By TBHS | Posted: Friday October 30, 2020
Congratulations to our Ecobalm entrepreneurs who were one of the big winners of this year's Young Enterprise Scheme regional award.
Teams from Roncalli College and Timaru Boys’ High School were awarded the top prizes at the awards, held at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru campus earlier this week.
Head Boy Josh Earnshaw is also one of three finalists for the National Excellence Award for Chief Executive of the Year and our Ecobase team will also be travelling to Wellington for winning a national excellence award that is to be announced on the awards night.
Josh, the company’s chief executive, said the team began working on the product – an environmentally sustainable cosmetics line - in December last year, but were hampered due to Covid-19.
Pre-selling about 450 units by the time lockdown finished, they were surprised to have identified a ready market so quickly.
As the company grows, it’s their goal to have all of their products 100 per cent biodegradable, and move towards a plastic-free operation.
Earnshaw said the product was being sold at 18 different retailers, including Timaru New World and Pak‘nSave.
All of the team are going to be living in Christchurch next year, so plan on continuing to build the business.