For either gender or any generation, there's something we all have in common. Whether at home, dormitories, leisure areas, the gym, on a trip, or during camp, we all get dirty. So we all shower and use different products to get us clean.
Has there been a time when taking a shower wasn't quite the refreshingly smooth experience you had hoped for? Large products are a hassle to lug around and smaller containers can also be quite a mess. I'm sure you've encountered showers without ledges or space to put your products, sometimes even causing you to put body-wash on your hair or the opposite.
When I was serving as a military police soldier in Iraq, I noticed that our shower items were heavy and inconvenient. Some days, they seemed as difficult to carry as my military equipment. At first, I thought I was the only one who felt that these gigantic bottles were too heavy. But later I realized I wasn’t the only one struggling with this irritating problem. One instance where I saw this was when a comrade of mine, who was the size of Michael Tyson, struggled carrying his pile of bottled supplies to the shower room. This reminded me of my mother struggling over carrying her groceries from her car to our house. These are two very different examples; however, I believe I have found the answer to the first.
After my mandatory period of service in the military was over, I went back to my original life as a civilian studying industrial design. I never lost focus of finishing my great mission that would change the lifestyles across the globe. I’ve searched for dozens of products and shared my idea with communities that consisted of more than a thousand members in order to find the answer. None of the existing products, however, contained the quality, utility, function, or looks that fit my ideal solution. The existing products lacked 5 core qualities: reusability, portability, collectability, functionality, and beauty. By gathering data of people’s needs and wants, I came up with a product that carried the 5 major lacking qualities. My invention has been tested by those dearest to me, who gave me honest feedback to help significantly improve it.
This project started first as a means to solve a problem. Now, however, I see it not only as a solution to solving a problem, but also an innovative, revolutionary example that could improve our daily experiences in life. And this project is not just mine but is also yours, where you can join the process of changing the world. The world needs SHAPL, and SHAPL needs you.
The letters of SHAPL unveil the very heart of our company. "S" is for "Sincerity" through which we can have trust in each other. "H" is for "Harmony" with which we can communicate. "A" is for "Ability" which empowers our vision. "P" is for "Pleasure" which is produced by our passion. Last but certainly not least, "L" is for "Love" through which we serve. The "L" in SHAPL is a huge part of what drives our vision.
By meeting your shower need, we are helping to meet global needs.
Daniel JIN(Founder CEO, Product&Graphic designer), Jacob YOU(Marketing communication manager), Jae YOO(Interaction designer & Project consultant), Megan Wilkes (Photographer & Story editor), Samuel U, Edwin E(Technical video production advisor), William Kim(Administrative supporter), Julie Nayoon Park, Pascale Gentner, Mike Maneage, Woei Wang, Ella Lee, Tori Palmer(Product survey advisors)
This is how the SHAPL story began.
WARNING : Anything with a high percentage of alcohol should not be placed in these containers. No foods, drinks, oils, nail polish remover, perfume, cologne, toner ink, vinegar, paint should be put in these containers.
No Drip test!!
With our special design, we ensured that our shower containers would not drip. We filled one SHAPL with water for our “No Drip” test. After squeezing it more than 1,000 times, SHAPL still passed the test!
In 2011, Americans generated about 250 million tonsof trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.7 percent recycling rate (See Figure 1). - EPA "Facts and Figures for 2011"
We at SHAPL care for the environment. Having an excess amount of refill containers can be messy and unnecessary. With SHAPL, you only need one set!
3-1-1 for carry-on luggage = bottle of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less (per volume); 1 quart transparent plastic bag hermetically sealed; 1 bag per passenger placed in the inspection container. One quart size bag per person limits the total volume of liquid that each passenger can carry. The 3.4 ounce (100 ml) container size is a security measure.ity" -TSA
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The majority of the funds we raise on Kickstater will go towards building a molding machine that can handle the first and subsequent rounds of production. Reliable molding machines can be extremely expensive. So, to ensure a quality product, we need to invest in the most dependable one.
The remaining funds will go directly to the production cost of the raw materials themselves: Polyethylene(PE), Polypropylene(PP), Silicon. In order to ensure durability, we need to acquire high quality materials. Low-end materials like these can be inexpensive, but will crack or break more easily. High quality materials, however, tend to be softer and more malleable. We want SHAPL to be a long lasting product; therefore, we need to invest in high end materials.
After more than a year of collaboration with the designers and production advisors of the factory in China, we have finally introduced a final prototype that is cost-effective and high-end in quality.
$25,000 - Manufacturing: building a molding machine that can handle the first and subsequent rounds of production.
$8,000 - The production cost of the raw materials themselves: Polyethylene(PE), Polypropylene(PP), Silicon
$2,000 - Shipping fee(domestic&international) & Packaging Materials: Shipping boxes, Packaging tape
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Risks and challenges
The inspiration for SHAPL came from my military service in Iraq back in 2006. I noticed the inefficiency in carrying weighty and bulky containers in order to wash. Upon graduating college, I thought of a design-infused concept that is easy on the eyes yet remarkably useful, environmentally friendly, and fun to use.
SHAPL came into contact with a top-notch factory in China that specializes in container products. With our partnership, we’ve created the SHAPL prototype that warranted us to patent it right away for the American and Asian markets.
We believe Kickstarter will be the engine that will get the SHAPL train rolling toward our ultimate goal of reaching the global market.
Vision of SHAPL
Though SHAPL is a for-profit organization, our company vision is for a portion of our profits to be used to build a school for children in Burkina Faso, Africa. You may be wondering why we are specifically targeting Burkina Faso.
During a chance meeting with a missionary from Africa in 2012, he spoke of some difficulty finding the monetary funds and honest staff necessary to build a school in Burkina Faso. Then I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to bridge the gap between a company focused on showering that requires a lot of water and a country deprived of drinking which requires a lot of clean water?” The answer I believe is building a self-sustaining gift to the precious children of Burkina Faso, and in order to do that education is key. We hope that SHAPL will play its part in making the world a better place for the future generations.
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