Again this month, we're shining the spotlight on people who make good products and add more good to the world. Each month we ask one of our makers the same 6 questions, and each month we learn something new.
This month, we're featuring Julia Schaffer, founder and designer at Spaza Home Ware, makers of Halo Dish Covers. As a Canadian-born designer, Julia founded Spaza in Cape Town, South Africa in 2013. What began as a hand-knit kitchen cloth pattern Julia's grandmother sent her through the mail, grew into a collection of functional household and lifestyle products that could be made by women working from their homes. Julia focussed on eco-friendly alternatives to disposable plastic items and the uplifting of people, resulting in the development of Halo Dish Covers in 2020. Through Halo, Julia and her team of phenomenal women contribute toward freeing the environment of single-use plastic waste and offering hope to South Africans through the creation of much needed employment opportunities. As of 2022, South Africa has reached an alarming unemployment rate of 34.5%. Halo Dish Covers is currently working with, and uplifting, existing manufacturers and cooperatives that have facilities and seamstresses but do not have sufficient work to support their staff and members. Julia and her 98% all-female team believe in change, are relentless about improvement, and are constantly searching for new ways to improve the lives of young people in South Africa. She embodies our commitment to bringing you sustainable products by companies that care about their employees, the communities they work in, and the planet.
So, without further ado, here's our Q & A with Julia:
What's Good: What does being eco-friendly mean to you? Julia: It means that the impact that I make during my time on Earth is one that will benefit the natural environment and not harm it.
What's Good: What’s your biggest climate change fear/concern? Julia: That people start fighting over food and water.
What's Good:If our readers could only do one green thing, what would it be and why? Julia:Stop buying things that you don’t need.
What's Good:What’s the biggest ‘bad habit’ YOU have as it relates to eco/sustainable lifestyle that is a challenge for you? Julia:Chips!
What's Good:What started you on your eco-journey? Julia:I grew up in a rural place where you needed to take your garbage to the dump. I suppose if your waste doesn’t magically disappear every week, you learn to be a lot more practical.
What's Good:What is your favorite part/aspect of Halo Products? Julia:I love seeing how happy the people who are employed in the project are. (See the team behind Halo Dish Covers here.)
Thanks, Julia! We're grateful for the impact Halo products are having to bring employment opportunities to South Africa, and the importance of solutions that eliminate the use of single-use plastics and reduce waste. Your good work is indeed doing very good things for this planet!
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