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Planet Pack

The world's original litter pick-up backpack

Planet Pack

The world's original litter pick-up backpack

$28,601
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
94
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 1 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

My name is Ken, and the Planet Pack is my first invention. 

This is a litter pick-up backpack that makes it simple, safe and fun to crush litter when you take a walk.

Back Story:

Here's how I came up with it: like many people, I like to walk and be in nature; I don't like to see litter. Plastic on Nauset Beach, Cape Cod set my gears in motion.

Litter on the beach? I had to do something.

About 5 years ago, I started picking up trash on my walks. I found that carrying the litter I picked up was a complete bummer. I used a plastic bag which was ugly, noisy, and banged against my leg. I tried a classic Adirondack pack basket, which was gorgeous, but ultimately the wrong shape and material. Nothing was quite right, so I started dreaming up my own solution.

Design

Pictured below is the amazing designer, Paul Henninge working on an early prototype. The first prototype almost got the shape right and protected my back, but it was heavy and uncomfortable.

Paul Henninge is a gifted product designer in Burlington, Vermont. He said "You want me to design a what?"

Then Paul found new materials allowing a better contour for the back barrier, and built   a hinging base so the pack could collapse for storage. We made a few which looked good...but they cost too much and we knew the material would get stained and gross.

Comfortable, functional, but too much $ and the material was not durable and cleanable.

 We decided that molding recycled plastics would give us the perfect shape to fit a person's back, provide protection, and be a super light way to hang a waterproof bag AND benefit the planet.

This frame would fit a back like a glove, weigh very little, and be strong.

We finally got it right, and Planet Pack was born!

Here's the completed pack: perfect for your litter collection needs!

I started having folks test Planet Pack and it turns out everyone can do it, even our skeptical Grandpa Joe.

Here's grandpa Joe, an MIT engineer. He keeps asking me about tolerances?????

My Vision

My hope is that Planet Pack will make cleaning up communities safe, simple, and fun for everyone. The pack makes it easy to become a neighborhood hero at any age. My mom is 92, and here is her first try... taking it very seriously. 

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Taking a walk with Planet Pack is no harder than taking a walk... and litter is gone. It's addicting, it feels like a scavenger hunt, and it changes you and your community.

This project will allow us to make the first few thousand Planet Packs. Over the next five years, we'll give a Planet Pack to every school in the country that wants one and we will challenge them to record their haul of litter. 60 bags will earn them another free pack. This is how we will get kids started; a simple gift of the pack and a challenge to use it.

Pack sales will support the critical work of non-profit environmental organizations. Five dollars from every Planet Pack sale, after the Kickstarter (Kickstarters can't raise money for donations), will go to an organization on our list of Planet Partners. The Planet Pack buyer will choose which one.

We want Planet Pack to create a new outdoor activity; to improve health, clean up neighborhoods, build community through civic engagement, foster youth agency and activism, and harness senior power. Our mission is to encourage people lean in to the simple work of picking up litter. We believe this could change culture around littering and earth-unfriendly consumer packaging.

I'm Ken Spencer @PlanetPackDad, and I hope you'll join me and Planet People at www.planetpeople.org

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge we face with Planet Pack derives from its novelty. People have never bought a pack designed for litter pick up because there has never been one. We believe, however, that just about everyone likes being out in nature and most everyone hates seeing litter. We just made it simple, safe and fun to leave your neighborhood the best it can be - litter free. Now we just have to make it cool. Let’s get to it.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

Because the parts of Planet Pack fit together so simply, a problem with any one part will not bring an end to the pack use. For example, the waterproof satchel may eventually wear or tare, but can be easily replaced. We will always stock the pack frame, batons, straps and satchel separately.

Reusability and recyclability

We will mold the back barrier with recycled plastics in the highest percentage possible. We will offer free return shipping to anyone no longer wishing to use Planet Pack. This way, we can donate used packs to School that need them.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Packaging will be eco minded, simple and non toxic.

Something else

We are excited to live our values within our workplace. Our staff will be able to work from wherever they choose, flex their time, and enjoy two hours per day to pursue health and balance as well as walk in their communities and pick up litter.

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    I'm broke, but this is a great idea!

    Even $1 donations help. For every dollar donated, Ken will pick up a bag of trash in your honor. He'd probably do it anyway, but now he'll be doing it for you! You'll also be memorialized as a donor on our webpage. :)

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    Planet Pack Sticker

    A fun sticker you can put anywhere showing the original Planet Pack.

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    'I helped launch Planet Pack!' Bundle

    A T-shirt to show the world you helped launch Planet Pack, featuring our globe logo. You'll also get a fun shout-out from Ken (@planetpackdad) on Instagram. Who knows? Maybe he'll be an influencer some day.

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    Donate a Planet Pack + Pick-up Tongs

    Name your school or environmental/community group, and we will send them a Planet Pack and tongs. If you choose this donation level, Ken will reach out to you to collect more info.

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    Planet Pack + Pick-up Tongs

    Planet Pack and tongs with limited Founders' Edition badge. This Kickstarter special is 12% off the suggested retail cost. Perfect for personal use or as a gift for family/friends!

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    Buy One, Give One (Planet Pack + Tongs)

    Help us get Planet Pack into 5th grade classes. At this level donation, we will send you one Planet Pack and tongs. We will give another pack and tongs to your favorite school. If you don't have a school in mind, Ken is making contacts with many schools and will choose one.

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    Planet Pack Small Organization

    If you have a gift shop, walking group, or small club, you can receive a master carton with 5 Planet Packs.

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    Planet Pack Wholesale

    Retailers or groups can purchase 25 Planet Packs + tongs.

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    • 25× Planet Pack + tongs
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    Planet Guardian

    Make a Herculean donation and help lift Planet Pack into a cleaner world.

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    • Ken will visit you and help clean your street
    • Annual holiday card from the Spencer family
    • Make your own request: if it's possible, we'll do it.
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