What inspired you to start your work?
Having two fast growing boys at school I was never satisfied with the lunch boxes. There were never the right size, broke too easily and contained who knows what chemicals. I thought there must be a better option but couldn’t find anything.
Speaking with my friends they also experienced these issues and this led me to design and make my original concept. This proved popular so I thought there must be others out there looking for these type of eco friendly lunch totes so I started Little Leaf Eco.
It was the same with the Stinky Bag, my son’s P.E. bags wouldn’t last the year and they had to throw their smelly and often wet shoes in the one bag. I thought a two sectioned bag big enough for everything would make much more sense, and one designed to last. My kids loved the prototype and I loved the way it kept the stinky stuff separate making everything last longer, so I added it to my Little Leaf product line.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
I am lucky to have a big creative space to stock fabrics, artworks, sewing machine and everything else that I need for my business.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I love that we as a family have all in some way contributed to solving real world problems. That we can make a difference and have a positive impact on the lives of others. I’m also very proud of the quality and style of the products. That I started with just an idea and now have a business is amazing. I also had to learn a lot, particularly about building websites, becoming part of an online community and how to connect with retailers.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
The chance to get exposure of the brand Little Leaf Eco NZ and to showcase our eco friendly. To meet NZ makers and to socialise with everyone at the Auckland Fair.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
The positive feedback from my customers about how they love my eco friendly products.