Ecoset is a new reusables company based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, offering eco-friendly on-the-go products perfect for drinking outdoors. This is a stylish selection of bottles, travel mugs, tumblers as well as specialised wine tumblers, reusable wine bottles, whiskey tumblers and champagne flutes: the new eco-essentials.
Founder Sarah Maunsell says, “What makes Ecoset’s range stand out from the crowd is that we are offering not just water bottles and coffee mugs but also insulated wine sets and tumblers for enjoying your next G&T in the great outdoors with friends. Who said sustainability has to be boring?”
Founders Sarah Maunsell and Oscar Lai’s origin story is an interesting one. Oscar is originally from Brooklyn NY and has a background in hospitality. Sarah owns a production company that offers international productions filming in Ireland essential production support. The majority of their clients are based in the US, so when COVID-19 hit and the pandemic restrictions came into effect, the majority of their scheduled productions were postponed or rescheduled. Sarah and Oscar decided to use this downtime to finally set up Ecoset, which had been on their to-do list for years.
Sarah says, “As with most TV and film productions the person count on set can be in the hundreds including all of the cast and crew, so single use plastics – especially plastic water bottles – can quickly mount up. It was always something I struggled with personally on set, especially when we were filming in some of Ireland’s most remote and epic locations.”
Sarah decided to ensure that any productions that they were linked with proceeded in a more eco-friendly manner. Step one was to get rid of plastic water bottles on set, which they did at the end of 2019. This is where the idea for Ecoset came about.
Living by the sea in Greystones also helped strengthen their resolve to create an eco-friendly brand. Spending all their spare time by the sea with their two boys often meant inevitably picking up random pieces of rubbish left on the beach. Sarah and Oscar feel it’s important for everyone to be more eco-conscious and aware of the litter problem we have on our coastline. “It’s all about the leave-no-trace mentality and leading by example.”
Ecoset have teamed up with Clean Coasts who protect Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life to support the incredible work they do. With every product purchased, Ecoset automatically donates a percentage of each sale to the Clean Coast grant scheme, which supplies and supports volunteer groups with local clean-up projects across Ireland.
Sarah says: “We have teamed with Clean Coasts to support them for all the great work they do keeping the Irish coastline litter free and our sea free of plastic. It is something we are so proud to be a part of. We are proud to promote them and create awareness. Litter on our beaches is a huge problem.”
Ecoset launched online last November and Sarah says they’ve been blown away by the response from customers. “The timing was everything. In 2020, everyone was spending more time outdoors from gatherings in the garden, hikes and sea swimming to meet-ups in the park, so our on-the-go products were perfect for this and made sense. We have added some new exciting products for February to include reusable champagne flutes for when we can all celebrate outdoors again.”
Ecoset also offers a unique customisable personalised laser engraving service on all of their products, done by Oscar in their Greystones workshop. Add your name, a friend’s name, a mantra, company logo or brand message to any Ecoset product. Ecoset also offers a corporate gifting and co-branding service to companies.