About this project
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It all started with a vision: Outdoor tableware, as renewable and biodegradable as a leaf falling from a tree. And here we are.
Next time you eat outdoors, feel the nature in your hands. Enjoy the summer. And the unbeatable feeling of making the world a greener place.
What is our approach?
We focus on food packaging and one-way dishes. Our claim: outdoor tableware has to be fully renewable and fully biodegradable. After years of designing, prototyping and testing, we’ve succeeded.
Our disposable tableware is made of nothing but leaves – leaves that regrow three times a year and degrade in every household’s compost.
What are the plates made of?
And yet, they are water-proof.
How are they made?
And of course every single product is manufactured and strictly controlled for quality at our production site in Germany, near Munich.
Our team consists of designers, tool makers, and engineers, all working closely together in order to shape the perfect product. For you.
How did it all start?
What is the money used for?
Every Cent you pledge will be put into development and into production. Together, we will create a greener world - replacing plastic food packaging with packaging made from leaves.
What's in it for you?
The plates come in diameters of 7 inches and 8 inches, and the bowl is 9x4 inches wide.
We are lucky to have healthy, intact forest just around the corner of our office – nature as it should be.
Every 2 seconds, woods of the size of a soccer field are cut down. This sums up to 13 million hectares of wood every year that are deforested for producing pulp out of them - this actually equates the size of England!
And on the other hand, we face ever growing mountains of garbage: more than 1.000.000.000 (1 billion) tons per year, equalling the size of the Mount Everest.
We are drowning in garbage of paper and plastic, and we are over-using our resources. This is actually resulting in mountains of packaging waste - and every one-way plate made of paper or plastic adds to it. The main cause: The way we package things. We decided to try and change this.
Why are we doing this?
Because we spend only a brief moment on this world. Everything we own is only temporary. What really counts is what we create, what we build up. What counts are our actions and our decisions. They last forever. They make up the true value of our being. If these actions lead to building up a sustainable, social, gainful company, then we will have the greatest job in the world.
Be part of it
Back us. Spread the word. Become a citizen of the leaf republic.
And besides of making the world a better place, we offer you a unique reward: You will get your personal set of leaf plates, from now till the end of your life, delivered to you every year in spring.
Enjoy what we created: Outdoor tableware for the summer of your life.
Risks and challenges
Producing something as new and as innovative as our plates needs detailed planning and clear specifications. We did our homework and tested all elements of the process, challenged every element of our supply chain, and spent months of prototyping. Like this, we got our small scale production up and running.
Scaling up your production is always challenging and thrilling.
We took our learnings from small scale production and thoroughly planned the full-production run.
During manufacturing ramp-up, we will not take our eyes of our manufacturing facilities for one single second. And we will steadily refine the process, so that the plates will exceed all your expectations.
As experience told us, manufacturing projects tend to face challenges with timing. Thus, we made conservative estimates on delivery dates and added generous buffer. Be assured: we will keep you up-to-date about your delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The leaves are from a creeper growing wild in Asia and Southern America.
We source the leaves directly from local villagers.
Be assured: As long as you do not store your plates inside your compost pile, you do not heave to worry.
Our products have a shelf live from at least one and a half year - if you can resist using them...
With dry food and snacks like peanuts, we have used them already for days and weeks.
You just have to be aware that it is very hard to clean them because of their natural structure.
Additionally, if they are soaked with hot water or steamed for a longer time, the stability of the bottom might suffer.
They are suitable for any scenario in which you would need one-way dishes, but they are not about to replace china ;-)
Doe the shipping costs included in the life-long pledges reflect the shipping cost for all the years to come?
Exactly: All future shipping costs are included in the actual shipping costs of the pledge.
Consider this our special gift to those who believe in us now ;-)
We have three groups of shipping destinations: Germany (level 1), EU (level 2), rest of the world (level 3).
As long as your new country is in the same group as before (or below) and has any sort of parcel service available, your plates will reach you.
We will ask you to verify your address before sending sending them out. If you do so, we will ship them.
For your life-long delivery, we plan to ship the plates as early as possible - we are just not committing on a specific date earlier than March 2017 yet.
So maybe, you will get your first look at the plates already in 2016 ;-)
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