Harriet’s Of Hove
What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story? is a series in which we find and talk to interesting people in our local community, whether they run a business, have an interesting job or do something else that we think is worthy of wider attention.

Harriet’s Of Hove is a plastic-free pantry based on Blatchington Road in Hove, providing customers with ethical eco-friendly supplies, refills and packaging alternatives. We caught up with Harriet to ask her about the shop and the ideas behind it.

 

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HOW WAS HARRIET’S OF HOVE STARTED?

HoH was started as a form of protest with the way the supermarkets had become. It was following Plastic Free July 2018 and the frustrations of finding shopping plastic free so difficult. So, my partner (Mhiran) and I decided to take on the venture of opening a plastic free shop!

 

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HOW LONG HAS THIS IDEA BEEN WITH YOU?

We properly decided to commit to the venture August 2018 and we opened Harriet’s of Hove in 12 weeks. Previous to Plastic Free July last year, it had never crossed my mind!

 

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HOW HAVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY REACTED?

The local community have been fantastic. Many people are already committed to doing what they can and other are excited to be starting their refilling journey. The shop really has become a little hub for the community, In which people stop and chat. Put the World to rights, and just enjoy discussing food again.

They is also I diverse amount of environmental discussion and plastics debate in store and that’s exactly what we wanted to create.

 

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HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT TO STOCK IN THE SHOP?

A mixture of stocking what we used beforehand. Seeing what is available in bulk and minimal packaging. But also there has been a wonderful amount of local suppliers and independent makers who have approached us to sell their products in store. This has been really exciting for us.

 

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WHAT’S THE MOST FRUSTRATING THING ABOUT WASTE GENERATED BY REGULAR SHOPS/SUPERMARKETS?

That is easy!! The amount that is non-recyclable and completely unnecessary. This waste outlives us on the landfill or ends up in the sea. It has no further purpose and costs local councils money to process it.

 

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WHAT ARE A FEW TIPS FOR AVERAGE PEOPLE TO CUT DOWN ON UNNECESSARY PLASTICS/WASTE?

A little organisation goes a long way! Preparing meals and remembering to take reusables out with you. Also, to start with a bit at a time. Changes don’t happen over night so little but often is a winner.

Oh! And ENJOY IT. Shopping sustainably and consciously bring many benefits and improves the ‘feel good factor’ of how we live and consume.

 

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HOW CAN WE HELP SPREAD THE WORD?

Harriet’s of Hove has a lively Instagram, Facebook and Twitter account. We don’t just use our social media to promote products and the shop, but also to spread awareness and campaign information.

However, ‘word of mouth’ is a great favourite of ours. For those that are interested in plastic free living or lowering, we’re right here for them. Let them know.

 

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WHY HOVE?

I was born in Brighton and have lived in Hove most of my life. I has a special place in my heart. Also (possibly more honestly) going to Brighton to refill was a long trek and now I don’t have to go so far myself!….Hove was missing this facility, so we wanted to provide something really local for Hovians alike.

 

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WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR HARRIET’S OF HOVE?

Who knows?! It has certainly been a rollercoaster of a year, so perhaps just breathe a little for now. At the pace we are learning and growing, it is very hard to say about future plans. However, we have no current plans to open another store. We want to grow this baby well first.

We will continue to campaign and listen and will provide what we can, with what resources we have available.

 

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If you would like to feature and tell us your story, please contact us: david@pleeceandco.com 

 

Curate Labs
Headspaces Interview October 2018

Pleece & Co has found a home in Mocatta House – part of Spaces Brighton. We now share a building with a number of creative and diverse companies, and we thought it was time to get to know them a little better.

Headspaces is a collaboration blog series between Pleece & Co and Spaces in which we talk to our neighbours about their businesses, work advice and what puts them in a good headspace. 

This months conversation is with Curate Labs, an independent, sustainable creative design studio based here in Brighton and in London.

 

QUESTIONS WITH ABB-D CHOUDHURY – CO-FOUNDER
SPACES GROUND FLOOR

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY

Predominantly we are a design studio with a focus on ethical and sustainable design. Through our work we look to advocate empathy, purpose and practicality. We offer end-to-end solutions often incorporating branding, creative content, design strategy and web design. We deliver both digital and physical products and functionality dependant on project objectives.

Alongside the studio, we run two publications – Curate Magazine and The Annual Digest and a series of ethical & sustainably centred travel guides named Wandering Through.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM

Abb-d Choudhury and Sara Scobie are design partners and founders of CL. As a duo we both oversee the day to day running of the business and all stages throughout each project. Over the years we have grown a talented remote team of incredible and innovative freelancers, contractors and contributors whom we work with on a project-by-project basis.

 

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WHY SPACES?

We spent a good few months looking for a space to grow from and use as a base of operation. Of all we tried, SPACES seemed to be the most accommodating. Being close to Brighton station is also useful due to London connections. We’re also suckers for simple Scandinavian interior design, good coffee helps too!

 

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WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU ENCOUNTER AS A COMPANY?

At the moment, time and resource is a real challenge. Being only two of us means internal resource can become stretched. For client work this isn’t a problem, but making time for our publications and the travel guides is the tricky part.

Our personal projects create an opportunity to always be on the hunt for trends, culture hacks and interesting destinations around the globe. These insights and lessons are invaluable for our design services, we challenge our clients to consider their process’s and approach to work, as we should all be working towards our A game and sometimes that means assessing practice, communication and process.

 

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WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?

As a company, we are constantly experimenting and pushing the creative threshold to provide something beyond the norm, we look to position our clients as industry leaders. What makes us special is our values and ethics towards work that matters (at least to us). We’re selective with the projects we take on and the clients we partner with. We look to work with companies that strive for authenticity, push to create an ethical culture and wish to refine a sustainable business model.

 

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BEST PIECE OF WORK ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Abb-d: Surround yourself with people better then you and always do your own thing.

Sara: Concentrate on what you believe in, trends pass, your approach is what sets you apart and makes you interesting.

 

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WHAT PUTS YOU IN A GOOD HEADSPACE?

Abb-d: Travel, sunshine, the positive parts of human nature and publishing great content.

Sara: Soulful conversations, 8 hours of sleep, regular yoga practice and plenty of herbal teas.

 

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