Best in Crowdfunding: October 2016
This used to be one of my favorite kinds of posts to write, so when I saw that both an author and a fashion brand that I follow both launched Kickstarters this month, I decided it would be the perfect time to do a "Best in Crowdfunding" post! I had fun finding some interesting projects that I think are worth investing in.
You had me at "Sustainable Fashion." The description of this Kickstarter piqued my interest but when I checked out the page and saw the clothes - oh yes I am SO IN. This collection is scratching me right where I itch. Comfy flowy pieces that transition from lounging to being out in the world - plus they're fairly manufactured out of organic fabrics. Yes, yes, yes, yes. I want all of it.
Ends On: November 18
Science Wide Open is a series of children's books that not only makes science fun for kids, but does so by featuring important women scientists in history. Encouraging all children to explore science while empowering little girls to know they can be anything? Yea that's a project I can get behind. Here's the description from the campaign page: "This is a series that... First, explains and teaches some basic concepts in chemistry, biology and physics in simple and memorable terms by using the natural questions and curiosity of a young child. Second, does so by highlighting some of the mind blowing scientific advancements made by women scientists throughout history."
Ends On: November 3
The Safari Seat is a wheelchair designed for use in rural deeloping communities. The designs for the chair are open source, meaning they'll be made available for free to anyone who needs them. The device itself can be built out of old bicycle parts in community workshops, meaning the chairs will be easy to make and to repair! Supporting this project and providing mobility to someone who needs it is enough to get me to contribute, but there are some pretty appealing rewards too. The Safari Seat team has partnered with some Kenyan artisans to offer some really beautiful handmade rewards like jewelry, belts, and more.
Ends On: November 16
I love spending time in my little garden. I have two raised garden beds full of veggies and herbs, and an entire home full of house plants. When I was just getting started with a little cactus on the windowsill of my bedroom in my parents' house, I came across YouGrowGirl. The website is incredibly informative but still totally accessible. The creator, Gayla Trail, has since written four books, and I own them all. I've been at it for over ten years but I still consider myself a beginner, and I refer to her books ALL THE TIME. Grow Curious promises to be just as good, but less of a how-to-garden book than a tool to help readers form a deeper connection with their garden through guided activities. I can not wait to get my hands on it.
Ends: November 3
I've written about Sseko Designs a few times before, when I was raving about their convertible sandals, and praising their bucket bag as one of my favorite things (still totally true!) Through their Kickstarter campaign, backers can create custom designed sandals. Choose your silhouette, material, color, accessories, everything that goes into your handmade sandals. What I love most about Sseko is that they employ women who are earning money to go to University. Not only does Sseko pay them a wage, but they also match the funds that each woman has saved by at least 200% in the form of a scholarship. I think the coolest part of this project is that each backer will be communicating directly with the woman making the shoes. I think having that connection will make wearing the sandals that much more special.
Ends On: November 8