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Encourage creativity and spatial thinking with toys made from sustainably harvested wood.
Encourage creativity and spatial thinking with toys made from sustainably harvested wood.
275 backers pledged $29,127 to help bring this project to life.
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Missed the campaign? No worries, you can still get Earthtiles at our website --> bigfuturetoys.com/earthtiles.

 

 An estimated 90% of toys are made from oil and gas-based plastic. That's a lot of plastic, which results in high greenhouse gas emissions due to the enormous energy used to extract and refine fossil fuels. At the end of their life, most plastics are dumped in landfills, where they remain for hundreds or thousands of years. Worse yet, every year 4-12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, where they are consumed by marine life and eventually, end up on our plates.

It doesn't have to be this way. There's a better way to make toys.

Earthtiles are sustainably-made, wooden magnetic tiles. Kids use them to build anything and everything - rockets, castles, and more.

Earthtiles are made with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood from sustainably managed forests These forests strive to conserve biological diversity, enhance the long-term social and economic well-being of local communities, and efficiently use forest resources. Read more about the FSC and its efforts to protect forests for future generations.

Earthtiles are designed with a clean, simple aesthetic so you don't have to hide them when guests come over.

Building blocks are some of the best tools for open-ended play, which encourages cognitive flexibility and creative confidence in young children. With Earthtiles, kids develop spatial thinking skills and even get exposure to the basics of geometry. It's learning in its purest and most effortless form.

Earthtiles pair well with other toys
Earthtiles pair well with other toys

Earthtiles stick together no matter which way you orient them. This makes it easy for kids to quickly build up whatever they want, without the frustration of repelling magnetic poles. 

 

          

 

  

 

Complete 32 piece set
Complete 32 piece set

 Each set comes with enough pieces to build houses, boats, and more.

  • 20 squares
  • 12 equilateral triangles 
  • Reusable storage box
  • Early-Bird Discount: You get the lowest price possible on Kickstarter, at a steep discount from our expected retail price.
  • Kickstarter Backers Come First: You're helping us launch our dream and we really, really appreciate that. You'll receive Earthtiles before anyone else, and your feedback will shape the future of the product.
  • We Need You: Simply put, we can't manufacture and ship Earthtiles without you! We need your support to make the first batch.

 

 

Kickstarter is an all or nothing model. Either we raise 100% of our $25,000 goal or all of it gets returned to the backers. 

We're going to use this fund to place a 1,000 unit minimum order with our manufacturing partner. This will cover raw materials, the cost of labor, quality control, and shipping from the factory overseas to your doorstep.

We couldn't have launched this project without the help of our friends and family. Special thanks to the Nunez family (modeling), Steph Monroe (photography), Andrew Rog (photography), Jason Calhoun (videography), the Mader family, Dan Green, Ms. Betty, and Marianne Haaland. We love you guys!

Risks and challenges

Up to this point, we've made Earthtiles by hand with limited manpower and machinery. In getting this campaign together, we searched carefully to find a factory that could help us bring Earthtiles into wider production.

Our partner has been making wooden children's toys in the European market for decades. Their passion for toys, production capabilities and attention to detail are world-class, and we feel very fortunate to be working with them.

It's always possible that unexpected production or shipping problems could force delays. We've been conservative in our delivery dates to account for any issues that could come up.

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    Major Feel Good Points

    You'll help make a greener world for all of the little engineers and scientists that will inherit this planet. Your pledge will help us launch a line of toys that are both fun and sustainably-made.

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    Big Future Magnet

    As a token of our appreciation, we'll send you a sweet fridge magnet with our polygon earth logo, designed by Brooklyn-based artist Sahar Naderi.

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    32 Piece Set

    (Expected Retail Price: $75)

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    Thoughtfully designed building tiles snap together magnetically to make rockets, buildings and more. Sustainable hardwood. Clear, non-toxic finish. For engineers ages 3+

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    • 20 squares
    • 12 equilateral triangles
    • Storage Box
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    Two 32 Piece Sets

    (Expected Retail Price: $150)

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    Got big plans? Buy two sets for a total of 64 pieces and save.

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    Four 32 Piece Sets

    (Expected Retail Price: $300)

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    Get your holiday shopping done early this year with thoughtful gifts for all of the kids in your life.

    Great for schools too! Bring natural wood and shapes into your classroom for a Montessori and Reggio-inspired learning experience.

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    • 80 squares
    • 48 equilateral triangles
    • Storage Box
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    Custom Designed Set

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    You'll get a 64 piece set of Earthtiles that's hand-painted according to your preferences.

    (We suggest Bauhaus-themed cobalt, vermillion and lemon yellow, but that's just us)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Play Tester Life Membership

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    This is the golden ticket to the Willy Wonka Factory. We'll send you a 128 piece set, and you'll be the first to play-test the newest creations to come out of the Big Future workshop.

    Want to leave your fingerprints on the future of toys? This is your chance to do it in a big way.

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    Two 32 Piece Sets

    (Expected Retail Price: $150)

    FREE SHIPPING

    Got big plans? Buy two sets for a total of 64 pieces and save.

    Includes:
    • 40 squares
    • 24 equilateral triangles
    • Storage Box
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