The stainless steel bottle is a bet that we are making to convert those who have not yet taken the plunge towards ecological alternatives in terms of hygiene.
From the beginning of Neo, we settled on stainless steel to be the perfect material for our eternal bottle.
Yes, but who made this bottle? We have approached bottle manufacturers, which is the industry closest to our bottles. But we quickly understood that the production of our eternal bottles would not be done in France. For a simple reason: manufacturers of steel bottles, there are practically no more in our country.
The reason for this deficit of stainless steel in France is that the majority of the components constituting the alloy (chromium, iron and nickel) come from China (with the raw materials coming from Africa).
But fortunately, we are lucky to have in the team, Hector, who studied and worked for 9 years in Shanghai, which allowed us to find the ideal partner for manufacturing. We then selected a leading factory in stainless steel containers in line with our values (which works in favor of ecology, respects international environmental standards, as well as labor law).
But then, what happened?
Then, fortunately, we ended up finding a French partner who resisted like a small Gallic village against the invader, with whom we began to study how to repatriate production to France. In complete transparency, he tells us that it would be technically possible today to manufacture the eternal bottle in France, by hand. But at what cost? Let's not forget that we sell eco-responsible shower gel and that to have a significant impact on the planet we must be as accessible as possible.
The price difference lies in the lack of automation in the manufacturing of stainless steel bottles in France. In other words, our bottles would be handmade. It's a whole industry to get back on track. As said above, Chinese factories are, by far, the leaders in the manufacturing of water bottles (the majority of stainless steel water bottles are made in China) because their infrastructure and machines are adapted to mass production.
Faced with this reality, we have decided to repatriate to France the single-unit manufacturing processes which are mastered on an industrial scale, and to have done in China only what is impossible to do automatically in France.
Neo's objective is to design French, ecological and elegant products. We will continue our efforts until we repatriate 100% of production to France as soon as possible. This is part of our vision of an industrial and responsible France.
We are still a young shoot trying to emerge and we are moving forward step by step. When you support Neo, you therefore indirectly support an initiative in favor of the re-industrialization of France.
“Perseverance overcomes everything. » (French proverb)
The Neo team