A few summers ago, Stephen and Lee were sitting around with old friends listening to music at the Mt Hotham Cool Summer Fest. Of course, we have a great picnic spread to celebrate a birthday. A friend pulled a bottle of red he’d been saving for the occasion. It was a cracker, so he brought proper wine glasses to ensure we enjoyed the experience!
Unfortunately, most of us didn’t get to enjoy the wine because we put our glasses down on the grass in a spot where we thought they were safe, but of course, they topped over.
Problem solver Stephen decided it was time to invent a coaster that you could slide onto a glass to stabilise it – not just on grass but any outdoor surface. Importantly it needed to be light, easy to use and slip in your back pocket so you would use it.
Twenty-one prototypes (the first 19 were on a 3D printer) and several glasses of wine later, we had Glass on the Grass™, the slide on coaster that stabilises a wine glass outdoors.
We’ve always loved picnics, BBQs, outdoor cinema, visiting wineries, going to festivals, camping, so testing was lots of fun.
We moved to the Northern Beaches of Sydney so we could produce the coasters locally in Australia. Being as eco-friendly as possible meant using partially recycled semi-translucent resins with brilliant colours custom made in Brisbane. In addition, we’ve recently introduced a new line of muted tone coasters made from Bambacore, a bamboo waste product.
At the request of our retailers, our next step was to add a complement product – aptly named ShooFly by our six-year-old; these are stylish, versatile, eco-friendly food throws.
Inspired by Lee’s grandma, a home science teacher, who made her food covers because the shop-bought ones were always too big, ShooFly comes in two practical sizes you will use. Platter & Feast, both rectangular because that’s how most people line food up.
Made from fine stain-resistant, eco-friendly RPET mesh (recycled bottles) edged in eco linen with recycled zinc weights that can be thrown in the wash. We have launched with five fabulous prints, and we have solid shades on the way!
We hope you love using our thoughtful picnic accessories.