Meet Anne Foster The Founder Behind Sustainable Bedding Brand Elkie & Ark
Have you ever slipped into bed and sighed with happiness and contentment because the sheets feel so soft and so luxurious?
If the answer is no, then you’ve probably not experienced the organic cotton goodness of Elkie & Ark!
Anne Foster, the incredibly driven and passionate founder behind Elkie & Ark, has built a business that makes products people actually need, want and love. Complete with a completely transparent supply chain which gives back to the communities she works with.
We spoke with Anne about how she came to create this incredible business what’s involved in building a sustainable brand.
Elkie & Ark was created to give customers the option to buy the very best quality products out there for their bedrooms.
Our bedding is strictly certified organic at every single step from the farm to finished product and support every worker who works on them giving back to the people who make them.
I love hearing what customers have to say about how much they love them above every other brand they own!
From the farm to the finished product we make sure everything is the most indulgent and gorgeous high quality but also as sustainable as possible.
From strictly certified organic farming and manufacturing, reusing water and factory-floor waste, upcycling waste into other products, running factories on renewable energy and ensuring our packaging is plastic free, to paying living wages at each stage (so many stages we often forget, long before a product is ‘made’), supporting workers’ children with school scholarships, and paying back from every sale to support community projects in the regions where our goods are made.
We have a new line of wool products coming in soon, and they never leave Australian shores. This is incredibly rare. Almost all Australian wool is exported for cleaning, but, we wanted to make sure it stays here from the farm to the finished product.
I also want to make sure we support workers in two ways.
One in supporting rural workers in Australia and overseas, and particularly for overseas workers ensuring the conditions they work in and how they are paid and treated, but also to ensure they get a share of the end retail price.
We also donate our profits to charities.
Yep – you heard right! At this stage, we have paid every piece of our profits away to support anti-trafficking, critical relief projects around the world and health programs for things we often don’t think about. I quite like supporting critical but ‘less sexy’ charities that don’t always get the attention but are so vital.