Behind Our Products


We believe that the story behind a product is the HEART and SOUL of a business. That's why we think it's important for you to know these stories, happy reading!

PERKY BY NATURE

What ignited the spark for Perky? 

Last year’s shocking news from ABC’s War On Waste that coffee cups weren’t recyclable really kickstarted Perky by Nature. I was always a big fan of the take-away cups feel and never really found a non-disposable alternative that I actually enjoyed drinking out of, and would make me want to reuse. I started looking into sustainable materials combined with something that looked and felt like a take-away cup and discovered bamboo fibre. At the time I was working as a barista and barista instructor, didn’t have the means to start the business myself so I started a very successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to get Perky going, 6 months later… here we are!

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

I really love people’s reaction to our cups when they first see them and pick them up. They also strike up all sorts of interesting conversations about reusing and looking after the environment. That’s what Perky by Nature is all about.

What is unique about your business? What makes you unique? 

Our cups are made from bamboo fibre, a sustainably grown, biodegradable material which breaks down in around 2 years, as opposed to plastic which takes 100’s of years. There are many other great reusable coffee brands out there, especially KeepCup who really started the amazing movement, we’re unique because of the materials we use to create our cups.

What is one thing you think people should be doing to help lead a waste free lifestyle?

Reusing is one thing but the best thing is just to reduce everything you buy. Simplify your life, don’t just buy things for the sake of it. Think about your purchases in terms of how long they will last and how long they will make you happy. Single use items and “fast fashion” are prime examples of the things we should be completely avoiding.

Name something that your business does to make Mother Nature smile?

We donate part of our sales to grass roots environmental organisations. If you’re one of these- please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you!

THE LAUGHING PUG COFFEE COMPANY

What ignited the spark for The Laughing Pug?
The Idea for the laughing pug came about with our love for travel and good coffee and we wanted to create something we were passionate about. So the Laughing pug was born over a couple of beers and some ideas from a group of good friends.
 
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
As entrepreneur's we love to get good feedback from our customers. That is most satisfying thing for us. 
 
What is unique about your business? What makes you unique? 
We have a unique product that is different from all other coffee companies that makes us stand out from the rest, we are just real people wanting to bring real good coffee to the world the way we want to drink it. Anytime, anywhere….We also love to give great customer service and we go to great lengths to keep our customers happy. 
 
What is one thing you think people should be doing to help lead a waste free lifestyle?
Not use plastic bags when shopping. Recycle!
Name something that your business does to make Mother Nature smile?

We use eco foils and use filter bags that are 100% biodegradable and we support fair-trade/organic products. 

SECOND NATURE BOTANICALS

Meet the passionate, soulful and absolutely lovely Kirsty, creator behind  Second Nature Botanicals.

What ignited the spark for SNB? 
A few years prior we were suffering from skin allergies & we discovered most supermarket cleaners including those we were using were full of toxic chemicals.  We gave ourselves a two year challenge to use up our old toxic cleaning, home, self-care, and beauty products and convert ourselves to safe options.  Through this journey we dabbled in making our own products at home with essential oils and our passion of making simple, safe and sustainable products was borne!
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
When customers bring back their empty bottles for refills! a) they love our product and b) its zero-waste, winning!
What is unique about your business?
We are unique because we have such a huge focus on sustainability. We know that plastic never fully breaks down (eeeek, scary huh!) this means that every piece of plastic that we use in our life-time will still be on this planet in many generations time. Choosing to be mainly plastic-free by using GLASS bottles designed to be REFILLED and REUSED is a huge part of our sustainability ethos.
What is one thing you think people should be doing to help lead a waste free lifestyle?
Composting food, paper and green scraps!! Such a great way to deal with food scraps and provide your garden with nutrient dense food too.
Name something that your business does to make Mother Nature smile?
Apart from the obvious like choosing glass bottles and offering refills, packaging for all online orders is all COMPOSTABLE and we shred old newspaper and paperwork for the filling.