At last night’s Mass Innovation Nights, Project Repat’s Nathan Rothstein said the company has found amazing success with one product in particular: Quilted blanks from your used T-shirts. Now the start-up is looking for a Kickstarter three-peat to expand the product line while helping out other area entrepreneurs.
Previously, the young company has twice beat its goal of raising $5,000, but it has set the bar higher this time, shooting for $15,000 as it works to add laptop cases and ties to its line of offerings. All of the products are made out of recycled old T-shirts the buyer sends in in a process the start-up describes as ‘upcycling.’
One nice touch to the latest campaign: Much of the focus is on generating jobs here in Massachusetts through sourcing the manufacturing with 99 Degrees Custom, a young Lawrence-based manufacturer that offers training, living wages, and custom manufacturing work.
“While we could sit on some cash we’ve earned over the past year after selling so many blankets, we decided the best thing we could do was put that money back into the economy and help out a fellow entrepreneur,” Project Repat wrote in its pitch. “By guaranteeing Brenna enough orders, Project Repat has fronted [99 Degrees Custom] for the first 6 months of operations, which is typically the most difficult months when starting a business.”
So far the campaign is off to a strong start with 29 days to go. More information is available on Project Repat’s Kickstarter page.