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