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Wild Kinship by Monique Hemmingson

Updated: Jun 4


As reviewed on The Cafe, TV3!


Wild Kinship looks at different businesses who have environmental sustainability at the core of what they do. Monique Hemmingson is a NZ writer and she has interviewed a range of people in business from New Zealand and Australia who are running their businesses in a revolutionary new way. So at their core, these businesses are not driven by profit and margins, competition and greed, but instead by community and collaboration, mindfulness and integrity.


Here are just some of the people featured in the book:

Hannah Jack has the Country Kitchen Botanical Skincare range. They grow over 100 medicinal herbs utilising traditional organic methods to create infused oils that are used in all their skincare products. Hannah balances being a mum with running her business.


Hayley Richards has the business Kami & Kindred and she produces ceramic jewellery & homewares. She launched in 2017, and she now stocks 30 stores across NZ, Australia and the USA, and through her online store. It’s all about longevity, quality and mindfulness.


Jacob and Georgia Faull have the Nature Baby children’s wear brand, and they talk about starting a company producing baby clothes made from natural fleeces at a time when children’s clothing was all bright and synthetic – and all the challenges about having a clothing range that is better for children and the environment.


James Denton has the business Goodfor, which is a plastic free grocery bulk bin store. The idea is there is zero waste when you shop with them!

Wild Kinship is a book for the times – I think consumers and business owners should go and grab a copy. It’s a book about positive change and doing things better for ourselves and for the planet, it’s both inspirational and practical.


Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Beatnik Publishing


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