How it all began
Looking over her master’s thesis in industrial design, RISD student Eliza Becton had one thing on her mind: trash. Not just a regular old pile, but a sea of plastic waste floating in the ocean, formally known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. She began asking herself how to prevent this sea of trash from expanding, and from this environmental conundrum and ambitious design challenge, Bevi was born.
After submitting her thesis, Becton teamed up with two MIT Sloan graduates with backgrounds in sustainable ventures, Sean Grundy and Frank Lee, to make her vision a reality. Led by a shared desire to out-design bottled water (one of the most wasteful products on the planet), together the future co-founders of Bevi began prototyping a smart water dispenser that provided customizable, healthy drinks on demand.
Today, Bevi’s smart water dispensers have saved the waste generated by over 65 million plastic bottles, and boasts thousands of happy, reusable-bottle-using customers across the US and Canada.