As Kickstarter creators ourselves, we are always inspired by the many other companies on the site who have set out to provide ethical and sustainable products.
Here are our top 5 Kickstarter campaigns, past and present, that combine environmental responsibility with great design.
The SOLE x United By Blue
What happens when you cross an experienced footwear manufacturer with a responsible apparel company? You get a comfortable and stylish shoe packed full of the highest-quality, most sustainable materials.
Instead of making their shoes from rubber and petroleum-based fabrics, they chose eco-alternatives at every step:
1. Algae biomass to produce foams with 40% less environmental impact.
2. Natural rubber made even more durable with waste rice husks.
3. Petroleum-based synthetics replaced with bison fibre destined for the landfill.
Their chukka boot was so successful they released a slip-on shoe as a $300k stretch goal! If that’s not good enough, they also remove 1 pound of trash from the world's oceans and waterways for every pair of shoes sold. Check out their past Kickstarter campaign here.
The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Graphic T-shirt by Born Hybrid
Well, we couldn't write this article without including our own project, right? Born Hybrid T-shirts are manufactured using renewable energy and delivered in biodegradable, plastic-free packaging. Here’s how our garments differ from your average T-shirt:
1. Taking inspiration from nature, our T-shirts feature highly detailed illustrations of endangered and extinct animals. Drawn with fineliners and edited digitally, our designs offer a level of detail that you won’t find anywhere else.
2. They are made exclusively from sustainable, natural plant fibres, specially selected for comfort and breathability.
3. For every T-shirt sold, Born Hybrid funds the purchase of 20 metres squared of habitat to create permanently protected nature reserves.
We have our eyes firmly focussed on the future and have set our sights on expanding our product range. Check out our current Kickstarter project.
All around the world people shower every day. But with water shortages becoming a serious issue, Nebia set about to make our daily habit more eco-friendly. By atomizing water into millions of droplets, the Nebia shower covers 10 times more surface area while using 70% less water than a typical showerhead. Their futuristic design was so popular, they launched the Nebia 2.0 with similar credentials but improved spray nozzles for optimal warmth, rinsing and coverage. Despite raising over $5million on Kickstarter, Nebia are still pursuing more with their ambitious goal to save 1 billion gallons of water by the end of 2021, so we can probably expect to see a lot more from this enterprising company.
What looks like a plastic straw, but is durable, hyper-compostable and edible? The LOLISTRAW from LOLIWARE of course. Over 500 million plastic straws are used in the US every day, with over 8 million tons of single use plastic entering the ocean every year. To help reduce these numbers, LOLIWARE created their straws from seaweed - a renewable resource that absorbs CO2 and does not require land resources. It lasts up to 24 hours in a drink, can fully break down in your compost in 60 days, or be eaten in seconds. It’s the perfect answer to the straw problem and we can’t wait to see them in cafes and bars across the world.
Cora Ball Microfiber Catching Laundry Ball
Another project here that set out to help save our oceans and waterways from microplastics. Every time we wash our clothes we’re releasing thousands of microfibers into waste water that a standard filter can’t catch. With over 60% of clothing in the U.S. made from plastic, every wash is putting more plastics into the marine eco-system, fish and eventually onto our plates. Taking inspiration from coral, the Cora Ball allows water to flow through it while catching microfibres in its stalks. Made from 100% recycled plastic, this little ball is one device we could all do with in our washing machines.