Tea with Mary Kate is all about inspiration for living & appreciating the beautiful & the aesthetic. Zimbolic is a wonderful example of both.
At a recent RHS garden show at Tatton, there was a flock of the most gorgeous ducks & I just about managed to secure a single duck purchase. This was followed rapidly by purchase of a flock of ducks – everyone got their own duck for Christmas. They turned out to be everyone’s favourite gift, each treasured where they are now all over the country. Mine are out in the frost & snow, but not the ones given to friends & family – oh no, they are warm, indoors, with their own names!
The aesthetic & quality of the product is clear – the designs are beautiful & clever, coupled with a very reliable service & delivery. What I discovered later though is the other aspect of this business, a very strong ethical basis. Established in 1998 by Jonathan Eaton, that use recycled metal materials and providing stable long term employment for their workers in Africa. It is symbiotic relationship that really works. Used steel oil drums are burnished and cleaned before the artistic work begins. The metal is then cut by hand operated guillotine into the different components of the sculpture. Then on a large wooden tree stump, they are hammered into shape.
I love the product but what really motivates to keep coming back to Zimbolic is the strong symbiotic & ethical heart of the business. You can feel genuinely good about the purchase. The latest friend to join us is owl. Owl has made it indoors you’ll be pleased to hear. In the summer, I think the quite lovely Zimbolic daisy flowers will join the ducks.
When phoning for my lovely owl, I had the good fortune to speak with Jonathan who was just on his way to deliver the huge consignment of shoes that Zimbolic have collected in their shoes for Africa campagne. This recent shoe drive is just one example of the strong ethical connetions that Zimbolic have made. An inspiring way to conduct business. I hope that went really well.