Whether you’re launching your own startup or trying to get your first book published, Kickstarter is a great platform to raise money from individuals – not professional investors or venture capitalists – for creative projects related to music, film, art, technology, design, food and of course, sustainability. Here’s Earth911’s picks for the five most interesting eco-minded campaigns on Kickstarter this week.
1. Upcycled bike chain bracelets
The average bicycle shop produces 25-40 pounds of waste bike chains per month, according to Ben Gould, industrial designer and inventor. But Gould has found a stylish new use for this leftover material, degreasing the chains with biodegradable agents and upcycling them into colorful, accordion-like bracelets.
Gould launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to take his local project to the national level. First, he plans to set up a network of bike shops across the country that will commit to sending him their unwanted bike chains; a portion of Kickstarter donations will be used to pay the cost of shipping this material to Gould.
He’ll also use contributions to build better forging tools so he can process a large volume of bike chains and to electroplate some bracelets in chrome, silver and gold for customers who want “unparalleled bling.”