Pacific Baby is a proud partner of The Beautiful Faces of Hope™ campaign and a great advocate for the sustainable feeding gear category. We are very excited to have teamed up with such an innovative company to fight for a toxic-free future!
Here is our interview with Cameron Honavar, the founder of Pacific Baby, read and learn more about their story and how they make a difference through their products.
1. What inspired you to start your company?
Once upon a time we came across a thermos baby bottle and thought it was a fantastic idea (we’ve a total of five children). But then we realized it wasn’t executed very well. After a while we just thought why not make something like this ourselves, and try to incorporate the cool things we thought the product was lacking? Well it turned out not to be so easy! But it’s been a fun adventure, and we’re happy with what we’ve done.
2. Why was it important for you to focus on this specific category of products?
This is just where we started – it was something we liked and was manageable. We’re not a big company – we’re a couple – and this was something we could get our heads around and afford to do. You probably need a million dollars to launch a stroller!
3. What sets your company apart from other brands of the same category?
We try to come up with something new that is still practical and healthy. We’d rather have fewer items, but have them count, than just try to make another version of something that’s already on the market. So hopefully when you see a Pacific Baby product, you’ll say ‘wow, this is a really neat idea’.
4. What should consumers try to avoid when purchasing these products, and what should they look for?
Well, you want to make sure that your thermos actually works well, has a teat your baby likes, and doesn’t give off steel dust residue. Not to blow our own trumpet, but we saw these as buyer issues, and (1) made a quality thermos; (2) used good teats, but made sure our bottle could accommodate other big brand teats; and (3) we put a permanent PP neck seal on the bottle, so the torque of opening and closing could not create any steel dust (there are many on the market that do just that). Lastly, watch out for aluminum bottles unless you’re just drinking water – aluminum can have all kinds of nasty reactions to citrus juice, and some other things.
5. What are the benefits for our body and/or the environment when we use your products?
High-grade steel is a healthy and clean vessel (no-BPA, anti-bacterial, etc.), but the biggest aspect is probably the environment. We make different tops so that as your child gets older you can keep using the bottle, say for five years. That’s quite a few plastic sip cups, juice bottles, etc. that won’t go into the ground.
6. Where can consumers find your products?
We are on Amazon, BabyNewsOnline, Sears, and quite a few nice independent stores. If you have any troubles refer to our website.
7. What has been your biggest challenge? Your biggest reward?
The biggest challenge was building something. There are so many elements in the chain from the factory to getting your items done, packaged and ready to deliver, and the basic fact is no one cares (even half as much) as you do. You have to be all-in if you want to manufacture something. The biggest reward has been sitting at a booth in a trade show, looking at your items on the shelves, seeing distributors, retailers and consumers love them – then smiling knowingly at your spouse without speaking – but saying ‘we actually did it’.
8. What is next for you and your company? Are you working on any new products?
Yes! We found an incredibly cool material – bamboo powder, mixed with rice and wheat husk, and corn starch – and we’ve just launched a range of natural, plastic-free feeding bowls, plates and utensils. They’re not expensive, biodegradable, and just lovely for people who want a simple natural option for feeding.
9. Why was it important to you to participate in The Beautiful Faces of Hope campaign?
It was just a great idea. These kids need as much support as they can get. It was a no-brainer.
10. If you could send a personal message to those who have, or are currently struggling with cancer, what would that message be?
Be brave, keep fighting.