Who are we?
Myself (Aron) and partner Gemma moved to Australia from the UK (somewhere with a burgeoning Hemp Industry) in 2010 and setup a small IT consultancy and services business based on the southern Gold Coast. As the IT business became more established our thoughts turned to ways in which to make more of a positive impact from an environmental perspective.
Our first step was to sign up to 1% For The Planet whose mission "to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet" resonated with our own views on corporate responsibility. As members of 1% for the Planet we donate 1% of all gross income to a number of approved non-profit partners. These partners are approved by 1% For The Planet based on having a 50% or greater focus on issues of sustainability - see http://onepercentfortheplanet.org to find out more.
We also felt that along with donations we should make sure that as much of the actual money flowing through the company was generated with the environment in mind. Within the consultancy side of the business this comes from actively targeting clients involved in sustainable industries. This also helped us decide the direction to invest our time and money in whilst growing the business and promoting products that we are passionate about.
In the UK it was normal for us to buy Hemp based food products in specialist health food shops or even larger supermarket chains and this is something that we noticed was a distinct difference following our initial move. Over time, and after some research, we discovered that Australia is more or less unique globally in that Hemp based foods are still illegal for consumption despite their widespread health benefits. We also found that there was only a relatively small number of growers and manufacturers producing local Hemp based products. This didn't seem to make sense given Australia's large scale and strong agricultural background coupled with ideal growing conditions. Hemp is such a wonderful natural resource, contains unique beneficial properties and can have such a positive impact on the environment relative to other crops used to make the same products - see our Hemp Info/Resources page for more details.
We aim to promote the Industrial Hemp Industry within Australia by providing customers with quality products that are sustainably grown and ethically manufactured at the best prices possible.
We recognise that whilst Hemp is good for the environment this in itself is not going to support an industry reliant on consumer satisfaction. Hemp based products need to be comparable to, or of higher quality, than those made with other more established materials and again we believe that Hemp's natural properties allow it to excel in many of the areas that it can be used. We place emphasis on Australian grown and manufactured products and preferably those that use organic ingredients - this results in a win-win for consumers and the environment alike.
We're sure that the quality of products, assurance of our drive for sustainability, excellent customer service and great prices will attract new customers and keep existing customers coming back for more.
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Aron, Gemma + The Hemp-Life Team
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