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Memobottle

Interview: Memobottle creators Jonathan and Jesse

Should you go into business with your best friend? Many people would say no but for product designer Jesse Leeworthy and accountant Jonathan Byrt it was perhaps their shared passion for water conservation and stylish but functional design that helped not hindered their working relationship. And maybe living in different countries helped too! The Australian-born creators and founders of the recently launched reusable, BPA-free slimline memobottle, whose design was inspired by a piece of paper, talk to me about where and how it all began … Please tell us a bit about about yourselves and your backgrounds. Jesse and I (Jonathan) grew up just south of Melbourne in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. We spent a lot of our early days surfing and hiking and when we weren’t in the outdoors we were always actively working on ideas and looking for small business opportunities. This probably came partly from our parents’ influence, who have always run small innovative businesses. To be honest we never thought that working together was even a possibility let alone running a business …

Interview: Gretha Oost

Today I’d like to introduce you to a woman who not only dreams of making big changes in the world of water but is actually doing something about it. And it all started with a shower timer. After arriving in Australia during the drought from the Netherlands, via a nine-month cycling holiday in South America, Gretha Oost wondered how she could help herself and others conserve water.  Cue: shorter showers and a shower timer. With this product, she founded her company Half a Teaspoon in 2004. Then came the 321 Water Bottle in 2010. 321 is a reusable bottle featuring an innovative French press filter mechanism designed to promote the use of tap water and offer an alternative to bottled water. It has won numerous awards such as the 2009 People’s Choice Awards on ABC’s The New Inventors and a Good Design Award in the 2011 Australian International Design Awards. Now, in her grand plan to encourage conscious use of water around the world, she is taking the concept one step further. Her latest idea …