Our Ethos | Why we do what we do
Love Mae is committed to bringing positive change to the world of children’s dinnerware for the health of tiny foodies & the planet they will inherit, a commitment delivered with beauty and functionality in décor and design.
Based in the heart of Byron Bay, Love Mae is a heartfelt brand with passionate eco-principles always striving to ensure our eco-footprint is as light as a feather
For many years our Bamboo Dinnerware range has bought endless joy & satisfaction to the world of eco-conscious consumers.
Our eco dinnerware
When choosing dinnerware for children, the market offers an abundance of designs and materials to choose from – plastic, melamine and ceramic, to a less toxic option like bamboo.
Here at Love Mae our decision to work with Bamboo is driven by the environmental benefits, closely followed by functionality and aesthetics. The balance of them all is what makes Love Mae dinnerware a quality product that is both beautiful and thoughtful.
We’ve come a long way from the environmental and toxic disasters of 100% melamine or plastic dinnerware. It’s encouraging to know that more and more people are opening and learning what it means to keep this planet clean and healthy. We welcome each and every person as they come to this realisation and hope to support their positive choices with products that they can feel good about as well as enjoy using.
We didn’t choose bamboo for our lunch boxes as it was almost impossible to get a leak-proof seal. Single use plastics is something that we’re committed to avoiding in our homes or workplace, but when it comes to our lunch boxes, it’s not a single use proposition. In fact, a good lunch box should last for years and stand up to the test of time. When we thought about how the lunch boxes would be handled by their little owners, it was recyclable plastic that came out on top for durability and functionality. We know plastic can stand the test of time on the playground each day, when lunch boxes are thrown aside for play time. We are proud that our lunch boxes are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates and lead and 100% recyclable. Having a plastic product, that is not single use and is 100% recyclable, was an earth-conscious choice.
When it came to design, we went for a compartmentalised, bento style box with mini lidded containers, to make waste-free lunches even easier.
One day, when Australia approves recycled plastic as a material for food grade products, we promise to make our lunch boxes even greener – we’ll keep you posted on that!
Our eco dinnerware boxes are completely plastic free, 100% biodegradable and make wonderful storage boxes for you once they have served their original packaging purpose.
We’ve recently redesigned our dinnerware packaging, moving to a new, natural matt-finish Kraft board material that is light and durable, as well as drastically reducing the amount of ink used – and, just quietly, we think it looks and feels seriously fabulous. This is a big and very conscious evolution from our previously high-gloss boxed packaging.
We don’t use any plastic in our packaging, apart from the seal that encloses the ends of our decal tubing. Thankfully, these tubes are reusable and can serve as storage solutions for special prints and posters or can be used for mailing items multiple times.
We purposefully avoid using plastic or bubble wrap in our packaging, so if a piece ever finds its way to you, please know that it has been sent to us from another source. By passing it on, we hope that it can serve yet another use before being discarded, but please do share any concerns if not.
The take-home message: the more we all re-purpose these items, the less need there’ll be to manufacture more.
Proudly, all Love Mae staff are eco-conscious humans who don’t believe in the use of single-use plastics, so our studio is a single-use plastic-free zone!
We use only eco-friendly products for our all-purpose cleaning. When it comes to the loo, we proudly support good-cause company Who Gives a Crap and all office paper is 100% recycled.
We believe in social advocacy and doing our part to give back wherever possible. For this reason, we’ve chosen to become an active member of KIVA.
KIVA, a charity that offers an array of global causes to engage with, distributes 100% of all donations to the field. Every cent makes it back to the cause you choose to support. KIVA has been given the Charity Navigator's highest award rating, and we love that you can choose to support a variety of causes relating to women, education, start-ups, environment and more, just about anywhere in the world. With donations from as little as $25, it makes it easy to donate and tailor your choice of cause the more you learn.
Because we care about the planet and the little people it supports, we are passionate about respecting the earth and take our roles as caretakers for the next generation super seriously. In all areas, we look forward to continuing to evolve all our practices, making improved change possible wherever we can.
Love Mae x