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We speak to the CEO and Founder of frank green, Ben Young, and find out the five destinations at the top of his travel list.
Meet Ben Young
frank green was officially born in 2013, but the concept has been around since the 1990s. Growing up Ben would play down by the river near his house, fishing, and skipping stones. After it has rained Ben was shocked to find the river littered with plastic cups and bottles. He was horrified once he realised that every piece of plastic made still exists.
Fast forward 20 years and Ben is working in a corporate job and realises he’s now in a position to do something about the plastic waste.
At first colleagues and friends didn’t believe in Ben’s idea. They said people wouldn’t go for the idea as takeaway coffee cups and plastic bottles are too convenient. Driven by a desire to prove these people wrong, Ben worked at creating something that not only looked beautiful, but also provided a better drinking experience for the consumer to substantially reduce single-use plastic waste.
Ben’s design was meticulously refined and steeped in research, and in the end, multi-award-winning. It was hours of toiling, caffeine-fuelled days and sleepless nights; because he knew his product was important, so it had to be perfect.
Today, frank green’s iconic reusable cups, bottles and homewares are sold around the world and loved by millions. The products are an interplay of bold colours, tonal hues and soft pastels. Ideal for the minimalist, the maximalist, or anyone in between. Ben’s mission to stop the use and manufacture of all single-use plastic products has only grown right along with it.
Like us, Ben cannot wait to start travelling again, and we asked him for the top five destinations he is most looking forward to returning to.
“I love the architecture in Vienna and how beautifully and thoughtfully the city is laid out. Words really can’t describe it, you just need to go and experience it.” said Ben.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Ben said “Lake Bled is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world, the water is so clean and clear it almost glows. You can swim out to Bled Island or hire a boat, sit back and enjoy the ride. It takes about 15 minutes to travel from shore to island and the views are spectacular.”
Growing up in Sydney, but now living in Melbourne, Ben loves going back to visit. “I enjoy staying in a hotel over the harbour like Four Seasons where there is an uninterrupted view of the water. I recommend taking a ferry to Manly or Watsons Bay, walking to Freshwater Beach to see the alcoves, or walking to Shelley Beach and having lunch at The Boathouse. You can also catch a seaplane to Berowra Waters and Cottage Point and stop for a bite at the Cottage Point Inn.”
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
“Jackson Hole is stunning scenery meets old-fashioned Americana – it’s a very cool place to visit. It’s like a trip back in time.” says Ben. If you’re thinking about heading to the US ski resort, discover the best ski runs at Jackson Hole here.
“Travelling to Japan during the spring cherry blossom festival is a must. It has such a rich history – it’s truly a magical experience.” says Ben. He also recommends taking a walk through Shibuya crossing and seeing a robot show – “the energy of the people and lights is out of this world!” Lastly, “Go to Naoshima Island, Japan’s art island and visit the Benesse House Museum – the art is amazing.”
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