Interview with Mia Hague of Eco-Friendly Greetings Card Business Paper Heron
Friday, 8th June 2018
We chatted to founder Mia Hague earlier this month to find out a little more about her eco-friendly company, who and what inspires her, and how she achieves balance in her day-to-day life.
P.O.: What made you start the Paper Heron?
M.H.: Paper Heron was an idea sparked from an existing card range I create, with a very different style.
P.O.: What or who inspired you to become more ethical and sustainable?
M.H.: From the start of my company Mia Hague Illustration back in 2014 we’ve been ethical. It’s just something that had to be done. I couldn’t bring myself to print my designs on paper stock that wasn’t looking after the forests or packing cards into clear plastic bags instead of compostable ones. Sadly, it would be a lot cheaper to be unethical!
P.O.:Is the environment and nature something you have always been aware of?
M.H.: Yes ever since colouring in a book age 8. It was about the environment, renewable energy and how we can protect wildlife, trees and ultimately the planet. I’ve never forgotten it!
P.O.: If you weren't running this company what would you be doing?
M.H.: Running my own little cafe.
P.O.: Who is the one person you couldn't have started your business without?
M.H.: A little encouragement from a few friends and shop owners telling me my designs would sell, gave me the push to keep going.
P.O.: What advice would you give someone looking to start their own company?
M.H.: Do it NOW. Don’t wait. Make yourself a space you can work from that’s private and just yours. Work on it quietly along side what you already do.
P.O.: What do you see for the future of your company?
M.H.: I think I’ll always enjoy designing greetings cards, but I also see myself creating picture books, with real words teaching children how to be good people. Also perhaps a colouring book about the environment!?
P.O.: What's your favourite product from your brand?
M.H.: I really like the ‘Old’ tortoise card. I do a lot of commissions in this style too which I love doing.
P.O.: Other than your own company, which is your favourite sustainable company?
M.H.: Hazel Bee - Ethical cards and gifts, Green Planet Goods (I love their metal straws!) and the company that prints my cards along with lots of other items, ALocalPrinter.
P.O.: How do you find balance in your life?
M.H.: I don’t give myself too many things to do in a day, If I can help it! Try and have an equal amount of being outside and inside. 8 hours sleep.
P.O.: What are three things that you can't live without?
M.H.: My partner, my dog, and tea.
P.O.: In 3 words, how do you live your life?
M.H.: Kindly, colourfully and peacefully.
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