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Mackenzie Annett and Hamish Stayt


Ecobase’s Mackenzie and Hamish are two ‘lads’ on a mission to drive change and reduce stigma and environmental harms in the cosmetics industry.

The school friends - who are now studying at uni - launched their gender neutral lip balm Ecobalm in 2020.

The young entrepreneurs received He Kākano funding this year and are being matched with  a specialist mentor.

They say they are “passionate about making a positive impact with our products through our commitment to sustainability. Our biodegradable products and eco-friendly manufacturing processes reflect our values and dedication to changing the harmful life cycle of plastic products.”

“The funding would be insane, it would help us to grow a huge amount, at the moment we know there is a huge demand, but with the equipment we have we’re not able to make that much.”