Happy Clean Up Australia Day! For the past few months, the Sophia. Team and a few dedicated ocean lovers have been cleaning up the beaches, mangroves and foreshores of the local Brisbane area to free our seas of rubbish that definitely doesn't belong.
In one afternoon alone, an entire trailer load of rubbish was removed which is both tragic (because there was that much rubbish in such a small area) but also a relief because that toxic and harmful waste is no longer clogging our waterways.
Surprisingly, the majority of rubbish removed was not plastic, but glass. A collection of strange objects were also dragged from the mud including half a bike, a pair of gumboots, a full bottle of perfume and the detached piece of elastic from a pair of undies.
According to the National Geographic, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibres per square kilometre litter the deep sea. We don’t know about you, but we’re disgusted at the fact we’ve let this problem become so overwhelmingly large and quite simply, detrimental to our environment.
We’re hoping to continue our ocean clean ups every week because we know that it is definitely having a positive impact on our marine life and we’d like to see the fauna and flora flourish for a long time to come.
To do your part in helping keep the rubbish from our waterways please:
If we all work together on this, we’ll be able to help unclog the oceans and free our sea life from disturbing and unfair deaths. Please help to make a difference soon as we don't want it to become too late to fix!
Let us know what you did for Clean Up Australia Day!
Here at Sophia. we are all about making our business as ethical and sustainable as possible. To offset our emissions and travel footprint from posting our products to our wonderful customers, we’ve decided to plant trees to make our Earth that little bit cleaner and greener.
Did you know that one tree can offset as much as 22 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester one tonne of carbon dioxide by the time it is 40 years old? We believe this is the perfect solution to offset emissions because naturally, these trees are providing us with precious oxygen over and over again.
Last week, eleven Lilly Pilly trees were planted in Brisbane in support of our initiative. Lilly Pillys (also known as Acmena Smithii) are native to Australia, specifically to Queensland. The ripe fruits can be eaten and the trees themselves make the perfect addition to any garden.
We can't wait to see these beautiful trees flourish and provide our environment with the boost it needs. This initiative will continue as more and more shipments are made and soon we hope to have a whole forest of native trees that will benefit our environment and community.
As always, we are open to suggestions so if you can think of any other ethical or sustainable changes that we can make to our business, please let us know! Thank you for purchasing items thoughtfully and for helping to make a difference! Love and happiness, Sophia.
From stripping wire to untwisting each individual strand, did you know that each of our copper bowls and plates takes more than 9 hours to create? Endless hours have been spent in the workshop to craft the 100% recycled copper wire into beautiful creations.
We love the gorgeous copper colour and although its an extremely time consuming process, we’re in love with the finished product. Copper can bring any space to life and we think it goes exceptionally well with fresh fruit and a bunch of freshly picked flowers.
Because of our overwhelming obsession with copper, we’ve compiled this list of 101 uses for our copper plates and bowls:
As Valentines Day approaches, we’ve just released these gorgeous gift cards to give to that someone special. Each card has been carefully hand designed and printed on recycled cardboard.
Its a special day every year but even if you don't have a partner to celebrate it with, consider writing a card to someone you really appreciate or even celebrating the day with your other single friends by going on a picnic or hosting a dinner party.
We hope you spread our “A little piece of love” motto by filling our cards with kind words, inspiration, gratefulness and of course love. A small message of gratitude and thankfulness can go along way and we’re sure who ever receives your card will have their day made.
Our beautifully hand designed mandala plates have been manufactured right here in Australia by Picture Products, meaning that our carbon emissions due to freight are reduced. We're proud to support another Australian business and think that Picture Products does an exceptional job at transforming our designs into plates.
Want to know the most exciting part? Their office and factory runs entirely off solar power, meaning that each and every plate has been produced carbon neutral. They also use recycled packaging to ship the plates to us!
Why are they melamine and not ceramic? While we are looking into ceramic options for the future, melamine is a terrific option for now. Melamine is extremely durable and virtually unbreakable, it’s easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. They’re perfect for any occasion not only because they’re elegant enough to use for a dinner party but they are also durable enough for picnics, outdoor use and they’re even kid friendly!
Each plate has taken more than 12 hours to design and has been carefully hand drawn. We currently have eight different designs but have plans to create more in the near future. If there’s a colour scheme that you’d like to see available, make sure you let us know!
The mandala plate displayed here is a custom design for one of our very special and loyal customers.
You're either celebrating or dreading the back to school/uni period but however you’re feeling, it’s inevitable that you’re going to have to purchase stationery for the New Year. To help you with the return to uni and school, Sophia. has launched a new and very special product package! It’s a return to study survival kit and has beautifully hand crafted and designed stationery to inspire you for the New Year.
Each piece has been individually hand drawn so every product is completely unique, meaning that nobody will have the same as you. This also means that your belongings will never get mistaken for someone else’s!
Our notebooks and folders are made from recycled materials so that its healthier for our precious environment and we’ve made sure that there’s plenty of page space so that you can fit more notes and drawings inside.
Included in the study pack is:
1x A5 Notebook
1x A4 Notebook
1x Ring Binder Folder
If you're somebody who seems to take a whole lot more notes in lectures and class, then feel free to add additional notebooks, folders and accessories to your order!
If you have any suggestions to make this package even better for next time, make sure you let us know so that we can cater to everyones needs. If you’re one of those people who need extra motivation, then these cute and individually designed pieces might just be the answer. Check out our range at http://www.sophiamulheran.com/stationery.html
We hope that your Christmas and New Year was filled with fun, love and laughter and that your 2018 has started just the way you hoped. As we get back into the swing of things for the New Year, we’d like to take the time to say another huge thank you for the support we received last year.
Lots of exciting things have been planned for the year ahead and we can't wait for you to jump onboard and get involved! Plenty of new products are going to be released as well awesome collaborations with lots of talented people. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for our upcoming competitions, releases and events and make sure you let us know what else you'd like to see us include.
What are your plans, goals and aspirations for this year?
December has arrived (almost) and here at Sophia. HQ, we are way too excited for Christmas! To share our overwhelming excitement, we’ve put together a special 12 Days of Christmas present for you. Starting tomorrow and over the next twelve days, we’ll be sharing Christmas gift ideas with you as well as giving you exclusive offers and discounts.
Make sure you stay up to date with each daily post so you don't miss out on these Christmas offers. If you’re somebody who likes a bargain or simply hates the shopping centre crowds, shopping online for the next 12 days will be perfect for you.
To kick December and the festive season off, if you tag 3 of your family members or friends in this post, you’ll receive a 10% discount on a product of your choice. Start tagging and treat yourself to something nice!
It’s very exciting to announce that we’re being featured in a chic, exciting online shopping event! Ashlee has curated a list of her favourite gift-able things for the holidays. She will tell you why she loves each product, where you can get it, how to get a discount, and even give you the opportunity to win one for FREE! There will be a selection of jewelry, skincare, clothing, home decor, and more! So whether you are shopping for some special ladies in your life, treating yourself, or getting ideas to put on your personal wish list for Santa... we are thrilled to help you indulge in some of our Favourite Things!"
Our very own Sophia. Christmas Gift Cards are being featured along with a whole range of other beautiful products. If you’d like the chance to win a set of your own cards as well as many other awesome prizes or get some of your Christmas shopping done in a fun, fast paced and exciting way, then comment your name below and you’ll be added to the event. Happy shopping!!
Over the past few weeks, we've had our Upcycle Competition running and we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated. You all had such wonderful ideas on how we could turn unused or unwanted materials into something new and usable.
We'd like to announce that Kate from Brisbane has won this competition with her entry of aluminium cans. Many of you may be unaware but aluminium cans actually take 200 years to decompose and have a detrimental effect on the ocean where a lot of them end up. We don't know about you but we'd much rather see them upcycled or recycled rather than have them harm our wildlife or end up in landfill. Did you also know that aluminium is also the most recyclable of all materials?
We thought that Kate's entry aligns perfectly with the initiatives and values that Sophia. supports and are proud to bring you creative designs with upcycled aluminium included.
Thank you again for your support and stay posted to see our creations as well as taking part in many more of our upcoming competitions.
Love and happiness xxx
Christmas is coming and here at Sophia. we are really excited to be celebrating it with you for the first time. A whole range of Christmas cards, gift tags and Christmas tree decorations have just been released and are now available for purchase on our website.
Leading up to Christmas, we’ll be sharing lots of fun and festive ideas and also have an extremely special Christmas Auction happening with 50% of the profits going to charity. More details on the auction and which charity we’ll be supporting will be shared in the next few weeks.
We hope these hand designed and hand crafted items get you into the Christmas spirit and help you to begin the wonderful gift of giving. Keep checking in with us to find out more new and exciting products that we’ll be releasing soon!
We’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the wonderful feedback and an even bigger thank you to Suz Faulkner for her overwhelming support in helping to get Sophia. well and truly off the ground.
Love and happiness,
Sophia. needs your help! We need community input to make our ethical and sustainable dreams even more real. We’d like your input and suggestions on materials that we can upcyle. Upcycling is the process of taking items/materials that would usually be discarded and turning them into something new and functional.
Upcycling is currently being used in a range of our available products, such as our hand woven copper bowls. These elegant and unique kitchen accessories are made from old electrical wire that can no longer be used. Plenty of time has been taken to strip, untwist and weave this copper wire into creations for you to enjoy.
As a creative challenge, we need you to list as many materials as you like that would be possible to upcycle. If your suggested material is chosen for this challenge, you will win one of whatever creation we come up with! Start commenting and lets see what we can create together!
Did you know that Sophia. products are all hand designed? It is our goal to provide the most ethical and sustainable approach to home decor, homewares and design. Because of this, we carefully select the materials that are being used as well as looking at how we can offset our emissions.
We promise to choose the most ethical and sustainable materials available to us and aim to provide at least one beneficial outcome with every product we sell. As we are still trying to find our feet, certain materials can be difficult to source within our price range. In these circumstances, we vow to plant a tree to make up for the potential environmental impact that our manufacturing process may cause.
90% of our Sophia. items are hand made in Australia, using only recycled materials. From the very get go, we have also abandoned plastic in every part of our business due to the long lasting environmental impact it has.
As new products launch, we wish to share with you exactly how they are benefiting the environment/community so that our customers can be fully aware of the difference they are making. We’re working towards a cleaner and greener future one step at a time and couldn’t possibly do it without your help.
Slowly but surely, Sophia. is growing! Not only have we launched our online store both on our website and on Etsy, but we have also secured our first few businesses to stock our products.
We'd like to thank:
- The Collective Store, Wynnum
- Frond Flowers, Manly and;
- Wynnum Manly Tourism & Visitor Information Centre
For helping to get Sophia. products out into the public and for supporting all that we're about.
If you would like to see Sophia. products come to a store near you, make sure you let us know!
We also have an exciting new range of products coming to our online store so make sure you stay up to date with our posts and keep checking back in!
Sophia. was created through pure creative passion and the dream of helping to make the world a little happier and greener by spreading our message of “A little piece of love”.
This motto has several meanings. Firstly, every Sophia. product was designed and created with a little piece love and by purchasing and supporting us, you are helping to spread a little piece of love because every one of our products and designs is having a positive impact to the world around you. Whether its made from sustainable or recycled materials or a percentage of the profit is going to charity, you can be sure that we’re helping to make a difference together.
Make sure you keep in touch because we've got lots of new exciting products ready to launch soon!
We’d like to reach out to The Collective Store in Wynnum for being our very first store to stock Sophia. products. This beautiful and charming little store is filled with handmade goods from all over Australia and has helped to get our products out into the community as well helping to get Sophia. up and running.
If you’re interested in supporting local businesses and extremely talented artists and creators, then making a trip to The Collective Store at 104 Bay Terrace, Wynnum is definitely worth it. Help to spread the Sophia. message of “A little piece of love” by encouraging the growth of these individuals and small businesses. A little bit of support goes a long way…
Welcome to Sophia.
We are dedicated to bringing a touch of colour, creativity and elegance into your home while simultaneously providing a sustainable and eco friendly approach to homewares and design. It is our endeavour to spread health, love and happiness.
Now that we have officially launched, you can find us on Instagram and Facebook and purchase Sophia. products both online and in store. As we expand, your ongoing support is much appreciated and you’re not only helping to get Sophia. off the ground but also helping spread our message of “A little piece of love”
With your support, Sophia. has gone plastic free and intends to continue to continue to work towards the most eco friendly and sustainable outcome for all. Behind the scenes, Sophia. is more than just homewares and design. It is our goal to provide support to those in developing countries as well as giving back to the community. With each purchase, you are helping to support our initiative while bringing a little piece of love into your home.
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