Our Story

Nutshell was born in a fishing village in the Philippines where optimism is contagious and resourcefulness is a way of life.

What began as a graduate school project to improve local fish packaging became a business that’s improving lives and inspiring change from California to Lubang Island.

Today we make biodegradable packaging under the Fortuna Cools brand and sustainable consumer products like the Nutshell Cooler.

Our Mission

Harness the power of collaborative design and natural materials to make best-in-class products.

Our Vision

Replace plastic foam insulation once and for all.

We’re building a global movement to amplify our impact. Join us in creating a more hopeful, innovative, and sustainable world.  

Our Core Values

Design with Our Users

Human-centered design is at our core: we seek out input from people across all walks of life to build products they’ll love.

Learn From Nature

We believe nature has already solved some of our biggest challenges. We upcycle naturally-available resources productively and responsibly.

Innovate For Impact

We aim to create sustainable products and business models with a positive impact on human and natural communities.

Filipino Optimism

We are inspired by the generosity and resilience of the Filipinos we work with. We seek to channel this strength and positivity in everything we do.

Design with Our Users
Human-centered design is at our core: we seek out input from people across all walks of life to build products they’ll love.

Learn from Nature
We believe nature has already solved some of our biggest challenges. We upcycle naturally-available resources productively and responsibly.

Innovate for Impact
We aim to create sustainable products and business models with a positive impact on human and natural communities.

Filipino Optimism
We are inspired by the generosity and resilience of the Filipinos we work with. We seek to channel this strength and positivity in everything we do.

David Cutler

Co-Founder & CEO

David has worked in development and consulting for startups and NGOs across Asia. David studied design at Stanford’s d.school but didn’t truly become a designer until he and Tamara finished making their first cooler with a tarp and a blow dryer in the Philippines.

Tamara Mekler

Co-Founder & COO

Tamara is a Behavioral Biologist with an M.S. from Stanford in Sustainable Development. Previously, Tamara worked in community-based conservation and environmental education in the United States and in her home countries, Spain and Mexico.

Julius Bucatora

Director of Operations, PH

Julius has steered startups through rapid growth and managed supply chains across borders. And he was raised on a coconut farm in Surigao! Julius brings expertise and passion to Fortuna where he’s in charge of ensuring efficient and transparent production: from farm to factory to customers around the world.

Dr. Justino Arboleda

Chief Coconut Officer, PH

Dr. Justino Arboleda, or "Bo", is a university dean, a winner of the BBC’s World Challenge for Innovation, and a trilingual engineer with a PhD from Tokyo University. Bo and his wife, Julie, are the owners of Juboken Enterprises, our long-term production partners and friends in one of the main coconut growing regions of the Philippines.

Learn about our impact from Dr. Bo

P
Nov 16 2021

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

© Nutshell Coolers

Chill by Nature

Pre-Order Nutshell Coolers for 24% OFF 👉