…Can you hear that beat?
It’s the sound of your pulse, the soundtrack to life…the rhythm we rumba along to every day and night.
And if our pulse is the music, then our body must be the dancefloor and to keep the good vibes pumping, we need to look after them.
PULSÍTOS are a natural snack inspired by the Mediterranean and packed with goodness and flavour for life.
The lightbulb moment
When it came to snacking we could never find the right product – something that was healthy, full of flavour and that didn’t leave us feeling bored or hungry straightaway…sometimes eating well can seem more like a chore than a treat!
Spending time in Barcelona, we realised this didn’t have to be the way.
In the Mediterranean sunshine, snacks are made from natural ingredients with minimal processing; they’re full of flavour and nutrition: keeping us fuller longer. So, full of inspiration, we got to work and created our own…
PULSÍTOS was born soon after!
What makes PULSÍTOS different
Quite simply, it's what we stand for:
Fun and excitement pumps through our veins, you could say it’s the pulse that gets us out of bed in the morning. Living each day to make new memories, meet new folks and, most important of all, to laugh everyday. We are curious, playful and a little mischievous (when we want to be!).
Nobody ever went to the gym and came back feeling worse. We live for good times and being healthy is the best way to have fun. Our bodies are pretty simple really, treat them well and you’ll live a longer, happier and easier life. Treat them badly and well…you know what we’re about to say. Fava bean anyone?
Not only does roasting pulses produce a seriously tasty snack, growing them is also really good for the environment. They use less water than other protein sources, a lot less fertilizer too, and have a low carbon footprint meaning there’s no need to feel guilty when you scoff a whole bag in one sitting – you’re doing your bit for climate change...ok, we’re not quite there yet, but small things add up. Just ask Tesco.
In Barcelona, we don’t eat alone. Food is part of our social fabric: we share, we chat, we laugh, we dance and we enjoy every minute. There is only one thing that is more important than food in Barcelona: and that's people. So gather your friends around, tear open a pack of PULSÍTOS and let the time while away.
We have bags of personality, without the ego. We keep things as simple as possible and we don’t fill our products with ingredients that look more like maths equations. We speak fankly and honestly and we are not afraid to make mistakes which we can learn from. After all, that's what life is all about, right?!
Why we need your help
It's not just about creating a nutritious and flavoursome snack; we don't just want PULSÍTOS to be good for you, we want them to be good for the environment around us too.
We have two homes: Our bodies and Our planet: let’s look after both of them.
The Scourge of Plastic
- 40 percent of plastic produced is for packaging, used just once and then discarded.
- Nearly half of all plastic ever manufactured has been made since 2000.
- Globally, less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled.
- 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.
Recycling isn't the Elixir you might think…
Although better that doing nothing, it still requires energy, water and the transport of materials. Besides, most recycled plastics get shredded, melted, and reformed into goods - like fleeces or carpeting - that are still bound for landfill, eventually.
So, we think there's a better answer. Up to this point in our start-up journey, we've focused on what's inside the bag. Now we're focusing on the outside: the bag itself.
!WE'RE GOING COMPOSTABLE!
We've spent the last few months searching for, filtering out and speaking to companies who can make our dream into a reality. A package that, under the right conditions, can be composted and returned to the earth as fertilizer.
However, the minimum order size and cost are currently unaffordable for a 5 month old start-up like us. Of course, it would be easy to just stick with what we've got but we just couldn’t live with ourselves knowing that we were contributing to the statistics above.
So ask yourself, was that “guilt-free” snack you had today TRULY guilt-free...on the inside AND outside? If not, help us make that possible.
So you've scrolled this far...just a little further (it’s worth it).
We wanted to structure our crowdfunder as a rewards-based one. When you click the button, you aren’t donating to a “good cause”, you’re investing in a business. But, instead of giving you a Fountain Pen with your name on it or a cuddly toy or even a mouse mat, we’re doing things a bit differently – as you’d hopefully expect.
Your investment will help us achieve our goal but there’s a lot of work still do to. So, really you’re investing in us and our long-term ambition to have an impact and change the way both consumers and eventually our industry go about manufacturing products (lofty but hey, dream big)!
After you invest, it doesn’t just stop there. We want you to be part of Team PULSÍTOS.
So, we've partnered with some fantastic brands and carefully curated some great rewards to get the investment juices flowing, check 'em out. El Bandarra is our absolute favourite vermut - it's our go-to for an early evening aperitif and goes really well with our Smoky Chorizo PULSÍTOS. The fizz we've chosen for you is Sumarroca. It's a family vineyard in Penedès which makes, in our opinion, the best cava in the region.
- Kicking off with a £10 investment (which incidentally is 25p less than it would cost to go and see Avengers Endgame at an ODEON), that gets you:
3 Bags of PULSÍTOS snacks and an invitation to quite possibly the PARTY.OF.THE.CENTURY (our words) a.k.a the PULSITOS Investor Fiesta*.
- A £25 investment gets you:
3 Bags of PULSÍTOS, a bottle of El Bandarra Vermut and an invitation to (most likely) the PARTY.OF.THE.CENTURY.
- A £34 investment gets you:
5 Bags of PULSÍTOS (your choice of flavours), a PULSÍTOS backpack (made from plant-based Jute and Cotton) and an invitation to (most definitely) the PARTY.OF.THE.CENTURY.
- A £48 investment gets you The PULSÍTOS Beach Survival Kit:
12 Bags of PULSÍTOS (assorted flavours), a PULSÍTOS backpack, a PULSÍTOS beach bat and ball and a bottle of El Bandarra Vermut PLUS, yes you guessed it, an invitation to the PULSÍTOS investor fiesta.
- A £60 investment secures you a Barcelona Picnic Hamper:
12 Bags of PULSÍTOS (assorted flavours), a wicker picnic hamper, two bottles of El Bandarra Vermut and a selection of Spanish picnic tapas…oh yeah and an invitation to the "as-yet-to-be-voted-but-we’re-pretty-sure-it-will-be" PARTY.OF.THE.CENTURY.
- For a £300 investment, you're going to be Employee of the Year! It's the Office Snack Box Subscription:
Saves you bringing gifts back from holiday...we'll help you gain those important work brownie points by delivering a weekly selection of 30 bags of PULSÍTOS for 3 months (perfect timing in the lead up to that big promotion you’re angling for). We’ll also send you a bottle of Cava (but shhh…that’s only for you). We can start the subscription from July.
- For £500, we will reward you with a two night trip to Barcelona for two. Yep, you heard that right...a two night trip to Barcelona for two people:
We'll put you up in a 4* boutique hotel, organise a wine/cava tour in the famous Penedès region (home of cava) and give you a PULSÍTOS itinerary so that you can take in the sights and sounds of one of the most amazing cities on the planet. We may even join you for dinner - if we're invited (if this one is for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss travel dates).
- For the thought that counts:
Don’t worry if you’re not able to support us right now. We’d still love to count you as part of Team PULSÍTOS. We’d love it if you could share what we’re up to on your social media, office noticeboard, your fridge (in magnetic letters) or simply take out an ad in the local newspaper (!). After all, everything helps!
* We'll hope to organise our PULSÍTOS Investor Fiesta for either Friday 7th or Saturday 8th June. It will be held in Central London and we will bring your reward with us so that you can collect it on the night. Further details to follow. Alternative arrangements will be made if you can't attend.