• STORIES

    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.

     

    Support South Australian small business through tough times

    Our aim at Biome is to provide a marketplace for the dreams of small planet-friendly, ethical businesses.  South Australia is a hub of vibrant regional businesses producing toxin free, palm oil free, and low waste alternatives. The state also has great environmental achievements to be proud of – learn more about them at the...

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    Honeybee Wraps

    Honeybee Wraps originated in Sherrie Adams’ kitchen eight years ago in the Northern Rivers near Byron Bay. Each day, Sherrie faced the same dilemma when packing her five kids school lunches. She never liked the idea of using single use plastic wrap, and every time she used it, she pondered less wasteful natural alternatives....

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    Making a difference through design

    Shannon Sheedy knew by the end of her 20s that she wanted to do something that was meaningful and gave her a sense of purpose, but she didn’t anticipate she would discover a business idea while travelling around India and Nepal for a year with her husband Mick. The plight of Tibetan refugees motivated...

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    Urthly Organics

    Julie Andrews has been passionate about soaps and natural skin care from a young age. She collected them, made soap balls from her mother’s soaps, she even tried making rose water by boiling rose petals, however she always wondered how soap was made from scratch. In late 1997, as Julie was browsing the stalls...

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    Earth Greetings

    In 2003, Heide Hackworth decided to quit her dreary office job and start a business that ticked all the right eco boxes. Her dream was to produce greeting cards and stationery that were not only good for the planet but that gave back to it too. Drawing on her past experience working in the...

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    A small shed and a big dream

    In a small shed located in one of Australia’s most beautiful and remote landscapes, a group of aboriginal women handmake skin care products enriched with native bush botanicals that are harvested on country as taught by their elders. Using traditional methods combined with modern techniques they create their own take on elders’ bush recipes,...

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    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. Wine barrel waste Working in the wine industry since...

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