Sustainable Providers Australia – Story #3 – The Simple Sustainable Store
“In this series, I am interviewing sustainable businesses in Australia and hope to encourage the Australian people to support our local sustainable providers. Interested in participating? Info and how to contact me at www.earthbooth.com.au”- Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant
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A sustainable business considers its impact on the environment, society and ecological health. Today, we are introducing ‘The Simple Sustainable Store‘
Basic outline of your business that includes the Who, What, Where and since When of your business story: The Simple Sustainable Store was born in 2019 out of a desire by three Sydney-based sisters (Amy, Rachel and Erin) to make sustainable living a simple reality in a modern world.
Tell us what you stand for as a business and why are you considering yourself being a sustainable business provider? We stand for living a simple and sustainable lifestyle that doesn’t cost the Earth. To this end, we offer on our online retail store a carefully curated range of eco-friendly and zero waste products. We also provide regular education and tips on how to live more sustainably through our twice-monthly emails to our subscriber database, and through our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram. Our sustainability mission doesn’t stop there – we ensure that all of our products are posted to our customers using only environmentally friendly packaging products.
What was the initial idea to create your business? Tell a quick relatable story about why you started your business: Over the past few years we have become acutely aware of the damage that our ‘single use’ culture is having on the environment and have been searching for ways to reduce our impact on the Earth. We quickly found that there are a LOT of varying opinions and standards out there with respect to living a sustainable lifestyle. Some products out there are marketed to consumers with nature-inspired images and words such as “Eco” and “Earth” to give the impression of being environmentally friendly, but are in fact damaging to the Earth through their manufacturing processes. Other products we trialled claimed to be made from biodegradable materials, but then arrived wrapped in tons of single-use plastic! It’s no wonder that we constantly hear the responses “it’s too hard” and “I don’t know where to start” when it comes to suggestions of living sustainably.
Our hope is that The Simple Sustainable Store’s carefully curated product range and sustainable living tips will make living a sustainable lifestyle as simple as possible for the everyday Australian.
What you specialize in and the work you love doing: We have a large range of products for all around the home, including beeswax wraps, bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel straws and more! Our most popular products at the moment are our silicone ‘cotton swabs’ and stainless steel pegs.
What challenges are you facing while running your business: The biggest challenge would be managing the balance between trying to use the most sustainable inputs into our business (ie product packaging made from recyclable materials and suppliers with sustainability credentials) while also trying to run a cost-effective small business.
What is the future of your business? What do you hope to achieve within your business? Give us a glimpse into your future goals: We would love to keep growing as a business this year by further expanding our product range and building our loyal customer base 🙂
Website: https://thesimplesustainablestore.com.au/ Instagram: @thesimplesustainablestore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesimplesustainablestore/
Additional notes: We also appear at markets around Sydney throughout the year – check our website for a list of our upcoming market days 🙂
Thank you very much to The Simple Sustainable Store for sharing their story!