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The eco-friendly, durable, padded, storm-resistant travel case for your iPad or tablet made from upcycled bike tubes in the USA.

PROBLEM

After being frustrated with using a tablet and not having adequate storage to hold accessories like power cords, stylist, headphones, etc. I decided to design a durable and functional case to solve this dilemma in a stylish and eco-friendly manner.

SOLUTION

I knew I could develop a case that would be functional, stylish and eco-friendly. After a bunch of prototyping this is my latest version almost ready for production.

REWARDS

For your support in this project we will reward you with first run of the upcycled bike tube tablet sling cases and other sweet Green Guru Gear made from upcycled bicycle tubes in Boulder Colorado. You will be helping make a difference recycling more bicycle tubes with every bit of support. The more we raise the more tubes are recycled. You can see more about our company here www.GreenGuruGear.com and follow us on facebook here www.facebook.com/greengurugear.

DEVELOPMENT

The initial concept was to have a case that offered padded protection to the tablet as well as help organize and protect accessories that I needed to take along with me. I started sketching different concepts and configurations. I explored different ways to get the tablet in and out of the case as well as different shapes.

I knew I wanted it to be as eco-friendly as possible, as well as durable and water resistant. That influenced me to make it out of upcycled bike tubes and recycled fabrics in the USA. From growing up working at a bike shop, I know how many tubes are thrown away every day and I wanted to reduce that impact of an activity I love.

Once I determined what general design and materials I wanted the case to be made of, I started the prototyping process. The initial prototypes were rough, but functional.

I then realized I needed to have some type of carrying handle to transport the case easily. So I included a haul handle on top.

After thinking about it further I started to want to carry the case by itself outside of a bag. 

I determined it also needed to have a shoulder strap so that it could be slung over my shoulder for walking long distances or for my bike ride to work or the coffee shop.

After sketching out a variety of concepts, I have been able to develop a few prototypes. 

What makes this products so special is that it is constructed of used bike tubes that would normally go to waste. Being an avid cyclist this was a great way to reduce my impacts from getting all those flat tires and at the same time have a material that was durable, water resistant and looked classy like leather.

Beyond its functionality and looks, the tablet sling case will be lightweight and very well made. We won't skimp on anything and it will include a rear padded zipper pouch for accessories, as well as multiple strap points for your carrying convenience. We are in the final stages of prototyping and testing our designs.
Each new version is more refined and closer to production. We have been taking a lot of measurements and making updates to the pattern sets and sewing new prototypes.
This is our latest prototype that is almost complete. With a little more fine tuning, then designing the dies for cutting, we will be able to go into production.

 The outside is made of upcycled bike tubes for style and to shed the rain.

The back will have 100% recycled PET fabric with water resistant coating that when it is against your shirt or skin it will be soft to touch and not hot. There will be 4 triangle rings to allow for a wide range of attachments to the strap or other bags.

 

PRODUCTION AND FULFILLMENT

After receiving necessary funding, we will be able to complete the design with a few more prototypes refining the design as much as possible. This will take 2-3 weeks. Once the final design is decided on, we will design and construct the cutting dies with a local die maker. This will take about a week. Once the dies are finished we will work with a local sewing partner to help cut and sew the cases. This will take approximately 3-4 weeks. Once production is complete we will start shipping the cases out to the backers. They will take about a week to be delivered. Through the process I will be sending pictures of the prototypes, die designs, die making process and the sewing/manufacturing stages so you can see the process first hand and see how much difference your backing has made.

CONCLUSION

Thanks for considering my project. We look forward to making it happen with your help! You will not only be receiving great incentives, you will also be helping reduce the amount of bike inner tubes that will go to the landfill making the world a little greener.

If you are interested in checking out more upcycled products I have developed for Green Guru visit www.greengurugear.com or our facebook at www.facebook.com/greengurugear  . Also we will be launching other great products through Kickstarter in the future so be sure follow us on facebook to get updates. Thanks! 



Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our sling is just finishing up with its developmental stage with a few prototypes and some fine tuning needed. After we settle on the design we will design the tooling for the die cutting process. Once that is complete we will be ready to move into production! We are very excited to start delivering these to the masses and facing challenges along the way.

The Sling Case is being made from upcycled materials which we source from local bike shops along with recycled fabrics. We are pretty well set for materials, but realize that we need to account for the initial volume of sales.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to fine tune the product with additional prototyping and development, pay for tooling costs and go into production. We tackle all of our challenges as a team at Green Guru. All of our products are rigorously tested, and re-designed for each new model year, so we anticipate feedback on our Tablet Sling through our Campaign that will influence how we market/change our product for an eventual mass market release.

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    Thank you for the donation! We will be sending you some Green Guru stickers and a big thank you! You are helping us develop this tablet sling to be the best it can be and at the same time helping reduce landfill waste. Every dollar we raise will help us in our battle against waste.

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    With this donation, you will receive 1 set (2) of Bike Tube Valve Zipper Pulls + 1 Mini Bike Tube Zipper Pouch. Easily attach these cool upcycled pulls to any zipper to customize your bag or jacket! These valves are scraps from the bike tubes used to make the tablet slings and zipper pouches.

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    Get a travel set of 1 Small Bike Tube Zipper Pouch + 1 Medium Bike Tube Zipper Pouch + 1 Large Bike Tube Zipper Pouch. Designed to help you organize your small parts in life. Perfect companion for the Tablet cases to hold and organize your cords, accessories, etc. Built in USA.

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    You will recieve one of the first Upcycled Bike Tube Mini Tablet Slings! Built in the USA from upcycled bike tubes and 100% recycled PET fabric. Fits iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus 7 and other small tablets. This padded weather resistant versatile tablet case will help you organize and transport your tablet and accesories in eco style. Built in Boulder Colorado, USA.

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    You will recieve one of the first Upcycled Bike Tube Tablet Sling Case Full Size! Being made from repurposed bike tubes in the USA. Fits iPad 1, 2 and Air, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus 10 and other regular size tablets. This padded weather resistant versatile tablet case will help you organize and transport your tablet and accesories in eco style. Built in Boulder Colorado, USA.

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    Receive a Tablet Pouch Set with 1 Tablet Sling Case Full Size (fits IPad 1, 2, Air, Nexus 9, Samsung Galaxy Tab) + 1 Medium Zipper Pouch + 1 Small Zipper pouch + 1 Set of Bike Tube Valve Stem Zipper Pulls. Perfect for organizing your tablet and its accessories all together in one tight package.Built in Boulder Colorado, USA.

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    Receive a Tablet Sling Case Full Travel Set. 1 Tablet Sling Case Full Size (fits IPad 1, 2, Air, Nexus 9, Samsung Galaxy Tab) + 1 Small Zipper Bike Tube Pouch + 1 Medium Zipper Pouch + 1 Large Zipper Pouch + 1 Bike Tube Travel Kit. Perfect for organizing your tablet and their accessories all together and to hit the road. Built in Boulder Colorado, USA.

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    Receive the Upcycled Bike Tube Commuter Set. 1 Tablet Sling Case Regular or Mini + 1 Commuter Bike Tube Rucksack + 1 XL Zipper Pouch + 1 Large Zipper Pouch + 1 Medium Zipper Pouch + 1 Small Zipper Pouch. Built in Boulder Colorado, USA.

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    Receive the Upcycled Bike Tube Spinner Set. 1 Tablet Sling Case Regular or Mini + 1 Spinner Bike Tube Rucksack + 1 Travel Kit+ 1 XL Zipper Pouch + 1 Large Zipper Pouch + 1 Medium Zipper Pouch + 1 Small Zipper Pouch. Built in Boulder Colorado, USA.

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    Receive the Upcycled Bike Tube Ruckus Set. 1 Tablet Sling Case Regular or Mini + 1 Ruckus Bike Tube Rucksack + 1 Travel Kit+ 1 XL Zipper Pouch + 1 Large Zipper Pouch + 1 Medium Zipper Pouch + 1 Small Zipper Pouch. Built in Boulder Colorado, USA.

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    Receive the Upcycled Bike Tube Travel Set. 1 Tablet Sling Case Regular or Mini + 1 Duffster Bike Tube Duffle Bag + 1 Ruckus Bike Tube Rucksack + 1 Travel Kit + 1 Bi-fold Wallet + 1 XL Zipper Pouch + 1 Large Zipper Pouch + 1 Medium Zipper Pouch + 1 Small Zipper Pouch. Built in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

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