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One Tree Planted - Making our Planet Greener

 

VentaPak will plant one tree for every VentaPak through our partnership with Onetreeplanted.org,  a leading non-profit that plants millions of tree each year

 

 

Enjoying and Caring for our Forests and Planet

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

In any other year, this old cliché would seem just that. An easy way to explain all the things we’ve lost because of the pandemic. Yet, when I look back on what loss means for me personally in 2020, the word takes on a much more profound meaning. 

I’ve spent much of my life outdoors. Whether hiking, playing camping, or biking around and to work in New York City; being outside and in nature is where I have felt the happiest and key to well being.

Loving the outdoors, biking as a way to get around and explore on your own terms, and creating new products and companies led me to launch the VentaPak to transform the backpack wearing experience.

This has been a hard year for all of us, and being outdoors and in forests has been a tonic.   COVID has constrained and challenged us in ways we could never have imagined.    While our forests have been a refuge for us, they have also been suffering greatly.   California burned for most of the spring, again, destroying millions of acres of forest land.  A young relative of mine, who was studying at McGill University, tragically died in October.    She was a wonderful and promising young woman.  She loved trees and went to Costa Rica with OneTreePlanted; she wanted to do her part to help heal and restore forests that are suffering. She was studying environmental science and on a path to do great things to care for our environment and make the planet green.

So, as I reflected on Giving Tuesday, supporting OneTreePlanted, along with Bikes for Kids Foundation, was the obvious thing to do.    Even more as VentaPak is all about enjoying the outdoors more, whether biking, hiking, fishing, or other activities.

VentaPak is committed to giving 10% of our profits to non profits doing great things, such as our first partner Bikes for Kids Foundation, and now OneTreePlanted. 

For every VentaPak purchased, we will plant one tree through a donation to One Tree Planted (www.onetreeplanted.org). My hope is that it’s an idea that can grow with everyone who loves the outdoors – and something I commit to continuing in 2021 and beyond.

People we’ve lost can’t come back - they can only be remembered, cherished, and honored. . But nature can. With all of our help.

-Mark Dingle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birth of VentaPak -- Origin Story

"This thing is legit a game changer for those who do long walks/hikes or bike" - C.J. Kuper, Kickstarter Backer, after field testing the VentaPak

Backpacks are one of the great inventions of all time. We rely on them to carry our stuff wherever we go, work, school, traveling, wherever.  Since I was young, I have loved and depended on mine. However, after many years, many miles and many destinations, I became increasingly bothered by a few well known shortcomings in their comfort.

Most of all, after bike commuting in Manhattan for years, I got fed up with how my backpack clung to me when I rode, causing sweaty shirts and a sore spine.  Both detracted from an otherwise exhilarating and pleasurable ride.

Like many inventions, the VentaPak originated from identifying a problem and thinking continuously (obsessively) how I might solve it.   Working as an engineer, consultant, and start-up executive has been part of my longstanding drive to find ways to make things work better.

If I was having issues with my backpack, I was sure others were as well. 


This is how the VentaPak was born.

I worked up a crude prototype with foam, mesh, and hook and loop attachment.  Encouraged by how much better my bike rides felt with even this crude prototype and with support of some early fans, I began iterating designs with a leading industrial designer.  The result is the current version of the VentaPak that’s available in our shop. I’m proud it’s made by a high quality and committed supplier who shares my vision for this innovative product.

In September 2020, we launched a Kickstarter campaign.   With the help of the community, friends, family, and early beta testers, I succeeded in raising $8400 from 162 backers --  early adopters who mean a lot to us and were integral to our journey.  The campaign was a lot of work but it was a great, public first step and validation of the appeal and potential of VentaPak.  

In October, we initiated marketing on our website, www.ventapak.com, and Amazon and have been steadily growing sales.

We love hearing how people, all over the world now, are enjoying VentaPak with while biking, hiking, fishing, walking on campus, and even “working in a hospital" and now "able to carry their backpack with them all day.”  Someone even described it as a “Herman Miller Aeron chair for the back.”

You can see what people are saying about the VentaPak on our website.  

I love what Kickstarter Backer - C.J. Kuper, shared with me on the Kickstarter Comments board.   This is what fuels our purpose and passion - improving people's daily lives and helping them enjoy the outdoors more!


I can’t wait to continue sharing the VentaPak. Thank you for coming along for the ride.

 

This thing is legit a game changer for those who do long walks/hikes or bike. I was out for 3hrs today on a hike with my dog it felt great the whole time. Even laid it down and used it as a pillow when my dog needed a rest and water. Full camelback and barely noticed it. Afterwards I took a little 5mile bike ride and it definitely felt a lot cooler than it did in the past. And I live in the gulf coast of Texas.

💯 happy with the purchase and am extremely glad I decided to back this product.

C.J. Kuper, Kickstarter Backer #162