Take a leaf out of duo’s sustainable business model

Vix and Lou Stroud Green
Vix and Lou Stroud Green

Lancaster siblings Vix and Lou Lawson are getting ready to launch a new range of environmentally sustainable badges for businesses.

The duo, who work from home in Lancaster and have an online shop, said their experiences working abroad helped them to create the new product, which compliments their existing Bough to Beauty range of handmade jewellery.

Vix, 34, who went to Ripley and Lou, 42, who went to Lancaster Girls Grammar School, were based in London for a number of years but have also lived in France, Australia, UAE and most recently Portugal - where they volunteered on organic farms, lived off grid and came up with their plan to launch sustainable businesses.

Vix said: “On the back of the whole sustainable ethos of Bough to Beauty we want to encourage businesses to be more sustainable, so we are about to launch Bough to Beauty for Business with the hashtag #badgeforlife.

“Instead of using plastic badges, we’re making re-usable wooden ones, with magnetic backs to attach them.

“There are two designs, a bespoke one with name, logo and job title and a second design which you can change the details on.

“They are laser engraved and hand crafted, and we’re working with two people from Ribchester – a carpenter, who will cut and shape them using sustainably sourced oak and walnut and then treat them with raw linseed oil, and he will pass them on to someone who does laser engraving.

“We think they could have all kinds of uses - conferences, staff badges, anyone from fast food chains to office workers. We’re still working on prices, but the bespoke ones will be £6.50 each.”

Vix said there has been interest in the badges from Natwest Bank, local solicitors, Girl Guiding UK and the Green Party.

“It’s our quest to live more sustainably on a personal level,” she said. “Incorporating our personal passions into a business was the basis of setting up.

“We’ve been talking about incorporating it more to make offices greener but making it fun and quirky.

“We’ve both worked in offices for years and we’ve always tried to encourage people to recycle more and other little things around the office to make a little bit of difference.”

The duo also have a local recycling scheme for used Jiffy bags. “Sarah Gillison’s bag shop in New Street is our drop off point for anyone wanting to get rid of used Jiffy bags, which we will re-use to send out orders.

“We’ve had a massive response to this and Halton Mills in Halton have also been collecting for us.”

Bough to Beauty is also about to start working with Lancaster University as Entrepeneurs in Residence, which includes mentoring students and research and design projects.

For more information, visit www.boughtobeauty.co.uk.