Jess Hodge & Resourceful Living
Along this journey to sustainability I have met lots of people and spoken to lots of business owners - but it always makes me so happy when the businesses I'm talking to aren't ones I'm petitioning against, but are ones I actually love and that are already doing all the right things.
Jess Hodge is one of those people - she runs a beautiful business called Resourceful Living and honestly, we have a lot in common! She shares my random passion for writing educational resources for people wanting to become more environmentally conscious, and also operates a business that sells zero waste/environmentally thoughtful gifts - with a focus on gift hampers.
I wanted to give Jess a shoutout because she is honestly so lovely and doing great things, and I figured right before Mothers Day makes so much sense. While I'm a bit of a minimalist myself, gifts always stump me so this really appeals to me! Also, I often have friends or family members ask me about how they can replace certain items in their home with eco alternatives, so how beautiful would it be to gift those people boxes like this - pictured above is the 'home' gift box which would be so beautiful as an introduction for someone looking to incorporate more eco/plastic free everyday items into their home.
So this hamper cost $65, and included the above items - which also includes I"m told (for a limited time) a travel cup or stainless steel water bottle as well!
It came with: a beautiful organic cotton tote bag, coconut fibre round scourers (I LOVE THESE!), A beautiful Jute Shopping bag (so pretty you'll never leave it at home hehe), some beautiful bamboo pegs (they actually are so beautiful - I'm loving this journey, finding the most lovely well everday made things so beautiful!) A coconut fibre dish pad - (these are awesome too!!), some beautiful locally made beeswax wraps and some lovely handmade reusable netted bags which I'll totally use for fruit and veggies!! So these make great gifts but also, I love everything in this hamper for myself hahaha!
If you're interested in learning more about ways you can easily incorporate sustainability into your life, I'd definately reccomend following her on instagram or facebook and keeping an eye out for upcoming blog posts. If we're lucky, she might even do a guest blog on my site too!
In the meantime, you can checkout her blog now and read her lovely articles on things like..
I had a chat to Jess about her lovely business and how she got started.
What values are at the core of your business?
-Helping shape a better world for future generations
-Practising what we tell others to do
How and why did you start your business?
To help people begin a more eco friendly lifestyle but may be feeling overwhelmed by all the jargon, websites, big companies all trying to tell them go from what they are doing now to zero waste. Which for most people is unattainable. I wanted to give them an avenue, like when people diet, to show them change is good and habits are built out of repetitive change. It started off just conversations with family and friends and then developed into a business.
When did you start your business, and do you operate full time/part time?
I started it 10 April 2018 when my son was 8 months old, and I realised that I want him to grow up in a world full of beauty. I currently operate part time as I am my son's full time carer.
How do you incorporate sustainability into your business?
I limit how much paper I use, so mostly everything I do is digital. If I do use paper I shred it and then use it as part of my packaging. I have recently switched to recycled cardboard for my postage boxes since you were able to help put pressure on Aust post and the cost of shipping of boxes outside of their own.
I keep minimal stock on hand as a way of showing that you use up what you have
rather than buying boxes of stock that end up just collecting dust.
How do you package orders?
I used shredded paper as my main source, with no double packaging or plastic involved. I set out the packaging so there is minimal movement of the products.
How do you incorporate sustainability into your own life/day to day?
There is always room for improvement, and there is no way I would say that I am perfect. A few things I do is use reusable nappies and cloths for my son. We have a compost that is where all our food scraps go. We use old jars to make our own soaps, dishwashing liquids, shampoo etc. We have our own veggie/herb garden which means we never purchase herbs from the supermarket as they have grown so well.
What is your background?
Originally owned a marketing business as that is what I studied at uni, but sold it to focus on family and raise awareness for easy things people can do around the home to make it more eco-friendly
What excites you about your business?
The products are always changing in the hampers so that I can provide customers with products made solely in Australia by small businesses. I am always on the look out for handcrafted eco friendly options to share to the world.
You can checkout Jess' website and online shop here :)