First Harvestcare order

Yesterday, I just received my first official order for my big bottle, all natural hair and body care line called Harvestcare. It’s from my mates over at Local Press.

While they had expressed interest before, they didn’t actually put in an order, and I didn’t press for it since the hotel line has great priority at the moment. Nevertheless, it’s not too hard to sell these products too when I already have the base ingredients and only have to change the packaging.

The big challenge right now is with the cost of both the conditioner and lotion which is costing me twice the price of the other products. Furthermore, because there’s a massive bottleneck in the import process because of the coronavirus, I’m having to purchase packaging from wholesalers in Australia rather than direct from the manufacturer in China – i.e. twice the cost too!

So, while I won’t make much money (if any) on these first few orders of both Harvestcare and my hotel line, it’s still progress. And for that I am extremely grateful.

Stray No More product line launching soon!

I’m very excited that I’ll finally be launching our first product line for the The Refoundry in October. We’ll be introducing our first product of the ‘Stray No More” line to be pre-sold via the crowdfunding campaign. These are essentially products created to prevent a pet from escaping a home or yard – an issue I knew well as the former CEO of RSPCA ACT.

Stray No More logo

Technically I could launch later in the year on a different date than all of the other social enterprises in this round, but I don’t see a point in pushing out the deadline as everyone just works to deadlines anyway.

However, we are still waiting for the prototype to arrive in Australia, and if it doesn’t get here next week, we’re really pushing the amount of time we have to film it in use. I know that my manufacturer would love more time to assemble and test it, but each time we push the date, the closer we get to Christmas.

Furthermore, I just submitted my package for another grant, and those were the milestones that I gave them. So, really I’m committed to the date at this stage.

Stay tuned for more info about our Stray No More product line launch soon!