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BTS: Meet Our Social-Preneurs!

Smart Cookies is a collaborative space for movers and shakers who care for the environment. In other words, entrepreneurs that care about our planet.
Whether you’re delving into the beginnings of a new business or you already have a flourishing movement, this is the right place for you. We aim to inspire sustainable action through real, raw stories featuring real social-preneurs. Through creating a community filled to the brim with people who care, we can catalyse real action.

Ecobuy has a simple motto: the idea is to multiply – because the truth is, every single tiny action makes a huge difference. If we can create change within one person, we’ve achieved our goals.

We’ll be interviewing our social-preneurs once a week.
If you have any questions for our Smart Cookies, please leave it in the comments below.

Smart Cookie: Dina Meier, Founder Of Aaina & Co

Smart Cookie: Dina Meier, Founder Of Aaina & Co

  1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? Aaina & co was born from my desire to make a change in the world. I have spent some time in Bali and India, where I studied yoga and meditation. This time in my life truly inspired me to create … read more

Justin Wood Founder of Coconutsy, Sustainable Cocos

Smart Cookie: Justin Wood, Founder of Coconutsy

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I had been working as a graphic designer and marketer for many years and always had a plan to create my own path in business.  I worked for many years in the corporate world for multinational companies and saw first-hand the … read more

Smart Cookie: Courtney Purcell, Founder Of Sea Glory Swim

Smart Cookie: Courtney Purcell, Founder Of Sea Glory Swim

1) Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and what’s your business about? My name is Courtney, and I am a mother to two beautiful girls, Isla and River, and we live in Manly, Australia with my husband Matt. Before I was a mother, I was basically a mermaid. From a very young … read more

Smart Cookie: Ro Mitri, Founder Of Sili Planet

Smart Cookie: Ro Mitri, Founder Of Sili Planet

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m Rawad, better known as Ro! I’m a 26 year old living in Melbourne, Victoria. I work in the property industry by day and like to think I’m living an eco-warrior’s life by night. I founded Sili Planet in 2020 during the … read more

Smart Cookie: Sophie Thwaites, Founder Of Honua Bars

Smart Cookie: Sophie Thwaites, Founder Of Honua Bars

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m Sophie, I am based on the Gold Coast and I love surfing, skating and formulating hair products. I launched Honua Bars in October 2020 to help alleviate the plastic crisis that we are facing. I make soap-free shampoo bars, conditioner … read more

Jason & Trina Founders Of AndSkin

Smart Cookies: Jason & Trina, Founders Of AndSkin

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? AndSkin is an Australian start-up founded in Melbourne, aiming to bring natural Australian made, simple skincare to the forefront of every bathroom with style. Our lifestyle beauty brand, having just launched in 2020 keeps a small but impactful range of products … read more

Nicholas & Natasha Founders Of Excalibur Dehydrators

Smart Cookies: Nicholas & Natasha, Founders Of Excalibur

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? We’re a small, eco-conscious family business headed by brother and sister, Nicholas and Natasha. Beginning way back in 1996 as a small bricks and mortar store in the Yarra Ranges, Victoria started by our mother, our focus has always been to offer … read more

Smart Cookie: Kailah Shannon Founder of MG Naturals

Smart Cookie: Kailah Shannon, Founder Of MG Naturals

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My name is Kailah & I’m the founder & formulator at MG Naturals. I never wanted to formulate & manufacture my own beauty products. I would have been so happy curating & selling other peoples makeup. The thought of making my own … read more

Kelly Hartley Founder Of Hand & Hart

Smart Cookie: Kelly Hartley, Founder Of Hand & Hart

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m Kelly and originally from the UK, myself and my family (husband & daughter) moved to Melbourne in 2012 and have not looked back. I have a background in interior design, sourcing & product development as well as having ran my … read more

Sara Senn Founder Of Mermaid Cove Organics

Smart Cookie: Sara Senn, Founder Of Mermaid Cove Organics

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? Mermaid Cove Organics was born from my desire to create a skincare brand that is truly natural, eco-friendly, plant-based & focuses on simplicity. I believe you don’t need much for your skin to be happy. Less is so much more. We … read more

Smart Cookie: Olivia Lacuone, Founder Of Eco Asana

Smart Cookie: Olivia Lacuone, Founder Of Eco Asana

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? Having always been a creative, I studied fashion design at RMIT in Melbourne straight after high school. My first work in the fashion industry was in bridal, which often surprises people! I was working as a designer, stylist and production manager, which I gained … read more

Founder of Nativacase

Smart Cookie: Daniela Amaya, Founder Of Nativacase

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m an Argentinian that has been living in Melbourne for the past 8 years, I feel at home in Australia now! I live in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with my husband, my daughter and our dog. Late last year I … read more

Smart Cookie: Courtney Love, Founder Of Bend

Smart Cookie: Courtney Love, Founder Of Bend

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My name is Courtney Love. I am 30 years old, married to my sweetheart and have a beautiful 1 year old son. I am a Production Manager by day and a Yoga Instructor by night. I also am the founder of … read more

Yvette Van Schie founder of The Ethical Beauty Expert

Smart Cookie: Yvette Van Schie, Founder Of Ethical Beauty Expert

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I have been a beauty therapist, beauty trainer, makeup artist and holistic beauty practitioner and writer for 35 years. I am presently studying nutrition as I always recommend clients treat themselves from inside as well as out – good skincare alone … read more

Anna Chatburn founder od azur

Smart Cookie: Anna Chatburn, Founder Of Azur Pure

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? Nature has always been a huge passion for me; I love being in the ocean and walking in the bush. Azur Pure Skincare started in 2018 when I wanted a natural effective face wash and moisturiser with refill options and not … read more

Mitch White Founder Of Kind Earth Coffee

Smart Cookie: Mitch White, Founder Of Kind Earth Coffee

  1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m a Librarian by trade. Married to Chanel. Partners in business and life. Love researching and puns. Began my coffee roasting about 10 years ago in a small frypan and wooden spoon over a portable camping stove. Just trying to save … read more

Eco Marketplace

Smart Cookie: Brett Mannix, Founder Of Sequela

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My partner and I are both huge David Attenborough fans, so when the series ‘Our Planet’ was released we were eager to watch. The series focuses on how we as humans have impacted the environment and all living creatures. The message … read more

Australian Pink Clay Face Mask

Smart Cookie: Brennan O’Connell, Founder Of Luua

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m Brennan! I’m 30 and live in Melbourne, Australia. I am finishing up a PhD in Earth Science studying ocean chemistry and reef environments. I started Luua, my skincare line, during the many months of Covid lockdown in Melbourne. Why skincare? I … read more

rturing Nature Cards.

Smart Cookie: Leah Dezsery, Founder Of Nurturing Nature Cards

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I have always been a creative person and have had a real love for innovative design! Nurturing Nature Cards began with me wanting to find a solution to my own problem of giving gift cards that weren’t overpriced, were eco friendly … read more

Rachel-Sebastian-Zilch-Founder

Smart Cookie: Rachel Sebastian, Founder Of Zilch

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m a Brand Designer from NZ, and I’ve always been a very keen traveller. Lived in London for 10 years, and now sunny Sydney, travelling through 53 countries along the way! I love creating brands that care about people, the planet … read more

Celeste® Australia's passion is to offer local natural quality ingredients in skincare.

Smart Cookie: Viv Almodiel, Founder Of Celeste

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? Sure. My name is Viv, turning 40 this year, wife and Mumma to two cheeky sweethearts. I have a degree in Business, worked in Corporate Communications and led teams in Customer Service. I then decided to stay home to spend more … read more

Carly Cura Founder of S.H.A

Smart Cookie: Carly Cura, Founder Of S.H.A

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m a mum of two juggling lots of roles, not least my role in the family business started by my mum, Susan! Mum has been an agent in the fashion industry for many years and has always had a vision to increasingly … read more

vegan soy candle bars

Smart Cookie: Carol Tran, Founder Of Soy Candle Bar

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My name is Carol and I am the founder of Soy Candle Bar. My small business started off as a hobby inspired by my great interest in candles. Alongside my full time job as a pharmacist, I spent many months experimenting … read more

Smart Cookie: Lauren Chang, Founder Of Mari & Clay

Smart Cookie: Lauren Chang, Founder Of Mari & Clay

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I am Lauren and I am the co-founder of eyewear brand Mari & Clay. Mari & Clay is an online store that provides modern, sustainable eyewear for people who appreciate timeless designs. My business partner John and I have been friends … read more

Sustainable and eco-friendly dog bandanas

Smart Cookie: Jenna Williamson, Founder of Olive and Maggie

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My name is Jenna and I am 27yrs old from the Gold Coast and I started Olive and Maggie with my mum, Sandra. We both love being active and outdoors with our doggo’s and we both work in marketing. Our business … read more

Lune Essentials Candles

Smart Cookie: Hannah Stanton, Founder of Lune Essentials

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My name is Hannah, and I am Australian who was living in London in 2019 where I started Lune. Yoga and meditating played a big role in my life in terms of regulating my mental health and I was in search of … read more

Wombat Fern Jewellery.

Smart Cookie: Rachael Louise, Founder of Wombat Fern Jewellery

1)      Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My names Rachael and I am the creator of Wombat Fern Jewellery. My business stemmed from wanting to express my creative passions and love for wearable art. I have always loved jewellery, eco-friendly businesses, nature, and sustainability, so I decided it was … read more

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Smart Cookie: Lily Sia, Founder of Itto

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I am Lily. I have recently resigned from my full-time job and found an opportunity to start my own business. I started itto as I wanted to put myself in a position to educate and to effect changes that are better … read more

Clean beauty

Smart Cookie: Alexandra Meek, Founder Of Maruko Beauty

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? Maruko Beauty brings you the best in clean, natural and organic beauty. We stock both Australian and international brands, with a focus on high-performance brands and cult clean beauty faves. All of the brands we stock are from independent beauty brands and … read more

Smart Cookie: Tandia Walsh, Founder Of MotherSPF

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I am an active, outdoors and natural skincare obsessed Australian female based between Perth and Broome, Western Australia. MOTHER SPF is a Australian made, 100% natural, certified organic physical sunscreen. We only use 9 naturally derived and sustainably sourced ingredients, vegan … read more

Smart Cookie: Rina Timpano, Founder Of Rinascentia

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I have a love for nature. I enjoy being outdoors, going for walks and exploring the terrain and wildlife. Living close to the ocean gives me a sense of peace, happiness and belonging. I was concerned about the chemicals used on not only … read more

Smart Cookies: Thomas & Sacha, Founders of SunButter Skincare

1)      Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My fiancee (Sacha Guggenheimer) and I (Tom) founded SunButter in 2016 when we couldn’t find a sunscreen that met our ethical and environmental requirements. We were working as Wildlife guides all over the tropics (and even Arctic/Sub-antarctic areas!) and spent a couple … read more

Smart Cookie: Kat Gawlik, Founder of Doggie ‘Poo

1)      Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m Kat and I’m the one lady show behind Doggie ‘Poo.  I created Doggie ‘Poo as an offshoot from  my natural body products for humans business, as I had recently adopted a gorgeous rescue kelpie/border collie called Tilly, (who is also my … read more

Smart Cookie: Jeanette Macko, Founder of Planet Cocoa

1)  Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I am a trained pastry chef with my most recent full time job as a head pastry chef at a catering company. When Coronavirus shut down the economy and especially impacted the hospitality industry with the company I worked for shutting down … read more

Smart Cookie: Jo, Founder of Viva La Body

1)      Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I like bushwalking and collecting stamps……NOT REALLY (though I do love bushwalking).  I am a crazy ball of creative energy and love to make stuff, mostly under the brand Viva La Body that I operate alongside my husband Micko.  Viva La Body … read more

Smart Cookie: Stacey Ring, Founder of Little Eco Baby Nappy Service

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? My name is Stacey and our company is all about reducing the negative impacts of disposable nappies. Our business has two branches, retail and nappy service. Our nappy service is based on the NSW South Coast and is designed to make … read more

Smart Cookie: Jessica Davis, Watercolour Artist

1)      Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? I’m a 27 year old from the Central Coast, NSW. I’m happiest when I’m close to the ocean, drinking oat lattes and wearing pink. My family and friends make my heart so very full and I’m lucky enough to do what I … read more

Smart Cookie: Elly Both, Founder Of Bright Green

1) Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? Sure! I’m an Aussie mum of two living in Singapore. I’m also a self-confessed green geek and leaf lover so I’m always trying new things to make my home greener. A lot of people want to live a greener life, but … read more

Smart Cookie: Monique Villiger, Founder Of Tyny

1)      Could you tell us a little about yourself and what’s your business about? We are Monique & Aswan. One of us (Aswan) is a professional carpenter with 10 years of experience. This was a huge advantage during the designing and construction of our first tyny house. While advantageous, it is not impossible to build a … read more