We are super pumped to be welcoming Michelle into our team (well she's already been running the show for pretty much 4 months!). She will be lovingly creating all of our products and making sure they get to you safely. Michelle is the perfect gal for this job as she already uses and loves Second Nature Products in her home, is incredibly passionate about our planet and sustainability and is basically an all round wonderful and conscious human being. This women is an absolute super star, she is a Mummy of two, a librarian, wifey plus runs her own sustainable biz Unwrapped The Store. Michelle is a wonderful human being and we are so lucky to have her as a friend and now as part of our business. We sat down to have a chat with her so you can get to know her too!
We’d love to learn 3 random facts about you.
I’m a librarian and my son’s name is Reed, I haven't eaten meat for 19 years and I grew up in a small town in the Pilbara desert.
Tell us how you started your green journey?
I haven't eaten meat in almost 20 years and have always been mindful of the environment and taking care of it. However, while on maternity recently my husband and I really started to evaluate our families waste, we cringed at the amount our bins were filling up each week with one use items. Everywhere I turned I was faced with waste and it became quite overwhelming and all consuming. I decided to introduce one small change at a time, so that little by little we were leading a more waste conscious lifestyle.
Share with us a natural home tip that you swear by?
Soak orange peel and vinegar in a spray bottle. I use this to clean the oven...sparkly clean!
What is one easy switch for us to live with less waste?
Look at waste differently. Waste is NOT always waste! Look at food scraps, they are just thrown into landfill creating a huge environmental problem. We need to look at ways to turn that waste into something great - like compost or worm food. If you can compost at home that’s fantastic, but not everyone can do this and that’s where great initiatives like Sharewaste come in. They hook you up with someone local that will take your food scraps. We do this and our food scraps go to chickens in the neighbouring suburb and compost. There are also exciting things being done around the world with chefs and the food industry that are looking at food differently, the parts of veggies that we usually throw away are being used to create beautiful food or food “waste” is being used as s fuel. It’s about changing what we think we know :) People shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the waste free movement that can seem unattainable. Instead people should look at being a low impact human and start making small changes that are sustainable for them.
What’s your fav SNB product and why?
Oh thats a hard one, I love them all. Although the disinfecting spray is particularly brilliant!! I use it at home everyday to kill germs, I spray liberally when we are sick and at work around my shared workspace.
Tell us all about your baby - Unwrapped the Store!
Here at unwrapped we are passionate about sustainable living and a waste free tomorrow. Our mission is to stock homes, abodes, man caves, sheds, tree houses, beach houses, tiny houses, castles, house boats and campers with eco friendly, toxin-free, simple and affordable everyday healthy living products that will make people and Mother Nature smile. We carefully select products with packaging that can be ReLoved and is biodegradable or easily recycled.
Our products have been carefully selected from businesses that embody the same focus to sustainable living as us. We searched far and wide to deliver natural and organic products with the eco-friendliest packaging as possible to create the least amount of waste as possible.
You can rest assured that we deliver our products in an eco-friendly manner. We take steps to ensure we reduce our impact on the environment when sending out parcel and encourage our customers to reuse + relove their packaging
Unwrap the waste from your life and help us make sustainable the new convenient!
What was your inspiration behind starting your biz?
Waste! Literally...Seeing so much waste in our family bin. Once you see it you can't stop, it’s everywhere you turn, it becomes overwhelming. I wanted to change this and do something that would make a difference. To show our kids that small changes do matter and that it's every person’s responsibility to be waste conscious and live a little lighter on our beautiful planet.
What are 3 sustainable products from Unwrapped you couldn’t live without?
Soapberries, 4myEarth snack pockets and wraps for the kids lunch boxes, bamboo toothbrushes and my Perky by Nature bamboo cup...sorry thats 4.
As a mother of 2 + a wifey + librarian + a business owner + Second Nature Botanicals headquarters master, what’s your trick to finding balance in your life?
Sometimes everything is Zen and balanced and other times its pure chaos!!! I rely on lists, reminders in my calendar, mini breakdowns, help from family, late nights and coffee!!!
I also use every second!! Waiting at school pick up, work breaks, doctors waiting rooms... whenever I can.
It also helps that I love what I do. I have always been my happiest when I'm doing lots of different things. The thought of one job 9-5 totally terrifies me...haha!!
If you're ready to amp up your sustainability game then check out Unwrapped The Store, they've got you and the planet covered.