Below are some small but effective ways I care for our environment.

If you have any suggestions or know of products that can help me be kinder to our planet, please email me.


Every effort is made to reuse existing plastic packing materials and only purchase new materials that are eco-friendly. By reusing packaging materials I can also keep the costs down for customers. I ask that you please reuse any non eco-friendly packaging or give to someone who will, rather than placing it into apparent recycling rubbish bins.

Sourcing Natural Materials

All clay materials are non-toxic and made from natural sources. All cords, strings etc. are made from natural sources and supplied by Australian suppliers who import from approved ethical providers. Business cards, jewellery cards etc. are designed and printed on sustainable card stock here in Australia.

Reducing Plastic Use

In the studio there is very little plastic use. Most tools are made from bamboo, wood, metal, silicone or rubber. Often, plastic bags from clay suppliers are cut open, washed and re-purposed for covering ceramics as they dry or they are appropriately recycled in the 'soft plastics' bins.  An emphasis on removing plastic (especially single use) wherever possible is at the forefront of the business.

Carbon Neutral Courier Service

Wherever possible I like to use Sendle courier service for delivering orders.

Why? Every time you send a parcel with Sendle, they offset the carbon emissions and invest in remarkable environmental projects.

Read more about it here

Mindful Production

The beauty of hand building or slab building ceramics, is that you use very little water, less electricity (when compared to using a potters wheel) and all the scraps of clay are easy to reuse again to make another ceramic vessel. Every little scrap makes a difference. The kiln is only ever fired once it is completely full of ceramics, using every small space available.


All receipts, packing slips, invoices, marketing and communications are emailed which allows me to reduce unnecessary printing, plastic ink cartridges and paper use. If print material is used, it will be on sustainably sourced paper stock and all printer cartridges are put in the Planet Ark bins.

Melanie Hardy


0422 225 190

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Acknowledgment of Country

I acknowledge the Chepara-Yugarapul and the Turrbal people as the Traditional Custodians of the SE-QLD land upon which I work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
The Turrbal group meets where the Balaangala Garden is located in The Gap, Queensland 4061. 
For more information visit the Balaangala Gardens.
For more information on Acknowleding Country and to view the ATSI Language map click here