Meet Ira

Ira is a young migrant from Indonesia living in Sydney, the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. She believes equality should be for all, no matter who we are and where we live. Ira founded Kayu & Co in 2021 with the hope that she can help remote artisans’ communities in preserving their cultural heritage and nature.

Kayu & Co. “SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES, SUSTAINING NATURE”. Kayu means wood and Co. stands for community. Ira’s goal is to uplift remote artisans’ communities who are handcrafting natural products as means to preserve their culture. However, they cannot sustain their livelihood by only selling locally in their villages. Thus, Ira’s mission is to let the world appreciate and purchase these beautiful artisanal products.

Sustainability and ethical production is central to Kayu & Co. From the circular economy design of fully compostable, long-lasting products to utilising waste of wood and coconut fibre that would otherwise end up in landfill or burnt, and preserving the local forests and environment.  From being handcrafted in villages not factories & ensuring a fair and transparent supply chain, Kayu & Co is changing how we find meaning in ordinary household products.

Sister Pitch Asks: Ira would love her tableware to be stocked in the likes of William Sonoma and her everyday household essentials to be stocked in aligned retailers like Flora & Fauna, Nourished Life, and the ethical household sections of Harris Farm and Thomas Dux. Additionally, she would like to increase brand awareness of Kayu & Co through publicity in leading home & lifestyle magazines, particularly in the ethical shopping sections, and with top chefs and sustainability influencers.

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