Orbella Fragrant Moss is Shipping!
I'm excited to announce we have finally started shipping Orbella Fragrant Moss. In this update we've got some more information on the product, information on how to use your credit from backing this Kickstarter to get one and an invitation to a party we are having on August 3rd to celebrate this milestone.
Thank you for your patience over all these years. For the team and I this is a major milestone on a journey that has been long and full of setbacks. We would never have got here without your backing this Kickstarter all those years ago and showing the world that biotechnology doesn't have to be done by big companies or major research institutions.
I know some of you will be disappointed that this isn't glowing yet, and I'm sorry for that. This is the closest thing to that we've been able to make so far. Orbella represents many of the same values: it's a symbol of a future where we engineer living things for new functions. Biology is the ultimate sustainable technology, nature uses sunlight, CO2 and water to create useful products creating only biodegradable waste. I hope that Orbella can positively change the public’s perception of GMOs and inspire a new generation of bioengineers to create a greener future for us all.
As we've discussed in previous updates the plan is to use the profits from selling this moss to keep working on the glowing plant project. One day we will finally crack it! In the meantime you can apply the amount you backed this project as a credit to get the moss, full details below.
About Orbella Fragrant Moss
As you may remember from previous updates Orbella will ship in a glass terrarium, and once you set it up it will look like this:
The benefit of Orbella over traditional home fragrance products is that we don't have to dissolve the fragrance in a container. Typically containers are solvents or other petroleum based materials (eg wax) which evaporate into the air along with the fragrance. Orbella is cleaner – the fragrance is made right there in situ in your home from sunlight, CO2 and water – and as a result no solvents, phthalates or petroleum by-products get into your air.
At launch Orbella comes in three flavors:
- Patchouli, an earthy scent enjoyed throughout the centuries.
- Linalool, a fresh and floral scent.
- Geraniol, a rose-like scent found in natural mosquito repellants*
This is still very much version one, you can smell the moss but it's not strong enough to fill a room yet - that will take more R&D. The patchouli and linalool flavors are much stronger than the geraniol so we recommend those.
We've put a lot of thought and effort into the packaging to create the lightest environmental footprint we can. To protect the glass orb during shipping we are using a new mushroom based packaging made by Ecovative. This packaging is grown in a mold from waste cellulose materials (eg woodchips or leaf mulch) and when you are done with it you can compost it, leaving zero waste.
Orbella Ships in a kit to protect during shipping, once you get it you follow these setup instructions:
How to redeem your credit
You can order Orbella by following this link: https://orbellamoss.com/products/orbella-fragrant-moss
Once you have selected a flavor you can apply one of the following discount codes where the number is based on the level you backed the project at:
- GLOWINGPLANT40 - for $40 tier of Glowing Plant seeds
- GLOWINGPLANT65 - for $65 tier of recycled vase or rootcup
- GLOWINGPLANT80 - for $80 tier of minimalist vase
- GLOWINGPLANT90 - for $90 tier of the book
- GLOWINGPLANT120 - for $120 tier for early bird glowing plant + rose
- GLOWINGPLANT150 - for $150 tier for plant and rose
- GLOWINGPLANT250 - for $250 tier for the maker-kit
You must use the email address on file with Kickstarter for the discount codes to work. If you have any issues with this working please send me a message through the Kickstarter messaging platform.
We will ship out the moss in the order in which we receive orders. We are ramping up product but currently only have 400 units to ship before the end of August.
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Celebrate Orbella Launch
To celebrate this milestone we are hosting an event in San Francisco on August 3rd and we'd love you to come and celebrate with us. As well as showcasing Orbella we plan to have an exhibit of some of the other interesting consumer biodesign products being developed. You can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1372228082897375/
Thanks again for your patience getting here. I'm excited to see what you think of it!
* We have not tested Orbella Geraniol as a mosquito repellent. More information on geraniol's mosquito repelling properties can be found here.