We started Eco Ness after becoming increasingly heartbroken at witnessing the devastation throwaway culture and over-consumption is having on our planet. Our own journey to remove single-use plastic from our lives and to follow a more sustainable lifestyle was paved with many hours of searching for products. Trying to see through the inevitable greenwashing, seeking out genuinely sustainable products, that didn't arrive covered in plastic packaging and were good quality and also made ethically. What we found along the way were some great products made by small indie businesses, many of them right here in Scotland, that are not only useful but are beautiful too, making them a joy to use and bringing some eco-style into our lives!
We both live in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, we've been friends since our school days in Tain, and we have a dream to make eco-friendly shopping accessible to everyone in the Highlands & Islands! We feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place, but it's not the most convenient place to shop locally in one place for eco products!
Jacqui is a mum to 3 boys, she is an active member of the 5am club, and loves nothing better than running or hillwalking. Nicky has a son and daughter, she is a natural skincare geek and keen tea enthusiast, and can often be found walking on the beach with her two beloved spaniels.
Being busy working mums, we're always on the look out for anything that makes it easier for us to lead a sustainable family lifestyle. We've spent many hours sourcing and researching products that are genuinely sustainable.. seeing through the greenwashing isn't always easy! The items we've found are not only eco-friendly, useful, and durable, they are beautiful and stylish too (eco doesn't always have to be brown!) and we want to share them with you!
While we are not living the perfect zero waste lifestyle (is that even possible?), we are both on our journey to leading a more sustainable lifestyle. All of the products you can buy from Eco Ness have been carefully handpicked by us based on quality and eco-credentials. You can be reassured that everything we have in our store has been tried and tested by us, and we only sell products we are 100% happy to use for ourselves and our families.
Eco Ness started off in spring 2019 as a pop-up shop at local community markets selling a range of plastic-free and sustainable home and personal care products. It has been our ultimate goal from day one to open a zero-waste shop in the Highlands, and we're still striving every day to achieve that goal. While we are working towards making this dream a reality, we've decided to launch this online store to provide a much-needed service to the broader Highland area. This will ensure that our customers who cannot come to us can still purchase sustainable goods without the all-too-often plastic packaging, and crazy Highland delivery surcharges!
We only work with suppliers who share our values, and we want to support brands that put ethics above profit.
That's why all of our products are sourced from small and artisan businesses, predominately based in the UK. It also means that when you shop with us, you are actually supporting multiple small businesses. How great is that?!
Sustainability is one of our main priorities, not just with the products we sell but also with our packaging and broader business operations. As well as planting trees for every order we receive, we use minimal packaging. Our packaging is recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable and we avoid plastic wherever possible. We also try to re-use the packaging we get from our suppliers, when we are packing up your orders.
We're always on the lookout for new and better ways to do things, so please feel free to give us a shout with any suggestions you may have.
If you have anything you want to ask us please come and connect with us on Facebook or Instagram or send us an email to email@example.com.
💚 Jacqui & Nicky