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Bentur SrlBy Bentur Srl
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Bentur SrlBy Bentur Srl
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€57,578
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 4 2018

About

Spirugrow is the world's first fully-automated device allowing you to grow fresh Spirulina and enjoy all the benefits of its living nutrients from home. Thanks to Spirugrow, The first Fully Automatic Home Appliance to Grow Spirulina, cultivating spirulina alga at home will no longer be a dream.

Growing Algae at home has never been so easy and time saving. The key to human fulfillment lies in its autonomy. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch a fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that nutritionists are calling the superfood of the future. Even though this superfood is in the spotlight right now because of its nutrients, bright green color, and bounty of healthy benefits, spirulina has been a superfood long before 21st-century nutritionists began adding it to their smoothie bowls. The first people to ever use this algae as a food source is unclear, but Aztecs and African natives may have consumed the algae in their daily diet many centuries ago. 

Growing fresh algae is the safest way to have the best quality product with all living nutrients at full power. 

Spirulina is the most highly consumed microalgae due to its high protein content and added nutritional benefits, including anti-hypertension, renal protective, anti-hyperlipidaemia, and anti-hyperglycaemic. As well as being a rich source of proteins, Spirulina contains high levels of hypocholesterolemic γ-linoleic acid (GLA), B-vitamins, and free-radical scavenging phycobiliproteins. It has therefore been given the label of a ‘super food’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has even been sent to space by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) due to its nutrient-dense properties.

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The idea of Spirugrow was born by chance. «I tasted spirulina and I liked it a lot», said Luca Turrin CEO of Bentur Srl. «Thanks to its properties, it has been defined as one of the foods of the future. So, we decided to develop an appliance that allows you to self-produce it and to make it fresh everyday!»

In this limited edition we got inspired by nature and its beautiful shades. This series has been designed for those who live emotions through colors.

Spirulina is a freshwater microalgae with a very high nutritional value, so much so to be considered a complete food and capable to sustain human nutrition alone. In fact, this blue-green algae is a great source of proteins which includes all the essential amino acids, it also contains a wide range of other health promoting compounds like: B vitamins, E vitamins, beta-carotene, phycocyanin, omega-6 essential fatty acids and many minerals such as potassium, magnesium, zinc and especially iron.

Spirulina has been called a superfood, in other words a nutrient-dense food especially beneficial for health and well-being. No other natural product offers anywhere near the health benefits of Spirulina, which has now become one of the most researched food by nutritionists. Here is a list of some health benefits associated with Spirulina: 

  • It has powerful anti-oxidant and anti- inflammatory properties 
  • It can lower LDL cholesterol and trigyceride levels 
  • It appears to have anti-cancer properties
  • It reduces blood pressure
  • It reduces symptoms of allergic rhinitis 
  • It is effective against anemia
  • It improves muscle strength and endurance
  • It can help regulate blood sugar levels

Yes, Spirulina contains about 100-140 mg of iodine per 100 g of dry product. This being said, be aware that the amount of iodine varies significantly and it depends on the salt content of the water that you are using to cultivate Spirulina with.

No. Spirulina is not a supplement but a real food as recognized by the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) which provides scientific advice on the risks associated along the food chain.

Fresh Spirulina straight out the Spirugrow has a creamy texture with no particular taste or smell, for this reason you can mix it with anything you might like to add some flavour. We already provide three different types of natural oil to enhance the taste.

Yes, with a pH around 9-10 Spirulina helps to keep your diet alkaline.

Spirugrow has undergone a process of certification to test and evaluate the quality and safety standards issued by the governmental agencies existing in the countries of destination (UL; CE; FCC; etc). Bentur Srl, the manufacturer, is liable for the quality and safety of Spirugrow and has made every effort to assure a safe and reliable product. In the rare case of a manifacturing defect, a network of testing laboratories will offer a fast and effective support and make sure to fix any technical issue.

Spirugrow connects to the mains electricity supply via an appliance coupler which enable the use of standard inlets and country-specific cords (very much like a laptop charger and adapter).

When Spirugrow is running 24/7 it can produce up to 20 g of fresh Spirulina per day with an electricity consumption of less than 40w per day.

There are some components that need to be washed in running water on a daily or weekly basis, while the entire appliance needs a monthly internal washing which is performed by the machine itself. Below is the link to a video that shows how to use and clean Spirugrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DgrZb6-U9M

Spirugrow measures 17 inches in width and height and has a depth of 14 inches. It weighs 494 oz (empty). Below is the link to our official website where you can find all the appliance specifications and features: https://spirugrow.com

No, you don't need to harvest the fresh algae every day. It can be done every second or third day too, as long as you remember to filter more water (at least 1.5 L) when it's time to collect.

When you first buy Spirugrow, it will come with everything you need to start your Spirulina cultivation. Later on, in order to keep Spirugrow working and Spirulina growing, you will need to refill the machine with CO2 and nutrients on a monthly basis. CO2 canisters can be easily purchased in a number of shops on-line, Amazon included, at a price of about $ 20. As for the nutrients’ cartridge we are waiting to receive a confirmation from our supplier. The item will be available online too, we will inform you on costs and availability in less than a month time.

The running cost is less than $2 a day.

Here below some more details:

1) Liquid SALT consumption 1 cartridge a month (12-16 €/each).

2) One CO2 tank is included, refills cost from 14 to 22 €/each, with the price varying from country to country. It is a standard aluminum refill tank, available in more than 100,000 stores worldwide. More details coming soon.

3) Solid SALT, included for the first month, is 4 €/month (year version 28 €). You can buy it from our web store that will coming soon, just after our kickstarter campaign ends.

4) STARTER of Spirulina, first one will be included. You will be able to re-purchase from Italy or from our USA or from our ASIAN sisters companies, 27 €/each.

Yes, if you move to a new address just let us know, please send an e-mail that specifies where you want your Spirugrow to be delivered.

You can email us at team@spirugrow.com 

Risks and challenges

We have come to Kickstarter for your help and to raise funds to go towards the product launch costs. With such a project there are always risks and challenges that we're going to face on the daily.

We have taken every precaution possible to make sure Spirugrow meets our strict quality standards. Now, with your support, we are ready to launch.

On-time delivery is the biggest challenge for any Kickstarter campaign. The delivery estimates we've put together represent our best effort at accounting for part lead times and unanticipated delays.

Most importantly, like we have said, we will be completely open and transparent from start to finish. We will ensure everyone is kept well informed and up to date throughout the entire process.

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    Limited Edition - Spirugrow SAND

    Spirugrow with customized painting in LIMITED EDITION.
    For those who love to stick their feet in the sand and admire a beautiful horizon.
    The Sand color is the right one for you.

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    Limited Edition - Spirugrow OCEAN

    Spirugrow with customized painting in LIMITED EDITION.
    Blue is the emblem of loyalty and idealism.
    The Ocean shade is perfect for those who enjoy the sea and a breath of fresh air and salty breeze.

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    Limited Edition - Spirugrow FOREST

    Spirugrow with customized painting in LIMITED EDITION.
    Green is synonymous with balance, nature, spring, and rebirth.
    Symbol of prosperity and freshness, the Forest shade is perfect for those who have a green soul.

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