Feature business: Salt Trading Co.
Sunshine Coast mum of two and creative talent Hannah Martin is one of our Family Eco Life change-makers! Dedicated to delivering a luxe eco-soy candle brand for lovers of all things sustainable, small batch, beautiful and eco-friendly. Along with using the highest quality natural ingredients in her candles, Hannah also creates her own reusable ceramic vessels and has full control over all the creative and sustainability processes associated with her business.
I recently had a Q&A with Hannah to get to know a little more about this incredible lady! Check it out here:
Can you tell us what you did before you started Salt Trading Co.? and why the career change?
I was making macramé over at @saltyhangs, and when this opportunity landed in my lap I thought why not? Change is as good as a holiday?
What personal change in your lifestyle do you think has made the most impact on your journey as a conscious consumer?
Grocery bags! Bringing your own grocery bags is SO simple and SO easy, seriously like the easiest thing in the whole world, if that was so easy, maybe switching to other eco alternatives is just as easy? Yes? Absolutely! Just starting with one simple thing has snowballed into a million little things.
Tell us what you love most about living on the Sunshine Coast?
The beaches definitely and the easy laid back lifestyle.
What is your favourite thing to do in your ‘off time’?
Go to the beach for sure, or simply chill with my little mermaids and watch Netflix, oh and with Jude of course.
What or who inspires you on your conscious consumer journey?
My kids, I really cant leave them in a garbage world. I really need to try as hard as I possibly can to make some kind of impact.
I love that you have thought of everything when it comes to providing a sustainable product, from ingredients to vessels and packaging. Did you find this challenging?
It wasn’t as hard as you’d think! Just a little more research, it certainly is more expensive but I feel like its worth it. I honestly couldn’t sell a product I didn’t truly believe in and that wasn’t truly as eco conscious as I can possibly make it.
What is something we would be surprised to know about you?
I have a condition that effects my brain and my every day life. Something I don’t talk about as I don’t like the ‘sympathy feeling’ but having the support from my business is something that makes the hard days so beautiful.
Do you have any eco-hacks you can share with our readers?
Save all your fruit and veggie scraps! You can grow MORE! You can also freeze, juice and compost them! They are really so versatile.
What was the hardest eco swap you’ve made and how did you overcome it?
I would say make up, I’m yet to find a super good quality eco make up that isn’t yellow, annoyingly I haven’t overcome it but I’ve learnt to embrace bare skin.
What are the 3 most popular candle scents in your collective?
Mudjimba: Coconut and Lime | A fresh and fruity infusion of tropical coconut and zesty lime.
The Sunday Blend: Peony and Patchouli | A blend for drinking hot chai in the morning sun and sipping strawberry gin at dusk. Aromatic patchouli harmonised by a base of sensual amber and rose with delicate notes of soft pink peonies.
Byron Bay: Clove and Sandalwood | A warming woody scent with bold beginnings of cedar wood, patchouli and peppercorn lingering in combination with spicy clove, cinnamon, amber and white musk.
What’s next for Salt Trading Co.?
I have a lot of things in the works, I don’t want to give too much away, but hopefully mid year I’ll be ready to share! I’m very excited for the future.
Just for fun, if you could be any animal in the world what would it be? and why?
A Whale! Really really big and able to swim wherever I want in the ocean.
Lastly, a quick ‘this or that’ quiz about the things you love!
Connect with Hannah’s amazing brand Salt Trading Co. HERE