This week’s Member Spotlight presents Cory Trusty of AquarianBath. Cory has been on Etsy since 2008, she is considered an herbalist extraordinaire; she operates her shop her husband Scott Johnson, technical polymath. Her shop offers some great products and boast some awesome product images. Her shop has a 5-star rating and she has an impressive 3,890 admirers and has had over 6,000 sales since she opened shop. I know insane, right? So I asked Cory to share her story with all of us to which is gladly agreed.
Can you share with us a little about your personal story?
We have been married for 10 years and are parents to two wonderful daughters, Moira and Tessa. Cory has degrees in Cell & Molecular Biology and Zoology, and some masters training in Chinese Traditional Medicine. Scott has no degree, but is widely accomplished in a number of technical fields, and has been offered honorary doctorates for his work in Solar Computing with our other company, SolarNetOne.org.
What is your craft? and products do you offer in your shop? What are your most popular products?
I am an herbalist, botanist, and biologist, and my products reflect my research and training in those fields. We offer all natural soaps, shampoos, salves, neck pillows made with Organic herbs. Our best sellers are currently our Hemp Shampoo Bars and Flaxseed Neck Pillows.
What were you doing before you started your Etsy shop?
Mothering, attending school, travelling, experiencing life, and assisting my hubby in his technical pursuits.
How did you get stated in your chosen craft and what do you enjoy most about it?
All of the products I started with were herbal in nature, the salves, the neem shampoo, the sesame aloe shampoo. The herbal information I learned primarily in Chinese Medicine school, and the practical crafts I learned from reading in books or online.
Where do you get your inspiration for your products?
The practical needs of our family and others inspire our products. We listen to requests of customers, which is why you will find a lot of scent varieties in our shop.
What makes Your Business Green?
We use only natural ingredients, run our website on a solar powered server (www.aquarianbath.com), promote the use of plastic free alternatives, and recycle/upcycle whenever possible. Our manufacturing direct to retail model is designed in part to eliminate waste in the distribution process. Our packing materials do not include plastic. We do not use palm oil or ‘sustainable’ palm oil in our products. All of the oils we use are non GMO. We either organically grow herbs for our products, or purchase certified Organic herbs for our products.
In one word, describe your creative process.
Where do you craft your products? Can you share a picture of your work area?
We have a section of the house dedicated to Aquarian Bath… lately, more and more nooks and crannies are being taken over by its growth.
Here is link to a video shot in at Aquarian Bath for a pulse motor competition that Scott was in last year.
What advice do you have for Etsy shop owners who are interested in greening (making eco-friendly) their business?
Shop at Uline for paper tape and paper padded mailers. If you can’t afford to purchase them on your own, look for someone on your local Etsy team who you can coop with. Also remember to ask your suppliers to ship without styrofoam and bubble wrap. Let them know you don’t mind shredded paper or newspaper.
What is your biggest challenge running an eco-friendly business?
Sometimes you have to buy things in large quantity in order to get a good deal on something that you could pick up very cheaply in smaller quantity which is less ecofriendly. This can be a little frustrating and hard on budgeting.
Where else can we find you?
- Blog: http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aquarianbath
- Twitter: @aquarianbath