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.
To help ensure each product I design takes it easy on the environment, I keep as many aspects of my work as local as possible. As of January 2022, we have taken the exciting step of starting to manufacture our tea towels in-house. We are working with incredible sewing manufacturers in Australia as we grow this aspect of the business. All packaging is hand-collated in our studio and the printing companies we work with are environmentally responsible.
Our long-term goal is to contribute to re-growing Australian manufacturing, which in turn will open up more opportunities for effective green solutions. Mount Vic and Me has Australian Made campaign accreditation for several products, including Blue Mountains Socks, cushion covers, brooches, tea towels and stationery.
We partner with drop-shipping companies for our t shirts, shoes, leggings, totes and mugs. By creating on demand, we generate less waste and aim to keep environmental impacts within the apparel supply chain to a minimum.
In addition, 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.
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.
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.
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 (this financial year) we have donated to:
Aboriginal Legal Aid, Caritas Australia, Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Dog Rescue Newcastle, DV West, Red Cross, Science for Wildlife, Shine for Kids, The Victorian Pride Centre and Wayside Chapel.
When you buy a product from Mount Vic and Me, you can rest assured that it is made with great love and care in Australia and is helping to support a small business.