Sarah: Founder of OceanBee Australia, a family owned business.
Having worked as a textile and fashion designer in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Australia, textile design is part of who I am.
OceanBee started when I decided sustainability and caring for the environment was a priority. My two daughters were a huge influence in this change of career and leap of faith.
The company started by making beeswax food wraps to eliminate the need to use cling wrap at home. We use Australian organic beeswax, organic pine resin and organic jojoba oil. Obviously being a designer, I wanted all the prints to be incredibly beautiful, and of the finest Egyptian cotton, so our obvious choice was to use Liberty fabric. Our wraps really are the Rolls Royce of beeswax wraps.
Our product base has now expanded into organic cotton produce and shopping bags, reusable mugs, steel straws, bento boxes, and lastly but definitely not least dog poop bags!
We will continue to expand our offering of alternatives to single use plastics and with your support also encourage community involvement and education on living sustainably.
Our mission to run a sustainable company, selling sustainable product is heartfelt. You won’t find our sustainable organic beeswax wraps covered in heavy cardboard packaging which will end up in your bin. You will find minimal packaging on all our goods, just enough to ensure your goods arrive in pristine condition.
I also engage the local community in beach clean-up events, and visit local schools to give talks on the benefits of using beeswax wraps, and living without single use plastics.
About eldest daughter and OceanBee member Daisy
After finishing my double degree in Engineering and Architecture at Sydney University, I worked for two years in Sydney as a structural engineer. However, my heart is in sustainability and the environment.
I am currently in my final year studying for my Masters in Sustainable Development at Lund University, Sweden. I will next year be commencing my PhD in Finland.
I am inspired by the way Sweden deal with waste and their approach to our social responsibility to care for the environment (and each other).
About youngest daughter and OceanBee member Bella
Having finished my degree in English, Biology and Immunology at the University of Sydney I am about to embark on my master’s degree researching the effects microplastics are having on marine environments.
I have spent time at the Orpheus Marine Research Station in Queensland researching coral, and the effects global warming and pollution are having on the Great Barrier Reef.
I also had an amazing 10 weeks in Thailand, again studying coral and marine life along with an international team. Here we catalogued both corals and fish. Our day to day work also involved doing general maintenance, diving each day and cleaning the reef, which can involve removing nylon fishing lines, nets, and even huge discarded anchors!
We have all been inspired by the work of charity Take 3 and we are donate 10% of any profits we make to Take 3.
We have all been inspired by the work The Plastic Oceans Foundation have been doing, and therefore wish to support their cause by donating 10% of any profits we make to their foundation.