Spotlight Community Series: The Parent Diary
During these uncertain COVID-19 times, SAVRcup has decided to spotlight companies and initiatives within the eco-friendly/sustainable industry as a way to highlight the amazing work they are doing and to showcase why it’s essential that our world and lifestyles continue to move in a more eco-conscious direction.
The Parent Diary
Owner/Founder: Michele Collison
What is The Parent Diary?
We create eco-friendly products for families with young kids. We have a range of stainless steel, bamboo and silicone products and our Silicone Lunch box was successfully Kickstarted last year.
After looking to expand our own range, I began to meet other amazing entrepreneurs who were also creating products in the eco-friendly space and pivoted our business to create a marketplace for all the wonderful earth-friendly products I found.
What inspired you to create The Parent Diary?
I was never 100% happy with the plastic-free lunch box alternatives that existed. The kids could not take glass to school, and the glass containers all have plastic lids. I paid insane amounts of money for stainless steel bento-style boxes that would leak since they’re designed to be carried on its side. And I dreaded the thought of a collapsible silicone box getting squashed in a backpack. So I designed my own all-silicone lunch box. One that can go from freezer to microwave to dishwasher and is easy to open and close. It turns out it’s a great box for all-round food storage too. I use it to store leftovers, it’s great for cheeses, and my freezer is filled with silicone containers!
How do you keep balance in your life (a family, a business) with so much going on especially in this new world we are living in?
This is a hard one, as every day is different. Some days I feel like I have everything under control. I’ve woken up early to exercise, planned dinner, understood what the kids needed to do for their schoolwork and even got a load of laundry in the washing machine (small wins). And other days I’m a hot mess. The kids spend way too much time in front of a screen, I’m behind on work and I forgot to brush my teeth.
So, I try not to judge myself too harshly, and accept that things are hard right now, for everyone. I can only do my best, and actually it will all work out just fine.
How do you decide what products to add to your site?
I look for products that meet our Eco-Quality Standards: Low Impact, Non-Toxic, Organic, Recycled, Renewable, Responsible and Doing Good.