Business Name: Practical Homestead Website: http://www.practicalhomestead.ca Established: 2019 Questions answered by: Marria Buchan
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
Reuseable solutions that are handmade in Winnipeg. I design each item for function, durability, and ease of care. Our core product is reusable container covers that have the right amount of elastic to fit snuggly on the container to keep the moisture of your food in and the smells in the fridge out. They have a food-safe, waterproof layer that is fridge, freezer, washer, and dryer safe.
Our most popular item is the cheese wrap for an open block of cheese; no more plastic and an elastic to keep the end from drying out. You’ll be back for more because who only has one cheese on the go? We also have snack bags, sandwich (food) wraps, and bread bags. The Veggie Guard extends the life of vegetables, which cuts down on food waste. We have reusable cosmetic wipes, soap saver/scrubber bags, tea bags, produce bags, tote bags, and (new this season) microwaveable bowl cozies and a potato bag.
Believe it or not, there are still more products from there! Check them all out on our website.
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
Our products are amazing, sustainable, easy to look after (machine washable), and durable. We also employ women around their other duties like young children or school. Supporting local jobs & products made here is more important than ever.
What inspired you to start your business?
I originated from Vancouver, so eco is in my blood. I had container covers that were made overseas and loved them, so I sourced fabulous lining made in the USA and went to town making different sizes & perfecting the right length of elastic. Not wanting to have a business built on one product, I expanded into others in the eco realm.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
Supply chain issues!
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
Reaching 6 figures in sales in 2020 (our first full calendar year)!
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Be prepared to work all the time and never stop thinking about the business.