Green Kickstarters We Love
Kickstarter has helped so many businesses and individuals reach out to potential investors. Whether they be musicians looking to put out a CD, documentarians trying to make a movie, or businesses introducing a new product, Kickstarter provides a platform for support. What's caught our eye are the green-friendly projects that could prosper with the help of this website. If it weren't for Kickstarter, I wouldn't have known about Sprout, a pencil containing seeds that can be planted when the pencil gets too small. Now Sprout has enough backers to create this innovative idea, and I may be one of the first recipients! Here are some other great green ideas you might want to get in on:
The Farmery: Food would be grown on-site at this urban farm and market proposed by Ben Greene of Raleigh, NC. Not only would they sell products grown right there in a facility made of old shipping containers; they would sell produce from local farmers. The Farmery's goal is to be able to offer locally grown products on a constant basis, and to let shoppers in on the sights, sounds, and even scents of the growing experience as they shop.
America's Litter: This nationwide art project will compile litter from each state to create one amazing installment. The artist, Noah Schenk, has come up with a fascinating concept based on his own love for cleaning litter off of the streets and giving it a more creative home in his artwork. He's done solo art installments in the past (the image above is an installment featuring litter collected from a block in Muncie, IN), but now he wants you to join in on the fun. Fill up a box with trash from your neighborhood and be a part of something truly unique and earth-friendly.
Robotboat Mark VI: Autonomous Marine Systems hopes that with funding through Kickstarter they will be able to create a fleet of sailing robots to hit the waters of our oceans, lakes, and rivers to collect data on water quality. A fleet of robots may sound a little sci-fi, but this organization has gone through many trial runs and has patents pending on this idea; all they need is a little financial boost to keep the dream alive.
New Kickstarter projects are posted on the website every day, so if you think these are cool, head to their campaigns and back them — then stick around and browse some other projects you can get behind.--Jess Krager is an editorial intern at Sierra and freelance editor. She graduated from CSU, Chico in 2009 with a certificate in literary editing and publishing. When she is not editing, she likes to go on random adventures or curl up with a good book.
--Photo courtesy of Noah Schenke