Halo Dish Covers was started by the team behind Spaza Store , who are known for making reusable dish covers as an alternative to single-use plastic for covering and protecting food. Acting as “Natures Guardian Angel”, Halo Dish Covers offer hope through the creation of employment opportunities, and by reducing single-use plastic waste.
Following the success of the original Spaza range of dish covers, founder Julia Schaeffer and her team turned to their local community and looked for talented, undiscovered artists who needed a platform from which to launch their design careers.
Using the themes of “Edible Flowers”, “Utensils” and “Beach House”, Spaza collaborated with 5 young designers to bring out a range in each of their names which showcases their own interpretation of these themes.
These interpretations were then fine-tuned to fit the many different sizes and shapes of dish covers in the Halo range.
For each of these young artists, in addition the work experience, mentoring and remuneration received, they are also given the opportunity to be famous, to tell their story, to share their work, and see how their art can be used to make the world a better place.
It is Spaza’s hope that each of these artists will experience large advances in their careers firstly through their promotion by Halo, and secondly through being able to buy equipment, produce a body of work for an exhibition or pay tuition fees to further enhance their skills.
Equally important to Julia is that the values of Spaza are carried though into the Halo range.
“When it came time for Spaza to grow we knew that growth could not be for growth’s sake”
, says Julia.
“Growth is to be used to grow our communities of like-minded people and to work together towards better business practices. And growth needs to mean less waste, and directly, less single use plastics. “
Since launching the original Spaza range in Australia through exclusive distributor Buxton Hanley, the response to the range has been tremendous. The fact that every item is hand made by women working from home using sustainably produced cotton adds to its appeal.
“We are thrilled to present a whole new range that embodies the same values and quality as Spaza’s initial ranges and simultaneously provides a platform for young, undiscovered artists to launch their careers.”
says Caryn Hanley, Commercial Director at Buxton Hanley.
“The world desperately needs to move away from using plastic and any products that make this easier or possible are worth supporting”
From her first meeting with Julia, Caryn was struck by the amount of thought and the level of care that is put into every product Spaza launches.
“To achieve true sustainability, one has to do the right thing for both the environment and society. Spaza has consistently done that, and this same ethic and practice is now being spread even wider through the launch of Halo.”
For Julia, expanding the range of dish covers was an obvious choice. “Firstly, they are super handy” she says. ”
“They are flexible, they are durable and will stick by you for years to come. They protect you from the harmful toxins that go into your food when you use cling wrap. They protect your food from being contaminated. They protect the environment from the waste created by single use plastics.
They slot into your lifestyle going into the washing machine and at hand in a drawer when you need them. They are there when you gather with friends and family. They are well appreciated as gifts, being both beautiful and useful, and now each Halo Dish Cover also carries an artist’s story.”
One thing we are certain of – if Halo isn’t Nature’s Guardian Angel, then Julia certainly is.