Our Story

How Onya Began

At Onya, we come to work everyday because we want to make a difference.

It seems as though every minute of every day we are bombarded with another ingenious way humans are damaging our environment.

Quite frankly, it can all feel a bit doom and gloom and it can be hard to see just what to do about it, but we know there are many people out there like you and like us who want to create a good news story for our environment.

The seed of just what we could do to help the planet began back in 2004. It was a fragrant summer evening that our founding father Jon Brousson, lying in his hammock amongst the trees, with the stars blazing above,was asking himself how he could create meaningful change in his community by reducing the prevalence of single use plastic.

Every day Jon found himself confronted by out of control plastic waste with disposable shopping bags being a major contributor. With a little ingenuity and few sewing skills, Jon created Onya’s first reusable shopping bag.

He proudly used his shopping bag at every opportunity – at the supermarket, farmers market or just shopping for anything that would require a bag, and pretty soon people were asking him to create one for them too.

Onya has since grown into a company that prides itself on creating high quality, useful, reusable products for your everyday life that can easily be kept ‘On You’.

From reusable shopping bags, produce bags, backpacks & coffee cups, to one of the highest quality stainless steel drink bottle ranges on the Australian market.

Our products are responsibly made in China. Wherever possible our products are not only 100% recyclable, but they are also made out of recycled material such as rPET, a fabric produced from recycled plastic water bottles.

We are quite literally taking plastic waste from landfill and turning it into something reusable for many years to come.

Our goal at Onya is to offer our customers a well thought out quality alternative to single use plastic and it is by companies like us, partnering with people like you that can actually make the change we want to see happen in our world.

Why wait for tomorrow when we can take action today?