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Lujo Home Founder Melissa, named as a finalist for National Awards

Melissa Van Kasteren of Lujo Home has been named as a finalist for the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards. In both the Disabled Business Excellence Award SA and the Overcoming the Odds Award Categories.

The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognize Australian Mum’s in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business. In a way that suits their life and family.

Illnesses can be challenging, but can lead to amazing things

For many years Melissa has lived with an invisible illness.  Diagnosed with SLE Lupus, with symptoms as early as 21 years old.  Serious illness is a tough journey, but she is glad of one thing through this challenge, it has led her to create Lujo Home, which officially launched in 2017.  Myer Online was introduced a couple of years later.

Melissa had no idea that buying silk bedding would be the precipice that would change her life and lead her on the path it has. The silk duvet and pillowcases gave her relief. Something not easily done while living with a chronic illness. It was also beautiful to touch and look at, making her feel more relaxed.

“I fell in love with pure mulberry silk”

Mulberry silk wasn’t just wonderful to touch, it had beauty and health benefits too. She realized she needed to share this discovery with other people.

Founder Lujo Home Melissa Van Kasteren

“I’ve always loved retail. I have worked in retail previously. But I was only ever able to work part-time (if at all) due to my illness. My wonderful husband worked away in FIFO to support us. Often for 4 weeks at a time and we only saw him for a week in between.  The idea of Lujo Home came from wanting to build something for my family, with more family time together.

What inspired Melissa?

Our product range was inspired by what I personally loved and have made a big difference to my own life. My love of bright shiny objects and things like silk have helped me so much over the last few years. It has definitely played a big part in starting this business. I started Lujo Home with the things I loved. When you’re not feeling too well you must really love something to be able to promote it or sell it.  There was a need for a local supplier with a specialist range in silk.  I wanted to build a business with greater choice for our customers and even better customer service.  Back when we started there wasn’t as many pure silk suppliers. Our focus has always been on quality and not corner-cutting”.

What does Melissa  love about being a Mumpreneur?  

Every single order I pack, I just get so excited. I love to see what people buy and I love hearing back comments and reviews. Often about how much they love it and how things are changing people’s lives in simple ways. I just get so excited by that. It really makes me feel good. Lujo Home has enabled me to be able to work full time. This is the first time in years. I have been able to build something for my family. It’s also lovely to have all the people involved in my business. A lot of money comes in, but a lot goes out to people as well and I love that. 

AusMumpreneur-Awards

Melissa is delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements. Particularly being able to scale up and down through this turbulent year.  Learning as she has gone. As she has had no formal training or managerial experience.

It’s also been a true blessing for her family. Melissa’s husband Jason has been able to scale back his time working away. Jason now only works away two out of three rather than four out of five.  This has been amazing for family time and means a lot to the kids as well as Melissa.

There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Melissa explains, “Lujo Home has enabled me to be able to work properly for the first time in years. To build something for my family. Being able to work from home around my family and my health challenges has been crucial to my success. I’ve been able to show my children to keep going no matter what obstacles you face. Aldo to follow their inspiration”.

What advice does Melissa have for people considering starting their own business?

It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family. Melissa gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise.  ”For me stocking products I love has got me though the tough times. This may go against others advice but when you are unwell sometimes you need to keep yourself inspired. Makes getting through the tough times easier.  I think scaling up slowly has also allowed me to learn and grown as I go.  So even if it’s all new try to put your fears aside and give it a good go”.

Read more at www.ausmumpreneur.com. The winners of the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at an online event in September.

For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: www.ausmumpreneur.com or contact awards@ausmumpreneur.com

For an interview with Melissa van Kasteren contact 0415345402 www.lujohome.com.au, customerservice@lujohome.com.au

A big thanks from us!

A merry xmas and big thank you to all of our customers

Melissa and Jason founders of Lujo Home
Jason and Melissa van Kasteren. Owners of Lujo Home on a very rare daggy day off!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a very big THANK YOU! to all our customers and let you know that I really appreciate you. Yes, last year was nuts, but I am really happy we  came through it well.

You were there for us, our manufacturer was there for us and we were able to keep our customers happy with the quality pure Mulberry silk and eco products that you wanted — maybe needed more than ever — to pamper yourself with, at such an uncertain time.

So thank you! And look out for some great offers coming soon. Including an ideal gift idea for someone special or that friend who should be sleeping on silk, but isn’t… yet!

Go a little eco and help some Koalas at the same time

The Lujo Home Koala Donation Pack

 

The perfect eco-gift right now is one that brings you beauty and helps some beautiful Australian Koalas

Lujo Home is excited to announce the new Koala Donation Pack

Now, you can give someone you care about (or yourself!) the most amazing eco-friendly gift idea, combining beautiful eco-luxury products with a way for you to help some Koalas in need.

 

Southern koala rescueThe eco Koala fundraising pack, with some Koala Love

Koalas are often considered Australia’s most popular and loved native animal. Koala’s are a national Australian emblem for good reason.

Known for their peaceful nature and cute faces, they are beloved around the world and the highlight of many international tourist’s visit is seeing Australian Koalas.

Koalas sadly though have been on a massive decline in the wild for some time now. They are vulnerable to heat stress, habitat loss, animal attacks and awful diseases like chlamydia.

While habitat loss and disease contributes the most to the Koala’s national population decline bushfires are currently catastrophic for them. Due to their slow-moving nature they are unable to escape intense bushfires and the ones that survive are often badly burnt and need urgent medical help.

BUT you can help the koalas

Helping Koalas costs wildlife carers and organisations a lot of money. Treatment and medicine are very expensive and many carers are volunteers, they don’t get paid for helping the koalas and often have to pay for medicine themselves. They do it for the love they have for these amazing animals and that means they are extremely limited to how many they can help and their treatment options.

They need financial help and donations to help save our koalas

After recent bushfires caused so many casualties and exacerbated their habitat loss in Australia, Koalas are doing it harder than ever and even now classed as functionally extinct in some areas, they really need our help! One thing to come out of the fires is the heightened awareness that our beautiful koalas need our help.  At Lujo Home we have put together a pack to help raise much needed funds for our chosen Koala rescue, the Southern Koala Rescue in South Australia.  Read on to find our more and why we have chosen this amazing team for our fundraising pack.

 

How can we help the Southern Koala Rescue, we asked Mish some very important questions:

QUESTION: How important is it that Australians do something to help save our Koalas?

ANSWER:  Incredibly important, especially after the bushfires on the east coast have devastated populations and their habitat. It is now more important then ever that Australian do whatever they can in order to save the koalas we have left before it is too late.

QUESTION: Does every donation count when it comes to helping the Koalas?

ANSWER: It sure does. The more donations we get the more we can do, the more data we can gather, the more research that can happen and the more habitat that can be created and restored.

QUESTION: What do you love most about Koalas?

ANSWER: The fact that they can be quite dangerous when you initially to help them but then they learn to trust you and then you see their individual personalities come out.

QUESTION:  How expensive is it for wildlife carers and organizations to care for, rescue, treat and rehome Koalas in need?

ANSWER:  (Release is probably a better word than rehome because our main aim is to return all koalas back to their home territories in the wild)
A Between vet bills, formula, supplement feeds and petrol spent rescuing, transporting and collecting browse to feed koalas, carers spend thousands of their own money each year to do what they do.

QUESTION: This question is for Melissa from Lujo Home:  Why have you chosen Southern Koala Rescue to raise money with this Lujo Home eco pack.

ANSWER: (Melissa) I met Mish one evening in the beginning of 2019.  My father found a beautiful Koala in his backyard tree and having a swimming pool was very concerned.  One phone call to Southern Koala Rescue and Mish came straight away to help this Koala and explained we were correct to be concerned due to drowning risks.

It was as great experience watching Mish and the work that the team do, taking so much time out of their own lives (and money out of their own pockets) to help these beautiful Koalas.  A few weeks later we also called on Southern Koala rescue to help a heat stressed possum, whom I am pleased to report can now we seen running along our fence at night with a baby on her back!

Having been so saddened from the news of the bushfires in the eastern states and the effect on the Koalas in the area it really hit home how we can all help the native wildlife.

 

You can find more information about the Southern Koala Rescue and the great work they do on Facebook

 

Koala donation pack eco productsAt Lujo Home we have found a way to help

The Koala Donation Pack is a wonderful way to help the koalas and do your eco-shopping!

Lujo Home’s way of giving back is the new koala pack. In it you will find luxurious eco-gifts and 10% of the pack goes to Southern Koala Rescue!

10% from every Koala pack will go to Southern Koala Rescue

Picture the face of someone you care about opening a beautiful eco-hamper and then reading with awe that their exquisite gift is also helping the Koalas.

Or treat yourself to some beautiful eco-gifts and know that your purchase is also helping the koalas.

 

 

The Lujo Home Koala Donation Pack really helps!

Whether you are shopping for your home or for gifts choosing something like the koala pack is a thoughtful and beautiful way help save our beautiful Koalas.

Click here now to get a Koala Donation Pack!

 

Reusable straws with a twist

Lujo Home’s Eco Straws with a Twist

 

A Little Bit Fancy, a curly reusable straw

 

These straws are eco-glamour. One look and you are captivated by their charm. Sensational smoothies; cute, curvy strawed ice cold Summer beverages; ice-cold iced frappes or an elegant evening drink. These straws are the best curly reusable straws for all kinds of occasions.  Your dinner party or event will be remembered with these amazing straws.  Dazzle your guests.

 

Entertain with style

Choose these stylish eco reusable straws with the choice of seven colours for your eco wedding, party, family gathering, or event.  Celebrate with a green and clean conscience!  With Lujo Home you can chose from a variety of eco straws including these stunning, curly reusable straws that everyone will be talking about!

 

Eco-Wedding Glamour

An eco wedding needs the perfect combination of natural and eco products.  This will give your wedding that gorgeous and natural wedding glamour.  Style and commitment to eco values and beauty will be obvious to guests at your eco wedding, with these beautiful curly reusable straws.

 

Teen Party Must Haves

Throwing a kid’s birthday party? Needs some great ideas for an 19th eco birthday party? These straws will make any table of food and drink look sensational. They are so beautiful that with the additional of these party straws, you just can’t go wrong in your party decorating!

 

Metal is Strong – So Be Safe

Just like metal knives, forks and scissors these straws are a metal utensil.  Curly reusable straws like all metal straws need to be used with care. While they make a fantastic party accessory for teens and adults they are not advised for young kids under 10 years, people that are intoxicated or anyone with a motor impairment.

 

Eco-Party Ideas

Serve a stunning smoothie or milkshake with one of these straws for wow factor. Topping that delicious vegan iced chocolate frappe with a coloured curly straw instantly makes your eco party ideas next level glamourous.

 

Eco-gifts

Have a friend who loves their green smoothies? A gorgeous Lujo Home curly straw will mean they will think of you with a smile every day!

 

Beautiful Breakfasts

Whether you frequent a boutique healthy food café or just like to have beautiful breakfasts with your family and friends, these funky reusable straws are perfect for beautiful breakfasts.  They stand out and make any drink instantly fun and delightful. Easy to clean, wash and reuse they are investment that lasts.

 

Eat Beautiful.  The old saying, ‘we are what we eat’ doesn’t just apply to the ingredients. It applies to the level of love and care we give also to how we eat. It matters that we love and care for ourselves.  Making each time we eat dinner or enjoy a fresh smoothie a beautiful experience is looking after ourselves too.

 

The next time you make a smoothie in your morning rush, pour it into a beautiful glass, add one of these gorgeous reusable straws.  We should all take 5 minutes to enjoy it outside in the garden, or in a sunny window.

 

Our curly reusable straws are surprisingly Easy to Clean

You might look at these straws and think they’re beautiful but hesitate at the thought of how to clean them. Don’t let the curling wonderous design deter you! They are easier to clean than you think and there is even a specific tool[RM1] !

 

The Most Beautiful Eco Straws

We all want to use less single-use plastic and changing your straw is one of the easiest ways to do that but so many are clunky or unattractive! Now, thanks to the new range at Lujo Home you can make the switch to beautiful reusable straws with style and glamour.

 

Making the switch to options that are better for the earth can be beautiful, funky and stylish thanks to many offerings carefully vetted for beauty and integrity from Lujo Home.

 

Special note: as with all metal straws due care is important. They are not advised for young kids under 10 years, people that are intoxicated or with a motor impairment. Just like metal knives and forks and scissors they are a metal utensil so they need to be used with care. Please use common sense and don’t use when driving, walking, running, on medication or give to young children, people that are intoxicated or who have any fine motor skill challenges.

 


 

 

Visit the Lujo Home team at the Royal Adelaide Show

The Royal Adelaide Show is over for another year.  We hope you got to visit us, we loved getting to meet so many of our amazing customers face to face.  If you are looking to find us again you have come to the right place!  We are a 100% family owned South Australian online store, so so shopping right here you will find the exact same quality and service you received at the show.

Look out for us again in 2020.

 

Visit the Lujo Home team at the Royal Adelaide Show.  You will find us in the Jubilee Pavilion within the fashion and beauty section, stand B63.  Did you know that silk helps you have younger looking skin and softer hair by reducing damage while you sleep? Come and see the friendly team at Lujo Home, stand B63 about beauty sleep with our 100% Mulberry silk pillowcases and eye masks. Feel for yourself, the texture of the best beauty purchase you will ever make for your skin and hair. Silk glides, it doesn’t tug, pull or sap moisture causing wrinkles and stretched hair like cotton can.

 

Royal Adelaide Show silk pillowcase Australia

 

 

 

Luxurious Silk Pillowcases, Eye Masks and Scrunchies

 

Lujo home offers a range of luxurious beauty and practical eco products. We are proud to make shopping for eco friendly and Mulberry silk products a wonderful and easy experience in Adelaide. We can help you switch to reusable produce bags, bamboo sheets, and reusable coffee cups and cutlery, helping you to reduce your plastic waste.

We also sell silk hair scrunchies that love your hair as much as you will love them.  We will be highlighting the full range of our silk scrunchie colours at the Royal Adelaide Show.

 

 

Royal Adelaide Show eco friendly bundle

 

 

About the Royal Adelaide Show:

 

It’s a celebration of this state, our people and their produce – a world where city and country collide to create something truly special for ten wondrous days! Where lasting memories are made for little tackers, old timers and everyone in between…

It’s The Royal Adelaide Show.   The Show of a lifetime.

Entertainment | Food & Wine | Carnival | Showbags | Animals | Competitions

Where: Adelaide Showground

Goodwood Road, Wayville, South Australia, Australia 5034

Tickets: https://www.theshow.com.au/tickets/

Date: 30th August to 8th September Jubilee Pavillion B63

Get a little eco at the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show

Get a little eco at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show

Fireworks, animals, food and fun! The Royal Adelaide Show is one of the year’s highlights in South Australia. And this year Lujo Home will be at the show! Helping you with zero waste ideas like gorgeous lightweight bamboo cutlery and eco products so you can join the South Australia Zero Waste movement and enjoy the Royal Adelaide show, eco-style.

 

Eco shopping at the Royal Adelaide show

Find us first to tackle the show with an eco-living edge! Stop by, say hello and discover all the best eco-products for your family and eco products for your home. You truly can enjoy all the fun of the Adelaide show and help the environment at the same time.  You will find Lujo Home at stand B63 in the Fashion and Beauty section of the Jubilee Pavilion.

 

Eating with thought

Step one – purchase our quality Lujo Home reusable bamboo cutlery for your family to eat all the yummy food at the Royal Adelaide Show. How simple is that. It is such an easy way your family can help reduce single use plastic, like the millions of tonnes of plastic that ends up in landfill and our oceans. And you get to keep and use it afterwards. Plus, it’s beautiful to use.

 

Bamboo cutlery

Bamboo cutlery is leading the way in the best eco buys. They easily replace disposable knives and forks. They are lightweight, easy to clean, strong, aesthetically beautiful and ethical. Perfect for every handbag, school lunchbox, work lunch and family outing.

 

Why bamboo utensils?

Imagine eating your delicious fresh salad or stuffed baked potato at the show with those layers of deliciousness but with a bamboo fork you know won’t hurt the environment. What a great eco ideas for families.

 

Reusable cutlery

Every small zero waste idea can add up. It’s common to hear about caring about what you eat, but we must also care about how we eat. Reusable cutlery is caring about how you eat. It is thinking about what happens to the plastic people use and throw away.  It helps the environment and you and your family make a difference.

 

Coffee tastes better in a reusable cup!

Step two – caffeinate your show day with a reusable coffee cup. Grab your Lujo Home reusable coffee cup from our stand before you make your way around the show. Whether you prefer coffee, tea, chai or hot chocolate do it with style and a care for the environment.

 

Lujo Home is at the Royal Adelaide Show

Find us at stand 63b of the Jubilee Pavilion.  In the fashion and beauty section.  At our Lujo Home stall at the Royal Adelaide Show you will also find a gorgeous little bamboo cutlery set complete with fork, knife, spoon, straw, stainless steel straw cleaner and chop sticks, all wrapped beautifully in a specially designed bag. So many zero waste ideas. An eco-shopping must have and perfect eco-gift idea!

 

South Australia leads the way to a sustainable future

The most exciting news recently is that South Australia bans singe use plastics, leading the way in Australia for ideas to reduce plastic waste. It is exciting times for eco living in Adelaide and we can all do our part to show support.

It is really exciting to see South Australia leading the way in reducing plastic waste. If we want a greener future for our children we need to make greener choices too.

 

Zero waste ideas.  Eco shopping with Lujo Home

Pop by the Lujo home stand when you get to the show so you can see some of the fantastic eco shopping products out there to help you live a little more eco and enjoy the show with great green living ideas.

And finally, upon leaving stop by Lujo Home’s stall again to grab a luxurious silk pillowcase to get the best night’s sleep your hair and skin have ever had. What a way to end an amazing day at the show. Something for everyone at this year’s Adelaide Show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The zero waste lifestyle – where to start?

The Zero-waste lifestyle – where to start? As South Australia leads the way to a zero-waste lifestyle, we can too by making some easy eco-living choices. Like choosing lightweight and easy to carry reusable bamboo cutlery, stainless steel straws and other eco-shopping products.  Bamboo cutlery is fast becoming a great alternative to plastic waste. Be … Read more

Eco Store Adelaide. Is your smile eco-friendly?

Eco store Adelaide.  Is your smile eco-friendly?

We all want to live greener lives without compromising on style and beauty.  Lujo Home is a South Australian family owned online store with our own brand of quality eco homewares.

Living a little eco in Adelaide

If you want to start living a little more eco, in Adelaide, start with your teeth. Polish your radiant smile using a re-usable toothbrush. Lujo home is an eco-loving shop online that sells the best eco toothbrushes. Switching your toothbrush is a small step with a positive effect.

Smarter Smiles

Every smarter choice we make for the planet has a positive effect. Eco choices don’t have to be just functional or less attractive options, in fact they can be the most beautiful things you own! We have done all the research for the very best quality eco products that are out there.  At our online store you will find an eco-toothbrush that is even beautiful enough to display.  For travel we also have a smarter choice for storing your bamboo toothbrush. See our bamboo toothbrush holder for a more environmental choice.

Bamboo toothbrush Australia

Expertly styled eco toothbrushes

The bamboo toothbrushes at our Lujo Home eco shop meet a growing demand for eco-friendly brushes. Colourful and stylish and effective at safely cleaning your teeth. The soft and fine bristles compliment the clever design. Expertly styled and shaped, they are natural bamboo products with a pop of exciting colour. Their styling makes them a popular feature in even the most luxurious, eco or modern bathrooms. Coming in many bright colours you can have matching colour coded family brushes. You could even co-ordinate your bathroom towels around them. Eco smart bathroom styling at its best.

Inspired teeth brushing

Brushing your teeth is something you do every day, moreover one of the most important things we do. For parents it is one of the most important things we teach our children to do for their health and confidence. Experts say we should brush our teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. Children don’t always want to brush their teeth so an inspired experience with beautiful toothbrushes makes the whole experience easier!

Now, Adelaide families can make the teeth brushing ritual a family affair done with ethical style and in a beautiful, rainbow. Find your favourite colour bamboo toothbrush here.

Bamboo toothbrushes, the best choice for your family

Such a simple purchase has you smiling brightly knowing you have clean, sparkling teeth and your helping the planet. Bamboo toothbrushes are fast becoming the best choice for beautiful teeth and the smartest eco-shopping purchase. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial. The bamboo handles biodegrade meaning no awful plastic waste. These gorgeous brushes help you leave a smaller footprint on the earth and provide the best option for your family.

Small actions making a big impact

Australians throw out over 30 million toothbrushes a year. That is around 1,000 tonnes of landfill at rubbish tips all around Australia. Truly, preventable waste.  Eco bamboo toothbrushes could make a difference, one at a time.

You and your kids can start saving the planet today. It all starts with a simple eco toothbrush! Shop online at our Lujo home online eco store in Adelaide and shop with an eco-heart and beauty, right here in Australia.

“Bamboo toothbrushes, because your beautiful smile matters.”

Eco store Adelaide.  Lujo Home is a South Australian online store specializing in quality Mulberry silk and reusable eco homewares.  You can buy our eco friendly products direct from us online here and get delivered straight to your door.

What other quality eco products can you find at Lujo Home?

Eco Store Adelaide

Our largest range of the Lujo Home product range can be found right here on our online store.  Shop online now and have delivered to your home.  Online we have many payment options such as Afterpay, Zip, Humm and Laybuy.

Most of our online orders ship within 24 hrs (business days).  Our courier pickup is daily midweek.  Shopping from our online store you can expect to get your delivery most times within 1-3 business days if you are metro SA.
Shop for all our Lujo Home quality products at our South Australian family owned ONLINE STORE

 

Adelaide Westfield Marion and TTP pop up shops

Do you remember us from our Adelaide Westfield Marion and TTP pop up shops, yes we have the same amazing products as we always had at our pop up shops (actually even more!) but you can now find our eco products here in our online store as well as online at Myer and Myer Market (online only – not in stores)

 

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