Young mum’s million-dollar cup business
A YOUNG mother who took a simple idea hatched by the untidy state of her family car and turned it into a business run from her garage is now looking at annual turnover topping $1 million.
Avid coffee drinkers Sandra-Lea Murray and her husband Andy became fed up with needing to rummage through disposable cups in their car.
They already owned various types of reusable cups available on the market, yet the Noosaville couple noticed each one had a flaw.
"We hated them," Mrs Murray said.
"The lids either fell off, was too hot to hold, they were ugly or had a weird smell."
The pair couldn't find the perfect reusable cup, so they made their own.
"We took everything we didn't like with the other cups, and designed our own to make it better," Mrs Murray said.
"We wanted to make something that actually does what it says on the packaging … so that's where the idea came from."
Through Mrs Murray and her husband's love of design and business experience, the Luxey Cup was born.
Made from borosilicate glass, Luxey Cups feature a collection of different sized cups designed with sustainability in mind.
As young parents, Mrs Murray said it was important to the pair to set a good example for their children in terms of being environmentally conscious.
"It wasn't until two-and-a-half years ago we really 'woke up' to what was really going on," she said.
"It smacked us in the face what was happening to our environment which made us take action."
Yet Mrs Murray said their attitude towards nature wasn't going to bleed into the design of their cups which are available in a collection of pantone shades.
"We weren't going to let horrible eco-green coloured bamboo coffee cups take over our lives," she said.
"If we were going to do this, we were going to do it in style."
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As "Australia's favourite reusable cup", Mrs Murray said her success was rooted in the community she had created around her.
"(It's) not because we sold the most but because we're the cup that is used the most and actually making the difference," she said.
"It's feeling like we have the power to make a difference. That's what success feels like for us."