“Life is Art. Love your creation." - Lesley Roberts
It's hard to believe 20 years have passed since we first started Eco-Freako and Hankettes, and then when we uprooted our family back in 2001 from our comfortable urban lifestyle in Vancouver to move to the Sunshine Coast, build our own house, and continue home schooling our children on our farm in Roberts Creek, people thought we were crazy. We knew it was the right move for our family, so we settled on our farm up in the woods and refurbished a 40 foot semi-trailer to serve as the base for our company Hankettes which we started in our Vancouver basement 5 years earlier.
Our first product was reusable organic cotton handkerchiefs that were inspired by Lesley's allergies. And again people thought we were mad. Why would we make reusable hankies? People wouldn't need to keep buying them. They said it was a bad business idea.
Fast forward 20 years and here we are still standing strong. We are still a "Mom and Pop" operation; Lesley personally sews all our organic cotton products. Sustainability is no longer a dirty word and the world has finally realized we need to stop our consumerist "throw away" lifestyle and become more aware of the heavy footprint we are leaving on Mother Earth, by adopting a more earth-friendly approach of reusing.
Our product range has grown considerably since our first organic cotton handkerchiefs. We now hand make hundreds of organic cotton and botanically-based products right here on BC's Sunshine Coast.
We rebranded our company name to Eco-Freako to better describe all the body, baby, home and pet care products we offer. Changing our name has made a huge difference because it has helped people understand our business idea and they get a good laugh from it.
Over the years we have done custom work for The Sierra Club, The Organic Trade Association, Greenpeace, the Green Party's national office in Ottawa, UBC’s Student Association, The David Suzuki Foundation and we were recently asked to put together 120 gifts for the good folks working on The David Suzuki Foundation’s BlueDot Tour.
We are now collaborating with The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project on our Eco-Freako farm. A mutually beneficial relationship. Please read more about them in our Community Projects.
Our L'il Shop In The Woods is located on our farm at 1734 Pell Road in Roberts Creek, British Columbia and in the summer of 2015, we opened our "downtown" location in the Heart of The Creek at 1055 Roberts Creek Road. Our winter hours at both stores are Wednesday to Friday from 12:30-5:30pm, and Saturdays 11am-5pm. We are closed on holidays.
Thanks for dropping by and we look forward to seeing you again ~*~
Lesley and Rob