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Thank you for everyone's support to help keep plastics out of Our Oceans. We are currently collecting backers information and will ship out rewards soon. All Shore Buddies as well as the book are now available on our website as well.
Thank you for everyone's support to help keep plastics out of Our Oceans. We are currently collecting backers information and will ship out rewards soon. All Shore Buddies as well as the book are now available on our website as well.
132 backers pledged $10,544 to help bring this project to life.

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Stuffed Animals Fighting Ocean Plastic Pollution

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Shore Buddies are stuffed animals made from recycled plastic bottles. Our Mission is to save Marine Life and keep Plastics out of our Oceans.

Inspired by a famous outdoor company that turns plastic bottles into clothes, Malte brought Shore Buddies in 2014 to life. Initially started with four different animals, Shore Buddies raise awareness about Plastic Pollution in our oceans in a language children speak.

Now, please help us to add Shelly the Sea Turtle to the Shore Buddies line as well as publishing our very first children's book: "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean"

Shore Buddies And the Plastic Ocean 

With our first children's book, we are giving our stuffed animals and Marine Life in general a voice. Shore Buddies And the Plastic Ocean tells the story of 5 friends joined together in one mission to fight plastic pollution in our oceans. Find out what they discover and what you can do to help save marine life and keep plastics out of the oceans.

Shelly the Sea Turtle

made from 6 recycled plastic bottles
made from 6 recycled plastic bottles

Shelly the Sea Turtle is the newest addition to the Shore Buddies line. Shelly is made from 6 recycled plastic bottles. Shelly is here to fight for clean Oceans, especially abandoned fishing gear, which makes up for 10% of all marine debris and presents a huge danger for the Shore Buddies and all their Ocean friends.

About Shore Buddies

We make stuffed animals from recycled plastic bottles and raise awareness about the danger of plastic pollution for Marine Life among children. Our Mission is to save Marine Life and keep plastics out of the Oceans. 

The Shore Buddies Process 

Shore Buddies are stuffed animals made from recycled plastic bottles.The bottles are collected and sorted by recyclable collectors. At our factory, these bottles get cleaned and shredded into plastic flakes. These flakes get melted and turned into polyester yarn for the soft outside.

Toy Safety

Our stuffed animals are 100% safe for children. Our products are free of any toxins and are in compliance with the latest requirements set by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for safety standards and specifications for a children's product defined in ASTM F-963-11 & CPSIA HR4040.

Meet the Founder

Malte Niebelschuetz came from Germany to San Diego, CA in 2011. With a passion for the environment and the Ocean, as well as a burning desire to change how we use and see plastics as a society, Malte founded Shore Buddies in 2014 after getting inspired by a brand named "Patagonia".

The Shore Buddies Impact

Shore Buddies really makes an impact among children. We host beach clean ups, support Eco tours, and give educational seminars about the danger of plastic for our oceans and marine life at schools and youth organizations.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD

Know someone who would be just as excited as you are about Shore Buddies? Please share this campaign with friends by using one of the share buttons below. Thank you!

REWARDS

Like any good Kickstarter, we have lots of fun rewards for backers! Some of these are Kickstarter exclusives only available during this campaign for helping us bringing Shelly to life and releasing our book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean"

Here are the reward tiers for pledging, explained in more detail on the sidebar!

*Rewards are KICKSTARTER exclusive
*Rewards are KICKSTARTER exclusive

TIMELINE

Production of products has already started and they are scheduled to arrive in our warehouse in California in December. Once we reach our funding goal, we will start packing orders right away. Immediately after our Kickstarter ends, we will start shipping all qualifying pledges to ensure arrival before the Holidays.

WHY SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN?

We already finished production and Shelly and books are on their way to our warehouse. We have been in business for over 4 years and we are looking forward to this Holiday Season. Funding this campaign helps us to quickly refinance our investment and invest in expansion to reach even more Ocean Activists. We are passionate about our mission and appreciate your support. We look forward to having you on board as a part of the Shore Buddies family. Because of your support towards saving Marine Life,  we have designed this campaign around you. Become an exclusive funding member of Shore Buddies KICKSTARTER campaign. We have arranged this campaign around "Limited Editions" and first access to our new products. All pledges are available only during this Kickstarter campaign. With your pledge, you not only help to save Marine Life and keep Plastics out of Our Oceans, you also will get the very first ever produced items of "Shelly The Sea Turtle" and/ or "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean".

Here's how it works:

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Pledge $1 for the Ocean

$1 goes a long way! We appreciate your support to help save Marine Life and keep Plastics out of Our Oceans!

Pledge $5 (KICKSTARTER exclusive STICKER PACK - Shelly the Sea Turtle* & Shore Buddies group logo)

Both of our famous KICKSTARTER exclusive stickers are included in the sticker pack. Come join the Funders Club!

KICKSTARTER exclusive sticker of Shelly the Sea Turtle
KICKSTARTER exclusive sticker of Shelly the Sea Turtle
*KICKSTARTER exclusive sticker of the Shore Buddies group
*KICKSTARTER exclusive sticker of the Shore Buddies group

Pledge $15 (One of the first 100 books available of "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean)*

- 100 ONLY! -

Get your hands on the very first 100 released books of Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean. Each book will be hand signed by both authors and numbered from 001/100 - 100/100

Includes:

- Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*

- Shore Buddies group sticker*

Pledge $25 (One of the first 100 Shelly the Sea Turtle stuffed animal, made from 6 recycled plastic bottles)

- 100 ONLY! -

Get your hands on one of the very first 100 Shore Buddies Shelly the Sea Turtle. Each stuffed animal will be hand numbered from 001/100 - 100/100

Includes:

- Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*

- Shore Buddies group sticker*

Pledge $60 (EDUCATOR PACKAGE - 2x Book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" and 3x Shore Buddies stuffed animals)

Ocean Connectors Whale Watching Excursion with 5th graders
Ocean Connectors Whale Watching Excursion with 5th graders

Please check out our EDUCATOR PACKAGE - must work with kids

You are an educator and work with kids? Help us spread the word and support our mission and teach about the importance of keeping plastics out of the ocean. You work with a school or an ocean minded non-profit organization? Or know someone who does and would love this book...?

Our EDUCATOR PACKAGE gets you 2x copies of the famous book and 3x Shore Buddies stuffed animals. Support us in our Mission to save marine life and keep plastics out of Our Oceans. Your outreach makes a difference today!

Pledge $50 (Super limited edition! 50 ONLY - Book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" and Shelly the Sea Turtle package)

- 50 ONLY! -

Get your hands on this super limited edition of the book  "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" and Shelly the Sea Turtle package. Each book will be hand signed by both authors, and both the book and each stuffed animal will be hand numbered from 01/50 - 50/50

Includes:

- Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*

- Shore Buddies group sticker*

Pledge $150 (Extreme limited edition! 10 ONLY - Book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" and ALL Shore Buddies, including the newly released Shelly the Sea Turtle)

- 10 ONLY! -

Get your hands on this extreme limited edition of the book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" and ALL 5 Shore Buddies, including the newly released Shelly the Sea Turtle. Each book will be hand signed by both authors, and both the book and each stuffed animal will be hand numbered from 01/10 - 10/10

Includes:

- Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*

- Shore Buddies group sticker*

Pledge $500 (Beach Clean Up with the Shore Buddies team in San Diego, CA and dinner with the founder - 5 spots ONLY!)

- 5 ONLY! -

This VIP package includes a hands on experience. Come out to beautiful sunny San Diego, California. Join the Shore Buddies team and many volunteers at a beach clean up in the morning and enjoy an ocean view dinner at sunset with the Shore Buddies founder. It also includes a limited edition of both Shelly the Sea Turtle, and Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean. (Book and stuffed animal will ship in December 2018, Clean Up in March 2019)

Includes:

- Shelly the Sea Turtle, hand numbered 1/5 - 5/5

- "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean", hand signed by both authors and numbered 1/5 - 5/5

- Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*

- Shore Buddies group sticker*

- Early March 2019

- Airfare, transportation and accommodation not included

Pledge $5000 (3 Day Experience about Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica with the Shore Buddies founder - 3 spots ONLY!)

- 3 ONLY! - 

This OCEAN SUPERSTAR package is a 3 Day Experience about Sea Turtle Conservation. Join the founder of Shore Buddies on a trip about Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica. This VIP package includes a hands on experience and education about the danger of plastic in our oceans and how marine life is effected. Come out to beautiful coastal Costa Rica and travel along with the Shore Buddies founder to learn about local marine life and the plastic situation.  The package also includes hands on work with Sea Turtles. You will also have plenty of time to get to know the Shore Buddies founder during this fun packed and ocean minded 3 day trip. All meals, accommodation and ground transportation included. Also, your special limited edition of of both Shelly the Sea Turtle, and Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean will arrive in time for the Holidays. (Book and stuffed animal will ship in December 2018, Excursion in March 2019)

Includes:

- Shelly the Sea Turtle, hand numbered 1/3 - 3/3

- "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean", hand signed by both authors and numbered 1/3 - 3/3

- Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*

- Shore Buddies group sticker*

- March 2019

- Ground transportation from San Jose

- 3 Meals a day

- 3 nights accommodation

- Daily fun packed activities

- Airfare not included

Pledge $10 (Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean)

*delivery by March 2019
*delivery by March 2019

Pre-order your copy of Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean. Get your copy of Shore Buddies first children's book and help fund this campaign for a special price of $10 only.

Includes:

- Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*

- Shore Buddies group sticker*

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  • $1 shipping on stickers only orders
  • $3 shipping an all other orders

A big part of this campaign are the stretch goals! If the project is fully funded and exceeds the goal, we'd like to turn our book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" into an animated video.

THANK YOU - I LOVE SHELLY THE SEA TURTLE STICKER IS ADDED TO EVERY ORDER IF WE REACH $30,000*

LOCKED
LOCKED

At the $30,000 mark, we will include a " I love Shelly the Sea Turtle" sticker to every order that includes Shelly and/ or the book

THANK YOU - SHORE BUDDIES OCEAN ACTIVIST EMBROIDERED PATCH TO EVERY ORDER IF WE REACH 50,000*

LOCKED
LOCKED

At the $50,000 mark, we will include a Shore Buddies Ocean Lover embroidered patch to every order that includes Shelly and/ or the book

Risks and challenges

We have successfully worked with our factory for the last four year. All materials, especially the recycled fabric, has been thoroughly researched and vetted.

We have great experience in fulfillment and shipping. We are confident and delighted that we can guarantee delivery dates in time for the Holidays**. Also, all products meet our high quality and safety standards and are in compliance with US toy safety regulations.

*KICKSTARTER exclusive
*several items excluded. Please check individual pledge details for more.

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    KICKSTARTER exclusive sticker PACK

    Seriously, what were we thinking??? $5 for one stickers and 2 different ones..??? Anyways. We changed that now. $5 includes both stickers. All previous pledge claims are automatically updated. You're WHALEcome!

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    Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean

    Pre-order your copy of Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean. Get your copy of Shore Buddies first children's book and help fund this campaign for a special price of $10 only.

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
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    LIMITED: First 100 Books

    Get your hands on this limited edition of the first 100 released books of Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean. Each book will be hand signed by both authors and numbered from 001/100 - 100/100

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
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    LIMITED: First 100 Shellys

    Get your hands on one of the very first 100 Shore Buddies Shelly the Sea Turtle. Each stuffed animal will be hand numbered from 001/100 - 100/100

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
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    SUPER LIMITED: 50 packages

    Get your hands on this super limited edition of the book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" and Shelly the Sea Turtle package. Each book will be hand signed by both authors, and both the book and each stuffed animal will be hand numbered from 01/50 - 50/50

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
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    EDUCATOR PACKAGE

    You are an educator and work with kids? Support our mission and teach about the importance of keeping plastics out of the ocean. You work with a school or an ocean minded non-profit organization? Or know someone who does and would love this book...?
    Our EDUCATOR PACKAGE gets you 2x copies of the famous book and 3x Shore Buddies stuffed animals. Support us in our Mission to save marine life and keep plastics out of Our Oceans.

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
    • Shore Buddies And the Plastic Ocean
    • Shelly the Sea Turtle
    • Finn the Dolphin
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    EXTREME LIMITED: 10 packages

    Get your hands on this extreme limited edition of the book "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" and ALL 5 Shore Buddies, including the newly released Shelly the Sea Turtle. Each book will be hand signed by both authors, and both the book and each stuffed animal will be hand numbered from 01/10 - 10/10

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
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    OCEAN ACTIVIST: Beach CleanUp and Dinner

    This VIP package includes a hands on experience. Come out to beautiful sunny San Diego, California. Join the Shore Buddies team and many volunteers at a beach clean up in the morning and enjoy an ocean view dinner at sunset with the Shore Buddies founder. It also includes a limited edition of both Shelly the Sea Turtle, and Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean (Book and stuffed animal will ship in December 2018, Clean Up in March 2019)

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
    • - Shelly the Sea Turtle, hand numbered 1/5 - 5/5
    • Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean - hand signed 1/5 - 5/5
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    OCEAN SUPERSTAR: Sea Turtle Excursion

    This OCEAN SUPERSTAR package is a 3 Day Experience about Sea Turtle Conservation. Join the founder of Shore Buddies on a trip about Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica. This VIP package includes a hands on experience and education about the danger of plastic in our oceans and how marine life is effected. Come out to beautiful coastal Costa Rica and travel along with the Shore Buddies founder to learn about local marine life and the plastic situation. The package also includes hands on work with Sea Turtles. You will also have plenty of time to get to know the Shore Buddies founder during this fun packed and ocean minded 3 day trip. All meals, accommodation and ground transportation included. Also, your special limited edition of both Shelly the Sea Turtle, and Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean will arrive in time for the Holidays. (Book and stuffed animal will ship in December 2018, Excursion in March 2019)

    Includes:
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shore Buddies group sticker*
    • KICKSTARTER exclusive Shelly the Sea Turtle sticker*
    • Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean - hand signed 1/3 - 3/3
    • - Shelly the Sea Turtle, hand numbered 1/3 - 3/3
    • 3 meals a day
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • Daily fun packed activities
    • Sea Turtle Excursion
    • Ground Transportation
    • Airfare not included
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Funding period

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