On April 1, last year, Lisa Mann launched her online shop specialising in ethical essentials for everyday living. Here she explains why she’s branched out, opening up a vegan friendly zero waste shop, All Planet Kind, in a Norfolk garden centre.
Last time I was featured in Folk Features I had just opened my online shop at the beginning of a pandemic! After a year of trying to get my head round how an online shop works and trying to build my business, I have decided it is time to be more visible and hands on which has led me to open a physical shop.
I have found the perfect location at Moulton Nurseries in Moulton St Mary near Acle. Surrounded by plants and flowers and other lovely shop owners, I could not think of anywhere nicer to start my journey.
The shop will carry all the products that are online, but I will be expanding into a much more extensive refill section and extending my beauty range. I have also sourced some products specifically for men and will continue to expand that section too.
Always trying to support local, I was lucky enough to find someone to make my sign as I wanted it to be sustainable and plastic free. The Norfolk Woodman is a local businessman who has just started his business and did a great job of sourcing the perfect piece of wood for me. I also found a local printing company, Wensum Print, who did an amazing job with the laser printing of my logo and signs inside the shop.
We had our open day the Sunday before last, which was very successful, and it was lovely to meet customers that are as passionate about the planet as me!
We try to source our products from and support small UK businesses when looking for items for the shop from our refill line. From Miniml, who are in Yorkshire and use water from the Yorkshire Moors in their products, to our new soap range, The Guilt Free Soapery, coming from right next door in Suffolk – our aim is to help them while helping the planet. Many of our items are not just plastic free but compostable and or biodegradable so you can pop them straight in the composite bin for even less waste.
Main image picture credit: Milestone Therapy Centre