Two Sutherland Shire mums have combined their business know-how and creative flair to develop an environmentally sustainable bag range that has also caught the eyes of some of Australia’s most well-known fashion influencers.
Hello Weekend is the brainchild of cousins Sally Groat and Bec Heaydon who spent more than three years perfecting the best bag and handy pouch before launching in April.
The products are all made from recycled bottles that are recycled and re-purposed as beach bags that are waterproof and recyclable.
The catchy design and environmentally friendly products have already caught the eye of former magazine editor Mia Freedman who promoted the bags on her social media channels, which led to a flurry of likes and orders.
Hello Weekend is not only getting attention online- the bags are stocked in 13 stores in Australia and overseas including at Sutherland Shire boutiques Coral Coast Living, Honua Collective, Distraction and Nourish Organic.
Bec Heaydon, 35 from Engadine has worked as a graphic designer for the past 15 years and has juggled raising two young children while being the creative force behind the brand. She said she has been blown away with the response so far.
“I think our message really resonates with people who want to feel good about the products they purchase,” she said.
“At the heart of Hello Weekend is the sustainability impact of the business. Creating products that don’t add to the global pollution and trash problem floating amongst our waterways and choking our wildlife but creating a circular motion in everything developed.
“From recycled to recycle once more. Everything from the mailing satchel and packaging, printed cards and of course the product itself are made in an eco-friendly manner.”
Cousin Sally agrees. Sally, 47 from Caringbah and mum of two has previously owned a popular patisserie in Gymea and brings her business experience and knowledge to the new business.
“As mums, we found you could never have enough bags, or bags big enough to hold everything you need,” she said.
“These bags are made from recycled bottles and they can also be recycled once you don’t need them anymore.
“And with the ban on lightweight plastic bags coming in June, it’s the perfect time to think about what other bag options are around.”
You can find out more about Hello Weekend at helloweekend.com.au or on Facebook and Instagram - @helloweekendAU