Yogi Berra once said of a popular restaurant in St. Louis: "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded." Kickstarter and Indiegogo feel like that sometimes; there is so much stuff now that you can't even look at it anymore. We get so many pitches on TreeHugger, and have posted quite a few, never knowing if the thing will get funded or if it can actually be built if it gets funded (hello, where's my Jorno keyboard?) There are so many worthwhile things that don't get funded and so many trivial things that just go nuts (like this silly cooler that was looking for $50K and has $6 million with 42 days to go!)
So on Crowdfunding Friday we will round up the interesting finds that get tossed over our transom. I tend to like the smaller, creative and obviously, green projects. Two that caught my eye this week:
Bringing Art to Eyewear | Engraved Wood SunglassesReally, compared to a stupid plastic cooler with a blender on top, here is something useful: 13 artists from 5 different continents engraving their designs on to wooden sunglasses. Perhaps it was the pitch from Matthew Miner and Alex Cruft:
Oregon has always had a bit of a reputation of being filled with hippies and eco-nuts and well, if you have seen the show Portlandia, that sums it all up. In reality, most of us Oregonians are just normal people who care about the planet and want to do our part in preserving it. Renewable products are a growing trend, and one that I am super excited to be a part of! I think that the way most products are made now is entirely unsustainable and that better alternatives exist.They haven't raised six million bucks; they haven't broken six grand yet. But I like their attitude. More on Kickstarter.