SWZLE STRAW KICKSTARTER FUNDED IN 5 DAYS
World’s First Reusable, Eco-Friendly Straw with Stylish Carrying Case Heads to Market
FACT … by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by weight. Enter SWZLE to solve the GLOBAL plastic straw problem.
FACT … 500 million plastic straws thrown away in America each day.
SWZLE co-founders Ryan Mundy and Phil Cosgrove are doing their part to raise awareness and be the catalyst of #caseforchange to improve the environment by incorporating as an L3C (Low profit limited liability company) as a social enterprise venture to reduce the amount of single use straws and provide a sustainable, stylish, eco-friendly alternative to paper or plastic straws.
The damage is vast. (To dig deeper, read this, this, or this.) They launched their Kickstarter campaign on August 28, 2018 and surpassed their goal in the first week. The SWZLE movement aims to jumpstart a conversation about ending plastic pollution in communities across the globe and will allow backers to join the movement to ban plastic straws in local and national communities.
SWZLE is a movement to curb plastic pollution and provide consumers with an eco-friendly reusable straw that’s functional, stylish, and easy to take on the go. SWZLE stainless steel straws are BPA-free, dishwasher safe and come in 3 different shapes (Bent, Cocktail and Straight) and 7 unique colors (Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black, Blue, Purple, Rainbow Metallic). Each SWZLE pack contains two reusable metal straws and a cleaning brush inside the world’s first – and most stylish – straw carrying case. Protect your straw (and your belongings) in the sleek case that fits into any backpack or bag. Pull out your straw over coffee, green juice, or cocktails.
- Food-grade stainless steel
- BPA Free
- Easy to clean
- Dishwasher safe
- 3 unique shapes: Bent, Cocktail, and Straight
- 7 color options: Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black, Blue, Purple, Rainbow Metallic
- Beveled straw lip
- Custom laser logo engraving available
- Water-resistant vinyl
- Printed with plant-based dyes
- Easy to clean
- Holds 2 SWZLE straws and a cleaning brush
- Each case features unique artist designs and prints
- Perfect for throwing in your bag and taking on the go
SWZLE CO-FOUNDER BIOS:
Ryan Mundy is co-founder of SWZLE – the reusable, portable, highly Instagram-able straw.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Ryan spent eight years as a professional athlete in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears. Committed to achieving his personal goals while helping other individuals do the same, Ryan is attacking the next phase of his professional career with the same vision, work ethic and discipline that allowed him to excel on the football field. Ryan’s new “sport” is venture investing. As a venture investor he is focused on early stage companies that are aiming to benefit from cultural shifts to enhance the way that we live, work and play.
Philip Causgrove is co-founder of SWZLE – the reusable, portable, highly Instagram-able straw. Philip formerly served as the Director of Business Development at Bucketfeet prior to their acquisition by Threadless in October 2017. While at Bucketfeet, Philip led business development and partnership efforts while also overseeing operations and supply chain. Prior to Bucketfeet, Philip worked in management consulting in the Retail practice at Accenture where he advised Fortune 500 clients on a variety of retail transformation and innovation projects.
PARTNERS TO END PLASTIC POLLUTION:
Zero Waste Chicago: They’re a grassroots environmental organization on a mission to connect Chicagoans with the resources they need to reduce the amount of trash they make.
KICK STARTER TIMELINE:
- August 2018: SWZLE Launches Kickstarter
- September 2018: Kickstarter ends. If we hit our goal, we’ll survey you so you can select your shape, color, and case.
- October 2018: We plan to personally visit our manufacturing partner overseas and be on site during production.
- December 2018: You receive your SWZLE. We guarantee delivery before the holidays.
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