We designed and engineered an umbrella that last longer than normal umbrellas, because it doesn't bend, but flexes.
It's made only in polypropylene (including the yarns on which the canopy is made). PP is a common plastic that can be also recycled.
Plastic is bad? Not if can be recycled, or if it's biodegradable.
Common umbrellas can't be recycled. You must disassemble them to recycle all the parts. When you dispose your normal umbrella in the landfill, the canopy takes 100 years to biodegrade, and the quantity of these umbrellas produced every year is incredible: 900'000'000 pieces.
The quantity of the umbrellas' metal thashed in the landfill every year is the equivalent of 25 Eiffel towers. As you know, the metal processing is energy-intensive.
So we think we are making a good think with this project.
For more info. www.ginkgoumbrella.com
To support us on indiegogo: http://igg.me/at/ginkgo/
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