About this project
Hi Everyone! We need help raising funds for an industrial sewing machine, so we can create our first Boovaboxes, a unique new product which will turn your milk crate into a cool, designer bike box. The new machine will allow us to create the first Boovaboxes, which are the rewards below. Each Boovabox is designed by indie artists (or recycled billboards) and handcrafted in the U.S.
I was at the local bike shop looking for a crate/cargo box for my wife Robyn, who loved riding to the community garden. After perusing the catalogs and speaking with Chris King, the shop owner at King's Cyclery, I just couldn't find the mennonite-inspired rear bike box that I was looking for.
I met with my friend Giles Cassie to come up with something sturdy and well designed which could work as a bike box. Why not take an everyday object which can be made from recycled materials and tweak it out??? Yep. With this thought in mind we took the ubiquitous milk crate, and "upcycled it" with a hand stitched, designer fabric covering that keeps stuff from falling out, makes the box waterproof, and nice to look at!
We set up shop in Kutztown, PA where all Boovas are currently created by Jen Lindsay in her kitchen.
Funds from this Kickstarter are slated for a new industrial sewing machine.
The canvas Boovaboxes for this Kickstarter all come with our own vegan wax treatment sans beeswax. We have had great success with our current recipe which offers good water repellency. There is always room for improvement, so we are in the process of doing more testing and research (honeysuckle anyone?) to enhance the characteristics of our wax brew. We aim to offer bars in the future so you can refresh the wax treatment on your own.
One of our rewards is a recycled billboard Boova with a rolltop lid. When used in conjunction with a recycled milk crate you have a 100% recycled product. Plus they're bright, colorful, and highly weatherproof.
Boovaboxes are great off the bike too! Stack em, tote your band equipment, art supplies, kick that dorm room up a notch, whatever... the important thing is that you enjoy your Boovabox!
Oh yes. Our backgrounds! Giles is a designer, craftsmen, contractor, and avid cyclist. I'm a freelance designer and video producer for blastOff media.
$10. A weatherproof, reflective sticker with the Boovabox logo!
***PLEASE NOTE A polycarbonate bottom comes with all the Boovaboxes below. For easy cleaning, remove the sheet and hose off your Boova. If you need a milk crate, one online supplier is Farmplast (they are partially recycled).
$20. Hey Boova! You need this all cotton tee with our reflective logo. Choose between positive or negative logo.
New Limited Edition. $55. The Homesweet Homegrown Boovabox!
Grow your own food, and then transport it in your Homesweet Homegrown Boovabox! The logo and graphics are from the Homesweet Homegrown tour and book by Robyn Jasko and Jennifer Biggs. Printed on vinyl-flex material.
New Limited Edition. $55. The Straw Bale Boovabox!
Wait...Is that a straw bale on your bike? Nope. It's a Straw Bale Boovabox by Giles Cassie! Printed on vinyl-flex material with a lid.
New Limited Edition. $55. Recycled Don't Frack Your Mother Boovabox with reflective graphics.
Help stop shale gas drilling!
Boovabox teamed up Berks Gas Truth to create the Don't Frack Your Mother Boovabox. Conceived of by Bill Bispels with his family and designed by Michelle Sayles.
Extra bonus, the logo is printed on super reflective material for safety when riding at night.
Learn more about fracking at gastruth.org
$75. Sunpower Yellow Nylon Boova.
Great for the beach or the street! Our yellow nylon boovaBox with reflective decals, no lid.
$95. The Recycled Billboard Boova.
Bright, colorful, weatherproof...These Boovas are ready for the road! Sections of recycled billboard vinyl are chosen at random for the design, so each one is unique. Includes a lid.
$95. Glow Orange Nylon Boova.
Be seen! An orange nylon boovaBox, with reflective decals and lid.
$125. The Cross-Stitch Boova.
Elegant and fun, the printed Cross-Stitch by Chez Sucre Chez, no lid.
$145. The Hex-Boova.
A Boova classic, the printed Lime Green Hex Box on experimental waxed canvas, with lid.
$145. The Tulip Box.
Cart your garden goods around with the Printed Tulip Box by Jen Lindsay of Clothesline Designs on experimental waxed canvas, with lid.
$145. Japanese Train Ticket Box.
More bike energy, less nuclear energy. The Japanese Train Ticket Box by Paul David on experimental waxed canvas, with lid.
$145. The Argentina Transit box.
Inspired by the Buenos Aires Metro, this Argentina Transit box by Paul David on experimental waxed canvas, with lid is perfect for a spin around town.
$250. Limited Edition of 25. The Creature Crawlers Boova.
Signed by Jennifer Impink, with lid, on experimental waxed canvas. You can find more of her work on Etsy.
This is a blueprint of the Limited Edition Ant Boova:
$500. Custom made Boovabox.
We'll work with you to create a one-of-a-kind boovaBox! Your own design printed on an experimental waxed canvas, with lid.
A quick internet search will turn up a variety of quick and easy ways to attach a milk crate to your bike rack. It is up to you to make sure that the method you use is safe and meets your rack specifications.
- (45 days)