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$12,377
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
262
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 6 2016

About

Featuring nature’s own ingenuity, BIRCH embodies hydration of tomorrow.

The components of BIRCH, made in birchwood, are harvested from sustainably managed forests in Northern Europe. The wood is processed with Organoclicks (www.organoclick.com) technology to achieve dimensional stability. The additives used in this process are non-toxic, naturally occurring substances and approved according to FDA for indirect food contact substances in paper and paperboard (CFR 21 Part 176).

But Team BIRCH, isn’t chopping down trees to create bottles only contributing to the negative effect on our environment?

NO - it is a renewable resource and actually helps increase carbon efficiency by something called the carbon sink effect. Trees absorb carbon emissions when they grow and, when harvested, the carbon stays in the tree until it biodegrades and goes back into the atmosphere as a part of the natural cycle. When you harvest wood from sustainably managed forests, you have to - by law - plant new trees and, since young trees absorb more carbon emissions than older ones, you remove more emissions in the atmosphere than it emits. This plays a huge role in mitigating the risks of global warming.

To learn about sustainably managed forests, see www.fsc.org.

Caring for our climate starts at each and everyone of us. Even small things adds up and positive actions inspire others to follow or even go further. BIRCH is a beautiful alternative to regular drinking bottles and a chance to make a statement.

Driven by a love for nature and legitimate concerns about current consumption patterns globally, we believe it is important to challenge "business as usual" and empower consumers to make choices taking us onto a more sustainable path. This is our way of doing it.

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Put together by a group of Swedes and Americans with a global ambition, BIRCH was born in Sweden. Here in the foothills of the Sånfjället National Park, in the northern part of Sweden, we at BIRCH have the luxury of being reminded of nature’s beauty and its eternal, delicate bond with humanity on a daily basis. We are surrounded by it on all sides and it pervades our lives. 

Inspired by this great bond, we have worked tirelessly over the last two years to bring nature to those who do not have this great, natural luxury in their backyards. We are proud to introduce BIRCH: a unique line of wooden bottles and flasks crafted by artisans using materials harvested exclusively from sustainably managed forests. 

The first line of BIRCH bottles will be available in three primary finishes: Raw, Swirl, and Black. The Raw finish highlights the smooth, granular quality of the Nordic birch wood in its most fundamental form. The Swirl design encapsulates the style of action painters using a drip technique, which brings to life the energetic movements of nature. The Black BIRCH provides a bold contrast to the Raw option for those seeking a more traditional-looking bottle. Though we will always be looking to add more designs and color schemes, the fine wooden texture will always be at the core of every BIRCH bottle. 

We drew much of our inspiration from two naturally occurring processes: fossilization and water repellency. For example, the evolution of the lotus flower has developed a self-cleaning property that’s resulted in very high water repellence (superhydrophobicity), otherwise known as the ‘lotus effect.’ We use the same fundamental repellant structure on all of our wooden materials and apply it to BIRCH. Standing nearly a foot in length and weighing roughly a third of a pound, BIRCH can hold up to 25 fluid ounces (.75 liters) while our proprietary technology gives every BIRCH bottle a perfect seal and a smooth finish. 

The BIRCH can be divided into the nozzle, cap, bottom, core, and siding:  

The nozzle and screw cap are cut with special tools and designed to get the perfect fit. All of this takes place within our own facility. The spill-over from the cutting process is re-used as chipboard and pulp for the inner bottle and when needed, heating the facility. 

The ‘core’ inner bottle is a mould made of a wooden pulp and the inside of the bottle has a thin organic bio-film to avoid dis-tasting of the water (since wood is a living material it would give the water a certain earthy characteristic if we did not have this film). All of the elements of the inner bottle are organic. The process to make the inner bottles is mostly a fully automated process where the actual molding is done by machines. 

The inner bottle is attached together with the cap, nozzle and bottom pieces but is surrounded by a thin veneer sheet wrapped around the 'cylinder.' In order to give the veneer sheet the required durability, flexibility and strength, it is built with raw veneer sheets and cellulosic fibres (a technique developed by Sustainable Cards, who makes gift cards and hotel key cards in wood). This process is semi automated where the manpower is primarily used to take the sheet from collating to pressing and cutting. 

You don’t need a genius to tell you that wood is an organic composition and that plastics are not, but it sure doesn’t hurt to be reminded from time to time. By choosing a bottle out of wood, every BIRCH user helps spread the environmental awareness by subtly reminding those around them that there are natural alternatives to the traditional drinking bottles driving our addiction to oil and other unnatural chemicals. 

Aside from the organic bio-film, dye and adhesive, BIRCH is made of, well...birch. Thanks to our proprietary process, the wood material has extraordinary dimensional stability and hydrophobic properties making it work like a typical water bottle for years to come. Unlike most bottles, the elements of BIRCH is a part of the natural cycle and made from renewable resources. 

Materials: 

  • Birchwood and a wooden fiber composite with patented properties in super hydrophobicity and dimensional stability
  • Lined with a thin organic bio-film designed to protect the taste of your crystal clear water
  • A sealer in in the cap from natural cork. 
  • Plant based adhesive 
  • Plant based ink
  • Weight: 0.3 lbs / 150 g 
  • Volume 25 oz / 0.75 liters 
  • Height: 11 in / 27.5 cm 
  • Diameter of cylinder: 3 in / 8 cm
  • Diameter of nozzle: 1.2 in / 3 cm

Risks and challenges

Needless to say, plastic bottles dominate the industry with a vast infrastructure worldwide. In terms of economies of scale it will take us many years to come close to what they are doing and this will obviously affect the merits of the product and the range of applications that is realistic. In addition, wood is a living material that is dimensionally unstable in connection with water, and since we deal with just that, we need to create new properties to the wood that are functional, environmentally sound and healthy for us. The sanitary aspects of caring for your bottle are somewhat similar to metal or glass flasks, which means that you wash them with mild soap and a bottle brush. A dishwasher is not applicable at this point.

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