Eco store opens in Whangarei
It all started with a bad case of ‘trigger finger’ and the healing properties of squid – and now, an enterprising mother and daughter duo have opened a new ecologically conscious store in Whangarei.
Eko Hub opened on 31 Finlayson St at the start of March and is owned and managed by mother and daughter team Susanne Cates-Otto and Jane Cotterill.
The business idea all started when Susanne developed a bad case of ‘trigger finger’ while working at her partner’s fish bait factory in Waipu.
“She noticed that while working with squid her finger began to improve. She started researching the benefits of calamari oil and decided to formulate an oil made with calamari oil and other natural ingredients,” says Jane.
She regained full movement, without the need for surgery.
“Calamari has around four times the omega three than fish oil. Many people know the benefits of fish and calamari oil tablets, but we decided to go that bit further and turn it into an effective topical treatment to help minimise the inflammation and discomfort for joints and muscles,” she says.
The duo created the oil under their new range of Wicked Sensation NZ products which they developed as an alternative to chemically laden cosmetics and household items. They also started creating magnesium creams.
She says the feedback on the topical calamari oil has been astounding.
“We have literally watched people regain movement in front of our eyes. We have people say that they have gravely reduced pain medication, some are able to garden and knit again, and the most common feedback has been that their quality of life has improved.”
The store also stocks and supports other Northland, natural cosmetics suppliers, such as Dirty Hippy, Bee Kind, Helmsdale Hives’ Honey, Blants NZ and Honey Wax Wraps.
They also encourage the use of alternatives to single-use plastics and sell a range of products from organic cosmetics, loose organic teas, natural laundry powders, stainless steel products, bamboo toothbrushes and ingredients to make your own products.
“We even have a mini library where people can donate and borrow books of their choice.”
Jane and Susanne are hoping to one day open more stores and hope to collaborate with other eco-minded stores and services.
By Christine Allen