Sarah Kauss built a $100 million company to rid the world of plastic — and do it in style.
The CEO of S’well, which makes some of the most beautiful reusable water bottles, founded the company in 2010, using $30,000 in her savings account. Her focus was to provide a fashionable alternative to reusable water bottles and make plastic a distant memory.
S’well works like a fashion line — twice a year, it releases 30 newly designed bottles and discontinue the old ones. The water bottles keep your drink cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. They’re made of stainless steel and are BPA free.
Since its launch, S’well has released more than 200 designs. In 2015, revenue reached $47 million, and in 2017, it reached 100 million. And the company claims it’s the fastest growing female-owned enterprise in the U.S.
It also gives back — since 2015, it has donated $800,000 to UNICEF to help give clean and safe water to different parts of the world. It also helps support water programs across the country of Madagascar, where 50% of the population doesn’t have access to clean drinking water. From accounting to creating a multi-million-dollar company, Kauss has done what she set out to do and created a path to a plastic-free world.