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NYC Based Techno-Progressivist, Creative Thinker, Inventor, and Designer Matthew Waldman Launches Kickstarter Campaign for POTHRA - Used Coffee Ground Decorative Pots

POTHRA™ combines passion for recycling with design – coffee grounds are transformed into a unique material with these beautiful pots.


New York, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/09/2013 --Like most design professionals, Matthew Waldman and his team are obsessed with good coffee. Like many designers, they view every process in life as an opportunity to re-invent. There are few options for dealing with organic garbage in a big city like New York. Pulling all these streams together, they spent several weekends experimenting with materials and processes to find a use for the copious used coffee grounds that are otherwise discarded.

The result of Matthew and his team's hard work is POTHRA™ made from resin and leftover coffee grounds. This unique flower pot brings a new use of an otherwise wasted material, turning an everyday cup of coffee into a functional item that challenges this consumption-oriented world with the idea that eco-friendly need not be ugly. Each piece is unique - different roasts of coffee interact with the resin in surprising and beautiful ways, creating a collection of hand cast individual pieces - where no two look the same.

This project will only be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by Wednesday May 22, 10:26am EDT.

Money raised will go towards:
Multipart compression mold development and fabrication,
Overhead for dedicated workshop space and tools,
Resin for casting 500~1000 pots,
Purchase of packaging materials,
Staff of 2 for fabrication and finishing,
PR and marketing.

As the team has already hand-produced 85 of these pieces for a project for the design destinations New York pop-up launching may 2013, they are uniquely positioned to bring this project to fruition.

Ideally, they want to use a corn-based or a biodegradable resin for this project. They have found that securing a reliable supplier for these materials in the USA is challenging, and hope to create a business partnership to accomplish this.

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