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Paper Water Bottle is the world’s 1st compostable beverage container. Join us in the movement!  Help us reach our latest stretch goal.
Paper Water Bottle is the world’s 1st compostable beverage container. Join us in the movement! Help us reach our latest stretch goal.
140 backers pledged $10,003 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

 Here are the facts: 80 billion plastic bottles are produced annually and 80 percent of those end up in the oceans and landfills that then take 800 years to biodegrade. While these statistics are well known, not enough is done to change the outcome. Environmentalists and capitalists can both agree there needs to be a feasible solution to the problem of plastic that shifts the paradigm and creates real change.  To that end, we present to you: Paper Water Bottle® - the 1st of its kind in the world. Compostable. Functional. Sustainable.

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Paper Water Bottle meets both consumer demand and brand owner requirements for real eco-friendly solutions for packaging. Paper Water Bottle was successfully prototyped in the summer of 2016, representing the 1st compostable beverage container in the world supported by 16 global patents, to leverage its Backyard Compostable benefits. This means that our end goal will allow Paper Water Bottle to be added to your backyard’s compost pile and naturally degrade. Our interdisciplinary team has been diligently working on this innovation since 2009. We are excited that Paper Water Bottle is coming to fruition.

Paper Water Bottle was imagined one day when inventor Jim Warner was walking along a busy city sidewalk with his son. Warner is a world-renowned designer with expertise in consumer package goods. His son asked him, “Dad, what do you do for work?” Warner spied a bottle lying in the gutter and pointed at it and said, “I design and make packaging, like that bottle there.” With confusion, Warner’s son replied, “You make trash?” Even with overwhelming statistics about plastic waste, a child’s innocence is an even more motivating factor to improve the world our kids will inherit by eliminating excessive plastic waste being thrown into our streets, landfills and oceans.  Sounds like A Refreshing Alternative™ to us.

Paper Water Bottle Inventor, Jim Warner, and his son James
Paper Water Bottle Inventor, Jim Warner, and his son James

In 2009, President and co-founder Dan Doster, an industry leader in branding, pricing, marketing, and management, encountered Warner during their time at an international branding firm for which Jim then served as Managing Director of Industrial Design. Doster saw the potential of Warner’s vision and quickly took steps to advance Paper Water Bottle. Doster formed the company and acquired all the patent application rights to the product.

Today, our interdisciplinary team is ready to advance Paper Water Bottle’s success by leveraging issued design and utility patents, tested prototypes, and a comprehensive business plan and strategy. To manufacture the first round of Paper Water Bottles, our team needs a minimum of $5,000 to help finance production. This is just one milestone on our journey. The manufacturing process is expensive and arduous. With your help, we plan to push forward to create the first successful Paper Water Bottle. Our team will take the necessary steps needed to maximize the functionality and eco-impact of Paper Water Bottle. Please join us in the movement expressed by our motto: We Will Help Save Our Planet™. We are all in this together! 

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Product Details

Eco-1™

 

 o   Paper Water Bottle Eco-1 is the 1st generation design and is now ready for production in our carefully selected manufacturing facility.

o   Its protective Exoskeleton (outside of the bottle) is made with 100% organic and renewable molded fiber (bamboo, bulrushes, sugar cane), and therefore, compostable and sustainable.

o   The thin Barrier (inside the bottle) is a 100% recycled resin to protect and seal liquid contents.

o   The Cap is a patented twist-off mechanism called the Pulp Gripper™ to ensure a sturdy closure with the molded fiber bottle.

o   500 ml is our first stock Paper Water Bottle with other sizes to follow, including: 70ml, 250ml, 750ml, 1 liter, and 2 liter.

Eco-1+™

o   As with the Eco-1, the Eco-1+ has a 100% compostable shell and 100% recycled resin barrier.  Eco-1+ uses 40% less recycled resin.

Eco-100

o   As with the Eco-1 and Eco-1+, Eco-100 has a 100% compostable shell and 100% recycled resin barrier.  Eco-100 is expected to use 99% less recycled resin.

All Paper Water Bottles

o   Our ultimate goal is to produce a bottle that is Backyard Compostable.

o   Paper Water Bottle is based on global patents that integrate specialized materials and manufacturing processes to the highest level of compostable performance specifications available.

o   Paper Water Bottle Technology is our intellectual property that allows for further expansion in design and production for various new product packaging ideas.

o   All Paper Water Bottles can be customized to fit a brand’s design, including color, shape, volume, and closure.

o   Branding options include a direct-print label, compostable labels printed with soy ink and compostable adhesives, embossing/debossing and/or a combination thereof. 

Paper Water Bottle is a direct replacement for plastic liquid, gel, or powder bottles. Imagine the future possibilities with Paper Water Bottle Technology.  Your packaging for shampoo bottles, soap dispensers, home cleaners, medicine, air freshener sprays, and more could be completely transformed from plastic into a compostable alternative.

Apple nor Starbucks endorse Paper Water Bottle.
Apple nor Starbucks endorse Paper Water Bottle.

Paper Water Bottle Milestones

2008 Jim Warner invents the concept “360 Paper Water Bottle™.” 

2009 The initial patent application was filed.

2010 Warner meets Dan Doster (President) and they formulate a plan, develop a strategy, and form a company. Years of brainstorming, networking, sketching, and researching ensue. 15 more patents applications are filed over the subsequent years.

December 2014 The vision and design of 360 Paper Water Bottle transforms into Paper Water Bottle’s current Eco-1 Model.

 April 2015 Paper Water Bottle engages a volunteer team of engineers and project managers.

January 2016 Paper Water Bottle continues to develop the business strategy, solve design issues, and explore discussions with potential customers

May 2016 Paper Water Bottle received Runner Up in Core 77’s Packaging Design Awards.

May 2016 Paper Water Bottle received “Most Sustainable” in the DieLine Awards Packaging Design Category.

July 2016 Paper Water Bottle achieved first successful prototype of Eco-1.

October 2016 Paper Water Bottle established manufacturing location.

November 2016 Paper Water Bottle selected automation equipment and tooling providers.

February 2017 Paper Water Bottle launched Kickstarter Campaign.

April 2017 Begin manufacturing first 100,000 Eco-1 Paper Water Bottles

June 2017 Deliver Paper Water Bottle samples to designated backers - thank you!

September 2017 Potential for Paper Water Bottle to be seen on shelves at your local grocer!

Endorsements

Paper Water Bottle has garnered global support and recognition world-wide. Design and sustainability experts have recognized and awarded the concept through the following organizations:

 What the judges said:

“This concept is partly a revolution of the packaging design industry. It is a very good example for packaging design in the future; that every designer should realize how packaging design meets the environment (sustainable) and functional effectively.”

 “Truly sustainable, we might be looking at the future of water bottles.” 

Rewards!

We Will Help Save The Planet with your support to help with the cost of manufacturing the first batch of Paper Water Bottles. In return, you will receive eco-friendly rewards and be part of the first community of users who support A Refreshing Alternative

Your support would mean the world to us, and help make a lasting impact on the future of how consumers limit plastic waste world-wide. We understand there are financial constraints. If you are unable to give financially, please consider following us on social media: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube. Give us a shout-out when you see plastic bottles being used, and wherever you are in the world, take a moment to post a “selfie” video in support by saying “Join Paper Water Bottle.” Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for joining us in this movement.

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 1. Thank you! ($20)

Thank you for being so supportive of Paper Water Bottle. We will send you Paper Water Bottle stickers and a hand-written thank you note.

2. Bamboo Level ($30)

You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water.

 3. Bulrush Level ($50)

You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer.

4. Sugar Cane Level ($100)

You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer. You will also receive an authentic, first-run Paper Water Bottle with a special signature by the Inventor.

5. Early Bird Special: Original Sketch ($150)

This reward is offered for a limited time, and will be available to the first 75 backers who pledge. You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer. You will also receive an authentic, first-run Paper Water Bottle with a special signature by the Inventor. Additionally, early birds will receive an original sketch of Paper Water Bottle drawn by our Inventor.

6. A Refreshing Alternative Level ($250)

You’ll receive monthly 12-pack Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water for six months. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer. You will also receive an authentic, first-run Paper Water Bottle with a special signature by the Inventor.

7.  Early Bird Special: Reforestation ($250)

This reward is offered for a limited time to backers. You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer. You will also receive an authentic, first-run Paper Water Bottle with a special signature by the Inventor. Additionally, your early bird contribution will allow us to aid in reforestation by planting 30 pine tree saplings.

8. Backyard Compostable Level ($500)

You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer. You will also receive an authentic, first-run Paper Water Bottle with a special signature by the Inventor. Additionally, your contribution will allow us to aid in reforestation and plant 40 pine tree saplings.

9. Eco-1 Level ($1,000)

You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer. You will also receive an authentic, first-run Paper Water Bottle with a special signature by the Inventor. Additionally, your contribution will allow us to aid in reforestation and plant 80 pine tree saplings. We'll throw in one more thank you with a framed certificate in a 100% natural frame, which certifies you as an official Paper Water Bottle sustainer. P.S. the certificate is printed on compostable paper with soy-based ink!

10. Sustainer Level ($2,500)

Sustainability is king, and so are you. To thank you for your very generous contribution, you’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. Additionally, sustainers will receive an original sketch of Paper Water Bottle drawn by our Inventor. 

We have a special gift for you to help keep your own ideas sustainable. You’re invited to join the Paper Water Bottle Advisory Group for quarterly phone calls with our co-founders. Company and product updates and plans will be shared and industry trends will be discussed over the next 18-months. Additionally, all Paper Water Bottle Advisory Group members will be encouraged to provide private feedback to the co-founders. Have a project or business of your own in mind? Ideas about a partnership? Ask away! 

We'll throw in one more thank you with a framed certificate in a 100% natural frame, which certifies you as an official Paper Water Bottle sustainer. P.S. the certificate is printed on compostable paper with soy-based ink! 

Thank you for sustaining us to reach our goal!

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Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges

Our team set out on an adventure full of risks in 2010. What if the bottle will not properly store the contents? What if there is no financial support for our project? Why has such a project never been done before? We made it to this level of success through perseverance, relationships, and passion. Of course, there are risks to investing in a first-of-its-kind project, but we strongly believe we have all the pieces in place, from market support to manufacturing and co-packing partners to make Paper Water Bottle a reality. Each day, we receive inquiries from around the world from those interested in purchasing our bottles, and we are affirmed of the desperate need for such an alternative.

These are the items that we have and will finance ourselves:

Support & Documentation (16 global patents)
Branding, Communications, PR
Project Management
Packaging Design
CAD Refinements
Production equipment and tooling
Compostable labels and printing capability
Risk of Production & Financial Risks

By joining us in this movement to save our planet, you are helping us overcome hurdles in the process of producing Paper Water Bottles. If we do not try to solve the global problem of plastic pollution now, it may be too late. Our current supporters have trust in our team to finalize the manufacturing launch.

Please note, our ultimate goal for Paper Water Bottle products is to achieve Backyard Compostable status, which allows packaging to decompose in a natural environment, such as your backyard. Our first and second-generation bottles, Eco-1 and Eco-1+, are not fully compostable. While the shell is made of plant fiber, the inner barrier of Eco-1 contains recycled resin. Eco-1+ will contain less recycled resin. The third generation bottle, Eco-100, will be 95+% resin-free, allowing for compostable disposal.

Certification: We are working with our expert engineers to ensure Paper Water Bottle products are approved and certified for the consumer market. Upon production, we will seek certification with the USDA Bio-preferred program, Non-GMO Project Verified, Cradle 2 Cradle, Biodegradable Products Institute Certified Compostable and more.

Design for Manufacturing: During pre-production, Paper Water Bottle prototypes are rigorously tested by our engineering and manufacturing experts to create an excellent final product. Paper Water Bottle leaves leeway for additional changes to meet manufacturing and sustainability certification requirements. During the manufacturing period we commit to uphold our original design intentions.

Production: Manufacturing a product is complex and involves many people, parts and tools all dependent on each other to keep things running smoothly. If the production process is interrupted along the way, we promise to manage the situation in a timely and professional manner.

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    You’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. To thank you for your support, we will feature your name on our website as a pioneer backer. You will also receive an authentic, first-run Paper Water Bottle with a special signature by the Inventor. Additionally, your contribution will allow us to aid in reforestation and plant 80 pine tree saplings. We'll throw in one more thank you with a framed certificate in a 100% natural frame, which certifies you as an official Paper Water Bottle sustainer. P.S. the certificate is printed on compostable paper with soy-based ink!

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    Sustainability is King, and so are you. To thank you for your very generous contribution, you’ll receive a 12-pack of Paper Water Bottles filled with refreshing water. Additionally, sustainers will receive an original sketch of Paper Water Bottle drawn by our Inventor.
    We have a special gift for you to help keep your own ideas sustainable. You’re invited to join the Paper Water Bottle Advisory Group for quarterly phone calls with our co-founders. Company and product updates and plans will be shared and industry trends will be discussed over the next 18-months. Additionally, all Paper Water Bottle Advisory Group members will be encouraged to provide private feedback to the co-founders. Have a project or business of your own in mind? Ideas about a partnership? Ask away!
    We'll throw in one more thank you with a framed certificate in a 100% natural frame, which certifies you as an official Paper Water Bottle sustainer. P.S. the certificate is printed on compostable paper with soy-based ink!
    Thank you for sustaining us to reach our goal!

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