Meet The Makers

Our members are passionate by sustainability and circular economy. We have hand-picked each member, based on a series of criteria, showcasing a true passion for sustainability and circular economy. Every day, these businesses create better products, preserve natural resources, challenge their production to become more sustainable, all for us. The least we can do, is put them in the spotlight. 

Get to know our members and become consciously involved with their practises. 

Nature Inc.
Charcoal, Teatree and Peppermint cold pressed handmade soap by Nature Inc.

Nature Inc.'s soaps are made only with locally sourced products and handcrafted through a traditional cold-press Japanese process. 

Their entire production embraces a very sustainable approach, ie. they source locally, recycled coffee grounds to make their Grounded Coffee Soap. In exchange their any excess of composted coffee grounds go to local farmers.

They also source honey from Backyardhoney Melbourne. Peter & Jane are advocates of biodynamic beekeeping which ensures premium quality honey and optimum bee health. Their Red Gum honey and 100% raw Multiflora honey are used in the Honey Oat Milk Soap range.

With their Australian Olive Soap with Saponified oils, they even go a step further. Locally sourced and grown olives make this one of our most eco friendly zero-emission unscented soaps. They are currently working out ways to assist reducing waste by collecting cooking oils from local cafes and restaurants.

Nature Inc. brings a strong anti-plastic ideology by only using recycled paper for their packaging.

Nature's Intentions
Bath Salts by Nature's Intentions

Nature's Intentions crafts:

  • Essential Oils & Diffusers

Carefully curated pure essential oils, quality diffusers and natural perfume roll-ons for everyday use.

  • Organic Skincare

Beautifully handcrafted in small batches to nourish, soothe + protect your skin.

  • Mineral Salts

Exquisite mineral rich salts, magnesium oil and body butter to help you relax, restore + renew.

The 3 Bees
Raw Honey by The 3 Bees

Over 12 years ago, Aris' bee keeping interest began. He had just purchased a home and was retro fitting it with solar hot water, solar electricity and double glazed windows to try to minimise his family’s impact on the environment. He was replanting the garden with plants that either provided a food crop or a cut flower. He rarely ever saw any bees in the garden and this was a worry.

While at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, there were five very wild looking hives. Aris made an enquiry and was asked to visit when the beekeepers were opening the hives. There he met a fellow by the name of Graeme, who threatened to bring a hive of bees to his home. 3 days later he did, the rest is history.

Their philosophy

  • If it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it

  • If you can’t eat it you shouldn’t be putting in on your body

  • Add value to Australian Raw Materials

  • Never compromise on quality

  • Raw materials in any product we make must be the best available

 

The 3 Bees creates over 16 different raw honeys. Bee hives are moved constantly to create a close to 100% raw honey from one specific source.

Natural Distilling Co.
Hemp based Gin by Natural Distilling Co

Natural Distilling Co focuses on Tradition, Innovation and Community. None of us will go much further unless we focus on sustainability, both in our local environment and on the global scale, which is why they're committed to distilling the best spirits using te most natural methods.

An unusual outlier was waiting in left-field: cannabis/hemp. Now, don’t get them wrong – marijuana and “getting high” aren’t what the Natural Distilling Co is about, but hemp is one of the most interesting and beneficial crops in the world. With the federal government legalising it in November 2017, the path was clear to put some fresh innovation on the agenda.

Rhys’ career path had previously led to him working in Australia’s medical cannabis industry for some of the nation’s leading commercial organisations, and he realised that this innovative crop of the future had huge potential as the perfect opportunity for the family, the farm, the community and the distillery.

Rhys applied for a license to grow hemp, paving the way for the distillery to have a vertically integrated supply chain. And so the final piece was in place to create the Natural Distilling Co many steps down the road from that initial batch of whiskey. 20-to-30 tries later, they came up with gin and vodka recipes that everyone they spoke to truly enjoyed. 

They’re passionate about their expanding range, with a delicious diversity of local farm-grown superfoods currently at the trial distillation stage. They currently make Australian craft gin and vodka, distilled with hemp. They take pride in making their spirits as healthy and natural as can be.

Now they can’t wait to introduce their beautiful spirits to you...

Sticky Earth Ceramics
Wabi Sabi Aesthetic Ceramics by Sticky Ceramics

Rafal is the Melbourne potter behind Sticky Earth Ceramics.


Originally hailing from Krakow, Poland, Rafal now works from a studio in Melbourne’s west. His pottery features earthy tones of natural clay and a minimalist aesthetic. 

Glazes are applied with a light touch to allow the natural textures of clay to come through. By bringing out the warmth and rawness of natural stoneware clay, Rafal gives each and every piece its own authentic character. 


Made with traditional wheel-thrown techniques and fired twice at high temperatures for durability, all pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe. 


Look out for Sticky Earth at the Rose Street and Heide artists’ markets or click on the ‘Discover’ button to explore Rafal’s range of everyday clay objects that ooze the Wabi Sabi aesthetic; the Japanese Zen philosophy where objects are seen as part of nature rather than part of the cupboard. 


Read the interview with Rafal Kaczmarek.

Nice Coffee Co.
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Nice Coffee Co. is a social enterprise coffee company that uses profits to help fund its school projects in Kibera, Africa's largest slum. By selling specialty beans, biodegradable pods and machines to offices and people right across Australia, they have managed to re-build 9 classrooms, support 450 children with their education and employ 9 teachers at their school.

Sustainability starts with education and awareness. 

No matter your organisation, they can help you drink better coffee, that creates real change. Nice coffee in your organisation is the perfect way to enjoy quality coffee, whilst knowing you are making a difference.  With their extensive range of automatic and traditional machines for 10-10,000 drinkers, making the switch has never been easier. 

Or enjoy one or all of the 7 beans in our newly coffee@home product launch, where as little as 500g of our best coffee beans can be bought. Every purchase of our biodegradable coffee pods funds hours of education.

Kossalii
Slow Fashion bags made by Kossalii

Kossalii is an Australian 100% handmade craft company which focuses on original, ecofriendly, plastic free apparel accessories using high quality materials. With traditional techniques they produce unique and durable leather and textile accessories.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Kossalii was born out of the desire to create quality, 100% handcrafted and original designs.

Camille creates all the patterns for the fabric based bags and apparel accessories. She carves them by hand on lino or rubber. With traditional block printing techniques and savoir-faire, every product is carefully and finely hand stamped by Camille and stitched with organic cotton and linen thread, giving optimal sturdiness. 

While Camille is your fabric guru, Jaewoo is your leather man. He creates original leather designs that will come to life after a series of hands-on processes.

All his full grain leather is tanned with natural extracts from plants, trunk and bark of trees. Full grain leather refers to the skin that has not been artificially corrected by removing imperfections. By retaining its natural form, the full grain leather is the strongest and most durable. It is sourced ethically from the finest tanneries. This most traditional and naturally processed leather has a beautiful patina and reveals its rich colour as it ages.

Both owners are proud to present entirely plastic-free items made with the utmost, eco-responsible and wear-resistant materials.

Kossalii selects sustainable fabrics (Oeko-Tex and organic certified), threads and dyes. 

Camille and Jaewoo choose to mainly use linen fabric for its durability and its methods of production known to be low water consuming and not requiring fertilizers or pesticides. Linen comes from flax plants and has the natural ability to prevent bacterial growth and is therefore hypoallergenic.

The inks are children safe, non-toxic, acid free and water based.

Painted Earth
Walls rendered with Low VOC Paints sold by Painted Earth

Painted Earth is a human and planet conscious paint shop based in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia. Since 2002, they sell Australia's largest range of sustainable non-toxic and eco-frienldy paints, wood finishes, and natural renders for homes and commercial buildings.

These products are sourced from ten different manufacturers to bring you a complete range of eco-friendly finishing products for walls, floors and furniture - both interior and exterior. All products have been tried and tested and are suitable for domestic and commercial fit-outs. 

All the products perform well and are easy to use. The low-VOC paints, clay based paints and natural wood oils and finishes are manufactured to the latest standards.  Once you experience them you won't look back.

Painted Earth is Australia's largest range of modern eco-friendly andnon-toxic paints, renders and wood finishes.Your choices help change our world.

They stock ROCKCOTE Ecostyle low VOC acrylic paints, VOLVOX natural paints, as well as MUROBOND (an Australian paint manufacturer), LIVOS and RUBIO MONOCOAT natural wood oils.

They support many smaller companies, such as ROCKCOTE, MUROBOND and LIVOS because these companies are committed to ethical principals and making environmentally responsible products.

Deja New Palletable Creations
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By recycling and reusing the timber from pallets it's a great way to do our small part in helping the environment by reducing the amount of waste ending up as landfill and preventing subsequent greenhouse gas emissions.

Giving the timber new life and making it into something unique, stylish and characterful with our made to order creations will help reduce carbon emissions and with long term use, considering the energy and subsequent CO2 released into the atmosphere that has gone into creating the pallets in the first place, perhaps over time will even become carbon neutral.

But what about the energy we use to make our creations? Well, we use sustainable energy, Greenpower, for the production of our creations and only use eco-friendly water based products, products that don’t release toxic amounts of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere.

We also contribute to the conservation of native wildlife and their habitats with a percentage of every sale going towards the Plant a Tree for Me initiative by the Foundation for the National Parks & Wildlife (http://www.plantatreeforme.org.au).

Eco-Wick
Upcycling Self-Watering Planter Box made by Eco-Wick

At Eco-wick we are designing and building sturdy long-lasting products, such as self-watering planters and wicking beds.

Our handmade sustainable garden products are using mostly upcycled materials based on permaculture principles and aiming at establishing a circular cooperative economy. With climate emergency, resource depletion, increasing inequality, and devastating pandemics there is an urgent need to transform how we interact with the planet. It is unavoidable, we’re at historical crossroads and we have to rethink the way we design, produce, and consume.

Up-cycling is a big part of what we manufacture locally and it is design imperative at Eco-wick. Up-cycling is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, and unwanted materials into a new form! Eco-wick takes discarded, but nevertheless durable, materials out of the waste stream of other industries and gives them a second life.

We know that our self-watering planters and wicking beds will be used, enjoyed, and at some point discarded. That's why we only use up-cycled materials that can be later recycled or naturally decomposed.

The majority of our current designs use up to 90% up-cycled materials. We keep working on increasing the degree of efficiency of our products so our relative impact is minimized.

Good-Edi
Edible Take-Away Coffee Cups by Good-Edi

Good-Edi is an Australian business based in Melbourne aiming to combat one of the world’s major war-on-waste challenges; disposable cups. 

With an estimated 2.7 million coffee cups thrown out each day in Australia, around 90% end up in landfill.

These harmful cups that are used every day are lined with plastic and therefore non-recyclable and non-biodegradable. Good-Edi aims to tackle Australia’s disposal of 1 billion cups each year and the 500 billion cups every year globally by replacing disposable cups with edible takeaway cups.

Good-Edi has developed sustainable recipe for a novel edible cup incorporating oats and grains, which does not alter the flavour of the drink, can be eaten as a biscuit, and if thrown out will break down in less than two weeks. 

The completely waste-free cup is composed of zero plastic and through extensive research and testing maintains integrity through the prolonged use of both hot and cold temperature contents.

Additionally, the nutritious and tasty alternative to everyday takeaway cups is also 100% vegan, is composed of local ingredients and Australian-made, convenient, and easy to adapt for promotional business purposes for cafes and distributors looking to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Support Catherine and Aniyo, founders of Good-Edi, by drinking from, eating and composting the Good-Edi cups, and reduce, one cup at a time, landfill coming from harmful takeaway cups. 

Dry-Oil Co.
Collagen Juice bottle by Dry Oil Co.

Since Zoe, founder of Dry Oil Co., was a child, she saw herself as a mixologist. There was always a bottle labelled “Zoe’s Potion” on the go which everyone knew to steer well clear of!

Zoe was rarely able to find the right nourishments for her sensitive skin in store-bought products. Dry oils were her favourite for their non-greasy, lustrious effects, however most products on the shelf contain Silicone or other questionable ingredients. 

Therefore, while setting up herself to manufacture a multitasking ecological and body-friendly dry oil, Zoe started to experiment in her bedroom. After many years, she found the sweet spot and her envisioned Glow Oil was born; a dry oil that not only feeds, protects and nourishes the body, but also invokes an immediate feeling of vibrancy.

Zoe sources only high quality, organically farmed ingredients and handles them in their rawest state, then bottles the dry oil in visually evoking glassware as beautiful and unique as the product itself.

Officially founded in 2017, each small batch remains lovingly blended by hand out of her humble kitchen in Melbourne. She is passionate about using natural products to bring our bodies radiance, healing and joy.

A few years later, Zoe has not only established a beautiful dry oil that cushions skin with feather-like hydration, without clogging pores, plumps and delivers a cocktail of bio-available Vitamins, she has also brought new products on the market such as her Collagen Juice - Vitamin C Facial Oil and her hemp based fleecy face cloth.

With natural sustainably sourced ingredients, Dry Oil Co. is a business we love to support and present its products as a must-check-out alternative to any questionable shelf-planted mass-produced one.