The idea for Mama Qucha was born at the end of 2017, as summer approached and we couldn’t find a beach bag large enough, or organised enough to carry all the beach essentials to the beach for even a small visit to the beach with our one-year-old son. A simple visit to the beach could quickly turn stressful, carrying so many bags, toys, and umbrellas, all while running after our toddler, or having to carry him plus all the bags.
On my quest to find a bag to fit all my beach gear, I came across numerous blogs, chats and websites with mums facing this same issue. I wasn’t happy with any of the options available at the time. They were either not big enough, not organised enough, not environmentally friendly (many were made of plastics and synthetic materials), not a style that suits chasing a toddler (not a backpack – most were totes), not fashionable, not having insulated compartments for drinks or food and not light enough. Having an environmental engineering and sustainability background, I was also not happy to purchase bags made of plastics or similar synthetic materials, especially carrying this bag to the beach knowing the current state of plastics and microplastics in the ocean. I could not find a sustainable beach bag that was large enough and organised enough to also serve as a nappy bag. The idea for Mama Qucha was born, and I set out to design the ultimate nappy backpack.
The name Mama Qucha was influenced by our backgrounds; I am Chilean and my husband is Irish / Peruvian. Similar to Mother Earth (Pacha Mama), Mama Qucha means Mother Ocean in Quechuan, the indigenous language of the Andes. The name Mama Qucha fit perfectly with our vision to create a baby beach bag that was eco-friendly and sustainable. The minimalist bag design and beachy colours are influenced by the laid-back Australian summer feel we grew up with.
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