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Tell us a bit about your story, What brought you to creating Sol Cups?
Sol cups was born out of a desire to create a platform for education on all things environmental, sustainable, health -physical and mental and just a new way to connect to like minded people.
Before starting SoL, I was a young 18 year old personal trainer, passionate about psychology, mental health and a holistic way of looking at the gut and diet. I was managing a small gym, training clients, competing in my own fitness competitions and running a small start up on the side ( a mental health workshop to corporate offices). I was literally overworking beyond my means. I already had chronic fatigue since I was 14, so pushing myself beyond my limits was just something deeply ingrained. I was a do-er.
Of course you can imagine I burnt out pretty quickly! I woke up one day, unable to walk, move from bed, I couldn’t even lift an empty glass, and was struck with chronic pain from head to toe. This was many many many months of recovery and slow progress. For a long time, I thought a wheelchair or walking stick was my fate. Autoimmune disease is something I really want to open up about with SOL, a way to express what it means to create balance and really care for yourself and the environment. And how that is innately linked. How horrid plastic is for our world and our body. why we need to stop it from the source, less production, less consumption. How fatal it is for our body and hormones, and the planet's animals and land.
You can imagine it's hard to condense my story into a few paragraphs! !It has been an amazing journey, i still have to manage my autoimmune every day, some days are better than others! I’m always learning. The most important thing is to remain positive and listen to your body. I am learning so much about mental health, healing and what true balance really means. SoL cups were accidentally born in the middle of all of this, as a coping mechanism. (I used to bring a glass from home to work every morning because I refused to purchase a plastic reusable cup). We used to joke with my mum and I about designing our own, (Mum is my business partner). And I guess when there is so much passion, purpose and desire to create something good then it connects with the rest of the world and it just works!
What are Sol Cups?
Sol Cups are 100% Hand Blown Glass Cups and water bottles, Unlike Anything Else You’ve Used, we have hemp accessories, vegan cleaning brushes for our bottles and straws and promote a balanced, plastic free lifestyle. We are for ending waste and embracing taste.
Out of what purpose were Sol Cups born?
The reason why we do what we do, is because we aim to share our knowledge and passion for health with as many people as possible. To be a platform for education and creating beautiful things.
How do you believe your product will benefit the world?
Our mission is to end single-use plastics, as well as decrease the need for plastic production all together. We are passionate about supporting community projects whose goals reflect ours, as well as help to educate our community about the problems we face due to plastic production, and the easy things we can do to decrease our individual plastic footprint.
What are your views on the current plastic climate?
It's a scary thought to be honest, you can see all over the world laws are changing and processes are being put in place, passionate people from the whole globe come together to start groups and chambers. Which is AMAZING. but is it enough? What really needs to happen is more recycling capabilities (no greenwashing). More eco solutions to power and energy. Less consumer consumption, less plastic production and better education.
How do you think this will change? Will it ever change?
It is changing, but at such a slow rate in comparison to how quickly the global environment is changing. The stats are pretty shocking. But if we all just changed our “lazy” attitudes and actually begin to make changes in our own every day lives, or weren’t scared to attempt to impact the person next to us! You wont believe the impact we can make! It all starts with us, we are the change makers, we just need to start moving.
What words of advice would you like to give to our throwaway society?
Consume less. We literally don’t NEED 3/4 of the things we consume and purchase. If you just consciously made a decision based on what you genuinely needed, perhaps you would start to notice how much lighter your every day life feels.
What one tip would you give to people to live more sustainably?
Take it step by step, no one is holding a gun to your head, just start! Anywhere! 1 thing at a time, until gradually it becomes natural and exciting and empowering to continue on the plastic free journey.
Tell us more about the design of your Sol Cups – What are they made of? Why do they feel so perfect to hold? Who designed them?
This is the fun part, this was designed by myself and our amazing graphics designer to help us pull our concepts to life.
Everything I create is based around psychology and human behavior, how certain colors feel and react to our mind, the packaging is created to release endorphins and oxytocin when opening, inspired by Apple. Our glass shape was designed to be the most exceptional and positive drinking experience. I wanted it to look elegant and light. Our silicon sleeves are silky smooth, and our signature SoL glass is 100% Hand Blown Glass, meaning a more sustainable manufacturing process, creating less emissions, less waste and a cleaner solution to re-usable products. My thinking goes far beyond just creating a pretty cup. It’s about creating an authentic process that is as sustainable as possible.
Our SoL accessories are made from 100% hemp for our waterproof pouches and tote bags. Our thermal bands and lids are chemical and plastic free silicon . Our 100% vegan brushes are designed to be the perfect solution for our straws and water bottles.
It’s a holistic way of producing and something I’m incredibly proud of. I can't wait to show you what is coming next for SoL!
Where are they available to buy?