Founder Story #10 | Salt Spring Island Candle Co.
Jay was born with wax in his blood. The son of a candle maker of almost 40 years, he has been working with wax and wicks since he was eight years old. After almost 20 years of assisting the family business in making beautiful hand carved paraffin candles, he decided to venture off and create something completely different.
With SSI Candle, Jay strives to bring a little bit of the quality and beauty synonymous with Salt Spring Island, into people's homes. Living and working on that beautiful island infuses a little bit of magic into everything produced there.
Salt Spring Island Candle Co. uses only 100% pure, GMO free soy wax. They scent their candles with the highest quality pure essential oils and natural, cruelty-free fragrance oils.
They approach their candle scents from a perfumer’s perspective, carefully layering their creations based on a balance of top, middle and base notes, with the goal of creating fragrances that are complex and unique
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Founder Story #9 | @nooksdesign
Nooks Design began with Ruthy and Louis-Phillipe visiting local Kelowna, BC thrift stores. It was a cold December day and there was an abundance of outdated wool sweaters that were soon to be discarded. They saw this as the perfect opportunity to make this wool into something new and beautiful. Their daughter Anouk was turning one and about to take her first steps, so they needed footwear that could keep her feet warm and give her the confidence to start exploring. The combination of the soft and breathable wool from the upcycled sweater and a sole made from a leather purse provided the slip-resistant and stylish solution they were looking for. And so the name Nooks was born (“Anouk’s booties”). One year after the launch of the business, a line of children’s clothing was designed and brought into production, starting with custom dresses and skirts. Today, vintage fabrics as well as upcycled wool and leather are being made into a variety of dresses, skirts, rompers, sun suits, bonnets, bloomer shorts and accessories; of course, the little wool booties that started it all are still available too!
Learn more about Nooks Design and their story @ Koru's #NYNOW booth: NC29, Lobby level, Javits Center.
Founder Story #8 | @mosscreekwoolworks
The idea for Moss Creek Wool Works began when Leah's 8 month old son developed full body hives after doing laundry at a laundromat. That prompted Leah to do some extensive research regarding the hazards of laundry chemicals and our consumption of unnecessary chemicals in our everyday life. The line of Pure Wool Dryer Balls was launched after much experimentation. Moss Creek strove to find the highest quality of wool that would felt into a finely formed ball but also dense enough to give it some weight to tumble around. Pure felted wool dryer balls absorb moisture in your dryer which helps maintain the humidity level. The balls bounce around creating air circulation between your clothing. The result is softer clothes that dried faster with less wrinkles and static cling. They eliminate the need for dryer sheets and fabric softener, without the use of chemicals harmful to both people and the earth.
Learn more about Moss Creek Wool Works and their story @ Koru's #NYNOW booth: NC29, Lobby level, Javits Center.
Founder Story #7 | @mattercompany
At Matter Company, they embrace a holistic approach to personal care which recognizes the relationship between our natural environment and our physical and emotional well being.
They began with the simple intention of working with the healing ways of plants. Building upon an apprenticeship in Therapeutic Herbalism, their extensive experience growing, wildcrafting, harvesting and formulating herbal preparations has resulted in an intimate understanding of the medicinal power of herbs. It is an understanding which recognizes the ability of herbs to not only heal us physically, but to nourish our mind and spirit as well.
Armed with knowledge about plants and their medicinal properties, Denise Williams, founder of Matter Company began experimenting with creating skincare products that were not then available on the market and that were good for the body – both inside and out. She began whipping up skin salves and first aid ointments in her kitchen, using all-natural ingredients and without chemicals like parabens and petrolatum, and gave the products to friends and family as gifts. The resulting skin-soothing formulas, powered by all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, plant and herb extracts and scented with aromatic essential oils, were such a hit that Williams decided to launch a full-fledged natural skincare line focused on the healing power of herbs. Thus, Matter Company was born.
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Founder Story #6 | @kapuluancoconut
Every once in awhile, we hear the story of an entrepreneur whose story is so compelling, whose spirit is so resilient, and whose product does so much good, that we can’t help but share it. This is the story of Kapuluan Coconut and its founder Will Lauder.
About 4 years ago Will was packing his bags for a surf trip to the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm ever to hit land devastated the Philippines. Will decided to leave his surfboard at home and instead brought a duffle bag of water filters. He made his way to the rural villages of Eastern Samar which had been cut off from relief for weeks, and spent his time delivering relief goods and clean water with a local group. With all the destruction, the one thing that touched him the most was the overwhelming amount of destroyed coconut palm trees. For the people of eastern samar, the coconut is their way of life. With no coconuts there was no food, no soap, no jobs, and no money. Unfortunately, his trip was cut short due to an infection, but as he was leaving he received a bottle of raw coconut oil from one of the locals as a gift. He tried it and soon it replaced almost everything in his drop-kit; he used it for moisturizer, shaving oil, hair conditioner, sunscreen, lip balm, bug repellant; he ate it and he cooked with it. He had no idea that Coconut Oil had these properties and his obsession began.
Early into his research, Will realized that 90% of coconut oil is derived through an unsustainable process that harms the environment, consumer, and producer. So he found a method of hand making the finest quality raw coconut oil, in rural communities. The final product is produced by the farmers themselves. Since the process is closely connected with the community, much of the returns flow back through, creating significant development.
Kapuluan Coconut Oil is a Simple, Natural product of The Finest Quality.