Hi! We are Sarah Scott Mitchell and Ernesto Humpierres. We live in Austin and have young twins. Let us tell you a bit of our story and explain how sustainable glassware got into our lives.
Sarah has devoted her career to conservation and currently serves as the director for Cook's Branch Conservancy, where she helps to restore natural ecosystems. Ernesto has a career background working in various business settings, and he also prioritizes conservation and sustainability.
Every year, 7 million tons of glass containers hit the landfill. In recent years, many recycling programs in the US have stopped taking glass products. It is pretty shocking, considering glass is one of the few things you can recycle seamlessly. As the saying goes, " you should be the change you want to see in the world," so we created the change we wanted, bringing it to the rest of the country.
From Austin, Texas, we decided to revolutionize the glassware industry, one glass at a time. We met Brent Stokes and Scarlett, who had already started collecting Topo Chico bottles before hitting the landfills and crafting beautiful, finished products. Together, we decided to upcycle at scale, transforming them into elegant glass cups.
To ensure the line of glassware would be everything we wanted it to be, we started with having it be made in the USA. After all, if something labeled as being sustainable or eco-friendly traveled 10,000 miles to get to you, it isn't as environmentally friendly as one would like to believe. Instead, we vowed to keep all the manufacturing and fulfillment in America and partnered with ShipBob.
All Neutrall glassware is completely upcycled and sustainable, from the initial materials used to create the glasses to the eco-friendly packaging used to ship them. The drinking glasses are sturdy, compact, and Montessori-friendly. Since we promote zero-waste life, they are shipped in carbon-neutral packaging. Moreover, each purchase includes additional carbon offsets that help to guarantee that it's a carbon-neutral product.
Together we tried to set the example of how conservation and sustainability are compatible with business models. This is just the beginning. We look forward to where this will go and what other companies will come along with us.