So, what's with the fancy pants name? Mama Qucha (pronounced Mama Kohcha) means ‘Mother Ocean’ in Quechuan, the native language of the Andes. Mama Qucha was known by the Incans as the goddess of the ocean and all water bodies, such as lakes and rivers. In coming up with a name, I was looking for something that was ocean inspired, with a beachy Spanish flair.
Its the last week of plastic free July – a week where we avoid plastic, and realise how hard that is because the stuff is everywhere – and this article couldn’t have come at a better time. If you’ve given up single use plastics, here’s a little read on some not-so-obvious plastics to avoid. I guess this blog post is really just a long answer to the FAQ ‘Why aren’t your bags made of plastic? Or lined with polyester or nylon?’. The short answer is because I wanted to create an environmentally-friendly bag that wasn’t made of a petroleum-derived material, which would contribute to the plastic pollution in the world. And here’s the long answer.
I am quite often asked what inspired me to start this business (which has deviated somewhat from my engineering career) and I always come back to these three things… recurring dreams, Shark Tank and Big Magic. Children are of course the main reason, but the other three come in a close second.
Beach photo shoots for Mama Qucha and unusually mild Autumn weather has meant that we have spent quite a lot of time at the beach... Being eco-conscious at the beach usually means thinking ahead of time, and packing appropriately. The following are some quick tips I’ve put together for an eco-friendly beach visit with kids (with Sydney beaches in mind).
Little baby Sussex could arrive any day now, and we at Mama Qucha can’t wait... the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have brought sustainability to centre stage and have shone a light on all things sustainable and eco-friendly. I’m hoping they will do the same for all things baby and eco.