FAQs

Company

What is Our vision?

At Cardboard Technologies, we breathe new life into recycled cardboard, transforming it into useful products for real people. Our products are comprised of recycled cardboard and supplemented by recycled plastics and rubber. We develop easily duplicated automatic production facilities that can be replicated worldwide, repurposing local waste and creating local industries.

 

Our mission is to provide useful Cardboard products around the world, wherever they are needed, at prices affordable to all. To do so, we developed our Social Business Model; a plan to partner with corporate sponsorship programs, or government and NGO initiatives, and subsidize Cardboard products in underdeveloped regions.

 

If you want to support our mission and help fund the creation of more Cardboard products, consider buying – for a Limited Time Only – a CardCorps membership, to give or keep.

What is Our Status?

As of mid-2018, we are in the process of establishing commercial production for our first product, the Cardboard Balance Bike. We hope to complete our next two projects, the Cardboard Wheelchair and the Cardboard Bike shortly after its release (see below for details).

 

We also are opening another round of investment so that we can continue developing production capabilities for the Cardboard Bike and the Cardboard Wheelchair. It has been difficult for us, but we have been forced to turn down investments that would have compromised our social approach. Our partners have patiently allowed us to complete everything we have promised, at the prices we promised.

 

To inquire about investment opportunities, contact: info@52.58.121.117

Why did you Insist on Cardboard Technologies taking this Route?

Our decisions have all been tailored to allow us to follow our Social Business Model. To do so, we have endured necessary delays in our production development.

 

The most difficult task thus far has been simplifying our custom production technology into a simple and easily duplicated line that can be shipped worldwide. This has been imperative to our efforts because the speed of automatic production enables us to offer our products at the promised prices while still creating local jobs and repurposing local waste.

Products

Why is it taking so long to launch the Cardboard Bike?

When we first announced our intentions to build a Cardboard Bike, everyone told us it was impossible. Since then, engineering a safe and durable bicycle out of cardboard has proven to be a challenge worthy of our efforts. In order to provide our products at the price and quality we promised, we have had to build an entire industry out of nothing.

 

The Cardboard Bike has served as our rolling laboratory, the product through which we have developed most of our technology. Its unique challenges have enabled us to develop methods that are widely applicable to other products. Over the past several years, we have used it to gain a deeper understanding of cardboard and protect all of the related IP.

 

While we have made tremendous progress, there is still more work to be done. We are not willing to compromise on safety or quality, so we are focused on ensuring that the bike is able to meet rigorous conditions and perform according to expectations.

 

In the meantime, we have decided to bring two other products to market before the Cardboard Bike; the Cardboard Balance Bike and the Cardboard Wheelchair.

 

We know that you’ve all been waiting…….and we promise that once they launch, our will have been worth the wait!

What Happens when it Rains?

The first thing we noticed when it rained was that our products got wet. Recognizing the potential problems, we worked tirelessly to fix this fatal flaw. Now, when the sun comes out, they dry.

 

Durability is a key feature of our products. Not only are our mobility devices designed to last up to 3 years, but they are held to the highest standards of safety and utility. The majority of our products’ natural strength is derived form the Cardboard itself, with help from reinforced plastics at key connection points. We use an organic coating to ensure water and fire resistance.

Which Product will launch first?

The first product to launch will be the Cardboard Balance Bike. Our take on the classic push bike, the Cardboard Balance Bike offers a durable, light weight, and affordable option unavailable anywhere else.

To prove our commitment to safety, we tested the Balance Bike against all relevant regulations for toys and kids’ room safety (including EN-71 European Toy Safety Standards), but also through performance testing for full-sized bikes.

We are targeting a commercial release date of January 2019.

All of our products are available through the Cardboard Technologies Store. You can pre-order the Balance Bike (and subsequent products) with our CardCorps Membership.

How much will the Cardboard Balance Bike cost?

We have spent time developing our automatic production technology in order to ensure that the Cardboard Balance Bike will be available to all at an affordable price. Our target price is between USD $49-59. Prices will decrease as our production capabilities mature.

Where will the Cardboard Balance Bikes be sold?

In general, expect large mass retailers to stock and sell the Cardboard Balance Bikes. We will also be partnering with online retailers, such as Amazon, to improve our reach.

 

All of our products are shipped in knock-down form with easy assembly. More details will be supplied on our website and Facebook page closer to the commercial launch.

How much will the Cardboard Bike cost?

As with the Cardboard Balance Bike, we aim to ensure that the Cardboard Bike will be available at an affordable price. Our early price target is USD $59. As we expand our production locations around the world, local production will help to reduce costs.

 

We will also make additional, commercial co-branded models available, whereby corporate sponsors will be able to brand the bikes with their identities, and then sell the bikes at a much lower cost. A similar sponsorship model (as seen in our Social Business Model) will also be made available to enable people in 3rd world countries to have access to the bike at no cost.

What colors will the adult and balance bikes be available in?

We will make the bikes available in 3 basic colors (see the Products Page for details). But local distributors / agents will be able to customize the bikes by means of printable adhesive “jackets” that can be suited to local markets, current trends, and even personalized.

Distributors

I’m interested in becoming a reseller / distributor / retailer of your products. How can I contact you?

At present, we are not open to partnerships / distribution agreements for the Cardboard Bike. However, if you are interested in purchasing commercial quantities of the Cardboard Balance Bike when it becomes ready to launch, please use our contact form (for commercial purposes only) on the contact page of our website or email us at info@52.58.121.117 closer to our product launches.

Can I buy advanced units / samples of the Cardboard Bike?

If you would like to pre-purchase the Cardboard Balance Bike or other upcoming products, consider buying a CardCorps Membership. In addition to early access to our products, CardCorps members receive a First Series Cardboard Balance Bike, part of the first ever Cardboard Technologies Product Series.

 

Detailed offerings are available on the CardCorps Page.

Can I license your technology to manufacture products in other areas?

At this point in time we are not open to exploring licensing opportunities in other areas.

 

Upon completion, each production line is run through a trial production run of 15,000 units. The line is then disassembled, shipped, and reassembled at another facility. There, we can operate the line at full capacity while duplicating it to create local industries.

 

If you are interested in licensing a production line for your region and would like more information, please contact: info@52.58.121.117.

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