I was interviewed by Brenda at The Green Familia recently and this is what happened:
I recently caught up with Tara from Boutiko, an etailer that specialises in selling ethically produced gifts.
Who you are and your postion?
Tara Leaver. Owner – I do pretty much everything.
The reason for starting the company?
I couldn’t find lovely, well made yet ethically produced gifts for friends and family. I have always loved to search for gifts that show I have taken time and considered what my friends/family would like, and it has always paid off. I wanted to provide that as a wider service. I had also seen beautfiful handmade products while travelling and wanted to make them available here. After some research I decided that direct importing wasn’t for me, but I discovered various companies who imported those types of products, as well as designer-makers based here in the UK.
How long have you been in business?
One year on November 22nd!
Tell us about your products?
All Boutiko’s products are carefully sourced to ensure that they have been produced as ethically as possible. This could mean they are handmade locally, fair trade, organic, recycled, or sustainable, or a combination of these criteria. There is a key on our website so you can tell exactly how the product you buy is ethical. As a gift website, we stock a growing range of gift type products – homewares, christening gifts, ideas for men and women, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries – in fact any occasion requiring a gift!
What is your favourite green luxury item?
My favourite luxury item from our site is the porcelain tea light holders. They are made from what would otherwise be wasted left over porcelain after larger projects have been finished, so they are recycled and are so pretty with candles inside.
What is your top green tip?
It’s hard to choose just one! I think the more things you can do the better, however small, such as using both sides of your printer paper, only filling the kettle with what you need, and not leaving your technology on standby. I recently discovered the website, Love Food Hate Waste, which is brilliant for preventing food wastage, which would otherwise go to landfill sites producing nasty gases and leeching toxins into the ground.
What do you do to relax?
Yoga, reading, walking and any form of arts and crafts.
Tara’s top 3 product choices from Boutiko are:
Burts Bees Essential Body Kit
This kit includes mini versions of the products to try and is perfect to take away when travelling. Price £14.99.
Beautifully hand embroidered pocket cushions. These can be used as a pyjama pocket. Produced on a fair trade basis by a family run business in Vietnam. Choice of three designs. Price £25.
Recycled Leather Notebooks
This is a perfect gift, even the paper is recycled. Ideal for popping in your handbag, to jot down notes etc. You have a choice of four jewel colours. Price is £15.
Tara would like to offer readers of The Green Familia a 10% discount off all orders. Just enter the code TGF01.
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