Mount Vic and Me® has always taken a sustainable approach to business. In fact, my previous (pre-marriage, pre-kids) business was Kara Smith Handbags, where I crafted beautiful bags from vintage and recycled fabrics, using up everything from tiny fabric scraps to old buttons and buckles. Before that I had left the advertising & design world behind and moved to the Northern Territory, where I was able to put my graphic design and illustration skills to use by taking up contracts with Parks & Wildlife. This is where my passion for preserving the environment was established.
My commitment to sustainability is evident at home, where we run on solar, have four water tanks in place, keep chooks and grow an abundance of herbs and vegetables. When it came to establishing Mount Vic and Me, seeking out eco solutions was automatic.
Recycling is a natural element of Mount Vic and Me’s everyday operations, and our small team is always on the lookout for even greener packaging and printing solutions. When it comes to stockists, we align with businesses that have a similar ethos.
We wrap our tea towels and greeting cards in cellophane bags, a viable alternative to dreaded plastic bags. More than 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world each year, mostly just once, before becoming landfill and litter. Cellophane is derived from biodegradable cellulose, usually from wood, but can also be produced from cotton or hemp.
Our packaging is hand-collated in our studio or our sewing manufacturer and the printing companies we work with are environmentally responsible. Look out for our eco-friendly, 100% home-compostable black shipping satchels. They are waterproof and durable, and they break down in 3-6 months when composted, compared to the 300 years it can take plastic bags.
Mount Vic and Me donates products to various organisations for fundraising endeavours. Due to the impact of bushfire in the Blue Mountains, drought, collapse of tourism economy and COVID, we may not be able to support your venture by donation. Please do not be offended.
To date, in 2021-2022, we have donated to:
Aboriginal Legal Aid
Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Dog Rescue Newcastle
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre WA
MYST Youth Services Team
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Science for Wildlife
Shine for Kids
Team Wonder Women Mystery Box
The Gender Centre Inc
The Kids Cancer Project
The Victorian Pride Centre
Wear it Purple
Mount Vic and Me is a member of Arts Law.
MANUFACTURING IN AUSTRALIA
Our long-term goal is to contribute to re-growing Australian manufacturing, which in turn will open up more opportunities for effective green solutions.
To help ensure our products takes it easy on the environment, we keep as local as possible.
Mount Vic and Me has Australian Made campaign accreditation for several products, including:
Blue Mountains Socks
Tea towels (digital print)
Our sewing manufacturer in Victoria has the Ethical Clothing Australia tick of approval. As of August 2022, we are trialing sewing with \the Country Womens Association (CWA) Bathurst Branch.
Please note we did work with Corrective Services Industries for a short period but after learning more about the programme, we decided it was not aligned with our ethos.
MADE TO ORDER
As much as we would love to manufacturer every item, we simply can’t!
We partner with drop-shipping companies in Australia and overseas for: T shirts, shoes and boots, aprons, cushions, leggings, totes, mugs (and more!)
By not creating mass-produced items and instead creating on demand, we generate less waste and aim to keep environmental impacts within the apparel supply chain to a minimum. Each product item will list whether it’s shipped by one of our partner manufacturers or via our studio shop. Because of the nature of ‘made to order’, some items will be at least 3-4 weeks delivery time to your door.