Young busi­ness all wrapped up

Auckland City Harbour News - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Beeswax and cot­ton has helped one young en­tre­pre­neur se­cure an in­side look at the world’s most suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies.

Western Springs Col­lege stu­dent Zachary Monk will be jet­ting off to Sil­i­con Val­ley in Septem­ber with the Young En­ter­prise Trust.

De­sign­ing, de­vel­op­ing and mar­ket­ing an or­ganic beeswax food wrap was just the first step to get him there.

The En­ter­prise in Ac­tion com­pe­ti­tion saw 80 stu­dents com­plete two chal­lenges to win a place on the trip.

It pro­duced some tense mo­ments for Monk but it was the knowl­edge he gained through found­ing stu­dent-run com­pany Wrap It Up that helped him se­cure the spot.

‘‘It just teaches you things you wouldn’t learn in the class­room, there’s just so many as­pects you have to think about,’’ Monk says.

The com­pany wants to rid their com­mu­nity of harm­ful plas­tic waste and think their biodegrad­able wrap is a sim­ple an­swer.

‘‘We melt beeswax over or­ganic cot­ton wool which can be eas­ily done in an oven,’’ Monk says.

‘‘We’re all con­scious of the need to be sus­tain­able and we want to do some­thing to con­trib­ute to that. Re­duc­ing plas­tic waste is a way of do­ing that.

‘‘This is a sus­tain­able op­tion in­stead of plas­tic wrap.’’

The Western Springs Col­lege young en­ter­prise team will of­fi­cially launch their prod­uct on July 29.

Stu­dents are re­spon­si­ble for ev­ery­thing from or­gan­is­ing and sourc­ing ma­te­ri­als to man­u­fac­tur­ing and mar­ket­ing their prod­uct.

With their idea se­cured, Wrap It Up now wants to see how far they can take it.

‘‘The way they’re made means you can have de­signs, com­pany lo­gos, or any­thing printed on them,’’ Monk says.

‘‘It’s not just food it can be used for but a whole range of things. The great thing about beeswax is it’s an­tibac­te­rial.’’

Wrap It Up is the first busi­ness Western Springs Col­lege has en­tered into the Young En­ter­prise com­pe­ti­tion.

Monk says he hopes to carve a path which will inspire his fel­low stu­dents to take up the chal­lenge next year.

PHOTO: ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Wrap It Up busi­ness part­ners Zachary Monk (front) Natalia Pear­son and Lena Trn­ski.

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