Disclaimer: This post features some gifted items. I would NEVER recommend something I didn’t love and use myself. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’d been looking for some coconut bowls so was thrilled when Kerry at dor sent me these! They’re so beautiful and are great for Buddha & smoothie bowls. The attention to detail & effort she went to wrapping these for me shows how much love she puts into her business.
The bowls are amazing and as you can see photograph beautifully (which is great for a food blogger like me). I love the glazed insides which I haven’t come across with coconut bowls before.
They hold plenty in them like normal bowls you just have to take care not to keep them in your washing up bowl for too long as the crackled glaze will eventually start to wear.
Their bowls are very reasonably priced compared to others I’ve seen for £20-£30. An absolute bargain at £5 for the small & £8 for the larger ones.
I love the Japanese feel of the little bowls which are great for dipping sauces. Something ethical and beautiful, what’s not to love about these charming bowls.
I asked the co-founder Kerry some questions about herself & the company.
How did the business start?
I used to sell silver jewellery online, nothing fancy but I really enjoyed it. Especially opening up deliveries. I wanted to sell gorgeous things and also have a job that was flexible. I felt I was missing out on my babies too much but I definitely wanted to work. I also wanted to give back & help others.
I started following Constance Hall on Facebook when she was raising funds for Rafiki and doing these amazing things for womankind. I just remember thinking THIS is what I want to do! Not just give to charities but create a platform to spread awareness & find a way to support global causes every day.
I hope that if I stick to my ethics & rules there will always be products on my website whose beauty will match their feel-good factor.Kerry Purcell, Co-Founder of dor
A year on and I feel the message of dor still needs some work but we’re constantly evolving, growing our online presence, and changing the stock we sell. The Fair-trade aspect was just the first stepping stone in creating an ethical business & now that’s ticking over I’m seeking out other ethical suppliers. I think my next mission will be to find a vegan leather alternative which I’m really excited by!
Where did dor come from and how did you choose that name?
I found the word dor a long time ago whilst I was writing a short story. Originally the website was called Chandelier Gypsy but I felt it was a little long.. I wanted to make the name shorter & easier to remember.
I want people to fall in love with my products, but also with the stories behind them. So many of the artisans who create them have lost so much and I want them to be remembered too, in a way it is a subtle reminder that by buying my products you are enriching the world and giving fellow human beings a chance to rebuild their lives.
What’s important to you when it comes to products?
Obviously fair-trade, ethical & sustainable. I also think it’s very important to have not just good-looking but high-quality products. I want my customers to be confident that they will last a long time if looked after while being reasonably priced. (value is also tied up in the way they were produced and imported).
Go check out her beautiful store. Her coconut bowls are one of my favourite things I own. www.dor-shop.co.uk | Follow on Instagram
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