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    The stories of our products and the people who make them.  By supporting the people making our products, you are helping to make their dreams viable and encouraging responsible enterprise.

     

    Conscious Step gives an ordinary purchase, extraordinary purpose

    Who knew a pair of socks could plant trees, provide clean drinking water or protect elephants? Conscious Step makes all of these social impacts possible through the purchase of their socks. Conscious Step was founded in 2013 by three friends, Prashant Mehta, Hassan Ahmad and Adam Long.  From a young age, Prashant’s mum encouraged...

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    Illustrations inspired nature

    The Scenic Route is the creative project of artist and textile designer Victoria McGrane who is currently travelling around Australia in a converted Toyota Coaster Bus. With a background in the fashion industry, Victoria formally created textile designs for a number of noted brands in Australia and Europe before launching The Scenic Route in...

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    That Red House

    Adversity can often be a catalyst for positive change. For Talia and Luke Borda, founders of That Red House, a second cancer diagnosis led to a new business distributing a natural laundry product which changed their lives and many others around the world. In 2002, Luke was diagnosed with cancer and after undergoing seemingly...

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    Luna + Sun

    Teshani McManus, the powerhouse behind Luna + Sun, was not always ethically and sustainably minded. After undertaking a fashion and sustainability course and watching the documentary, The True Cost, Teshani began to feel uncomfortable wearing clothes made in circumstances where another person was exploited. “I felt ashamed I had supported labels that paid their...

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    Gillawarra Arts

    Krystal Hurst is a proud Worimi woman who grew up on the banks of Taree’s Manning River and the beautiful salty sea on the Mid-North Coast where she spent her childhood fishing, swimming and gathering seafood at Forster and many coastal inlets around Taree. This place is Krystal’s home, the home of her Ancestors...

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    Consciously formulated skin care changing the world

    In her early 20s, Meghan Forrester dabbled in the luxury skincare market and discovered some ugly truths about the industry which made her question her whole philosophy on life. She decided to give away all her possessions and live a simple life in the hills of Northern New South Wales – a complete contrast...

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    A sibling’s promise changing children’s lives

    Beekeeper Parade is a social enterprise founded by Koky Saly with a mission to create products that change the world. Using textile waste destined for landfill, Koky and his team create vegan bags that help build schools in rural Cambodia. Here’s the story of how a promise between a brother and sister has changed thousands...

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    Sustainable frames made on a corner block

    Heart-warming beauty lies in businesses built from humble beginnings and handmade products crafted with care. Natalie Lane who has turned her passion project into a thriving business from a corner block in Brisbane has never looked back. After returning from backpacking around India, Natalie printed her travel photos into an album to relive the...

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    Giving wine barrels a new lease on life

    Winestains is a unique Australian homewares brand that values sustainable design and life’s simple pleasures. The father-daughter duo behind Winestains, Kristal Spencer and Peter Ruchs, reign from the picturesque Barossa Valley in South Australia where they handcraft quality and innovative designs from retired wine barrels.   Working in the wine industry since he was...

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    The accidental environmentalist

    Anita Vandyke didn’t grow up with a hippie mother or a passion for the environment; she was just a person trying to find happiness in all the usual places – money, power, and status. But this idea of success didn’t provide her with the happiness that she expected. At age twenty-six Anita was a...

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    Carving a sustainable solution with coconuts

    When Jake McKeon stumbled across painted coconut bowl souvenirs while travelling around Bali, he thought the bowls in their natural state would be great to sell in his health food business. Following this thought, Jake filled his bags with coconut bowls and returned to Australia and began selling them in his health food business....

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    Natural Evolution Foods

    Business ideas can arise in the most unlikely circumstances. For Robert Watkins, the idea to produce the world’s first green banana flour occurred when he accidentally drove over a hand of green Lady Finger bananas on his farm in Tropical North Queensland. Now, this second-generation farmer is leading a commercial food waste movement with...

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    Why I love leading a women led business

    By Biome Founder, Tracey Bailey This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the talented team of women that lead Biome and what we do to help accelerate women’s equality. I started Biome 16 years ago with a vision to help solve the world’s environmental challenges.  But, it is the women who have joined, nurtured and...

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    How Outland Denim are revolutionising the denim industry

    Outland Denim was founded as an avenue to provide opportunity and support to women who had had experienced exploitation. Today, through an internationally-successful, sustainable and coveted fashion range they are truly empowering women, empowering families, and empowering communities. Read on to out how Outland Denim are revolutionising the denim industry through empowerment, sustainability and transparency. Empowerment...

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