take longer than anticipated or the percent of unacceptable product is so great that we can't deliver on time.
Stainless Cups Company consists of four long time family friends. Two alumni from University of Southern California, one from University of California Berkeley and one from California State University Long Beach. Combined we have 40 years experience in manufacturing, marketing, finance, distribution and sales. With your help and contributions, we will have everything we need to go into production. There will be bumps in the road but rest assured all of us at Stainless Cups Company will be doing everything we can to make the most of your generosity while ensuring the fulfillment of all the commitments we have made.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
A huge thank you, good karma, and your name on our Kickstarter founders page. Everyone who donates will be on this page, it will last forever just like your new stainless steel cups...Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
259 backers Limited (741 left of 1000)
Be the first to get one of our high quality 16oz stainless steel cups. The cup you keep! Free shipping inside the US. The first 1,000 donors for this package will get priority shipping and be the first to get their cups...Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $12 or more
95 backers Limited (405 left of 500)
High quality 16oz stainless steel cup with limited addition, kickstarter only,
"Be the Change" logo...
Free shipping in the USEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $12 or more
74 backers Limited (126 left of 200)
The Mustache Cup. You get a high quality 16oz stainless steel cup with a well groomed stache.
Free shipping in the USEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
67 backers Limited (183 left of 250)
High quality 16oz stainless steel cup and a Stainless Cups Company neoprene koozie. Enjoy all the hot and cold drinks you desire with this easy add on. Choose from 4 colors, black, yellow, green, and royal blue. Free shipping in the US...Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
157 backers Limited (93 left of 250)
High quality 16oz stainless steel cup and a Stainless Cups Company leather koozie. Leather koozies are custom designed for our cups, hand made from boot/saddle scraps, and assembled by autistic adults in good ol US of A...
Free shipping in USEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $40 or more
50 backers All gone!
The I can't choose package! The black logo cup, white logo cup, Be the Change cup, and mustache cup with a neoprene koozie (you choose the color, black, yellow, green, blue)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
17 backers Limited (83 left of 100)
12 cup Beer Pong Case. This does not include the cups as Kickstarter considers the complete set to be a multiple of our single cup. This package will allow us to order the cases and mark your place in line to buy a complete set from us. Your reward will be the sturdy aluminum case 3 ping pong balls and first dibs on the chance to purchase cups to fill it after the campaign. Many people have expressed interest in the set and offering just the case is the only way to stay within Kickstarter rules while also allowing people to help us make Stainless Beer Pong a reality. This is 1/2 the cost of the complete 12 cup beer pong set.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $55 or more
47 backers Limited (3 left of 50)
The I can't choose package, with leather! The black logo cup, white logo cup, Be the Change cup, mustache cup with a neoprene koozie, (you choose the color, black, yellow, green, blue) and our lifetime guaranteed boot/saddle scrap leather koozie. Free shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $70 or more
48 backers Limited (2 left of 50)
The I want it all package! A blank cup, black logo cup, white logo cup, Be the Change cup, mustache cup, with the black, yellow, green, and blue neoprene koozies and our lifetime guaranteed boot/saddle scrap leather koozie all in one package! Free shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $90 or more
27 backers Limited (73 left of 100)
22 cup Beer Pong Case. This does not include the cups as Kickstarter considers the complete set to be a multiple of our single cup. This package will allow us to order the cases and mark your place in line to buy a complete set from us. Your reward will be the sturdy aluminum case 4 ping pong balls and first dibs on the chance to purchase cups to fill it after the campaign. Many people have expressed interest in the set and offering just the case is the only way to stay within Kickstarter rules while also allowing people to help us make Stainless Beer Pong a reality. This is 1/2 the cost of the complete 22 cup beer pong set.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
15 backers Limited (35 left of 50)
Custom logo cup. Your custom logo on 1 of our high quality 16oz stainless steel cups. Send us your original single color logo, company name, fantasy football team name, wedding date, or anything else you can think of and we will print it on your cup (we cannot print trademarked logos unless you own the trademark). Add $30 for each additional color, up to 4 colors. Kickstarters new rules will not allow us to offer multiple cups, however once your logo is set up at our printer we can get you additional cups with your logo for $10 or less depending on how many you order.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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