PRODUCTS TO MINIMISE WASTE IN A TINY HOUSENovember 21 2017, 0 Comments
Forget plastic free July, you don't need a specific month, day, or time to start making change. You can simply decide in one moment and action change in the next! Any change is positive too, whether you want to make a small but conscious effort to bring reusable bags to the supermarket or to the extreme of not touching a piece of plastic. Let's just start off by saying we aren't perfect zero waste people, but we are on a journey to making positive changes!
Before living in a Tiny House Jake and I had a certain level of eco-consciousness, since he works for an organic mattress and furniture, and I run an eco-friendly craft small business on the side.
However, since living in a Tiny House, it has made us much more environmentally aware, and by default we are leaving a smaller environmental footprint. We create our own power using Solar Panels, and a small wind turbine (see Tiny House Solar Packages for more details), collect some of our own water (we aren't fully self sufficient here yet), we compost food scraps, take recycling to Jakes work or the recycling centre, and we have a composting toilet.
Instantly by being off-grid we were much friendlier, the resources used to create our home was much less than a standard home as well, and also less waste. We are still not the perfect eco pair, but we are making choices into creating less waste.
These are some recent products we have chosen and received to help us along on our journey to less waste:
REUSEABLE FOOD WRAPS - GLAD WRAP ALTERNATIVE
Honeywrap was the brain child of three friends and eco conscious Mums named Tara, Jo and Amy. They handmake each of the products themselves, and their latest range includes custom designed fabric! See full range here!
Just like the last two small business, these honeywraps arrived in ecofriendly packaging that I just popped into the compost bin.
Plastic free living-6 easy ways to cut plastic useMarch 17 2017, 3 Comments
Hi guys, I'm Daisy, Sustainability Champion at Honeywrap.
I recently went on a trip to Indonesia and Thailand and I was absolutely gobsmacked at the amount of plastic on the beach and in the ocean. Plastic doesn't ever biodegrade, it only breaks down into minuscule pieces and will be around for many, many years! When I arrived home I decided that I needed to make a change and cut single-use plastic out of my life altogether.
When attempting a plastic-free life it is really hard to know where to start, plastic is everywhere you look and is so intertwined in our lives! I have put together a list of my top 6 essentials that help me stay away from single-use plastic.
1. Reusable drink bottles: Buy a good quality reusable drink bottle-and I say good quality because cheap plastic reusable bottles often break or get a bit icky and often end up getting binned after a few uses. I recommend glass or aluminium bottles.
2. Reusable bags: This is a biggie! Bring a reusable bag everywhere you go, I stay organised by keeping bags with me at all times. Sakitome bags are great because they fold up into a small pouch so I can keep them in my bag, car or in my bike basket and I never get caught without one!
3. Reusable straws: Apart from being super cool, glass, metal and bamboo straws save an outrageous amount of plastic from entering the ocean. The trick is to again, always be prepared and carry your reusable straw with you. Also, when you are out at restaurants or bars make sure you ask when you order for no straws! I fell into this trap the other night when I ordered a drink at a bar and didn’t think about the fact it would come with a straw (I even had a metal one with me!!) get into the habit of letting people know that you don’t need a straw. By doing this you are also helping to educate others by refusing the plastic, it just makes people think.
4. Keep cups: You can get some awesome looking keep cups, why would you want a yucky plastic lidded styrofoam cup when you can have a super slick glass and cork keep cup? Refusing single-use plastic can be ‘cool’ too! Also, cafes will often give you a discount for using your own cup.
5. Honeywraps: Without a doubt my go-to for wrapping snacks on the go. Great for any leftovers in the fridge too- my fridge looks magical with all the different coloured Honeywraps.
6. Produce bags: These are netted bags to put your fruit and veggies in to avoid the pointless plastic produce bags at supermarkets. Keep them inside your reusable shopping bags and you are less likely to forget them!
You don’t have to give up the things you love by not using plastic. I have a bag with all my reusables and keep it with me everywhere I go. As painful as that may sound it is the best way to make sure you never run in to accidental plastic use. If you look at the picture above, it really is not a lot to carry, all items fold down easily and will fit in your hand bag/day bag.
The food wrap saving the bees and the environmentOctober 17 2016, 0 Comments
Three Kiwi mums on a mission to reduce waste have come up with an alternative to plastic wrap.
Honeywrap was the idea of Auckland mum and co-founder Tara Strahan, who got together with friends Amy De Muth and Jo Falloon one evening over a glass of wine.
"I was showing them a beeswax wrap my son had made at school, and we thought it was good and investigated more," Strahan says.
"We started looking at different ingredients and it kind of took a life of its own."
The wrap is made with 100 per cent organic cotton, beeswax and other natural preservatives. It's reusable for up to a year and then can be thrown in the compost.
The wraps are handmade in Grey Lynn by the mums with organic fabric from India.
In the past three years the company has grown, and saved the equivalent of 2.7 million metres of plastic wrap ending up in landfill through the sale of their product.
Each wrap saves an average of 75 metres of plastic going to landfill or oceans based on school lunches for a year.
"Our aim is to develop the brand for more everyday use and create a standard wrap and then have Kiwi artists on board for special fabrics," Strahan says.
Honeywrap approached Kiwi contemporary artist Hayley King, aka 'Flox', to create a limited edition wrap.
Flox's designs feature her signature flora and fauna artistry with a unique twist.
"I also wanted to design something that was playful looking, so when the kids go to grab their food from their school lunch boxes, they've got a really colourful and inspired looking lunch," she says
King says it's satisfying not to use plastic bags or plastic wrap every day in her kids' lunch boxes.
So far the ladies have sold 35,000 packs of Honeywrap and are not slowing down.
There are only 2000 of the limited edition wraps which can be purchased in various stores or at honeywrap.co.nz.
Behind the business: honeywrap by The Bubbalino KitchenMay 01 2016, 0 Comments
MOST BUSINESSES HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE NOWADAYS, EVEN IF THEY HAVE A BRICKS AND MORTAR SET UP TOO, BUT THE THING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA IS THAT EVERYTHING CAN LOOK SO PERFECT, SO CURATED, SO GLOSSY FROM THE OUTSIDE. I WANTED TO GET BEHIND THE CURTAIN, INSIDE THE MINDS AND INTO THE HEARTS OF SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BUSINESSES AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT RUN THEM. I FIGURED IF I WAS CURIOUS TO KNOW MORE, MAYBE YOU COULD BE TOO?
WELCOME TO MY REGULAR SERIES THE FACE BEHIND THE BUSINESS. COME BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ME, BEHIND THE PERFECT IMAGE WE SEE AT THE STORE FRONT LEVEL AND MEET SOME WONDERFUL KIWIS DOING WONDERFUL THINGS (AND LEARN THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS).
Honeywrap is such an ingenious product. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a natural food wrap, an reusable alternative to plastic! I remember seeing these ladies peddling their wares at Mary’s Market years ago, back when I sold my own wares there as Bubbalino (which feels like a lifetime ago) and thinking what a great idea this was. There’s always been something super special about the smell of beeswax for me and the beautiful fabrics they use to create this fabulous range of alternative to plastic food wraps makes me want to own one in every pattern. I love hearing more about how businesses get their start and know you do too.
Get cozy and grab a cup of coffee and read on to learn more about how these three friends made a successful business out of a great idea.
ABOUT THE BUSINESS:
WHERE DID THE ORIGINAL IDEA FOR YOUR BUSINESS COME FROM?
A school project gave the idea but a mid life crisis and a couple of wines got it going. We loved its potential to make a difference and once we discovered nobody (at that time) in New Zealand was making them we decided to make our own- Honeywrap was born.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOU? WHERE YOU LIVE, YOUR AGE (RESPECTFULLY ;)), AND ANY ANECDOTES YOU HAVE THAT MEDIA MIGHT FIND INTERESTING.
There are three of us Tara, Jo and Amy. Jo and Tara are 40, Amy has not quite reached that milestone yet! All based in Auckland (for now). We all have young children ( ‘The Honeywrap kids’ – they call themselves) and all studied Occupational Therapy which is how we met. We are passionate about people and improving people’s lives and I think that is why we became inspired about Honeywrap as we could see it could make a difference. Our goal is to combine our skills and eventually provide work opportunities for people with limited access to mainstream employment.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF WITH THE LAUNCH OF YOUR COMPANY?
Utilising 5th form science skills and getting our own organic fabric printed with designs by NZ artists. Seeing lunchboxes with Honeywraps instead of plastic wrap!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR JOURNEY?
Using those science research skills to get the right mix of ingredients and right amount of wax on the wrap- not too little, not too much. Learning as we go……
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS EXPERIENCE?
Realising how amazingly helpful most other business owners and people are to support a small fledgling business. Learning so many new skills and growing in confidence. Having the support and positive feedback from family and friends as Honeywrap is sometimes all encompassing!
DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO EXPAND YOUR RANGE?
Yes our future designs will all tell a story like our seascape which highlights marine life most affected by plastic use. We will do different seasonal prints and collaborate with other artists and designers. With the addition of a few extra products that are a good fit with Honeywrap.
WHAT’S YOUR MANTRA OR THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT HAS STUCK WITH YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
If it was easy everyone would be doing it!
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOU OR YOUR FAMILY.
Tara – We have two boys 6 and 8 who are great mates, usually. We love escaping the city to mountain bike or run in the Waitaks and are always talking about moving out of Auckland, just can’t decide where! I have lots of ideas and can be quite chaotic but Jo and Amy bring calmness and help put my ideas into action.
Jo – I have two boys too 4 and 6. My husband and I love seeing them outside exploring, mucking around on skateboards, scooters and bikes, climbing trees and making huts. I love our house, it’s a bit wonky, it’s kind of like living in a bach, full of light. The boys love to garden with me – observers may call it slave labour when they see my boys digging holes with adult spades for me, but they honestly love it.
Amy – Mum to three children, who love getting out on the boat, staying on grandparents farm, fishing, camping, and dreaming up big family adventures. I am a big dreamer, converser, lover of nature with a Swiss husband, and adore kids, creative mess and happy noise.
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE BEING A MAMA AND RUNNING A BUSINESS?
With difficulty, though a lot easier now all of our children are older. We are all trying to set better limits on our time and enjoy time with family to achieve a more harmonious work-life balance. One of the best things about running your own business is having flexibility in your day – but one of the hardest things is also resisting reading work emails while you’re cooking dinner or watching your kids at their sports practice. Honeywrap HQ is quite a sight in the school holidays – the three of us will be inside doing business while a riot of kids are causing mayhem in the garden – they just come in when they are hungry or someone is hurt! We all love our Honeywrap business and are determined to succeed but if there’s a school sports day or some kind of special assembly we will re-arrange our Honeywrap meetings because family is the priority.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WORK WITH A YOUNG FAMILY?
Balancing work and family is an ongoing struggle, although it does get easier as they get older. I think we are often our own worst enemies and put a lot of pressure on ourselves. As mothers, we tend to feel a lot of guilt, so just try to be nice to yourself and notice when you say ‘should’.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE (FAMILY) ACTIVITY OR OUTING?
Trip to Piha, bush walk- falls and beach to swim at. With fantastic pizza at the cafe. Any little adventure involving being in nature, both the bush and ocean are so good for the soul.
HOW DO YOU GET ‘ME TIME’ AND WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING TO ACHIEVE THAT?
Tara – I try and go for a bike ride or run, or I love reading a book in the bath, despite chaos often going on in the background!
Jo – I go for an early morning run or walk down to the beach, it’s always hard setting an alarm and getting out of bed, but I always feel like I have got a head-start to the day when I do it. Going to a yoga class in the evenings is bliss. When life is super busy, I love to just steal 10 minutes to sit on our shabby old sofa on the deck with a good coffee and a good magazine …. it’s best thing in the world.
Amy – Gardening (no gloves or shoes- saves time finding them), sharing funny moments of week with friends (a ‘quick’ phone call is often required), exploring new bush trails (husband offers to look after kids so he has more brownie points for fishing trips)
WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE WANTING TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS?
Start it with someone or get yourself a good mentor. So great to have people to bounce ideas off and when one person is flagging the others can re inspire.
YOUR GO TO MEAL?
Wraps – whack anything in them, perfect for left-overs and great for smuggling lots of veges into. Pulled pork and slaw sliders are so ridiculously easy. If you know you are not going to have time to cook in the evening you just throw it in the slow cooker in the morning and by the time you get home dinner is pretty much sorted.
YOUR CHILD/REN’S FAVOURITE FOOD?
Butter Chicken (basically is a dessert) and sushi.
"honeywrap" by Anja HessJuly 20 2015, 0 Comments
Anja writes about her experience with honeywrap...
"Always on the look out to decrease my environmental footprint, I came across the Honey Wrap at Henry Trading in Lyttelton. I have been looking for years now to find a way of reducing the amount of plastic waste I generate. Having grown up with packed lunches and the habit of wrapping food that goes into the fridge, I wasn’t exactly spoiled for choices with tin foil and cling wrap being the readily available convenient options. I haven’t bought aluminium foil for years knowing it is one of the worst polluting household items, not only during production but also after having been discarded. Cling wrap is a one use item. Wrap your lunch then throw away…Much to my partners grief I am brought up to recycle plastic bags. Wash them, dry them and re-use. It is still plastic though. When my GP recommended cutting down my exposure to plastic, especially in connection to food and drink, I had finally received the proverbial kick to seriously search for a solution to the plastic dilemma.
Introducing Honey Wrap! It was by chance that I found the wrap in the Lyttleton store known for local and conscientious products. I was intrigued by the simple solution: a cloth drenched in beeswax and essential oils to cover bowls, plates and other containers, to wrap my lunches, cakes and muffins. My first Honey Wrap is a happy yellow with colourful fruit prints all over. I moved the cheese bag straight from the fridge into the bin having proved to be useless at keeping the cheese soft. My Honey Wrap does exactly what it promises to do. Every cheese has now got a small sized wrap to keep in the ‘scent’ and moisture. They are easy to clean from crumbs, icing and smelly cheese. Easy storage is only one of the bonus points.
With the original cardboard packaging came a patch of wild flower seeds for the bees – nice touch!
I am recommending the Honey Wrap to friends and family. It is handy, good for my conscience and the planet. I am about to splash out on a size XL to wrap my bread in it. With the delicious honey smell and its endless usage options I hereby declare the Honey Wrap my favourite 2015 product.
Use good stuff: "Brown baggin' it - a guide to a more sustainable lunchbox"June 20 2015, 0 Comments
Article written by Use Good Stuff about having a more sustainable lunchbox, featuring honeywrap.
honeywrap features on Good Morning with the Nappy LadyJune 10 2015, 0 Comments
honeywrap features on Good Morning with the Nappy Lady!
Honeywrap was featured on Good Morning with the Nappy Lady. See honeywraps in action in this clip above.
Sweet idea to reduce wasteJune 07 2015, 0 Comments
A couple of wines and a mid-life crisis helped spark an invention which aims to significantly reduce the waste created by school lunches.
Honeywrap, a natural re-usable food wrap, is one of the creative ideas to be presented at next Sunday's Auckland Fair.
The plastic wrap alternative is made from organic cotton fused with beeswax, tree resin and natural preservatives. It is re-usable for up to a year and fully biodegradable.
Its creators, Auckland mothers Tara Strahan, Amy Demuth and Jo Falloon, came up with the idea over a few glasses of wine when Strahan was feeling fed up with her job and looking for a career change.
"We just thought 'this is a great idea' and no one in New Zealand was doing it at the time. So we started researching different ingredients and came up with something that was long-lasting and effective," she said.
"We took it to a few markets and received such a positive response that we just thought, 'man, we could actually make a few more of these'.
So we started our own website, got a few stockists and it built from there."
Ironically, Strahan is allergic to bee stings and her foot became badly swollen when she was stung by an insect attracted to the wax in the products.
The women now make their wares with the doors closed during daytime, or at night, to keep inquisitive bees at bay.
All three are trained as occupational therapists and Strahan said they ultimately hoped to provide employment to people with head injuries or learning disabilities.
"If we could combine the two that would be really great. That would be the longer term goal," she said.
About 150 exhibitors are to take part in the Auckland Fair, which will be held at Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront.
Craft exhibitors include Ali Hughes' iDear, featuring a range of cards and paper goods designed to put a smile on faces.
Hughes struck upon the idea while checking out a stationery store during her university studies.
Founded more than three years ago, iDear's website says the cards are "inspired by Ali's love of word play, everyday conversations and the occasional dad joke".
More than 5,000 people are expected at the event, which is sponsored by Yellow.
The showcase of local crafts was launched in 2010, initially based at the Auckland Art Gallery. Its popularity saw it relocate first to the Aotea Centre, before moving again to Queens Wharf late last year.
Business can reduce plastic trashMay 29 2015, 0 Comments
Check out this NZ Herald article featuring honeywrap
Organised Chaos interview tell all...May 13 2015, 0 Comments
Want to know more about us and discover a few surprises? Read on...
Thanks to Organised Chaos (love that name!) http://organised-chaos.net/
Who is Honeywrap?
We are Tara, Jo and Amy, three friends, mums and Occupational Therapists who started Honeywrap – the sweet little alternative to plastic wrap. (We all now live in Auckland after many years abroad having fun and avoiding the reality of growing up; much recommended! )
How was Honeywrap born?
A school project and a midlife crisis prompted the beginnings of Honeywrap. I was ready for a career change and called a meeting with Jo and Amy to go through business ideas. The idea we all were immediately drawn to was a school project using beeswax covered fabric as an alternative to plastic foodwrap.
We have always tried to do our bit for the environment so it was exciting to find something that was easy to use, reduced waste, was functional and we all believed could make a difference. When we couldn’t find anywhere in NZ to buy them, we decided to make them ourselves. After months researching, testing, failing and many laughs, Honeywrap was born.
We love that they really do keep your food fresh and look cool. Honeywrap has started us all on a greener journey where we are all more mindful of what we do. We finally remember to take the reusable bags every time, think twice about automatically jumping in the car and generally buy less unnecessary ‘stuff!’ Still lots more we could do though.
Tell us something people don’t know about you… (we struggled with this!)
I can’t smell, so trust Amy and Tara that Honeywraps smell good….Joanna
I used to have a part-time job as a contortionist…Amy
I played rugby for nearly ten years… Tara
What’s next for Honeywrap?
Honeywrap has been such a massive learning curve for all of us. We hope to use this to increase awareness of the impact plastic has on the environment and also to highlight the danger bees are in.
And finally we are all Occupational Therapists by trade – we hope in the future that we will be able to combine our passions and provide work and social opportunities for people with brain injuries. Watch this space.
Best organising tip?
We have two…
Organised chaos does sum up our workspace. I think my best tip for organising is deal with a piece of paper once I am a notorious paper shuffler though improving with this new mantra
don’t buy stuff you don’t need!
Honeywrap and the 'Sustainable Whanau Challenge'March 09 2015, 0 Comments
This blog always seems to start with a comment on time passing quickly, it is now March. Crazy. School is coming to the end of the first term. Our boys are finally settling back in after a few weeks of tears and tantys.
Schools are doing a great job at encouraging their students to have waste free lunches and getting them to think about sustainability. They have awards for rubbish free lunches which is fantastic.Honeywrap has started us on a journey and got us all thinking about some of our daily habits and how we can start to make little changes. Our family still has a long way to go so I was really excited to see the Sustainable Whanau Challenge. A great activity for the whole family to set some new habits for the month- ‘ It is about trying out small changes that help to make our world a little bit better’. Take a look at their website www.sustainablewhanauchallenge.com. We will be signing up this week. If you are keen registrations close March the 15th. Go on...do it!
Honeywrap – natural, re-usable food wrapJanuary 01 2015, 0 Comments
Honeywrap is a natural NZ product that has been created to address the growing problem of waste from single use plastic. The aim is to increase awareness of the environmental impact of using disposable plastic to wrap food and provide alternatives.
Honeywrap is a reusable food wrap that keeps food fresh and is waste free. It combines New Zealand beeswax, New Zealand tree resin, jojoba oil and organic cotton to create an environmentally-friendly, sustainable and stylish food wrap. Currently sales equate to 22,500 metres of plastic wrap a week not being sent to landfill.
In addition, each pack contains bee-friendly wild flower seeds for customers to plant, thus providing a much needed food source for bees and raising awareness of the rapid decline of the bee population. Currently the team is looking to expand and grow its educational component into schools with fundraisers and workshops.
Honeywrap is a finalist in the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards in the EcoPro Cleaning Co Community Innovation Award.
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