This is the first article in a series of 'Meet the Makers', where we introduce you to the wonderful artisans who make the products we bring to our community.
Today, we invite Katie from EcoBling to tell us more about her amazing business.
Katie, where in the world are you based?
I'm in Eumundi, which is a small town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland about 100km north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
What was your motivation for starting EcoBling?
My motivation is to be able to self-fund good things in the world. The huge crisis the planet is in and the inequality that is present really spurred me on to make a measurable difference. So I committed to planting one tree for each piece sold. Those trees are food trees planted in African food forests with our project partner Trees for the Future. So far we have planted 10,000 trees. Our intention for using waste materials instead of new materials was to bring awareness to the beauty of upcycling and the modern and stylish things you can wear that have a positive impact on the planet.
What do you hope that people who buy your jewellery will enjoy about it most?
I really want people who buy the jewellery to be impressed with the designs so much so that they wear it all the time. I hope that those who wear it share the message of what the piece once was (which is on the front of each tag, e.g. This piece once was a TABLE) so it can be the tool it was intended to be; to increase awareness and educate people on the many creative solutions intended to repair the world.
What do you think about your jewellery being made available to the neurodivergent community?
I am so happy that my designs are being made available to neurodivergent communities as I think not only is it a very tactile and sturdy product but it is also very interesting and each piece has a unique story. I think everyone has such a unique story and to be able to bring eco-friendly options to you is really something I am very grateful for and very proud of. I can't wait to see the beautiful pieces worn by each and every beautiful person of the neurodivergent community. It is an honour to celebrate making a difference in the world with you.
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Watch the video below to learn about the story behind the Nepal Rubble range.