We are so close to the end zone – 15 more days to go! And with your help we hope we can reach our goal of $99,999 and bring the bottle to market.
To make this last push a little more enticing, Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver, Golden Tate is giving a signed football to one of 999Bottle backers. So by backing us, not only do you get a unique sleek reusable water bottle that everyone will ask you about, you also stand to win a piece of NFL memorabilia many will envy you for.
So, if you have not yet backed 999Bottles on Kickstarter, don’t wait too long – pledge for a chance to win a signed Golden Tate football and make the 999Bottles a Kickstarter Touchdown!
999Bottles has attracted the attention and support of hundreds of people from all over the world. One of our most vocal supporters is Jonathan Eric Defante, who was selected as a 2011 United Nations Citizen Ambassador for his change-inspiring video Changing the World, One Bottle at a Time. A native of The Philippines, Jonathan currently lives in Dubai. But not for long—he is planning to go to Guatemala and help build a classroom out of used plastic bottles.
We sat down with Jonathan last week to learn more about what inspired him to do the video and what lies ahead for him.
Tell us about yourself. How did you become a UN Citizen Ambassador? What did you do before and how has this honor changed your life?
I graduated in Mapua Institute of Technology back in Oct 2009, under the program of Electronics Engineering. I worked as a high-school teacher for about a year. I was 21 back then and in 2011 tried finding work here in Dubai. It was around August that I had the chance to stumble upon a website citing that it was World Humanitarian Day and then the UN had this contest for the Citizen Ambassador. I checked out couple of the previous videos and then I felt that I could do it as well. I had a whole week off before I started my new job as a sales associate in Virgin Megastore and so I used that time to create the video and deliver the idea into a 30-second pitch.
I got a call from New York early October informing me that I qualified to the Top 20 and then, the next day, that I was selected as one of the three Ambassadors, out of more than 500 entries worldwide. Limitless opportunities opened up for me — I’ve been introduced to many great and inspiring individuals and it gave me a chance to connect to people who share my vision and advocacy passion. It made me more responsible and led me to have this dream of helping communities and the environment at the same time.
We passed the 50% mark in less than a month! For this, we’re releasing two new 999Bottles corp pack with a custom logo option and announcing our first retail partnerships with the award-winning Fab.com and ecomom.com. Read the official release below!
INNOVATIVE RETAILERS AND GREEN ORGANIZATIONS LINE UP BEHIND 999BOTTLES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
Unique Reusable Bottle Gains Support from Individual Backers from Five Continents
SEATTLE, Wash. –22, 2012 – Artefact, the award-winning technology product design firm, who launched a Kickstarter campaign last month to fund the manufacturing of its unique 999Bottles concept, announced that in less than a month, it has reached 50% of its funding goal of $99,999. The momentum is fueled by the support of almost 500 backers from five continents, the pledges from corporate partners like NorTech and the commitment of innovative retailers such as ecomom.com and Fab. Designed to encourage people to switch away from using environmentally damaging plastic bottles by helping them track and visualize the impact of their choices, the 999Bottles combines quality materials, sleek design and unique tracking mechanism.
ecomom.com and Fab are two founding distribution partners who are committed to place 999Bottles on their innovative retail platforms. With an exclusive focus on providing moms easy access to the world’s best, healthiest products, online retailer ecomom.com is always on the lookout for products that do not compromise between eco-consciousness, design and ease-of-use. The 999Bottles’ no-fuss design, smart features such as the no-slip, no-scratch rubberized bottom and wide mouth for easy cleaning make it the perfect reusable bottle for any busy mom. The clever dials and the accompanying iPhone app encourage her to use it often for herself or as an interactive tool that teaches her kids environmental responsibility.
“Everything on our site is ecomom trusted. Our team of experts researches products, so you don’t have to,” said Jody Sherman, CEO and co-founder of ecomom.com. “With its sleek design, positive environmental impact, and educational app, 999Bottles is the perfect addition to ecomom’s inventory of smart, healthy products for the family.”
In less than a year since its launch, Fab has become the destination for design-conscious consumers, looking to bring modern design into their lives. Key to the company’s success has been its ability to source and curate an inventory with the most uniquely designed products usually not available in mass-merchandise stores. Fab plans to include 999Bottles in its virtual catalog in the fall.
Businesses and non-profit organizations, that want to emphasize environmental responsibility in their corporate culture, have also embraced 999Bottles idea. To meet the demand for 999Bottles as a business gift or employee reward, Artefact is introducing a new reward category. The Green Leaders pack includes 100 999Bottles, while for larger organizations The Eco Corp Pack provides 250 bottles. Both options can also be customized with an engraved company logo. One of the first organizations to take advantage of this is NorTech, a nonprofit technology-based organization, dedicated to accelerating the growth of Northeast Ohio’s emerging technology industries, and a backer for 999Bottles.
“Environmental awareness and sustainability is part of our organizational culture,” said Rebecca O. Bagley, President and Chief Executive Officer of NorTech, “We believe that being good stewards of the environment starts with minimizing the impact of our own operations through conserving resources and reducing waste. The 999Bottles program helps us accomplish that goal.”
Last week, we invited our Kickstarter backers to vote on the design of the Limited Edition 999Bottles. They jumped on the chance to participate, cast their vote and have their design voice heard. In three days, we got almost 300 votes and we now have a winner! But before we unveil that I’d like to share a bit more of why it was important for us to involve supporters in this decision.
One of the reasons Artefact embarked on the 999Bottles project was to take a concept, that we firmly believe in, all the way from our sketch pad to market. As a design consultancy, we have the privilege to work with leading companies to shape the design for innovative products and create the overall concept of unique user experiences. But we are only a small part of the entire process. 999Bottles gives us the opportunity to be involved all the way through—from the more significant details and visible ones, like the shape of the bottle, to the less obvious ones, like the bar on the cap that allows you to attach a carrying strap and then taking the idea to the public. So why did we give up some of the control in the design?
We wanted to show our supporters a token of appreciation for their support. In less than a month, more than 500 people pledged money for 999Bottles on Kickstarter. Without our supporters, 999Bottles is simply an idea.
We wanted to give supporters more ownership in the journey. Our backers’ support does not end with their pledge. We rely on them to spread the word and become champions to 999Bottles so we can reach our funding goal.
The Limited Edition 999Bottles is a way to commemorate our Kickstarter community. If we succeed in reaching our goal (and we hope we do), we may make thousands of 999Bottles. Yet these 999 Limited Edition bottles will always symbolize the passion and commitment of these first supporters. What better way to do that than letting backers choose the design?
The winner is the Personalized Limited Edition 999Bottles! It features the backer’s name and the unique number of the bottle.
The second most popular design was the Engraved World Map. It features a subtle texture and aunique number per bottle. When we asked our Facebook fans to guess the winning design, they actually chose this option.
Results are in! We closed the 999Bottles limited edition survey last night so now it’s time for our Facebook fans to guess the winning design. You can check out the three concepts here and like the one you think got the most votes. We’ll reveal the winner in less than 24 hours. Stay tuned!
As seen in the last post we are conducting a poll to determine the final design for the 999Bottle Limited Edition. If you’d like to get your vote in, you just need to become a backer with $1 or more. You can always change your pledge level until funding closes on June 22. Join us!
We’ve been getting lots of questions about the Limited Edition 999Bottle on Kickstarter. This is an exclusive, one-time only, engraved design for our Kickstarter backers and we want you to pick the final design!
We’re finishing up the details of a few concepts and we plan to release them next week with details on how to get the vote in.
Remember, there are only 999 of the Limited Edition bottles available so quantity is limited! Get your pledge in today 🙂