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The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

21st September 2020

Kate Powlesland is 38 and the mother of two sons with her partner Ben. She grew up in Bristol and after travelling, realised how much she loves the wilderness. The family moved to Wales 10 years ago.

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

21st September 2020

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

21st September 2020

I enjoy walking in the glorious green hills of Mid Wales and swimming in the river Wye. I have lived off grid for a few years (and would like to again in the future!), and would like to travel more with my family.

Kutis (kutis-skincare.co.uk) developed quite naturally and organically. I have always had an interest in natural remedies, herbs and plants, since my teens, and I began making salves, balms and natural deodorants primarily for myself but also as gifts for family and friends. These were well received! My friends enjoyed them, came back to me with feedback and encouraged me to sell some of the products I was making for them to buy and also for the local community. I attended a few local markets and Christmas events, where my natural products went down well, but as I was selling more I realised the importance of reducing the amount of plastic I was using and so began packaging deodorants in paper tubes and body butters in glass jars - this is when it all took off! Within months of launching my plastic free natural deodorants, I employed my friend to help me out, and now we are a team of 6 women, all mothers, working to reduce our impact on this world on a personal level as well as within the business.

SELF-CARE SECRETS

Some of my self care secrets are walking and exploring the local area with friends (quite often the Kutis clan will go out for an evening walk together - we’re good friends), a soak in the bath with a book in hand and an early night!

BUSINESS PLANS

Kutis is currently developing a new product (watch this space) and I hope to launch this in the new year. Kutis products are donated to our local food bank, but we are looking to start supporting an ethical and ecological charity, thanks to inspiration from Positive News Magazine.

WAYS TO BE MORE SUSTAINABLE

The things I think are most important when choosing a more natural and sustainable way of life are to consume less, use what you have and take care of it and repair when possible, and to use the skills and talents of your friends and neighbours, whether it’s exchanging homegrown vegetables and eggs, or employing a local carpenter.

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