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Upcycled Plant Food and Sustainable Grow Kits | SHAPESHIFT

Waste-free gardening made easy.

Upcycled Plant Food and Sustainable Grow Kits | SHAPESHIFT

Waste-free gardening made easy.

$11,175
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
69
backers
38days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 29 2019 12:48 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Reclaimed nutrients, reclaimed ecosystem health (and happy plants!)

Nutrients are essential to all life on earth. Business-as-usual nutrient management is allowing a whole lot of those vital nutrients to slip away and pollute our surface waters.

We're stepping in to capture those nutrients. We want you to join us. 

Maybe you’ve killed more plants than you’d like to admit, maybe you haven’t tried gardening but have always wanted to, or maybe you don't think you have the time or space to garden at all. We hear you, and we're here to tell you that you can do this.

We've put together two different garden kits that include everything you need to grow happy, healthy plants with a minimal investment of time and indoor space.   

The Vegetable Starter Kit allows you to get an indoor head start on your outdoor garden, while the Herb Garden Kit includes all the components needed to grow fresh herbs from seeds in your home. You choose the seeds you want; we'll take care of the rest.

Each kit includes everything needed to start a healthy garden so you can take out the guess work and succeed regardless of your previous gardening experience.

And for those seasoned gardeners with a system already in place? We've got something for you, too. Our team is stocked with soil scientists who know just what growing plants need at every stage of development, and we've formulated unique fertilizer blends that your garden and houseplants will love.

We're really excited about this, but before we say more...

Meet Phosphorus: 

Phosphorus is an essential plant nutrient, AKA: without it, plants can't thrive.

But sometimes phosphorus finds itself in our waterways. This happens for a variety of reasons (toilet flushes, agricultural runoff, industrial processes, fertilizer runoff from lawns, etc.) and when it does, it can lead to algae blooms, mass fish kills, and dead zones in oceans and lakes.

To make matters worse, phosphorus is a finite resource. Phosphorus mining, processing, and global transportation result in negative environmental impacts. 

We've developed a technology that recovers phosphorus in a pure form, so we can give it back to the plants and soils that need it. This creates a closed loop – a circular economy of phosphorus.

The Result: Sustainable Plant Food!

We’ve combined our reclaimed phosphorus with other plant nutrients to create five unique Steady State™ fertilizer blends: Houseplant Fertilizer, Garden Starter Fertilizer, Garden Maintenance Fertilizer, Herb Starter Fertilizer, and Herb Maintenance Fertilizer

Our fertilizers are formulated to give plants what they need, when they need it-- no more and no less!  We're offering our Houseplant Fertilizer, Garden Starter Fertilizer and Garden Maintenance Fertilizer as rewards for those who just want to try this new stuff out. 

And for those who want a little more, we've designed our garden kits.

Garden Kit Features

Illuminated Plant House 

Lowered lights are perfect for seedlings, which need the warmth of the lights as well, while the extended settings gives taller plants plenty of room to grow. 

The outer two light bars swivel to allow a change of angle as plants' needs change. 

 A durable metal tray at the base of the unit catches drainage water and is easily removable for cleaning and transplant.

Seeds

At campaign close, backers will receive a survey to choose which seeds they would like included in their kits. All seeds offered will be heirloom varieties, and we'll provide enough to allow for germination failures and other incidentals that might require a re-plant or two.

Substrate

Each kit includes a calculated combination of coconut coir and compost. Just hydrate the compressed coir with warm water and mix the two materials together with the appropriate Starter Fertilizer to create the perfect environment for healthy root growth.

Earth-Friendly Materials

We're committed to sustainability, from our reclaimed fertilizer to the materials used in each reward. We've sourced products featuring biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, reusable, and post-consumer materials wherever possible.

Some of the materials we're proud to use:

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Our Wonderful Team

Use of Funds

We are so excited to help you help your plants, and there are a few hurdles we need to jump before we can do that. Funds raised through this campaign will help us to:

  • Purchase the necessary machinery to blend and process our fertilizers into an optimal physical form
  • Finalize our illuminated plant house prototype and fund manufacturing
  • Finance registrations of our fertilizer products in backers' states
  • Fulfill orders

Thank you to our Collaborators!

This Kickstarter would not have been possible without the help of our awesome collaborators:

  • Video by Anders Gurda
  • Photography by Gena Larson 
  • Graphics by Sara Mertens
  • Illuminated plant house design expertise from Greg Blake
  • Creative consulting from Katrina Atkin 
  • Shop prototyping work at Sector67 (Madison, WI)

Risks and challenges

Even though we have a fantastic team and have been building things since 2011, the products being offered here are new. To the best of our abilities, and in collaboration with our experienced partners, we are planning ahead so that we can meet our goals.

That being said, we anticipate a learning curve with fertilizer production and compliance with individual states' fertilizer labeling and sales regulations. Additionally, as we finalize our Illuminated Plant House prototype, we face the challenge of sourcing local manufacturers capable of handling the quantities needed to fulfill all the orders in a timely fashion.

We are working diligently to meet the production goals and minimize the risk of manufacturing issues and delays. As the process moves along we will provide regular updates and are committed to doing everything in our power to make this a transparent and successful product launch.

Thank you for joining our vision and mission for a sustainable planet!

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    Houseplant Fertilizer

    Feed your houseplants with our custom fertilizer blend, featuring sustainably-sourced phosphorus to help your houseplants thrive.

    We will give you a year's worth of fertilizer to feed: 50 small plants, 25 medium-sized plants, or 5 large plants. We'll provide instructions so you'll know just how much to feed your plants.

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    Garden Fertilizer

    Feed your outdoor garden with our custom fertilizer blends, featuring our sustainably-sourced phosphorus.

    You'll receive enough fertilizer to apply one growing season's worth of nutrients to a garden up to 50 square feet in size.

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    Fertilizer Combo Package

    Get our Houseplant Fertilizer and Garden Fertilizers to feed both your indoor and outdoor plants.

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    Herb Garden Kit

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    Grow beautiful, healthy herbs with our Indoor Herb Kit! When the campaign ends, we will reach out to ask which three types of heirloom seed varieties you'd like to receive.

    Includes:
    • Herb Starter Fertilizer
    • Herb Maintenance Fertilizer
    • Mini Scoop
    • Compost (~1.5 L)
    • Coconut Coir Block
    • Illuminated Plant House
    • Herb Seed Varieties (You Choose!)
    • Biodegradable Pots (stays sturdy for up to 10 years indoors)
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    Vegetable Starter Kit

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    Protect your delicate seedlings from weather, mites, hungry animals, and other threats by getting an indoor head start on your outdoor garden.

    You'll grow 40 strong and healthy starts. We'll also include enough fertilizer to cover 50 square feet of garden, so you can continue to treat your plants right throughout the growing season.

    When the campaign ends, we will reach out to ask which heirloom seed varieties you would like included in your kit.

    Includes:
    • Garden Starter Fertilizer
    • Garden Maintenance Fertilizer
    • Mini Scoop
    • Scoop
    • Vegetable Seed Varieties (You Choose!)
    • Biodegradable Planter Trays (holds 10 starts)
    • Coconut Coir Disks
    • Compost (~1.5 L)
    • Illuminated Plant House
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    Herb Garden Kit

    Grow beautiful, healthy herbs with our Indoor Herb Kit! When the campaign ends, we will reach out to ask which three types of heirloom seed varieties you'd like to receive.

    Includes:
    • Herb Starter Fertilizer
    • Herb Maintenance Fertilizer
    • Mini Scoop
    • Compost (~1.5 L)
    • Coconut Coir Block
    • Illuminated Plant House
    • Herb Seed Varieties (You Choose!)
    • Biodegradable Pots (stays sturdy for up to 10 years indoors)
    • Instruction Booklet
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    Herb Garden+Vegetable Starter Combo Kit

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    The best of both worlds! Start your outdoor vegetable garden, then reuse your Illuminated Plant House to begin an indoor herb garden when you are ready to transplant your starts.

    When the campaign ends, we will reach out to ask which varieties of heirloom seeds you would like included in your combo kit.

    Includes:
    • Garden Starter Fertilizer
    • Garden Maintenance Fertilizer
    • Vegetable Seed Varieties (You Choose!)
    • Biodegradable Planter Trays (holds 10 starts)
    • Plant Markers
    • Compost (~1.5 L)
    • Coconut Coir Disks
    • Herb Starter Fertilizer
    • Herb Maintenance Fertilizer
    • Herb Seed Varieties (You Choose!)
    • Coconut Coir Block
    • Biodegradable Pots (stays sturdy for up to 10 years indoors)
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    Herb Garden+Vegetable Starter Combo Kit

    The best of both worlds! Start your outdoor vegetable garden, then reuse your Illuminated Plant House to begin an indoor herb garden when you are ready to transplant your starts.

    When the campaign ends, we will reach out to ask which varieties of heirloom seeds you would like included in your combo kit.

    Includes:
    • Garden Starter Fertilizer
    • Garden Maintenance Fertilizer
    • Vegetable Seed Varieties (You Choose!)
    • Biodegradable Planter Trays (holds 10 starts)
    • Plant Markers
    • Compost (~1.5 L)
    • Coconut Coir Disks
    • Herb Starter Fertilizer
    • Herb Maintenance Fertilizer
    • Herb Seed Varieties (You Choose!)
    • Coconut Coir Block
    • Biodegradable Pots (stays sturdy for up to 10 years indoors)
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    • Instruction Booklet
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    Professional Consultation

    Our Senior Agricultural Consultant Mauricio Avila, PhD will provide a 2 day visit your land to analyze your soil and plant conditions and discuss with you your specific growing challenges and goals. Soil and plant samples will be taken and analyzed by a certified laboratory. Based on the site visit and results from the analyses, Mauricio will provide a report detailing his conclusions and recommendations. Costs of travel, lodging, and laboratory analyses are not included in this reward.

    We will reach out to you when the campaign ends to have a preliminary conversation about your unique needs.

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    Thank you + Fun Fact

    Thank you for contributing to our vision of a circular nutrient economy!

    We'll send you a personalized note of appreciation featuring a fact about soil and food systems for you to share with your friends, family, neighbors, pets, plants, coworkers, delivery drivers, etc.

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