Kim Bradbury isn’t just a mum-preneur, she isn’t just our very own Business Manager AND she’s featured on Domain.com. Determined to provide a real solution to our worlds waste problem. That is the driving force behind Just One Thing. Imagine (jot.I) and believing in the most ordinary products that can make the biggest impact.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT JOT.I? – where did you start to where you are now?
At jot.I, I take unloved and unwanted pieces of clothing and turn them into something completely new…bags. One of my favourite things when designing a new bag, is to make sure it retains a piece of what it once was – which I hope brings a smile to my customers.
I started with a small idea for a shopping bag – supermarkets were advertising that they were going to stop single use plastic bags, but would replace them with a different type of manufactured bag, which seemed a little counterproductive to the environmental problems that the world is facing – and I knew that I didn’t want to manufacture a bag in a factory, I wanted to create something that might make a difference to the world in which we live. So I thought about fashion waste and how we as a country discard on average 23kg of textile waste per year, much of which ends up in landfill, despite donations to charity shops; and so, I looked for a way that I could use clothing to make a shopping bag, that might in some small way, leave a positive impact on the world. That’s how Just One Thing. Imagine (or jot.I for short) was born.
The solution I came up with, was a shopping bag made entirely from a men’s shirt. It still has the placket and the pocket, which I think is fun and it wraps up neatly to fit in a handbag or sit in your car, and is secured by the cuff of the shirt, making it 100% recycled.
From this one idea, I now make satchels, totes, lunch bags, phone stands, sunglass cases…anything I can think of to make sure I use every scrap of material and ensure I am a true zero waste business.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN UPCYCLING/RECYCLING + REDUCING WASTE… and making master pieces?
This question was a bit of an eye opener for me, because I officially started upcycling when I started my business in October 2018. However, when I look back, I have been doing this since I was a little girl.
One of my strongest memories as a child is sitting with scraps of material that were left over from garments that my Mum would sew (I am lucky by the way, to have a very talented seamstress for a Mum) and I would wrap the scraps around my dolls to create what I thought was the most wonderful couture outfits.
Then when I was a teenager, before I threw out any clothes, I would always try them on and consider if they could be re-vamped with the talents of my Mum, before I threw them out. This often meant that dresses became a top, or a long skirt became a mini and I always had a wardrobe that was filled with one of a kind pieces.
So, looking back, I guess I have been upcycling all of my life, but now I have a child of my own, I take it a little more serious as I want to leave a legacy for him that we can be proud of.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
In one word… creating and problem solving. I love looking at an unloved piece of clothing and then turning that into as many useful everyday pieces as I can.
My favourite so far has been coming up with the idea to use the extra men’s shirt cuffs that I had left over from my shopping bags and to incorporate them into a functional part of the design for my sunglasses cases.
WHAT IS your SECRET.. to being a mum-preneur?
Family and friends. Without their honest feedback, encouragement and support – I wouldn’t have had the courage to become a mum-preneur.
To check out Kim Bradbury’s website to go: https://justonethingimagine.com.au/
OR have a read of Kim’s feature on domain.com.au : https://www.domain.com.au/living/the-rise-of-the-hobbyist-796778/?utm_campaign=strap-masthead&utm_source=domain-homepage&utm_medium=link