The concept of Pookipoiga was initiated by Sree and Megan.
Sree was a Manufacturing Engineer who was dissatisfied (and a little embarrassed), with his industry since he used to be involved in making Press tools, Injection molding etc, encouraging mass production. He worked for 12 years before he came to the conclusion that he wanted to use his skills for better and encourage sustainability. He thought deeply about how much unnecessary harm we have done to the world through our consumption pattern and wanted to make a change. He wanted to do more with less. He wanted to find a way to incorporate the adage of 'reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle'. He is the chief chai maker, storyteller and planet guardian at POOKIPOIGA.
Megan was a Social Worker and Public Health Specialist who wanted to continue to use her powers for good instead of evil. Throughout her career, she has worked with a Nepali community. She worked for three years, taking her public health skills along with her in order to open a health centre in a rural village. She has since worked in Mental Health and Refugee Settlement. For Pookipoiga, Megan focuses on the people who make the products - throughout the whole product cycle.
Two awesome people, together they created....da da da...Pookipoiga (Check out our impact here!
We have talked about the masterminds behind the concept, but what exactly is Pookipoiga? "Pookipoiga" is a Finnish word (or in Finnish Pyykkipoika) which literally translates to "little washer boy", which is normally used in Finnish for "clothes peg". Pookipoiga evolved from an idea that the world is a great place and we need to do more to look after it. So, that's a start, but where do we go from here? People love things, so we should probably sell things, but what things? And what could be good for the world?
We focus on products that people love and make sure that they are ethical, sustainable and fair trade before it comes into the store. We stock a lot of different goodies, although we are particularly in love with: Tread and Pedals, Sabine and Sparrow baby goodies, Erika Harder Jewellery, Gail C Ceramics, Deadwood Creative skateboard accessories, Summer Salt Body, EcoBling, Apiary Made, Topheads, Organics for Lily, Milton Ashby, Thurlby Herb Farm insect repellents, Lore Lore knitwear, TOMS shoes, Nine Yaks, Conscious Step, and Able and Game cards.
A lot of our suppliers do great work with communities, which is a big reason why we work with them, but we also have a spirit of giving in our store (virtual and real). For every purchase, we donate a meal to the homeless through SecondBite. You buy something, someone eats something and food doesn't get wasted- win win win!
Monday to Saturday - 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday - 11:00am to 3pm
IF YOU WANT TO COME AND VISIT US ANY OTHER TIME, PLEASE CALL AND CHECK AS WE DO WORK AFTER HOURS ON OCCASION, OR IF YOU ARE SUPER NICE, WE WILL ORGANISE SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY JUST FOR YOU!