Paper Heron is a greetings card company with a difference; all their cards are made from 100% recycled paper and their gorgeous and original designs are sketched in vegetable ink. You can find them on Planet Organic Living now.
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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Interview with Mia Hague of Eco-Friendly Greetings Card Business Paper Heron
Friday, 8th June 2018
Check out our exclusive interview with Mia Hague of Paper Heron, a greetings card business with a difference. This is the first in a series of chats with some of our favourite suppliers to Planet Organic Living!
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