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Kenai SportsBy Kenai Sports
First created
Kenai SportsBy Kenai Sports
First created
$10,004
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
75
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 24 2013

About

Kenai Sports was founded on three principles:

  • The clothing we make, above all else, performs above and beyond the expectations you have for an activewear garment.
  • The clothing looks and feels great. Not good. Great.
  • Every item we make has a dramatic, positive impact on the planet.

You see, every day, we're taking hundreds of pounds of trash and upcycling directly into clothing. By reusing plastics destined to sit forever in a landfill, we're saving precious natural ecosystems, preventing poisonous runoff, and reducing our dependence on petroleum-based manufacturing.

A year ago, we started making high quality performance sportswear for college athletic programs and state agencies, like state and local police forces. From these demanding clients, we developed fabrics that are truly built to last - and work under some of the harshest conditions out there. Now, with new designers and North American factories in tow, we want to develop a collection meant for you: smart, comfortable, good looking, and sustainable activewear.

With the launch of the new yoga pants, and the zip-top seen below, we think we're off to a good start. And we hope you think so, too.

COLORS:

The Kenai Yoga Pants are available in the following colors, with or without a contrasting fold over top:

Help us reach our goal and we'll release 3 additional colors!

SIZING:

Sizing problems? Contact us. We'll figure it out.

Our fit is athletic, and comparable to other "big" brands, but simplified through the xs-5xl labeling.

BUT WAIT...THE ZIP TOP!

Not wanting to forget the guys (although you can get it in a women's cut as well), we created a special "eco zip-top."

ZIP TOP COLORS:

Available in 4 colors, with or without contrasting panels, and zipper.

Help us reach our goal and we'll add 4 more colors!

It's true, 10 years. Any defect or construction issue, any problems with the garments, and send them back and we'll repair or replace free of charge.

And we're not talking an ugly, quick-fix with strange thread patterns or something. It comes back to you as good as new, or it is new. We stand by our products because of some heavy duty testing:

The 10 year warranty is great, no doubt, but we’re not going to stop there.

At Kenai, we’re cognizant of the fact that styles change, so we’re going to offer our supporters - what we think is - an incredible opportunity. Two years after you receive your garment, you can send it back to us, and we’ll give you 15% off whatever corresponding style we’re offering at the time. Don’t worry though; your original purchase won’t be rotting away in a landfill - after we receive the clothing, we’re going to “close the loop.” That means we’ll be repurposing the fabric for a variety of uses, from new clothing, to home insulation, and more. We’re firm believers in a cyclical economy that minimizes waste and maximizes efficiency, so it only makes sense to reward people who make a strong commitment to sustainability.

Your investment in our company and project means the world to us. Here's what you'll get, depending on your generous donation.

$5 - The Kenai "Planet Saver" Sticker Pack. Dealer's choice on a bunch of our favorite stickers. Rock 'em with pride!

$20 - Our recycled-bottle headband. 2" wide, and designed to keep the sweat out of your eyes, your hair back, and firmly in place. Who likes a headband that keeps falling off, anyway?

$50 - Our incredible baselayer t-shirt. Made from recycled bottles and trash bags, and available in white, off-white, or black. Think of it as your new "go-to" for layering and chafe/sweat protection.

$89 - This is it. The Kenai Yoga Pants. You pick one of 4 colors, and a contrasting panel, if you'd like. OR the Kenai Zip-Top, in your choice of 4 colors.

$159 - Double up and save! Any two items of your choice, plus the head band. Make an outfit!

$210 - Our best deal. Any three items, your choice, plus the headband - and heck, a sticker pack too. You deserve it!

Each investment level $89 and above will also receive a personal impact report - telling you exactly how much trash was turned into your products.

With your support, and generous investment, we can accomplish a lot. As a token of our appreciation we've planned the following reach goals.

$45k - 3 more colors added to Yoga Pants, 4 more colors for Zip Tops

$85k - Eco Tee Bonus: Every investment level $20 and above gets a free Eco Tee, made from 5 plastic bottles, and printed with our logo!

If we're lucky enough, we'll keep adding to this list...so tell your friends!

Seriously - even if you're just reading this, and can't afford an investment, thanks. Awareness of what we do and how we make our products is a huge step in realizing our dream of fundamentally changing an industry as old as time itself. Let's all tell the big guys it's time to do things a little differently.

Risks and challenges

With any type of project like this, a product-based company has to effectively anticipate (and be able to handle) a large fluctuation of volume. A poorly-projected campaign may be doomed as much by overwhelming success as anything else due to rising production costs and an inability to effectively scale. At Kenai, our experience working with college athletic programs and state governments on a contract basis prepared us to handle the obstacles inherent with this type of project. We’ve taken the approach of viewing this Kickstarter opportunity as the chance to run a large "sale” event open to an immense audience --- which also gives us the potential to create a large positive environmental impact.

At Kenai, we custom-make every order; meaning we’re going into landfills, harvesting trash, and turning it into high-performance sportswear. Consequently, for greatly increased quantities, it takes us a little bit longer from the raw materials collection perspective, but the garment construction is about the same length in time. We’ll be incredibly clear about this to the audience in our Kickstarter project description; there are more than enough past orders we can utilize as case studies to forecast anticipated lead times with built-in cushions for unforeseen circumstances. Kenai has such a social benefit and value statement that we’ve found our customers to be so supportive of our mission, that they are a bit more understanding when it comes to “surprises” (though we’ve been very efficient with all our past orders the past couple years).

Operationally we’ve already begun to anticipate the (hopeful) situation of overwhelming support. We’ve established relationships with multiple manufacturing facilities able to work with us on a contract basis as a way of building out our “infrastructure.” Our experience has taught us the value of being proactive when it comes to this as opposed to being reactive; we’ve probably overstated the volume we are projected to the manufacturing facilities, but it’s always easier to have a bit of “wiggle room” operationally opposed to being overcapacity.

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    Every bit counts - thank you! You'll get a Kenai Sports "Planet Saver" Sticker pack.

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    Nice! We'll send you our great recycled-plastic-bottle headband, with the Kenai logo, and the sticker pack.

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    Awesome! For your support, we'll send (your choice of white, off-white, or black) you our base-layer tee. Fast drying, cool, and anti-microbial, it's the perfect shirt for working out or just heading around town.

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    Rock on, planet saver! Your choice of the Kenai Yoga Pants in any of the 4 colors, or the Zip Top training layer in any of the 4 colors.

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    Hey now! We appreciate your support! We'll send your choice of any combination of two items (yoga pants and/or zip top), plus the headband!

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    Yes! Your choice of any two items (yoga pants and/or zip tops), plus the base-layer tee in your choice of three colors (white, off-white, or black)! Thanks!

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    Excellent! Any combination of three items (yoga pants and/or zip top), plus headband! Thanks so much!

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