Behind The Scenes:
Meet Tanya. Tanya is the brains and inspiration behind The Ekko Shop: 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 The Ekko Shop in 2016. Now a leader in the Upper Hutt community, Tanya is an inspiration for those wanting to live a more sustainable lifestyle. She has a wealth of knowledge on all things eco-friendly.
Last year Tanya expanded The Ekko Shop to include Upper Hutt's first Bulk Food Refillery. So now you can BYO containers and refill your cleaning products, beauty products, and pantry items.
Britt has been helping out behind the scenes at The Ekko Shop 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.
Meet Sórcha. An Irish youth Climate Activist who has a thirst for justice and a passion for protecting the planet. She can always be found debating the big topics and researching green alternatives. Sórcha joined The Ekko Shop in December 2020 as a part time shop assistant. She is now full time behind the scenes running the social media pages and marketing for the business, as she is starting her BA at Victoria University soon you can find her in store once or twice a week.
Meet Chelsea. Chelsea is our Saturday Sales Assistant, during the week she is studying at UHC. She loves jamming on her guitar in her spare time, gaming and has a fondness for art. Chelsea is the youngest of our team members and brings a unique youthful humor to the shop, between her and Sórcha our team knows all about tiktok and the latest memes. You can find Chelsea on the weekends at the front desk greeting her customers warmly.
Meet Mikayla. Mikayla is our newest team member as of June 2021 as the Senior Sales Assistant. She comes from an extensive background in Hospitality that sees her bring the best customer service and brightest smile to the store. Mikayla has recently embarked on a journey into gardening and growing her own food and in her spare time she loves to game on her ps4. Mikayla is also Mama Bear to three fluffy cats, Paula-Gray, Mulisha and Chewie. A Pinehaven local, Mikayla is a bubbly and friendly face you can find around Upper Hutt.
Sarah and her husband moved from Canada with their 10 month old son 5 years ago and have made Upper Hutt their home. Sarah has always been interested in health, wellness and sustainability. She worked for 16 years as a massage therapist and since moving to NZ has stayed home to raise her son. As a family we enjoy camping, travelling and seeing as much of the great outdoors as possible. She is looking forward to a new chapter as her son is in Year One and has have time for new challenges.