Q&A with our Giveaway...
24 September 2012
When did you start your business and how did it come about?
The idea for Earth Greetings was hatched in 2003 when I was playing around with photography & making cards & prints for fun while working in a very boring & un-creative desk job. Before I took the leap from hobby to business I did quite a lot of research into environmentally friendly printing & paper. Because I thought if I was going to take responsibility for producing a new line of products, they had to have a low environmental footprint, something which mattered a lot to me & still does. Once I got that right & printed my first card & wrap range, it just grew & snowballed from there!
Why did you choose your business name?
A very creative & clever friend of mine actually came up with that one! I was trying to think of a name encompassing my idea for ‘Earth friendly greeting cards.’ I thought Earth Greetings had a pretty good ring to it!
What have you most enjoyed in your career so far?
Though I’m often really busy with the business side of things, it’s when make time to head outside to take reference photos for the flora & fauna images I use in my designs. I have to pinch myself – I’m actually making a living from illustrating pretty pictures!
Have you had any major highlights, personal or business in the last few years?
A highlight for me both business-wise & personally is the satisfaction I’ve gotten from our support of the Trees For Life organisation. Through donations from sales of our Boxed Christmas Card Packs since 2008, Earth Greetings have enabled Trees For Life volunteers to plant over 27,000 native tree seedlings! It gives me a real buzz to know something so positive is happening because of my little card business.
What inspires or motivates you?
All of the amazing volunteers who give their time to help save our environment and marine life from mining & deforestation inspire me. I’m motivated by music, sunshine, cooking delicious vegan food, cycling, colour, nature, art in all it’s forms, friendships, great conversations that dream up big ideas. Oh, and coffee!
and lastly tell me one things about yourself that you love but has nothing to do with business..
I’m afraid I will have to unveil my secret hobby – making awesome classic cocktails! There’s a lot of love involved in making the perfect dry martini.