PV Meets: Little Eco Eats
ParentVille Parties meets Lottie & Louise; the founders of Little Eco Eats. Today, they share with how they got started and their tips to running a successful creative business. Prepare to be inspired.
Louise: Mother, nurse, business owner and farmer…in that order! Although I am actually about to stop nursing because it’s such a big and serious commitment that it feels as if I have one too many balls in the air to care for my patients.
Lottie: Founder of Crate a Party, event planner, fitness lover and dog owner.
How did you get your idea or concept for your business?
Lottie and I have worked together with our former businesses for about 5 years and we were one day just talking about packed lunches and kids parties and I said I hated the waste at all the birthdays I go to and that I wasn’t going to allow my daughter packed lunch (she is starting reception in September) because I hated the sheer waste every day. And so the seed was planted….
Did you have any challenges when you first started and how did you overcome them?
Finding 3rd parties who provide snacks in packaging that is recyclable let alone biodegradable or compostable is really hard. It’s actually really sad that the big companies who would have the most influence and impact on our environment haven’t shifted their product packaging to be more environmentally friendly.
What has been you’re biggest success so far?
It sounds super cheesy but the response and feedback we have had in our first few months has been amazing and we both feel really proud of how far we have come. Obviously getting bookings and being featured in insta stories or receiving positive press gives us a buzz.
More often than not I have an 8 month old on my knee while I am in the office, thankfully Lottie is amazing with both girls, I don’t think I would have gone into business with someone who couldn’t handle a screaming child. But more seriously it’s a lot of late nights and early mornings trying to find time to get work done before the house explodes with kiddie chaos! As Lottie isn’t a mother she tends to do a large volume of work during the day and I take a look at it in the evenings or the following morning. We both have found our roles within the company and although we know these will continue to shift it’s a great partnership.
How do you find time to relax when you are not working?
We both eat cheese and drink wine! And enjoy watching Netflix!
Louise: But most of the time by the time I get the kids asleep, clear up and do some work I just crash out.
Lottie: Destressing with an exercise class, spending time with friends over coffee or drinks and an evening with my boyfriend.
What are your top tips for starting your own business from scratch?
- It sounds so obvious but love what you do – you are probably going to spend every waking minute thinking, planning and worrying about its growth.
- Make sure you have enough savings to see you through the first few months!
- Write your to-do list for each day on a piece of paper and cross it off as you get through it – really helps to motivate you and keep you focused. And Lottie’s favourite thing is to keep the computer files and emails really (really, really, really) tidy!
Three top party tips?
1) Be honest to yourself about your budget
2) Be adventurous with your theme and encourage your child to get involved
3) Use a tool like Paperless Post to do your invitation. This way you can be sure none are lost in children’s school pigeon holes and also its environmentally friendly
If you could invite anyone to the ultimate dinner party who would they be?
Louise: I have an awkward crush on Gordon Ramsay so I wouldn’t mind having him there – but obviously I would also want him to cook! I would also love Scott Fitzgerald and Donna Tart my favourite authors along. Tara Button and Marie Kondo for inspiring me to keep my home tidy.
Lottie: It would probably have to be James Norton as he’s the dreamiest man alive.
Thank you Louise and Lottie for a fantastic interview. If you would like to learn more. Head over to the shop