Hi everyone and sorry for the radio silence- we have been super busy.
So firstly, big news, we’ve moved workshops! We previously had our little workshop shed inside a long cold dark larger shed, but we are now inside a beautiful, light large shed which is also housing a couple of different stations for wood work and steelwork. This is really exciting as we finally have space to begin developing the new products that we are regularly asked for.
Its also has a really big electric door which our kids all think is brilliant haha!
So next up on our hitlist will be bathroom products and mixed media tables! We cant wait to get started on the products in September, when hopefully things will go back to more normal, ie the kids will all be safely back at school and childcare. We cant tell you how hard it is running a practical (ie dangerous) business like ours, with small people around. We work with chemicals and large or sensitive machinery- really not idea for our youngest kids. Sometimes i wonder how we have kept going over these few months!
Anyway, that’s big news number one. Big news two is that we are about to complete ownership of something called an extruder. Currently our plastic processing is done in a granulator, or as i call it, ‘the choppy thing’. it basically shreds the rubbish down into chunks, which are then reprocessed through smaller size choppers until they are small enough for us to use. Its great, but we currently have 1 and half tonne bags of processed chopped up waste in the workshop. Can you imagine how much jewellery we would have to sell to use all that? Clue- about 1,000,000 more than we do. We have to find a way to use more waste BUT there comes the next problem, our plant based, (waste tree by-product) resin, is super expensive, therefore any larger products we make are going to be super expensive. They will have to be high end bespoke items if we use the iconic blue glitter.
This is where the extruder comes in- it effectively melts the plastic down and either makes pellets or sausages with it, that we can then mould into anything. It wont be pretty, but it will be a functional, cheap and strong material to work with, which means we can make larger products affordable, which in turn means we can take more plastic waste.
Our goal has always been to become a zero waste, sustainable business- we are pretty much there on the first bit, but we both rely on other income/ jobs to support our families, which in turn, reduces the hours we can spend in the workshop. We also want to be able to make the biggest impact on our local environment that we can- there are some amazing projects in Cornwall processing fishing nets and lines that friends of ours run- we want to be able to take all that other nasty non recyclable waste that comes off beach cleans and reuse it, rather than it heading to the CERC- the incinerator in Cornwall (we have no landfill). If we can develop more affordable functional products with this extruded plastic waste, then we can take in significantly more beach clean waste locally.
We both love playing with products and we both love being on and in the sea- so secretly this project will help us both have more excuse to get the boards out and go for an adventure! Not really, i mean id love to spend all day on or in the water, but the point is we could potentially become a local hub for all the local folk that do beach cleans, rather than just the few we can currently support. Sadly a lot of our time is spent doing boring admin, packaging etc- the fun stuff is probably only 20% hahaha.
We do make sure we get out and about as much as possible though- you have to love what you do and we must remind ourselves of why we spend many hours of our lives in a dark, hot shed inside a bigger shed!
As always we cant do this alone and without your ongoing support by buying our products, so thank you, sincerely, for helping us to make a difference in Cornwall.