Produce Mate
Give your fruits and vegetables the life that they deserve!

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Hello!

We are Produce Mate, a mission-driven startup dedicated to fighting food waste. After raising over $20,000 on Kickstarter, we're so excited to extend the same offers here on our pre-order store. 

We invented the Produce Mate: an antimicrobial kitchen mat that extends the life of your fruits and vegetables. Simply place one on your counter top or in the crisper drawer of your fridge, load produce on top, and we'll take care of the rest! 


Clean is King

Did you know that most fruits and vegetables spoil because of damage caused by microorganisms? Our approach is to stop bacteria at it's source. Produce Mate effectively turns your counter top or refrigerator into a bacteria-fighting powerhouse!

Less bacteria = Less rotten produce = Less waste & More money in your pocket.


For the Love of Food

We're driven by food waste for one simple reason - we're total foodies at heart. In fact, we care so much about wastefulness precisely because we love eating amazing, fresh food. The less we waste, the more we get to eat! It's a win-win, really. 

Nobody likes wasting food - especially not expensive, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Produce Mate helps keep your food fresher, brighter, and firmer for longer. Your end-of-the-week "everything that's left in the fridge" casserole just got a whole lot tastier. Here's to getting the most out of your groceries, to throwing away less food, and to more delicious home cooked meals. 

Sources: 40% | $1500 | 8% | 25% | save the food | learn more about food waste

Food Waste - Our Mission to Fight Climate Change

It takes a lot of resources to plant, grow, harvest, transport, package, store, sell, and prepare the food we eat. As a result, food production heavily contributes to climate change. When food goes uneaten, all of the water, soil nutrients, emissions, energy, and man power that went into making it are wasted as well. Worse still, food waste is the single largest occupant in US landfills. There, it releases methane as it decays, a green house gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. 

Climate change can feel overwhelming. It's why we built Produce Mate to be a straightforward way for real people to make a real difference. We believe that the power of cumulative action starts with making conscious decisions about the food we buy and eat. Produce Mate makes it easy to cut back on food waste at home, helping reduce your carbon footprint and saving you money to boot. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that we're working to forge relationships with leading environmental non-profits. Your contribution plays a crucial role in our mission to cut down on food waste!


Links to our press: Kind Community Sustainability Podcast | Project Hatch | The Spoon | Portland Business Journal | OPB Think Out Loud | InventOR | The Beacon | U of Oregon 


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Please consider using the buttons below to share our Kickstarter page with the food lovers in your life! Plus, Our website is full of more information about food waste! 



The Journey - Prototyping, Competing, Winning

Countless hours of building prototypes, running tests, and food systems research have brought Produce Mate to this point. We've been hard at work for the past few years to build something truly unique. Did we succeed? Well the judges don't lie - along the way we've competed and won cash prizes in many of Oregon's top entrepreneurship competitions. 

From our sketch pad to your crisper drawer, Produce Mate is tried, tested, and adored. We would also like to take this chance to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of our journey so far. ❤️

So what's next for Produce Mate? Read on to find out:




Why Now? 

Climate change is already threatening the world's most disadvantaged people and ecosystems. The sooner we each do our part to cut down, the better! It also seems that world leaders in industry and government are beginning to take climate change more seriously - perhaps a sign of global momentum carrying us toward actionable solutions. Time will tell, but we refuse to sit by idly and wait for others to "do better". We want to take action now! 

Why Us? 

We're a mixed team of serial entrepreneurs and university students. This isn't our first rodeo together, although this is our first time launching a Kickstarter! We bring worldly and diverse opinions into our work and have situated ourselves to become ever-broadening experts on all things food waste. We try to be as transparent as possible and are 100% focused on our mission. We don't have any fantasies about our goals. We're here to do our part against climate change, and to help people save food and money. Simple as that:

Thank you!

From all of us at Produce Mate, thank you so very much! This Kickstarter represents an amazing opportunity for us, and we can't wait to hear your feedback. Stay tuned for tons of updates, and please share our campaign with your network!

Together, we can have a massive impact on the world's most pressing issues. Every backer proves that conscious and responsible business is not only possible, but integral in order to adapt to our changing world. 

We'll let the banana take us out. . .


$30 3 claimed

Produce Mate

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we're so excited to be accepting pre-orders for Produce Mate!

Produce Mate is the antimicrobial silicone kitchen mat that extends the life of your fruits and vegetables. Simply place one on your counter top, or in the crisper drawer of your fridge, load produce on top, and we'll handle the rest.

What's it made of?
Produce Mate is primarily made of silicone. At the factory, we bake in our proprietary blend of naturally antimicrobial minerals, creating a long-lasting bond between the silicone and minerals. Everything in Produce Mate is 100% non-toxic and food-safe.

How do I use it?
Place one in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, in a fruit bowl, or directly on the counter top. Then, place fruits and vegetables on top of the mat and it will take care of the rest!

How long will it last?
Produce Mate will last 2+ years. We're working on implementing an up-cycle program so that no mats will end up being thrown away at the end of their life span.


Want to learn more? Be sure to read more about us and to check out our FAQ!
(seriously, we're doing cool things)

Pre-Order $30
$55 5 claimed

Produce Mate Two Pack

Free shipping to the USA on pre-orders over $50!

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we're so excited to be accepting pre-orders for Produce Mate!

Produce Mate is the antimicrobial silicone kitchen mat that extends the life of your fruits and vegetables. Simply place one on your counter top, or in the crisper drawer of your fridge, load produce on top, and we'll handle the rest.

What's it made of?
Produce Mate is primarily made of silicone. At the factory, we bake in our proprietary blend of naturally antimicrobial minerals, creating a long-lasting bond between the silicone and minerals. Everything in Produce Mate is 100% non-toxic and food-safe.

How do I use it?
Place one in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, in a fruit bowl, or directly on the counter top. Then, place fruits and vegetables on top of the mat and it will take care of the rest!

How long will it last?
Produce Mate will last 2+ years. We're working on implementing an up-cycle program so that no mats will end up being thrown away at the end of their life span.


Want to learn more? Be sure to read more about us and to check out our FAQ!
(seriously, we're doing cool things)

Pre-Order $55
$80 7 claimed

Produce Mate Three Pack

Free shipping to the USA on pre-orders over $50!

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we're so excited to be accepting pre-orders for Produce Mate!

Produce Mate is the antimicrobial silicone kitchen mat that extends the life of your fruits and vegetables. Simply place one on your counter top, or in the crisper drawer of your fridge, load produce on top, and we'll handle the rest.

You'll get three (3) Produce Mate's in your choice of green, blue or gray. One for the counter, one for the fridge, one for the workplace, all for $10 off the retail price!


What's it made of?
Produce Mate is primarily made of silicone. At the factory, we bake in our proprietary blend of naturally antimicrobial minerals, creating a long-lasting bond between the silicone and minerals. Everything in Produce Mate is 100% non-toxic and food-safe.

How do I use it?
Place one in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, in a fruit bowl, or directly on the counter top. Then, place fruits and vegetables on top of the mat and it will take care of the rest!

How long will it last?
Produce Mate will last 2+ years. We're working on implementing an up-cycle program so that no mats will end up being thrown away at the end of their life span.


Want to learn more? Be sure to read more about us and to check out our FAQ!
(seriously, we're doing cool things)



Pre-Order $80
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