When did the idea for Mason Bottle first come about?
I was about halfway through my pregnancy standing in a big-box baby store feeling really overwhelmed by all of the stuff. There’s just so much stuff that you’re told to buy as expectant parents. I knew I wanted glass baby bottles because every year more research comes out about harmful chemicals in plastics. I said to my husband, “Why do I need to buy expensive glass baby bottles? Why can’t we just put a nipple on the mason jars we have at home?” We had SO many leftover from our wedding and just everyday use. We saw that this didn’t exist yet, and decided to make it happen. That was 2014. Minimalism wasn’t really talked about much back then, but that’s what we were after, and that’s only grown more resonant in the 8 years since.
What is the mission of Mason Bottle?
For Healthy Kids and a Healthy World is our tagline and that sums up our mission. The “For healthy kids” part of that statement refers to the fact that of our products are meant to reduce the toxins children come into contact with as much as possible and to make it easier for parents to establish the healthiest feeding routines for their children like breastfeeding and making their own baby foods as opposed to buying processed and prepared.
The “for a healthy world” part is about making products that are reusable and long lasting so that they’re not just thrown away after the baby stage and can be used for something else, minimizing environmental impact for years to come.
How did you first hear about Extreme Molding?
I was hell-bent on being USA-made, because I wanted to know for certain we were using the purest, best materials and I wanted to feel good about the working conditions for the folks who produced our products. So I spent a lot of time scouring the internet for possibilities. Most of the US-based companies didn’t want to take a chance on a startup and had prohibitively high MOQs. After our successful Kickstarter, I contacted Extreme Molding and they could see the potential. We had our CAD files ready, and they did a great job of shepherding us through the tooling process and setting reasonable minimums that made it possible for us to fund our first order. I’ve visited the factory many times over the last 6 years and many of the same employees are there, the buildings are beautiful and filled with big windows and natural light. Extreme Molding really cares about their staff and their quality of life, and its awesome to get to be a part of that.
Why would you recommend Mason Bottle to a new parent?
The American Academy of Pediatrics came out in 2018 and recommended that parents avoid plastics wherever possible when it comes to feeding. We try to make using silicone, glass, and stainless steel as easy and affordable as possible. Our customers use the same jar to store milk in the fridge or freezer, turn that jar into a bottle, and serve it up to baby. The wide design makes it incredibly easy to clean, and all the components upcycle into sippy cups, straw cups and beyond. We try to make plastic-free feeding as simple and affordable as possible for parents. We also are the only bottle brand that offers returns any time, although our return rate is less than 3%. Still we like to give parents the peace of mind that if our bottle isn’t right for them or their baby, they can always request a refund.
What’s your favorite Mason Bottle product and why?
My favorite product is our Silicone Nipples. We have customers who will pay 9.99 for a pack of nipples and that is all they will end up buying from us because they already have mason jars at home. I love this product because it makes glass baby bottles affordable to every income level. Our market research tells us that our customers come from all income levels, and I love that we can make our products here in the USA and have them accessible to everyone. So often high quality USA made goods are luxury items outside of the average American’s budget.
There used to be a show on TLC about folks who lived in different types of tiny homes. A friend of mine saw an episode where a pregnant mother who lived on a boat bought a pack of our nipples and explained the concept on the show. She had a small budget and a small space, and Mason Bottle was the perfect fit for her.
We have a fairly large catalog now, and most customers spend far more than $9.99 with us, but it’s been great to be able to have something for everyone at Mason Bottle.