There's something rather special about finding uniquely created pieces of jewellery that look like nothing you will find anywhere else. Add to that the fact that these pieces are fashioned from ethically sourced resources and you know you've found a place to shop that will help you to look great and keep your conscience in tact! We catch up with the super lovely Lynda Nurse of Eco-Octopus.
Please tell us about your business and what you offer?
I am a small business selling handmade eco conscious jewellery, recycled cards and organic cotton bags. Materials include recycled glass, pressed herbs and flowers, sustainable hemp and ethically sourced gemstones.
How long have you been based in Brighton?
I have lived in Sussex all my life and adore Brighton. My spare time is spent in the North Laines chilling at the Dukes, eating and drinking in one of the many independent cafes and lazing around the pavilion on sunny days.
What challenges has your business faced since we went into lockdown?
I have faced both challenges and new opportunities. The small business community have been extremely supportive and we are cross promoting each other’s services in order to assist. It’s a collaboration and one which I am proud to be part of.
There have of course been difficulties. Much of my spring income was anticipated to come from local markets, all of which were cancelled. I was due to participate in the Brighton Festival as part of the art trail but again, this has been cancelled. I was also about to collaborate with a local gallery (now closed).
I launched my business just 5 months ago so I am young and still building my foundations. Times are tough but I am surviving and am extremely grateful to all those that have bought jewellery and gifts from me over the past month.
People love my work, I have solid 5 star reviews... Hope is still on the horizon!
Would you say that the Support Local Facebook group and Brighton Quarantine website have been a help to your business?
Absolutely! I have circulated these groups far and wide and encourage others to do the same. It’s these kind of initiatives that help keep small businesses afloat.
What advice would you give to anyone who is struggling right now?
Hang on in there. Nothing lasts forever. Diversify, think outside the box, take on new challenges and collaborate!
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Anything further you'd like to tell us?
Feel free to check out my work! I specialise in eco conscious jewellery but also sell recycled cards and bags. New products are added each week. Please go to https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EcoOctopus
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