Over on our Instagram page this week, we spoke about blind spots: those things about which we happily remain in blissful ignorance, because they don't directly affect our everyday lives. For many of us, the climate crisis was a blind spot until the events and campaigners of recent years dragged it into focus. Now, for us, knowing what we know about how our individual choices can massively impact the environment at a global level, sustainability is at the heart of every product we stock. It's been a week, too, for learning about intersectionality across all aspects of society, and we've been learning more about how racism and its legacy are intertwined with the climate crisis, and how we can play our part as shopkeepers, parents and citizens, the actions we can take.
As any of you who've spent time over on our instagram page lately will know, it's been a heavy couple of weeks, but it's brought home the importance of genuine, open-hearted conversation and a willingness to change. Through the businesses we choose to support, the messages we choose to spread, the way we choose to use our platform and our voice, the products we choose to use every day... through all these seemingly small decisions, we tell the world what we are willing to tolerate, and what we refuse to support.
One of the best parts of running an independent store is that we get to meet makers from all walks of life who are doing their thing, honing their craft and putting passion & energy into everything they make. We get to fill our shelves with unique, handmade products, and to welcome people into the store to learn more through workshops and collaborations. This relationship with makers brings Century to life! While our bricks and mortar store is closed, we're sharing sneak peeks into the lives of those who make the products we stock, because we're all craving connection and community at the moment (this week more than ever). So put the kettle on, sit back and find inspiration in our 'Ten Minutes With...' series, which we began a few weeks into lockdown. Today, meet natural soap maker extraordinaire Leonara of TANAKA Soaps, as she talks about how her childhood inspires her creations, and how her products promote kindness.
Who are you and what do you make?