Why this is important enough for you to care
This is about hopes and dreams coming true- not just for us, but for others.
We thought crowd funding might be a good place to show the world our awesome product and get it into the hands of everyone on Earth. People all over the world waste millions of gallons of water every single day and our product is going to help reduce that waste and make a positive change once and for all. Awesome. Sounds pretty reasonable so far, right?
That’s when things changed. We discovered a non-profit organization named charity: water through a birthday wish from author Tim Ferriss. We found out that not only did many people around the world not have garden hoses to use our washers in; many didn’t have adequate shelter or even clean, safe water to drink. Well, that really made us feel like dirt. This is the year 2013 and yet it’s true- about 800 million people do not have clean water and over 4100 children die each day from lack of clean water. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
That is unacceptable, period.
This campaign is not only about getting you a great water/money saving product that lasts practically forever, but also contributing 5% of our ongoing net profits to the charity: water cause because it allows you and I to change people’s lives in ways we never could. Our focus isn’t just about showing you how our product can save water, but how our combined efforts can actually save water and lives. Now that’s awesome.
This is our mission now and yours if you so choose. Join us as we make leaking hoses history forever and do our part to help charity: water bring clean, safe water to everyone.
Water is life. Let’s make that happen for everyone.
Why do we need your help?
I started the Seal Genie™ as an idea and brought it to a fully developed working, prototype. They have been tested in real world temperatures, environments and applications (even some not very real). I have also identified several top-notch manufacturing companies still located in America. Making these one at a time in my kitchen however, is both tedious and difficult- not to mention time consuming!
Now we are asking for your help to move to the full production phase so these can become a reality for more than the dozen people that have working prototypes. With your pledges, we can start our tooling and get the Seal Genie™ into full production. Producing the Seal Genie™ in America in very large quantities is the only way to bring the costs down. Our goal is to get the Seal Genie™ into as many hands as possible so we can begin to erase the mistake of years of wasted water, money and energy.
Our current status:
Prototyping - Currently we have over three dozen working Seal Genie™ prototypes made of a base lab silicone, as shown in the video. All our prototypes were pain-stakingly hand injection molded one at a time by injecting (with great force) the silicone into our custom 3D-printed mold.
Final design - The design of the manufactured Seal Genie™ product will be very close to our working prototypes with the exception of the material. The final material will be a very special blend of food grade silicone with FDA approved color & property modifiers added in to suit our requirements for flexibility, durability and fine detail. This allows us to make a food safe washer that can be physically scaled up or down based on the application needs.
Manufacturing - We have finished the manufacturing/shipping cost assessment phase and I’m ready to start the funding/tooling/ manufacturing process for the pre-production 4 up tool (costs approx $10,000)and then full 64 up production tool (costs approx $43,000). More on our full product story here:
If we only raise enough money to hit our 10k goal, it will still enable us to get a 4 up mold made and start a limited production run (we will then sell our car, 401k or other options to get the rest). The point is: We are going to do whatever it takes to make this happen, there is no turning back now. Period.
How YOU can make a Global Impact
Most people know that our planet is about 70% covered in water; they teach you this early. Many do not realize, however that only about 1% of the world's water is fit for human consumption! We are rapidly depleting that number as populations grow and more and more is needed. The first and most logical step then is to reduce what we use and what we waste- both are achievable goals. Our website has many infographics on both conservation and water waste reduction- as well as more detail on our product- please check them all out.
We know that pretty much everyone on the planet has a leaking faucet or garden hose connection. Why is that? Consumers have never been provided with a good solution until now. The average U.S. family of 4 uses about 146,000 gallons of water per year and 95% of that goes down the drain. Per family water leaks account for about 10,000 gallons of water waste per year! That's enough to fill a large pool.
By backing this project you can-
- help reduce the amount of water, money and energy that is wasted globally
- help set the new world-wide standard for garden hose connections that lasts practically forever but does not leak.
- help us help charity: water with their mission to bring clean water to the world. By changing our wasteful ways, we help conserve that much more for everyone!
- help a small start-up business grow and continue to make an impact worldwide
- help be a part of the solution, not the problem.
- get some cool perks and feel good about helping others.
Cannot pledge? You Can Still Help!
We understand that many of you are generous and love helping others, but financial burdens are always there it seems. That's life and we understand that. If you'd like to, you can still help:
- We are entered in Wal-Marts "Get on the Shelf" contest- you can vote for us once per day through Sept 2nd. This helps get national exposure for our product
- and cause and costs only a few minutes of your time. Vote here:
- We are also entered in Martha Stewarts 'American Made' contest. Voting starts 8-26-2013. Again, every vote you can give helps us get closer to success!
- Remember to use the IndieGoGo share tools!
- Tell your friends and family, they probably don't know about us...yet.
- 'Like' us on Facebook and share with family and friends
- Know a reporter, garden blogger, hardware store owner or nursery? Tell them about us!
O.K. I get it! Now tell me WHAT I GET!
We have strived to make our perks useful, logical and non-wasteful. We also sourced all of them entirely from the U.S.A. For those of you from the U.S. you know why this matters to us. Here are the base perks descriptions, others are listed in the perks section on the right.
Seal Genie™ Garden Hose Washers
·Made in the USA. Superior design and materials provides unmatched performance.
·Ultra durable – pliable even in extreme temperatures.
·USA and worldwide patents pending.
·Limited lifetime warranty.
·Engineered not to shrink, crack, split, rot or let you down.
·Saves water, money and energy*.
Dramm 9 Pattern Revolver Garden Hose Nozzle
·Made in the USA.
·Nine spray patterns for any outdoor activity involving water (washing cars, bathing dogs, watering plants).
·Quick change patterns.
·Ergonomic insulated grip.
·Lifetime guarantee and available in six enticing colors: red, orange, yellow, green,
blue, and berry.
Custom Print ECO Message Canvas Shopping Bag
·Made in the USA of canvas that is milled in the USA, all bags are cut, printed and sewn in the United States of America.
·Measures 13.5" H x 17.5" W with a 13.5" x 4.5" gusset.
·Handles are 11.5" x 1" and sewn to the top of the bag.
·Heavy Cotton/Poly Canvas.
·Perfect bag for regional or specialized markets, farmer's markets, local festivals,
fairs, and more.
Custom Print ECO Message T-Shirt
·Made in the USA.
·Available in popular men's & women's sizes.
·Bright and colorful ECO message really stands out!
·100% cotton for comfort.
·Black shirt color only.
25ft Slim & Light Polyurethane garden hose
·Made in the USA.
·100% free from toxic chemicals such as lead, BPA and
phthalates often found in other garden hoses.
·Solid machined brass fittings-chrome plated.
·7/16” inside diameter. 4-5 gallons per minute flow rate
…plenty for most any job around the home, garden or shop.
·Slim & light hose weighs only 3 pounds for every 50ft!
·Flexible in almost all weather conditions. Hot, cold and
even freezing temperatures.
·Specially engineered strain reliefs on both ends to prevent hose
kinks at the faucet or nozzle.
·Available in 5 dramatic colors- Eggplant, Cranberry, Espresso, Olive & Robins Egg.
Earthstarter Irrigated Herbmat
·Awesome, Made in the USA, fully assembled Herbmat w/ built in irrigation.
·Size: 2’ x 6’. Packed Size: 10.25” x 4.78” x 4” (LxWxH) weight: 80 grams.
·32 pre-planted seedballs (non-GMO).
·8 plant varieties.
·6 garden mat staples.
·8 different types of non-GMO herbs.