A Beautifully Designed Rucksack Cover to keep you dry, visible and stylish while cycling.
A bag cover combining design with utility in a Retro-Reflective kind of way.
The designs are printed in reflective ink which helps increase your visibility at night.
Bright and cheerful colours ensure you are easily seen during the day.
WATERPROOF - Made from high quality PU backed Nylon with sealed seams, it will protect your laptop, and change of clothes from the elements, keeping you bag dry from rain and mucky spray from the road.
Not just for cyclists - Ideal for kids walking to school, and walkers/ramblers.
Fits most bags from 15 litres to 30 litres.
Comes with it’s own snug little carry-pouch for storage.
Super Lightweight - It only weighs 42g/ 1.5oz.
Strong elasticated cord can be tightened to create a snug fit over your bag.
Where did the idea for the Recycled Light bag covers come from?
Last year was a rainy one in Scotland; waterproofs were in constant use, and I had a few ‘incidents’ with cars not seeing me on my bike. A solution was needed: It had to be waterproof, and highly visible, but it also had to look good. A host of prototypes and samples later, and I have cracked it!
The Next Step is Production!
The design has been finalised, the manufacturer has had a wee practice making samples. They are just waiting to get paid. Unfortunately I cannot afford their minimum production quantities on my own.
All that is needed now is your support to help raise the money!
One innovative product isn't enough.
As a reward for this campaign, I have created a special mug with an exceptionally comfortable and ergonomic handle. Even better, it has the Recycled Light Great Wave design on the side.
Made out of bone china, and fired to 1240 degrees C, it is exceptionally strong while keeping its delicate appearance.
The handle has been designed so the weight of the cup is distributed evenly between all four fingers and your thumb. It will stay comfortable through the most intensive tea drinking marathons.
With a striking and unique appearance, it will bring a bit of drama to your next cup of tea or coffee. You can be the proud owner of this cup, and help make my kickstarter project successful.
A little explanation from Kickstarter about how the process works:
Every project creator on Kickstarter sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Why is funding all-or-nothing?
All-or-nothing funding is a core part of Kickstarter and it has a number of advantages:
It's less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it's tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project.
It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they're going to spread the word.
How the money will be spent:
The goal I have set to raise £4900 is based on how much it will cost to get the bulk order of Recycled Light covers made, and will also cover the various tax and duty costs that will be incurred. If we just hit the target, I will be bearing the cost of posting the rewards out to backers myself, (approximately £2.60 per backer) and have already laid aside money for that.
If we raise significantly more than the target, the funding will cover postage costs, and I will be able to afford some research and development for the new products I am brewing up: Some funky subtly reflective cycling shorts, and a full ceramics range!
Recycled Light : State of Development
I have already spent a lot of time and my own money creating a host of different designs and prototypes. I have perfected the size of the cover to ensure it fits as many different bags as possible, and have ensured it is properly waterproof and reflective.
I have worked with a lot of different manufacturers and have finally found one who is able to make the cover to all my specifications at an affordable price. I have received samples from them that I am happy with, you can see these in action in my video, and in the above images. Changes before production will include increasing the size of the design of the blue wave cover to make it stand out more, and have the storage pouches printed with the design and more information.
The cups that will be offered as a reward have been tested and changed and tested until I was happy with the functionality, ergonomics, and design of the cup. It has been an exciting and really satisfying learning experience. Changes before I start making more of these will include increasing the size of the wave design on the cup to make it look even better than it already does.
How the cover is made:
The cover and pouch are made by first cutting the waterproof fabric out to the correct shape. The fabric is then screen printed with reflective ink in the desired design. Once the ink is dry, the elastic cord is sewn into the hem, and the darts are sewn to give the cover its shape. The dart seams in the cover are then sealed to ensure they are waterproof. Quality will be checked at each stage of the process.
How the cup is made:
The plaster moulds are cast from the master shape, a one part mould for the cup shape, and a two part mould for the handle. Once the moulds have dried, they are filled to the brim with liquid bone china called ‘slip.’ After five minutes, the slip is poured out again and the residue that has stuck to the plaster is then left to dry. Once dry-ish, the clay can be removed from the plaster mould, tidied up, and the handle attached to the cup. This is then left to dry fully for a couple of days before getting fired in the kiln to 1000C which takes 16 hours. The cups are then glazed, left to dry, and fired again, this time up to 1240C which takes even longer. 3 different transfer designs are then applied to the cup before it is fired again, allowing the transfers to meld into the glaze, this time at ‘only’ 800C. It is then carefully packed so it can’t break, ready to be posted out to the lucky backer. Numbers have been limited on these cups, as although I will have help making them, it is only a small pottery studio. We need to be realistic about how many we can make in a reasonable time-frame.
20 days from start. 24th September to 15th October.
I start making extra moulds to get ready for increasing cup production.
15th October to 1st November: Money movement- kickstarter collects money from backers, sends it to me, I then send it to the manufacturer to get them started. Some of the money is used to buy more clay to get started making cups.
November: Manufacturer makes rucksack covers. Danny makes cups.
Beginning of December: Cups start getting sent out to backers.
Covers get finished and shipped to Glasgow. This is likely to take 2 weeks to get transported and through customs.
Second Half of December: start packing up covers and shipping them out. I expect to get them all sent out by the end of December. If the project makes significantly more than the goal, this extra volume will make the dispatch process take longer.
January: Everyone receives their wonderful Recycled Light Rucksack Covers.
Risks and challenges
I have spent much of this year working on Recycled Light to ensure the project goes as smoothly as possible. I am a strong believer in keeping people informed; backers will know about any problems, and what is being done to overcome them. There are always going to be challenges, and unexpected things can and do crop up.
Delivery date: I have already received samples from the factory to ensure they can make the product correctly. They are of good quality, now they just have to make a whole load more, within the agreed timeframe. I have faith in them, but sometimes things take longer than expected. Shipping and customs timescales can be estimated but never guaranteed. Extra time for them has been included just in case.
The cups will be made by myself, and I will be making very sure we are on schedule for those. No excuses.
A CUP AND COVER. After a long wet commute, change into your dry work clothes and get a brew on. One Great Cup of Kanagawa, and one cover, either Blue Wave OR Orange Honeycomb.
Carefully packaged with UK Postage INCLUDED in this reward.