Meet the team

Tanya Jennings-Smith, Founder and Chief Ekko Warrior


Meet Tanya. Tanya is the brains and inspiration behind Ekko Naturals: a family owned and run business in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Tanya is a mum of 4 adult kids, and 3 grand-fur kids. Tanya has been passionate about sustainability and the environment for decades. After noticing the lack of available places to purchase natural, organic, reusable and zero waste products, she started Ekko Naturals in 2016. Now a leader in the Upper Hutt community, Tanya is an inspiration and for those wanting to live a more sustainable lifestyle. She has a wealth of knowledge on all things eco-friendly. 

Most recently Tanya has expanded Ekko naturals to include Upper Hutt's first Bulk Food Refillery. So now you can BYO containers and refill you cleaning products, beauty products, and pantry items.

Jacinda, In store superstar 

51543345-529911160833011-1076047980919783424-o-1-.jpgJacinda is the most recent addition to the Ekko team, with a huge amount of eco-beauty knowledge as the founder of her own company; H & E Apothecary. Jacinda is a mum of 2, and knows all there is to know about ingredients, making your own beauty products, and zero waste beauty. Also a beauty therapist by trade, Jacinda ensures all the cosmetic products we stock are the highest quality. Jacinda also has an international diploma in aroma science, diploma in anatomy and physiology, and is a qualified massage therapist.

Britt Stokes, Behind-the-scenes & Consultant Dietitian

untitled.pngBritt has been helping out behind the scenes at Ekko Naturals for a few years. A passionate zero waste activist, who supports her mum Tanya in all things sustainability. Britt covers a number of things behind the scenes (website, social media, blog writing), but is also our consultant dietitian. Living in Perth, Australia, she is always available for our team to consult with for any tricky food related questions. She also supports the team with product labelling, food safety protocols, and new food products.