The idea for Eco-Able came about from a conversation I had with my sister about her efforts to reduce single use plastic. It struck me that it can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming trying to find products that help us move towards a low waste, low plastic lifestyle.
I wanted to create a place for discussion and for sharing hints and tips, but also somewhere people could easily access really great, tried-and-tested eco-products.
Many of my products combine my two great passions; reducing waste and supporting small, independent businesses. I cherish the connection that I have with my ethical suppliers who share my vision for natural, planet-friendly alternatives.
Eco-Able began online and we now have a shop in Cirencester; a cosy, friendly space where all are welcome to browse at their own pace, ask questions, read books and chat. Find out more about the Eco-Able shop here.
I’ve always been thrifty – I blame my childhood! I remember cutting Christmas gift tags out of old Christmas cards, baking and mending items with my Mum. And I don’t remember things being thrown away; everything was reused or repurposed in some way – a habit I’ve naturally continued as an adult. I love the idea that items have a story and a past life, and I definitely won’t get rid of anything that I feel can be reused.
Previously in my career I was an early years teacher and I’d always wanted to write children’s books. So I’m thrilled to have written two eco-themed and eco-published storybooks aimed at early years.
‘Away’ and Oceans Away are beautiful, captivating stories about how our waste affects animals and the environment. My hope is that every home and every school can use it to begin those important conversations about what we can all do to protect our planet.
I want to leave a legacy to my children and to show them that taking one small step towards a more sustainable lifestyle is where we all start. Who knows where it could lead.
As part of my continued commitment to living and running the business as sustainably as possible, I’ve recently completed the Sustainability Basics course and the Green Skills for Small Business with Small Business Britain and Oxford Brookes University Business School. Our sustainability policy supports our efforts to achieve a sustainable business model. It is always under review, and you can find out more about it here.
As a guardian of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Eco-Able directly support the work they do through regular donations. We feel strongly about supporting our local environment and the wildlife that lives in it.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust works closely with local communities, landowners and partners to deliver much-needed conservation work across 60 nature reserves and within the wider landscapes of the county. This vital work encourages wildlife to thrive, including wildflowers, trees, butterflies, insects and animals.
The charity also delivers a vast range of events and projects across the county, as well as providing free public access to its nature reserves, enabling people from all backgrounds to spend time outdoors and get closer to nature.