Oh My Coco was founded by Mariana Rodríguez, an entrepreneur who tries to help the planet with her products.
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- Oh My Coco products include bowls, cutlery such as knives, forks and spoons. Straws, toothbrushes and others.
Our planet needs us and entrepreneurs know it. Mariana Rodríguez, an engineer who works in a technology company and loves to cook and prepare dishes in smoothie bowls, wanted to find a way to make them more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
“I was looking for an option that was totally ecological, that had a plus that, besides the fact that I liked it a lot, helped the environment in some ways, and that is how I got this kind of coconut reuse discovered, and I liked it very much, “says Mariana Rodríguez in an interview with in Spanish.
So he was born two years ago Oh my coconut, a Mexican sustainable utensil company made from coconut waste. Mariana started with an investment of six thousand Mexican pesos ($ 279.92 at the October 8, 2020 exchange rate) and has billed around one million pesos to date.
From trash to utensils that you can use for life
Oh My Coco products include bowls, cutlery such as knives, forks and spoons. Straws, toothbrushes and others. Special care must be taken with these products, which can be found on the brand’s official website.
This company’s paraphernalia is recycled from waste from large companies that use coconut feed or water as a raw material and dispose of the trays considered waste. “You’re helping the environment because they’re shells that should be thrown away, that would burn and that we saved for a second use,” explains Mariana.
The businesswoman says her items are long lasting when used and cared for properly. Even if you no longer want to use them for eating, you can, for example, place the bowls in your garden and turn them into pots.
It also ensures that the Star products are the original tray priced at 230 Mexican pesos and the zero waste kit priced at 550 Mexican pesos. “We are concerned that everything is sustainable, from the utensils to the packaging we ship them in. These are biodegradable cardboard boxes.”
Image: Oh my Coco via Facebook.
Oh My Coco is available in more than 10 organic stores across the country and in HEB its products can also be bought on the official website of Amazon and Mercado Libre.
Mariana comments that her goods are mostly from Vietnam as the factories with most of the waste from this facility are in this part of Asia, although she plans to work with waste from companies in Mexico.
Doing 100% without fear of success
One day his sister gave him the idea to take part Shark tank Mexico which is broadcast every Friday at 10 p.m. Sony Channel, The entrepreneur searched the internet for the requirements, decided to enroll and was selected.
Mariana asked for 800,000 pesos (about $ 40,000) for 25% of her company. After the following questions from the Sharks and the negotiation did not give the entrepreneur the investment.
Image: Shark tank Mexico
But the businesswoman doesn’t give up because her dream is to be 100% dedicated to her brand, even though she is doing so while working in a technology company. Your goal is, “Oh! My Coco forward ”.
He is currently planning to optimize his online platform and further expand the e-commerce channels as he has generated more sales this way due to the pandemic.
The entrepreneur has become an expert when it comes to combining her fundamental work with the development of her brand. That’s why she gives us some tips for people who dare to do something as an employee:
It’s difficult but not impossible Don’t give up, there is always time, companies will grow at your own pace and not that of others, take your time.
Don’t be afraid to take action while you workOrganization is everything here, “if you organize you can achieve it”. You should take into account that they will have more work to do than anyone else, but the key is to start without fear.
“”Always follow your dreamsYou can always find the moment in the day, the time to achieve the goals and dreams you have set for yourself, ”concludes Mariana.