Hello, I'm Carrie, founder of Happy Earth Handmade. I've always been very conscious of waste, opposed to mindlessly throwing things away- single use items that don't have to be single use. I've always been the kind of person to reuse wrapping paper, save tiny scraps of fabric, butter tubs and yoghurt pots, and things that others would throw away without a thought.
Don't get me wrong- I've never been a hoarder. In fact I'm something of a wannabe minimalist ( I love the idea of minimalism, but the practicalities aren't always...well, practical!), but I would never throw something in the bin when I knew that someone, somewhere, could have a use for it. I've always donated my unwanted items to charity, whatever it is- even stained clothes can be re-purposed somewhere along the line.
Anyway(!) it turns out, these days, not wasting things is actually fashionable, and even more important than that, it's necessary- in fact it's vital that we reduce our consumption and lessen our waste.
Designing and making reusable, every day products, is my way of making the journey to low waste (or if you're a hardcore warrior, zero waste) easy and affordable.
There's no excuse for a lot of single use- cling film, sanitary towels, kitchen paper...there are reusable alternatives that don't cost the earth. (See what I did there?)