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Last updated October 24, 2019

PLANT SEADS | Shapeshift plastic waste into vertical gardens (Canceled)

Transform chain link fences into vertical gardens with recycled plastic!

PLANT SEADS | Shapeshift plastic waste into vertical gardens (Canceled)

Transform chain link fences into vertical gardens with recycled plastic!

$6,434
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
100
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 24 2019
Last updated October 24, 2019

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 What are they 

Sead Pods are planters that have been designed to fit in virtually any chain link fencing. They are made from recycled plastic. 

Inspired by nature's ability to create new openings for life by adapting to her surroundings and reusing excess material from her environment, Sead Pods empower people to grow their own vertical gardens in places that were previously unused while cleaning the environment by repurposing plastic waste.

Um, I think you spelled Seed wrong...

We get that a lot. Sead is the name of the company - and it's actually an acronym. It stands for...

We're out to change the world, like now. Not in the future with flying cars and robots delivering our food. Not with fusion power. Now. With plants. They absorb CO2 and we need to absorb as much of that stuff as possible - so lets get on with it!

How do they work? 

 Each Sead Pod holds just enough soil to grow a plant and they recycle excess water when planted vertically, making them a hyper efficient way to grow just about anywhere. 

 They also help to clean our environment of single use plastic by repurposing otherwise wasted material and keeping the plastic that has already been made out of our oceans and landfills. 

And did we mention that plants clean the air of CO2? Sead Pods help to make the world a cleaner, greener place.

Phase 1

We're very proud of this design - but it's just the first phase of a much larger plan.

As we see it, this first design is a launch pad, a way for us to test for consumer interest in our concept and raise money to help us continue working on this project. 

If this project is successful, we will be able work on larger designs that enable more varied plantings and require less maintenance. Truly transforming chain link fences into vertical gardens.

Designed for our built environment

 Chain link fences are everywhere - just imagine if they were all covered with lush, green vertical gardens

But what if I don't have a chain link fence?

We've designed Sead Frames to make this project accessible to absolutely everyone. They come in 5 sizes and can be hung anywhere - just like a piece of artwork.

 They look great in any indoor or outdoor space. Plants help to clean the air indoors - what's not to love?

(left: Sead Frame with 2 Sed Pods, right: Sead Frame with 25 Sead Pods {not full})
(left: Sead Frame with 25 Sed Pods {not full}, right: Sead Frame with 6 Sead Pods)

But isn't plastic bad?

Yes, making new plastic is not good for our environment, but we also need to address the plastic that we've already created...

Every ounce of plastic that has ever been made is still here with us. Plastic doesn't biodegrade, (at least not for a couple hundred years) so it's important that we keep track of the plastic that we have now. 

Why not use this material for something good? By using recycled plastic to grow plants that help to clean the air and create more biomass, we can use our waste to our advantage rather than creating more problems later on by dumping it in our oceans and landfills. We also incentivize larger plastic clean up efforts by creating more demand for recycled plastic material.  

Beyond Plastic

While we're committed to cleaning up our plastic waste and using it for good, we're also eager to move beyond plastics towards a more sustainable and biodynamic future. We're already experimenting with bioplastics that are made from natural materials, but before we take that leap we need to get this phase of the project off the ground.

Doesn't this just create more pollution later on?

We've developed this whole project with sustainability in mind. We've listed a few ways we have done this below...

Long Lasting Design

Sead Pods were designed to be super durable, so they'll work great even after years of being exposed to the elements. 

We worked for months to create a design thats rugged and durable

Reuseability and Recycleability

Should you want to get rid of your Sead Pods, you can rest assured. Each and every Pod is made to be recycled again and stamped with a recycling symbol for easy sorting. At the end of it's life cycle, it's easy to dispose of in a responsible way.

HDPE is accepted at most recycling centers in the world, as it is one of the easiest plastic polymers to recycle.

Sustainable Materials

We selected our materials carefully. HDPE is used in all kinds of products, from milk jugs to Tupperware, plastic bags to construction materials. It has an excellent 'heat history,' meaning it can be heated and reformed over and over again without loosing its strength and durability. 

Sustainable Fulfillment and Distribution

Not only are we using recycled materials to produce our products, we're using recycled materials to package and ship our Seads, too!

100% post consumer packaging, always

To keep our carbon footprint as small as possible, we're shipping all domestic orders via surface mail. International orders will be shipped via boat whenever possible.

Environmentally Friendly Factories

We're also focused on manufacturing Sead Pods as efficiently as possible. That's one reason we decided to do our full scale launch through Kickstarter. This method allows us to gather orders over a longer period of time and then manufacture the products all at once. 

We've chosen to work with a local plastic manufacturer to reduce carbon emissions that would have been necessary if we worked with an overseas factory.

What are you raising money for?

We've made hundreds of prototypes using 3D printing, and it's been incredible to rapidly test and rework our designs using this technology, but it's just not feasible to produce thousands and thousands of Sead Pods using this method of production. 

3d printing uses a lot of excess plastic to build each form, which creates waste that could otherwise be avoided. It also takes a lot of electricity to produce each piece - not to mention time. Each Sead Pod that we 3d printed took about 8 hours to complete.

Injection Molding

By shifting to injection molding - we can make Sead Pods in a way that's more energy efficient, takes less time and creates less waste. The barrier for entry here is a bit higher because we need to create a mold that will be used to create each piece. We've  worked with a designer to create the plans for such a mold, but we need to raise money to manufacture it before we can go forward with production. This is where you come in! 

Rewards

You can pre-order Sead Pods that are ready for chain link fences 

or 

Sead Frames with Sead Pods included. 

Whatever works best for you! Feel free to ask questions. I've had a lot of experience with these products. 

If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, I can switch manufacturing methods from 3d printing to Injection molding, which will make production a lot more efficient. 

So, if we're able to reach our goal we can offer Sead Pods for $1 each! 

Sead Frames!

Sead Frame with 2 Sead Pods for $20

Sead Frame with 2 Sead Pods for $30

Sead Frame with 16 Sead Pods for $40

Sead Frame with 25 Sead Pods for $50

Sead Frame with 60 Sead Pods for $100

 Sead Pods!

only $1 each!

$1 = 1 Sead Pod - it's just that simple. 

$5 = 5 Sead Pods - Wow, that's a great deal...

$10 = 10 Sead Pods - I bet you spent more money on lunch today.

$20 = 20 Sead Pods - Now we're getting somewhere.

$40 = 40 Sead Pods - Plant some with a friend and watch your friendship grow!

$100 = 100 Sead Pods - Everyone gets a Sead Pod!

$200 = 200 Sead Pods - We're literally changing the world here...

$500 = 500 Sead Pods - Hello, I'm a philanthropist.

$1,000 = 1000 Seads - Call me Johnny Applesead

About Me

Hi! I'm Bryan! I'm an artist and designer and I'm constantly inspired by nature.

I love walking, and the idea for this project came to me while I was on a walk near my home. Moving from an industrial area into nature, I was amazed at how much cooler the air was - how the presence of plants and the animals that they attract soothed my mind. I thought to myself, 'how can we extend the cool and comfort of natured places into our built environment?' On my way back, I passed a chain link fence in an area that was littered with plastic waste. It came to me in a flash - what if we used this plastic waste to create planters that fit into chain link fencing, creating vertical gardens with the otherwise unused chain link fences. I went home and started drawing designs. 

It took months of crafting to come up with the final design. Something sturdy with enough space for something to grow. It's been a long road, but I'm excited to spread this project with your help and make the world a cleaner, greener place!

Risks and challenges

We've worked hard to create a manageable budget and timeline, but switching from manufacturing using 3D printing towards injection molding presents a huge challenge. With your help we can overcome this hurdle and make Sead Pods available at a cost that's affordable to everyone.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Long-lasting design

Sead Pods were designed to be super durable, so they'll work great even after years of being exposed to the elements.

We worked for months to create a design thats rugged and durable

Reusability and recyclability

Should you want to get rid of your Sead Pods, you can rest assured. Each and every Pod is made to be recycled again and stamped with a recycling symbol for easy sorting. At the end of its life cycle, it's easy to dispose of in a responsible way.

HDPE is accepted at most recycling centers in the world, as it is one of the easiest plastic polymers to recycle.

Sustainable materials

We selected our materials carefully. Recycled HDPE (High-density polyethylene) is used in all kinds of products, from milk jugs to Tupperware, plastic bags to construction materials. It has an excellent 'heat history,' meaning it can be heated and reformed over and over again without loosing its strength and durability. It's also chemically stable, meaning that it's food safe and won't contaminate materials that come into contact with it like some other plastics do.

Environmentally friendly factories

We're focused on manufacturing Sead Pods as efficiently as possible. That's one reason we decided to do our full scale launch through Kickstarter. This method allows us to gather orders over a longer period of time and then manufacture the products all at once, increasing efficiency dramatically.
We've also chosen to work with a local plastic manufacturer to reduce carbon emissions that would have been necessary if we worked with an overseas factory.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Not only are we using recycled materials to produce our products, we're using recycled materials to package and ship our Seads, too!

To keep our carbon footprint as small as possible, we're shipping all domestic orders via surface mail. International orders will be shipped via boat whenever possible. This means that shipping might be a bit more than what you might expect, but know that the extra money is going towards green shipping solutions that bring our carbon footprint down.

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    1 Sead Pod

    1 Sead Pod

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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    5 Sead Pods

    5 Sead Pods

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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    10 Sead Pods

    10 Sead Pods

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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    Extra Small Sead Frame with 2 Sead Pods

    One 8”x8” Sead Frame with 2 Sead Pods.
    Galvanized steel chain link fabric stretched over fine, kiln-dried ponderosa pine stretcher bars.
    Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Plants not included.

    Includes:
    • 8"x8" Sead Frame
    • Sead Pod
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    20 Sead Pods

    20 Sead Pods

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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    • 20× Sead Pod
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    Small Sead Frame with 6 Sead Pods

    One 8”x14” Sead Frame with 6 Sead Microplanters.
    Galvanized steel chain link fabric stretched over fine, kiln-dried ponderosa pine stretcher bars.
    Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Plants not included.

    Includes:
    • 8"x16" Sead Frame
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    Medium Sead Frame with 16 Sead Pods

    One 16”x16” Sead Frame with 16 Sead Microplanters.
    Galvanized steel chain link fabric stretched over fine, kiln-dried ponderosa pine stretcher bars.
    Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Plants not included.

    Includes:
    • 16"x16" Sead Frame
    • 16× Sead Pod
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    40 Sead Pods

    40 Sead Pods

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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    Large Sead Frame with 25 Sead Pods

    One 18”x22” Sead Frame with 25 Sead Microplanters.
    Galvanized steel chain link fabric stretched over fine, kiln-dried ponderosa pine stretcher bars.
    Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Plants not included.

    Includes:
    • 18"x22" Sead Frame
    • 25× Sead Pod
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    Extra Large Sead Frame with 60 Sead Pods

    One 22”x44” Sead Frame with 60 Sead Microplanters.
    Galvanized steel chain link fabric stretched over fine, kiln-dried ponderosa pine stretcher bars.
    Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Plants not included.

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    100 Sead Pods

    100 Sead Pods

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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    500 Sead Pods

    500 Sead Pods

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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    1,000 Sead Pods

    1,000 Sead Pods

    Each Sead Pod is made from recycled plastic and measures 3” wide, 3.5” tall and 3” deep. Designed to fit on almost any chain link fencing, these planters enable anyone to start their own vertical garden in any place imaginable!

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Funding period

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