Mockingbird Street – Making the nursery pretty for your baby in a sustainable way!
When you are expecting, you want the best for your baby. Making sure the nursery is a cosy and cute place for your little one, and also a healthy and safe environment, is one way many mums prepare for the arrival of their bundle of joy.
Mockingbird Street was founded by two friends Emily McCarthy and Bonnie Rozorio to create beautiful quilts and linens for baby’s cots in a sustainable way. While shopping for baby gifts they noticed it was difficult to find exactly what they were after – stylish, unique, fun and sustainable products. In 2012 they joined forces to found Mockingbird Street to create an original collection of children’s home-wares that were organic and ethically made, with unique designs that would suit a stylish home.
By establishing Mockingbird Street, Emily and Bonnie wanted to prove that products made in a sustainable way can be stylish, as well as good for the environment. The cute and quirky ‘Village’ and ‘Gumnut’ prints were inspired by motifs from Bonnie and Emily’s childhood, growing up together on the South Coast of NSW. Printed onto organic and Fairtrade sourced cotton, the Baby Quilts are even filled with organic cotton, rather than the usual polyester, and have a feature print on one side and a co-ordinating print on the other. Likewise, the Sheet Sets boast a feature and co-ordinating print in each set, and are packaged in adorable (and reusable!) drawstring bags. Having listened to many mums before starting the business, Mockingbird Street provides Mixed Sheet Sets – one fitted and one flat – and Fitted Sheet Sets – two flat sheets – to suit the different needs we heard about from parents.
All of Mockingbird Streets designs are made from deliciously soft 300 thread count GOTS and FairTrade certified cotton. Cotton makes up 50 per cent of the world’s fibre needs, and most of it is grown with nasty chemicals, releasing them into our environment and posing health-risks for those working with it. Organic cotton instead uses natural pesticides and requires the use of less water. The quality is just as good as conventional cotton, so it was important to Emily and Bonnie that all their products be made of high quality GOTS certified cotton.
The sheets and quilts are made by women from villages in India who are given training and support to enable them to contribute to their family’s income. The women also have access to a charitable trust to provided needs based assistance in the areas of health and education.