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GIY Stick reuses bottles and fabric to make any pot self-watering. No Apps, no batteries, we simply mimic Nature's capillary action.
GIY Stick reuses bottles and fabric to make any pot self-watering. No Apps, no batteries, we simply mimic Nature's capillary action.
GIY Stick reuses bottles and fabric to make any pot self-watering. No Apps, no batteries, we simply mimic Nature's capillary action.
873 backers pledged S$ 35,807 to help bring this project to life.

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GIY Stick. Let Nature self-water your pots.

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Capillary Action waters your plant automatically
Capillary Action waters your plant automatically

 

The GIY Stick. Let Nature self water your pots.

GIY Stick reuses bottles and fabric to make any pot self-watering. No Apps, no batteries, we just mimic Mother Nature's simple physics. We turn any urbanite into an urban farmer. GIY stick ensures you don't over or under water. You can see exactly how much the plant drinks and you can easily refill the bottle through the cap, which also prevents mosquitoes from breeding.

GIY fits almost all plastic pots out there
GIY fits almost all plastic pots out there

 

 

Tiny, versatile and supports up to 5 kilograms of water
Tiny, versatile and supports up to 5 kilograms of water

How GIY Stick works

We believe in recycling, so we designed the GIY Stick to use plastic bottles that would otherwise be thrown away. It reuses fabric as a wick to bring water from the bottle into the bottom of the soil through capillary action.

 

 

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We've used GIY Stick on a variety of plants from thirsty Roses and Tomatoes to dry soil-loving Rosemary and Lavender. Because GIY Stick supplies water to the water roots, the top soil and air breathing roots are dry which helps prevent root rot. 

Early 3D printed prototype on a tomato. Notice the white healthy roots.
Early 3D printed prototype on a tomato. Notice the white healthy roots.

And the best thing is you can see how much water your plant drinks in a day.

Note: Please use a thicker piece of cloth for thirstier plants and avoid heavy clay soils which don't have good drainage.

Easily hooks onto tall pots
Easily hooks onto tall pots

GIY Stick. Designed to hang off almost any pot.

Made of strong ABS plastic, GIY Stick is designed to support up 5kg of water and be hung off the side of the pot. This way, you can use it even on very tall pots. 

GIY Stick is designed to fit almost all household size pots. You can even use it in wooden planter boxes, out in the sun or in the shade.

GIY Stick on an eggplant in a vertical planter box
GIY Stick on an eggplant in a vertical planter box

The GIY Stick can also be used for long troughs. Here's a short video that explains how.

 

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Bringing water to the water roots

The top roots are breathing roots while those at the bottom are the water roots. If the top roots are too wet, the plant drowns or develops root rot. GIY Stick is designed to deliver water to the bottom, keeping the top soil dry, and stops weeds from growing.

Prototype testing by Sandrian Tan. Click on photo to read her review
Prototype testing by Sandrian Tan. Click on photo to read her review

 

Note: Use natural fabrics like cotton and you have to replace them every few months as they decompose. Polyester fabrics from sporting wear or dish washing cloth can be used for much longer. Do not put fertiliser into the bottle as algae will bloom. Instead just apply the fertiliser from the top according to instructions.

 

 

The Loh Family. Mrs Loh checks every GIY Stick that comes off the production line.
The Loh Family. Mrs Loh checks every GIY Stick that comes off the production line.

What goes into the GIY Stick?

The GIY Stick is a high grade ABS plastic injection moulded product. We have invested in the mould, tooling and the first production run, which costs SGD $35,000. To produce the first production run of GIY Sticks to be shipped worldwide, we would need to raise another SGD $20,000. It will be made by a small local factory run by the Loh family. While it may cost less to outsource to other countries, you're guaranteed the high quality and trust of a Made in Singapore product. At the price of SGD $10 for one excluding shipping, 20% goes to production, 15% to Kickstarter and payment portals, 30% goes to salaries, administrative and web costs, finally we set aside 20% for R&D for the next idea which we have already started work on. So that we continue to Make Concrete Jungles Fertile.

One Kind House somewhere on Singapore's east coast.
One Kind House somewhere on Singapore's east coast.

 

One Kind House. One Kind People.
One Kind House. One Kind People.

One Kind House

OKH is for kind people who are also one of a kind. People who like growing, cooking and eating their own vegetables, learning old traditions and creating new ones. We'd like One Kind House to be a place where we champion young chefs, artists, inventors, innovators, do-gooders and define what a 21st century kampung should be. Above all, One Kind House is about kindness and building an ecosystem around it. Kindness is karmic. 

We will also invite our top backers to come over and host you with Coffee, Workshops and even Dinner.

Some of our home grown greens
Some of our home grown greens
 
One Kind House somewhere on Singapore's east coast
One Kind House somewhere on Singapore's east coast

 

    
One of the many dinners at One Kind House
One of the many dinners at One Kind House

 

    
Dumpling class by 91 year old Ah Ma
Dumpling class by 91 year old Ah Ma
 

Some of you may be wondering what Dylan's video about. Well, it's based off Dylan's Ted X talk which led to the GIY Stick. We will record a shorter version just for you and your grown up to watch, when sometimes, we need to be reminded that we live in a world of Yes, not Maybes and definitely not Nos. We will also share a bit about our ups and downs while designing the GIY Stick.

 

Risks and challenges

Finding the right factory was not easy. Singapore used to have strong manufacturing capabilities that have now been out sourced. But eventually we found a small family-run factory tucked away in one of the oldest towns of Singapore, and they immediately embraced the start-up spirit with us. The Loh family have since become our friends. Mrs Loh, in her seventies, personally inspects every GIY stick that comes off their production line.

With them, we invested in and created the tooling for our product, produced a small quantity and also quality tested them with local urban farming enthusiasts. Now that we are ready to ship, we hope to raise funds for the material to produce the next batch.

As we've actually produced the final version, the only risk is demand. The Loh's have a small capacity so it may take more time to fulfill orders. Obviously the other risk is imitation GIY sticks that may be made outside of Singapore, from plastics that may not withstand the sun or the weight of the bottle.

We would also like to Thank the following people for helping us launch our Kickstarter campaign:

Amos Lim for photographing the GIY Stick

Zamir Bin Rosli for providing Malay subtitles

Mommy Soh for giving birth to Calvin

Calvin and Arlette for having Dylan and Ava

Mr and Mrs Ling for having YY

The entire Ng Clan and Tan family

All our friends we've made in our lifetime

Pai Kia, our Jack Russell for living up to his name

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    Thank you for supporting our mission to make concrete jungles fertile. We would like to show our gratitude by sending you a simple homemade heartfelt digital postcard!

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    GIY for you and your grown up.

    Thank You for getting your grown up a GIY Stick too. Now you can both Grow It Yourself and help turn concrete jungles fertile.

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    The family that GIY, grows together.

    You get 4 GIY Sticks and an inspirational video based on Dylan's Ted X talk. It's a story told to adults by a child to never stop dreaming big and to Try. Because the more you try, the bigger your Red Dot gets.

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    The big family GIY pack.

    You get 6 GIY Sticks, an inspirational video based on Dylan's Ted X talk and the Big Red Dot book. It's a story about Try. If you don't try, you don't know. But when you know, the fear will go.

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    The multi-generation family GIY pack.

    You get 8 GIY Sticks for everyone in your family, an inspirational video based on Dylan's Ted X talk, the Limited Edition (signed and numbered) Big Red Dot book and a nice cup of coffee with Team GIY at One Kind House, a 21st century kampung we designed.

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    The friends and family GIY pack.

    You get 10 GIY Sticks for yourself and friends, an inspirational video based on Dylan's Ted X talk, the Limited Edition (signed and numbered) Big Red Dot book, and a special planting class at One Kind House, a 21st century kampung we designed.

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    The neighbourhood GIY pack

    You get 20 GIY Sticks for the you and your neighbours, an inspirational video based on Dylan's Ted X talk, the Limited Edition (signed and numbered) Big Red Dot book, and a home cooked dinner of home grown food at One Kind House, a 21st century kampung we designed.

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    GIY inner Circle

    You will not only receive 100 GIY Sticks and the rewards above, but all future GIY products we develop (We already have 2 that we are developing). You will be involved designing the new products, testing them and will receive the corresponding numbers based on the pledged amount. And we will ship it to you free of charge. You will always be welcome at One Kind House because you are now family.

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