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The HERO Belt Project is repurposing damaged fire hoses into hip belts and accessories that are so cool, they’re HOT!

The HERO Belt Project is:

From recycling damaged and unusable fire hose, to working with people in our community, the HERO belt delivers environmental and social impact through its durable and stylish belts.

Our products are 100% Made in America. Our products are hand crafted in the U.S. and we are committed to keeping it that way.

Our people AND our products are authentic. Our team is comprised of individuals who are passionate about our mission of recycling, repurposing, and local production.

We want you to be part of our story! By owning a HERO belt or accessory, you become a model for environmental awareness through conscious shopping!

By up-cycling retired fire hoses, we are keeping these items out of landfills, thus keeping with our our core value of being environmentally friendly.

Hey Kickstarter,

Thanks for checking out The HERO Belt Project; a project that supports local business, sustainable design, and great fashion! We are a small company with a big idea: to have a positive impact on communities and the environment by repurposing burned and damaged fire hose into durable and stylish belts and accessories.

In everyday fashion, people use different accessories to create their own unique style. What could be more original than wearing a part of a firefighter’s most valuable tool, the fire hose?  We work with local hires to sew all our products. Many hours and attention to detail are put into every belt that our hands design. After more than six months devoted to developing our mission and prototypes, we now have a durable and polished product along with a business template that we believe can be replicated in markets around the country.

Now we are inviting you to join our mission! We believe in the power of people to make a difference. Your help will enable the creation of more local jobs, reduce landfill waste, and support everyday heroes - local firefighters. We have designed, produced, and are currently selling HERO belts and accessories in our town. We have put together a team of valuable and talented individuals who are dedicated to our goals. Most importantly, we have secured sources to acquire the raw materials - the damaged and unusable fire hoses.

We are asking for your help in reaching our initial goal of $10,000 in order to take this project to communities throughout our state. With every additional $10,000, we will roll this project out to another market across the country.  And all HERO belts and accessories will be sold in the communities where the hose is sourced.

All Kickstarter funding will go towards expanding our production, marketing, and getting our HERO products out to you, the customer.  

Please support us at whatever level you are comfortable with. Your reward will be exclusive, and handcrafted HERO Project products, along with our extreme gratitude for accepting this invitation to empower local communities through sustainable fashion.

Thank you for your support!

With Aloha,

Dale

THE LIFECYCLE: 

How a damaged fire hose becomes a HERO belt or accessory

 Check out our Great Rewards!

BRAND NEW!! Great new hoses for custom belts
BRAND NEW!! Great new hoses for custom belts
 
Cool Cuffs and Pocket Hero Wallets
Cool Cuffs and Pocket Hero Wallets

 JUST ADDED!

New Belt - WHITE HOT!
New Belt - WHITE HOT!
Exclusive Kickstarter only Belts
Exclusive Kickstarter only Belts
Exclusive LOGO Stickers and T-Shirts
Exclusive LOGO Stickers and T-Shirts

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

SEW WHAT?

Thus far, the biggest challenge has been learning how to work with these strong, battle worn, and variable materials. There was a lot of trial and error in learning how to best cut, clean, and sew the different types of hose that we have come across. While we've learned more than we ever thought possible about fire hose, we anticipate that as we expand into new markets we will find variations we've never seen before.

We are prepared to experiment and quickly adapt our process until we determine the best way to work with the variations of each particular hose.

LIKE HOT CAKES

Another challenge may be that demand grows faster than we have anticipated. Our team has discussed this potential and we are assembling training manuals, policies, and procedures to ensure that we are poised to train new team members to maintain our commitment of producing a consistently high quality product.

The Hippy Chic crew is passionate about the HERO project. Part of the satisfaction in doing this work is finding creative solutions to challenges. I am confident that whatever comes our way will result in something fabulous.

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    Thanks for joining our crew! Choose a Hippy Chic or HERO Logo Sticker made especially for our Kickstarter supporters! Display them on everything from your car to your computer.

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    Exclusive reversible wrist cuffs made from firehose and stenciled with the word “SPARK” to honor your generous support for our project here at Kickstarter. Wear it facing out or in, depending on your mood. Available in SM (6 ½”), MED (7 ½”), or LG (8 ½”).

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    Limited Edition Pocket HERO Wallet. This slim, sleek wallet is made from our repurposed fire hose and will carry your essentials in style and we'll tuck a sticker inside along with our gratitude!

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    In appreciation for having our back, we'd like to put one of our Exclusive Logo Tees on yours! You’ll look and feel great in our comfy tees, and they’re only available at Kickstarter. Choose from the women's Hippy Chic or Men's HERO Logo Tee sized XS - XXL

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    The I Can't Decide-Swag Package - We'll send you a pocket hero wallet, an exclusive stenciled cuff, and logo sticker. Thanks for being our hero!!!

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    JUST ADDED! - A brand new belt just added!! We just got a new roll of hose unlike anything we've seen yet and we're excited to share this new belt with our Kickstarter backers. It has a WHITE HOT front and it flips to a flame yellow back with a Navy stripe showing on both sides. Get your hands on one while they last! Sized 32' - 42'

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    JUST ADDED! Custom Designed HERO Belt. Work with the designer in person or via SKYPE to create a belt that's just for you!

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    A second Exclusive Limited Edition HERO belt named 'FIRESTARTER' made from a unique roll of hose we set aside just for our kickstarter supporters. Thank you for helping us limit waste by wearing this great belt! Please indicate men's belt size (32-42)

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    Exclusive Limited Edition HERO Belt for Him. We're 'kicking' off our project with belts from a single roll of fire hose that we received at our launch party, thus the name of this belt is 'KICK'. Get your hands on it only at Kickstarter! Please indicate men’s belt size (32-42).

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    Exclusive Limited Edition HERO Belt for Her. We call this fantastic belt, “SPRAY.” It’s made from a roll of fire hose that we got our hands on through a local firefighter. It’s the only one we’ve seen like it, and Kickstarter is the only place to get one of your own! Please indicate women’s size XS, S, M, L.

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    Custom designed belts for Him and Her. Work with the designer in person or via Skype to select your exclusive designs and have your belts made just for you.

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    The I-Want-It-All Swag Package. In addition to our unending gratitude, your package will include custom designed belts for Him and Her, Kickstarter-only HERO and Hippy Chic logo stickers and tees, a pocket hero wallet, and a stenciled “SPARK” Fire Hose Cuff.

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    A Day With The Designer. Work one-on-one with the designer to create and name a belt for our HERO line. Here's your chance to tap into your artistic side and come up with a limited edition design! And of course the first on we make is yours =) If you don't happen to live in Hawaii - unfortunately, we can't fly you out here - but it's a great reason to plan your next Hawaiian vacation!

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    For the serious HERO belt enthusiast! We'll host an exclusive HERO belt party on O'ahu for you and up to 25 friends complete with a HERO belt fashion show you won't want to miss!

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