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$2,313
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
38
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 27 2019 12:24 PM UTC +00:00.

About

PlantPants are unique planters with a lot of character. They allow you to give your home or office plant an expressive display of personality by memorializing it in one of six signature poses. They are the perfect companion for your small ferns, succulents, air or water plants, and each pair comes with a 3.5” tall by 2” diameter glass votive to give your plant an elegant base. No matter which pose you choose, you can rest assured that these are not just one of your garden variety planters!

PlantPants shown in white plastic. Plants not included.
PlantPants shown in white plastic. Plants not included.

The Man Behind the Pants

I am a Chicago based designer and a cohabitant of a plant forward home (thanks primarily to my wife).  I have long been a fan of visual humor―it is something I always strive to incorporate into my own work.  So far, this has mostly manifest itself in the format of drawing, 3D modeling and rendering, and over time I have built up a catalogue of characters and designed a cohesive world for them to live in.  Recently, I have been pondering ways to advance my work beyond drawing and create something a bit more tangible.  Enter the plant.  I love the way in which every plant seems to exhibit its own unique personality and character, so it seemed fitting to garnish them with some highly expressive pants that could enhance or subvert their personality in a brand new way.  Now, by releasing these pants into the world, I am excited by the fact that we can design a multitude of brand new characters together!

Kraft mailer prototype.
Kraft mailer prototype.

Choosing What to Wear

My vision is to provide PlantPants in two different material finishes: white plastic and white-glazed ceramic.  So far, the full suite of Plastic PlantPants has been developed and prototyped using 3D printing and white plastic.  These designs are nearly finalized and you can pledge to this campaign to receive any of the six poses as a durable plastic planter. Assembled with a glass votive (included), each planter stands roughly 8" tall and 3" wide.  I will be able to begin producing the plastic version at scale soon after the campaign concludes.

The original PlantPants! The Stander is timeless and refined, dilligenty standing tall.
The original PlantPants! The Stander is timeless and refined, dilligenty standing tall.
Why not take a load off with The Slacker? Holding up a plant is hard work...
Why not take a load off with The Slacker? Holding up a plant is hard work...
For home or on the go! Take a walk on the wild side with The Strider.
For home or on the go! Take a walk on the wild side with The Strider.
Conquer all the sharp edges in your life with The Settler! From bookshelf to desktop, the sights from the Settler's point of view are always worth taking in.
Conquer all the sharp edges in your life with The Settler! From bookshelf to desktop, the sights from the Settler's point of view are always worth taking in.
Hunker down to stimulate some growth with the Squatter! It is said that the harder you concentrate, the faster your plant may grow.
Hunker down to stimulate some growth with the Squatter! It is said that the harder you concentrate, the faster your plant may grow.
Find your center with the Tree Pose! Surprisingly stable, don't miss your chance to mystify your house guests with this Kickstarter Exclusive!
Find your center with the Tree Pose! Surprisingly stable, don't miss your chance to mystify your house guests with this Kickstarter Exclusive!
A fit and stylish wardrobe.
A fit and stylish wardrobe.

Expanding Manufacturing Capability

A glimpse inside PlantPants HQ.
A glimpse inside PlantPants HQ.
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Beyond the 3D printed plastic planters (which I can fulfill on my own in-house), I want to use this campaign as an opportunity to raise capital that I can directly invest into an outsource manufacturing process known as ceramic slip casting.  This will allow the ceramic version of PlantPants to become a reality.

Slip casting is a technique where a plaster mold is formed around an object, and then used to cast a form of liquid ceramic, or “slip”, that is then cured, cleaned, and fired in a kiln. The end result is a high quality piece of pottery with hand made charm, that is able to be replicated.  It is my belief that applying this ceramic technique to my PlantPants designs can bring these planters to the next level. 

There are significant costs involved to begin the slip cast process, and to produce molds that can be perfected and re-used for high quality production.  The funds raised in this Kickstarter campaign will  be used to partner with a US based ceramics manufacturer, Mudshark Studios from Portland, Oregon.  Mudshark will be able to produce the necessary molds required to create the inaugural run of Ceramic PlantPants.  They are a talented group of artisans with a lot of experience and a high quality portfolio of projects.  I know that with their help we can deliver a great product. 

I am pleased to unveil the first design of the PlantPants series to be converted to ceramic: "The Ceramic Slacker XL".  This ceramic edition planter is a jumbo version of The Slacker and features a 4" diameter pot to plant your plants directly inside.  Check out the design below:

Hold down the fort with The Ceramic Slacker XL.  This weighty planter features a little extra room around the waist to the tune of a 4" diameter pot to place your plants directly inside.  Measures approximately 9" long and 3" tall.  Design prototype image features a white plastic model, final version to be manufactured in white-glazed ceramic.
Hold down the fort with The Ceramic Slacker XL. This weighty planter features a little extra room around the waist to the tune of a 4" diameter pot to place your plants directly inside. Measures approximately 9" long and 3" tall. Design prototype image features a white plastic model, final version to be manufactured in white-glazed ceramic.
Like father, like son.
Like father, like son.
Slackin' runs in the family.
Slackin' runs in the family.

Available Planter Styles

Reward Tiers

Budget Allocation

Because of the large upstart costs involved with mold making, I  will only be able to offer up the first design in the PlantPants series (The Ceramic Slacker XL) to be realized as a ceramic version planter. If we are somehow able to surpass the fundraising goal, I will consider making a second design available for slip cast production to give you a choice between one or both available poses.

Below is a look at how I plan to allocate the funds raised if this project is successful:

Thank you for your support. Together, we can put a pair of pants onto plants all over the world!  One leg at a time... 

Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter campaign after previously co-leading a successful campaign in 2015. In that effort, we successfully met our goal, stayed on budget and delivered our product on time. I learned a lot about logistics through that experience and hope to apply the same lessons learned then to this new effort.

That said, every project is different, and there are always new and unforeseen challenges. I am confident in my abilities to deliver on this project despite the slipcast process being brand new to me. I have already been in coordination with the manufacturer and tweaked my design for successful casting, and have a baseline understanding on budget and process. I am also comfortable 3D printing a production run of plastic planters for those that choose them, with the only real hurdle being the time to print each piece. It takes between 10 and 12 hours to print each design, along with some assembly and processing. This process is mostly automated, but I will still need to be there to set up the printer every once and a while. A large volume of orders could potentially bottleneck my process and push out the schedule. I estimate that I will have ceramic product in hand ready to ship out in 6-8 months, with 3D print production wrapping up slightly sooner than that. Of course, these estimates will be closely tied to order volume.

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Sustainable materials

As a product that relies on the inclusion of an organic plant to realize its final form, PlantPants is a product committed to being sensitive to environmental impact. PlantPants are produced from sustainable and durable materials. The plastic version of pants is printed from polylactide(PLA), a thermoplastic created from corn sugar. This material is ultimately biodegradable and not harmful to the environment. The glass votive standard with every Plastic PlantPants is manufactured by Libbey Glass, a sustainable company committed to using 30% pre-consumer recycled glass in each of their glassware products. Finally, the packaging is made from a regionally sourced corrugated Kraft cardboard. Natural Kraft paper is unbleached to ensure minimal chemical treatment and is a biomaterial that is bio-based and completely biodegradable.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Whenever possible, PlantPants utilizes low-impact materials and sources manufacturing services local to the US. This includes partnering with manufacturing partners within the region, as locally available as possible.

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    Three pairs of plastic PlantPants in the poses of your choosing. Choose from any of the six available poses (you'll get to choose which poses you want in a survey at the conclusion of the campaign). Each pair is packed in an illustrative mailer box and includes three 3.5" tall x 2" diameter glass votives.

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    Receive a ceramic planter from the inaugural run of slipcast PlantPants in "The Ceramic Slacker XL" pose. This planter features a 4" diameter pot, is 9" long and 3" tall. Plus, choose any of the six available PlantPants poses in plastic (you'll get to choose which pose you want later in a survey sent out at the conclusion of the campaign). Each pair is packed in an illustrative mailer box and includes one 3.5" tall x 2" diameter glass votive.

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    Receive a ceramic planter from the inaugural run of slipcast PlantPants in "The Ceramic Slacker XL" pose. This planter features a 4" diameter pot, is 9" long and 3" tall. Plus, choose any two of the six available PlantPants poses in plastic (you'll get to choose which poses you want later in a survey sent out at the conclusion of the campaign). Each pair is packed in an illustrative mailer box and includes two 3.5" tall x 2" diameter glass votive.

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    Receive all six PlantPants poses in plastic. Ships in a commemorative, illustrative shipping carton to celebrate the whimsy inside! Each pair is packed in an illustrative mailer box and includes six 3.5" tall x 2" diameter glass votives.

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    HOLIDAY SPECIAL - PlantPants Single Pair

    Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with FREE domestic shipping to anywhere in the US! A pair of plastic PlantPants in the pose of your choosing. Choose from any of the six available poses (you'll get to choose which pose you want in a survey at the conclusion of the campaign). Packed in an illustrative mailer box and includes one 3.5" tall x 2" diameter glass votive.

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