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ABIDA – SAMAYA AYURVEDA FOUNDER

How are you today – what does a normal day consist of for you? A normal day really varies. I could be researching Ayurvedic remedies for inspiration, emailing with someone who has expressed an interested in SAMAYA or thanking those who have provided feedback on our products, or I could be in the lab working on a new formulation or visiting one of my suppliers. Thankfully most of them are not far from London so I don’t have very far…

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RYAN – WHITE LYAN BAR FOUNDER

So White Lyan – take us back, where did it all begin? The idea was something I had many years ago, and the crux was borne from three main motivations – one was a geeky/professionalism angle to be able to take full ownership of our offering and create something we have complete control and influence over. The other was a return to what I saw at the heart of bartending, and to create a space that allowed us to ensure…

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SEBASTIEN & GHISLAIN – VEJA TRAINERS

How did the idea for Veja, an ethical sneaker brand come about? Friends from school, Sébastien Kopp and Ghislain Morillion (two French men) decided to audit big international firms con earning their sustainable engagement. While travelling the world for a year, they were very disappointed about the obvious gap between what people were saying and their actions. From this observation, they decided to put their ideas into action and create a new business – which respects human and the environment. They chose…

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SAFIA MINNEY – PEOPLE TREE FOUNDER

As the founder of People Tree can you tell us the ethos behind the brand? I guess I’m the original ‘ethical consumer’. I started People Tree in Japan 25 years ago because I wanted to provide people like me with information and products that are sustainable, Fair Trade and bring about real social change and best business practice. I wanted to prove that a business that puts the people that make its products and the environment first can succeed. That…

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