#BreakTheBias. That’s the theme for International Women’s Day 2022. When we do break down bias and stereotypes, we can move towards gender equality.
Research by Boston Consulting Group has shown that boosting the number of female entrepreneurs to be in line with male entrepreneurship would boost the Australian economy. That boost would be something to the tune of between $71 and $135 billion.1 Interestingly, there is also a known multiplier effect that happens when businesses have a diverse supplier strategy in place.2
At Unique Health Products, we’re proud that many of the brands we stock are women-owned businesses with female founders. We know that when we collectively, as a business community and individuals, support women-owned businesses, we’re making an investment in the economy.
This International Women’s Day we want to shine the spotlight on a handful of the female founders we partner with and showcase the incredible brands they’ve built.
Brianne West founded Ethique in 2012 when there wasn’t as much concern about the impact of plastics in the environment. In the early days of Ethique, she was mixing formulas in her kitchen. Now, Ethique sells concentrated, plastic-free Solid Bars for beauty and home in 24 different markets around the world. Through it all she has stayed true to her values as a leader in regenerative business.
Monica Topliss and Fran Leman are the female founders behind plant-based wholefood brand, Plantasy Foods. After experiencing their own frustrations at the lack of quality ‘free from’ alternatives available, they joined forces to produce a range of healthy, plant-based convenience foods. This includes the top-selling Mac ‘n Cheez.
The Goodnight Co.
Fighting their own exhaustion while trying to balance work and family life is what led best friends, Shea Morrison and Danielle Knight, to start The Goodnight Co. They wanted to help others make the most of the sleep they do get to be the best version of themselves and now sell a range of Essential Oils, Diffusers and Homoeopathic Drops for sleep.
A popular product for women’s wellbeing, Anna’s Wild Yam Cream was originally founded by a husband and wife duo. But in 2020, Harmony Rutledge, an avid Anna’s user and brand advocate, took over the reins of the brand. Harmony is continuing the brand vision of supporting and connecting women.
After struggling to easily find the flavours of her Malaysian Chinese upbringing, Mei Yong started Turban Chopsticks. She was a busy professional and spotted a gap for a convenient range of Curry Pastes, Chutneys and Jams that made cooking authentic flavours at home much easier.
The Broth Sisters
Sisters, Linda Vantaggiato and Jane Crawford, started The Broth Sisters to recreate the broth recipes of their ‘farm to table’ upbringing. The business has grown from a desire to bring their family recipes to the community and is driven by a passion for health and nutrition. The range includes innovative Vegetable Sipping Broth Bags and Stock Concentrates.
Summer Salt Body
Sarah Howe started making salt scrubs to sell at the local markets as a hobby but it quickly grew into a fully fledged business – Summer Salt Body. In line with her vegan values, all of the Summer Salt Body products – including Essential Oils, Salt Soaks and Crystal Soaps – are vegan and made with 100% natural ingredients.
Lucy Bennetto went from high school drama teacher to chocolatier when she started luxe, fairtrade chocolate brand, Bennetto. Driven by a desire to not only produce decadent, delicious chocolates, Lucy also strives to do good for the planet and the people that work along the Bennetto supply chain.
Kate Johansson started KOJA over her frustration at “health food” that was packed with fillers, preservatives and other nasties. So she set about “making healthy simple” with a range of plant-based, nutrient-dense wholefood snacks with no hidden ingredients, nasties or excess sugar.
When female founder, Jordyn Evans, launched Mingle, she wanted to shake up the spice aisle. She has certainly done that and then some, taking her no-nasties approach to the sauce aisle too! The bright and colourful range of Meal Bases, Natural Seasoning Blends and Better For You Sauces are giving new life to home cooking.
Lee Holmes is an accredited Clinical Nutritionist, wholefoods chef and yoga and meditation teacher. She’s also the founder of Supercharged Food where she helps people make healthy lifestyle changes with a range of naturopathic products, including the Love Your Gut Powder and Negative Ion Candles.
The Monday Food Co.
When Indi Sutton started The Monday Food Co., she drew on her background in naturopathy and raw food production. With a passion for gut health, she initially created a range of nourishing, small batch Granola. This has since been joined by Keto Cake and Bread Mixes as well as a Keto Mug Cake Mix.
In 2004, Sinead Roberts and Sioned Guard joined forces to create Wotnot Naturals. As mothers, they wanted to combine their passions for caring for their families and their environment. The range includes eco-friendly baby, beauty and suncare products that are loved by mums, bubs and the planet.
Natalie Arendale and Alanah Nuzzo created Charlie Societé after two years of development for the perfect natural-looking tan. They only use the highest quality natural and organic ingredients for a lightweight and nourishing formula that leaves skin with a sun-kissed glow.
Support female founders and women-owned businesses
1. SMH, 2019.
2. EthniFacts, 2021.
3. EY, 2021.
4. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, 2021.