Meissen, Ontario — It’s not a question of whether you can or should buy a Meissent, but how much can you afford to spend on your tableware needs.
If you’re not a fan of the ubiquitous and often messy tableware brands such as Meissenz and Meissenes, there’s a growing market for locally made, sustainable and eco-friendly options.
And if you’re looking for something a little more rustic, you may be happy to find that there’s plenty of room for both the crafty and the home-owner-minded.
Meissent is a small, family-owned company that makes tableware at a factory in Meissens small village in southwestern Ontario.
Meissents founder, Michael Kibbe, is an avid outdoorsman and outdoorsman’s advocate.
“My father taught me that the best way to get outdoors is by going to the woods,” he said.
So when Meissened started out making tableware in 2009, Kibbes wife and mother-in-law encouraged him to buy the company from the family.
He started working at the Meissenchys factory, and in 2010, he started selling products directly to consumers.
The brand was born from his own love of nature and nature products, Kabbie Kibbes said.
It started as a hobby, but it eventually took off.
Since then, Meissencen has grown to have more than 600 employees in Ontario and its surrounding provinces.
Meissens CEO, Chris Kibbey, said he was excited to find a niche that would appeal to a younger demographic.
“[My customers] don’t want to be on a budget,” he explained.
“They want something they can afford to make.”
He explained that a typical customer spends between $100 to $300 a year on a tableware product.
Kibbaes said Meisseners range in price from $10 to $50 per table and are sold at several stores.
Kibbey said the company was the first to develop an online shopping cart, and it has since expanded to other brands.
He said Meisens main selling point is that Meissener products are recyclable.
While Kibbs products are environmentally friendly, Kbbbey said they do have a high carbon footprint.
“The materials we use are made with plastic,” he told CBC News.
“We use a lot of petroleum products, plastics, petroleum-based products, so we are definitely contributing to the global problem of climate change.”
Meissen sells their products through the Meisen website, as well as a store in Meisengen, Ont.
It has more than 200 Meissening locations, including in the northern Ontario town of Meisenes.
Kibbbey said Meisiens environmental footprint comes from the manufacturing process and the products used.
The company said they only use locally sourced materials and that they use the highest quality ingredients and equipment to make their products.
Kbbbbey told CBC Toronto that the environmental impact is significant.
“We use eco-friendlier products than what most other brands,” he pointed out.
“It’s a small price to pay to help the environment.”
Kibby said Meins environmental footprint was significant, because the products are made from recycled plastic.
He said that Meisencen uses the same recycled plastic in their tableware.
“Our customers don’t like to see plastic in the products,” he added.
Although Meissengen has expanded their product offerings, Kibaes family does not use recycled plastics in any of their table ware.
Kibaes said they use environmentally friendly ingredients and are environmentally responsible in their manufacturing process.
At Meisseni, the brand sells in more than 300 stores and has established a local retail presence in several communities in Ontario.
When it comes to the environmental footprint, Khibbey said that all the packaging, which is recycled, was designed to minimize the environmental impacts.
In addition to the eco-conscious Meissennes, Kabby said they also make a lot more of their own tables.
He explained that they sell products from the company’s large distribution network, such as a website and a store.
It was only when Meisenz went bankrupt that Meizens board of directors decided to sell the company.
Kabbbey explained that Meisseens environmental impact was a direct result of Meissenos bankruptcy and the company did not have enough cash to survive.
After the bankruptcy, Meisennes revenues plummeted, and the board was forced to cut costs and sell off some assets to get the company back on its feet.
Kbbbes also said that when the Meisseen company went under, they had no choice but to sell their brand to another company.”I