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Yakov BindlerBy Yakov Bindler
First created
Yakov BindlerBy Yakov Bindler
First created
$27,313
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
748
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 19 2019 12:17 PM UTC +00:00

About

Eco Soapr shaves perfect flakes of soap from your favorite soap bar and dispenses them into the palm of your hand. Never waste another sliver of soap or dread your favorite bar disintegrating into a pile of mush. 

Eco Soapr does three things:

  •  Helps reduce plastic pollution from bottles and other packaging that goes into manufacturing and distribution of liquid soaps 
  •  Saves you money by making the use of bar soap more convenient—bar soap is is about 10 times cheaper to use than liquid soaps and body washes. In addition, every bar will be used 100%.
  •  Eliminates the melty, slimy mess that comes with bar soaps – encouraging to use bar soaps that in general are better for their health.

While it may look like a traditional soap dispenser from the outside, our proprietary design couldn't be more different.

Simply wave your hand under the sensor and you'll hear a subtle, pleasant hum of our grinder slowly shaving down your soap.

Like a pepper mill, this happens instantly, and allows for granular control over the size and amount of flakes dispensed.

These flakes easily dissolve into a rich, silky lather when you scrub with water.

 Back us today and save 66% off the retail price.  

Bar soap had been a staple in human hygiene for literally thousands of years until the 1980s when a new product called "SoftSoap" came to the market.

By using a pumpable soap dispenser, the new liquid soap brand promised convenience and freedom from the mess that bar soap ​tends to leave in  soap dishes.

Unfortunately, we now see that the supposed convenience of liquid soap and other products sold in plastic bottles comes at a hefty price to the  environment. Plastic pollution in the ocean and in landfills is estimated to take 500-1000 years to break down, with plastic in the ocean forming islands the size of small countries.

The majority of liquid bath and body care items are highly diluted, which means we are burning fossil fuel in order to ship mostly water. When comparing the cost-per-use of liquid soap to bar soap, washing up with a soap bar costs mere cents, while liquid soap costs 10x as much. 

Definitions

Soap is made from the combination of fats or oils, water, and an alkali (usually lye). True soap can be either solid or liquid (emulsified), but most soaps come in bar form.

● Body wash is usually a detergent, or a soap-like product containing extra chemicals, as opposed to a true soap. Detergents are usually petroleum-based with various added chemicals, such as parabens, other preservatives (some of which are suspected to disrupt hormonal function), surfactants, and phthalates.

● There are growing concerns about parabens, a type of preservative found in many beauty products, including soap. While individual products usually contain safe amounts of parabens, public health advocates worry that exposure to many different.  

Compare composition and ingredients:

Bar Soap: Ordinary soap is made by combining fats or oils and an alkali, such as lye. The fats and oils, which may be from animal, vegetable, or mineral sources, are degraded into free fatty acids, which then combine with the alkali to form crude soap. The lye reacts with the oils, turning what starts out as liquid into blocks of soap. When made properly, no lye remains in the finished product.

No, some of the commercially produce bar soaps will also have chemical additive, but it is much easier and less expensive to find What is defined by FDA as true soaps without these chemicals. 

Common Chemicals in Liquid Soaps and Body Washes

● Sodium lauryl sulfate or Coco betaine (lathering agents)

● Phthalates (in fragrances)

● Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)

● Parabens

         ○ Quaternium-15

         ○ DMDM hyrdtoin

         ○ Diaziolidinyl Urea (Germall)

         ○ Sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate (suttocie)

         ○ Methylparaben

         ○ Ethylparaben

         ○ Propylparaben

         ○ Butylparaben

● Triclosan (in antibacterial soaps)

● Nitrosamines (petroleum-derived)

         ○ DEA (diethanolamine)

         ○ TEA (triethanolamine)

         ○ MEA (monoethanolamine)

● Alcohols

 A 1940s Concept Given New Life

While on a family holiday, Yakov and Jane, the husband and wife duo behind Eco Soapr, stayed in a rustic cottage. There, in one of the bathrooms, they happened across a hand-operated bar soap grinder. It was called the Soap Master, and it had been made in a small town north of New York City in the 1940s.

While the unit was incredibly outdated, the potential for the concept was obvious. In particular, the two founders saw what a great idea it was for the contemporary movement toward eco-friendly products and how well it matched the environmentally friendly culture of the beautiful, but fragile Nordic environment where they discovered it.

​They watched how delighted their children were with the soap dispenser, and they were convinced that such a device, with a modern makeover, would be appreciated by many more families across the globe.

As soon as they arrived back home, they went straight to work to create a modern, hands-free device to deliver soap flakes. After about two years of development with an outstanding team of engineers from San Francisco, Eco Soapr was born.

The founders of Eco Soapr are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring a proven concept that was ahead of its time to a contemporary market eagerly seeking ways to lighten humanity's footprint upon the earth. 

 We took the best of the "old" features and added modern upgrades!

  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery
  • Infrared proximity sensor
  • ​Quiet electrical motor
  • ​Durable housing materials
  • ​An LED light that indicates when it's time for a new bar
  • Countertop or convenient wall placement
  • Accepts most popular soap bar sizes 

Eco Soapr has a solid, well-engineered and working prototype, a market that is primed and ready to accept environmentally-friendly products, and the founders' passion to take the product to its next level of growth. To get Eco Soapr into the hands of eco-conscious buyers everywhere, we need to raise $50,000 for manufacturing.  

  •  Finished Product: ​​Eco Soapr has gone through three generations of design and vigorous testing to arrive at an elegant, well-made product. 
  •  Reliable Engineering Partners: ​ We're working with a US-based Fortune 500 company to assist us in ​setting up production with a high-quality contract manufacturer. 
  •  Pre-planned Delivery Timeline:  We're finalizing the manufacturing and shipping timeline now, so at the time of our  Kickstarter campaign we can confidently predict when all backers will receive their Eco Soapr.

We are, as always, looking forward to your feedback, comments, and suggestions. Please feel free to get in touch by messaging us or leaving a comment. If you are commenting as a guest please make sure to leave an email for us to respond. 

Risks and challenges

We consider the “Risks and Considerations” section one of the most important parts of our presentation. If you’ve gotten this far in reading our story, it means that you are really interested in Eco Soapr and are serious about taking part in our launch, so please take another couple of minutes to read more.
In our view the main risks any entrepreneur faces in delivering on hardware commitments are:
-Funding; and
-Execution, consisting of:
-Design and Manufacturing
-Timing, and
-General and administrative screw ups.
Let’s go over each of them:
Funding. “Whaaaaat?” You might ask. How could the funding be a problem if you guys just got a bunch of money from us? The answer is simple: some creators tend to underestimate the time to finish designing, manufacturing, and delivering a product to the customer. They forget to include things like compensation for the engineers or design team when doing final product tweaks, or changes in the economic environment like changes in export tariffs, or currency fluctuation – and as a result, at some point they run out of money and the project falls apart.
Here is why this is not a risk in our case. First, we have thought through the various last-minute factors that could throw us off course and have baked those numbers into our planned Kickstarter raise. Second, even if something comes completely out of left field and there is a shortage of funds, we will find the money to launch the product and deliver the rewards. We believe that Eco Soapr is a unique, industry-defining product – and if it’s funded, it will attract more investments. So, $50K is just the first step toward a bigger goal with higher stakes. Both founders of Eco Soapr know how to raise money and have done it before. In short, once funded, even if there are hiccups along the way, we will have funds to make it happen.

Execution. After more than two years of tests, numerous prototypes and trials we are very comfortable with our design and manufacturing path. Eco Soapr’s current design is built on more than 100 years of mechanical history of grating devices used by people all around the world not just for soap, but also for food products like cheese and vegetables. Our biggest challenge was to resist the temptation to overengineer. At first, we will deliver a very simple device with a limited set of features that we are sure will work well. It is not going to be “smart” or customizable or fully biodegradable. Not yet. We want it to be someday, but we need time and experience to get there. We believe that moving ahead to production with this simple version will substantially decrease our risks. Still, we're Kickstarting this because it's never been seen before. That means that unexpected problems with the design will likely come up. If problems arise, see the point above: we will have funds to deal with them.
There will inevitably be timing and administrative issues fulfilling orders from a relatively large group of backers. We are currently looking at services that organize logistics, and once we know the number of rewards we will need to deliver, we will pick the most appropriate logistics partner.

Thank you for your support!

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Long-lasting design

We’ve designed my project to be durable by keeping it simple, without including unnecessary electronics or other components that create possible points of failure. Every part of Eco Soapr is critical to delivering its intended result – reliable dispensing of soap flakes – day after day, year after year.

Reusability and recyclability

Like the choice of having a reusable shopping bag vs. single-use plastic bags, Eco Soapr is built around an inherent tradeoff: While some of its materials will eventually go into landfills, the amount is much less than if people continue using plastic bottles filled with liquid soaps. We estimate that over its projected useful life of about 7 years, Eco Soapr will prevent up to 130 pounds of plastic waste going into landfills.

Sustainable materials

We are working with manufacturers that use recycled injection molding parts for both structural and external elements. The final composition of the materials will be determined once we know the production volumes.

Environmentally friendly factories

We are considering several environmentally friendly manufacturing facilities.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

We are not offering air shipments since ground delivery is more sustainable.

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Support

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    This special, limited quantity reward is for backers dedicated to spreading the word about Eco Soapr and our quest to saving you money and the planet. This can include sharing on your favorite social media channels, with a friend, or submitting a tip to your favorite blog. Honor system. Eco Soapr will retail for 59.99
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    The EcoSoapr (Early Bird)

    Pledge $ 30 to receive one (1) Eco Soapr.
    Enjoy your brand spanking new Eco Soapr.
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    The EcoSoapr (Kickstarter Price)

    Pledge $35 to receive one (1) Eco Soapr. Did we mention that you will still be saving 42% off the expected retail price? 42% savings and the opportunity to get your own Eco Soapr before everybody else in the world. You can’t pass on that opportunity.
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    Two Pack

    Pledge $ 60 and receive two (2) Eco Soapr. Kids or guest bathroom? Wait, it should be in in the shower! Near the kitchen sink? Stop worrying and just get two to start.
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    Are you running a restaurant, Airbnb or a gym? Do you want your customers to keep talking about their experience and your dedication to saving the environment long after they left? Now is your perfect chance.
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    10 Pack (Business)

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Funding period

- (35 days)