They say that behind every great man is a great woman and for renowned blues musician Ash Grunwald, his wife Danni Carr is no exception.
She launched Earth Bottles, an innovative eco-company, several years ago, with a specialist store for the brand set to open in Torquay on February 6.
In 2014, Danni a mother of two and a musician herself, sought to find new merchandise for her high-profile husband that was practical for the planet; Earth Bottles was born, a sleek and stylish double insulated stainless steel water bottle that combats single use plastics.
With a national and global online presence, Dani brought on long-time friend, fellow earth advocate and Torquay local Briody Scholes to handle socials and sales.
“From February 6 the Surf Coast and surrounds will be able to access an extensive range of eco goodies with the opening of Earth Bottles, Torquay’s own eco-store,” Briody said.
As a mother of four, Briody said she is passionate about the environment and loved the product, so when Danni asked her to join the team she went for it.
“I’ve known Danni for 16 years, she’s a musician and I worked in a café on Bell Street where she came in to do a little gig. They both (Danni and Ash) used to live in Torquay for a few years and we’ve been friends ever since,” Briody said.
“Prior to our new space becoming available we were working from my house, dispatching from an office in my home. We decided to make the leap when the warehouse became available with a retail space out the front.”
As a mother to Frankie, 8, Felix, 10, Jude, 11 and Lily, 13, Briody said she tries to implement little changes wherever possible within her own home.
“We try to make lots of small changes all the time, it can be so overwhelming to try and change everything at once. We’ve got rid of glad wrap and changed it to honey bee wrap,” she said.
“We also got rid of our bin liner which sounds really gross but we just wash our bin now instead. We’re trying to educate our kids about being environmentally friendly, we take them to the beach clean ups and they do it with me.”
Briody said Earth Bottles will offer the Surf Coast and surrounds access to an extensive range of eco-goodies, advocating for a more conscious shopping experience.
She said they also stock all things Earth Bottles, from their flagship bottles and coffee cups to their new bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel straws, camping cups and more.
“We support many charities from the sale of our bottles and coffee cups – beyond blue, breast cancer network Australia, clean coast collective, Hope for Help, 15 trees, Bali baby house and UNHCR,” she said.
“From little things, from little tiny changes, big changes happen and you create a movement. I want to tell our story to as many people as I can.”
To check out the new store go to Unit1/12 Castles Road, Torquay.