We are so excited to share with you, Kat Pither's @whatsgoodkat story 🧘♀️. She is the founder of awesome yoga brand Yogi Bare @yogi.bare where she helps people find their flow, from within themselves and for the oceans.
Her connection with nature runs deep and that is why she ensures that Yogi Bare's products are both ethically made, and their Lunar Paws mat which contributes to protecting our oceans through @sea_sheperd_ 🌊
She has an experience and understanding of how our mental health and wellness is a key part to the over consumption we are seeing today, and this is surely a wake up call for many. We love her honesty, her humility and her unique edge, characteristics that are completely reflected in her business. That's why we are so happy to share her story with you, so enjoy her Message In A Bottle interview.
WHO ARE YOU?
Hello, my name is Kat and I am the founder of eco-conscious (without the ego), slightly naughty, slightly rebellious yoga mat and equipment brand. I am here today with Nature Unite who make these absolutely stunning bottle which are made from Oceanbound plastic which is basically the plastic which you would normally find, sadly, in the oceans, they take that away before ending up in the ocean and make it into these beautiful 100% recyclable bottles. And I am feeling like Sting in The Police right now, because I am coming at you with a Message In A Bottle.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AS ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE AS YOU ARE TODAY?
I feel like, when we live in a city we live in this very strange world and its sort of disconnected from nature which is where we are supposed to be. I struggled with addition when I was younger, and it was actually through nature, the oceans, the mountains, fresh air, from the times I lives in Wales and feeling connected and also growing things. Feeling connected to the cycles and the seasons of nature that I began to heal. Then I realise that the more we live away from the natural world, the more issues we will have with our mental health and well-being so its really important to me that we reserve this planet because we only get one. That’s what makes me so sad is that we live in a disposable culture, but when we ravage the environment its not coming back, and I fell like we just need to keep educating with that message.
NAME ONE SMALL BUT POWERFUL CHANGE PEOPLE CAN MAKE
For me, it starts with education! Get your teeth into all of those wonderful documentaries on Netflix and all the great videos on YouTube and just keep learning and absorbing and not being afraid to engage in conversation.
However, I also think that mental health has a huge role in this. If like me, you were born in the late 80s or early 90s we grew up with the idea of “treat yourself”. With the idea that you needed more thing and more fashion, the latest this and that. There was almost an eversion of recycling. And often that need for newness or buy something to make yourself feel better, came from a pretty dark place because we all have that hole within us where sometimes we feel sad and anxious and I actually thing that instead of buying something to deal with that problem, we should start educating people that more things isn’t going to make you happy, more things will most likely make you more stressed and it wont make you enough and magically make you into a different person.
So, lets start being honest about that and tackling anxiety and depression and our states of being without encouraging people to buy things to make themselves feel better.
PLEASE SHARE A KEY RESOURCE THAT YOU LOOK TO FOR GUIDANCE
A brand that I think are doing wonderful things in terms of environmentalism and different ways of way of thinking is Petit Pli. They make children’s ware that is in a really technically advanced fabric allowing it to grow with children. Because they notice that when it comes to child clothing has a very quick turnaround because they grow so fast and there is the disposable element to it. Whereas these clothes grow from baby size to 4 years old and they grow with the child, and the fabric is childproof, because children are messy, clumsy and up to all sorts, and they have developed the most beautiful super cute, almost little spacesuits.
I think its that out of the box thinking from a company founded by wonderful people, that’s going to change the world.