My name is Louise, and I own Lu Makes.
I am a mummy of 4, with ages ranging from 8 years down to 11 months. I have used cloth nappies with all of my children. I am married to my husband Steve, for 7 years now :-)
After our eldest was born, I suffered with postnatal depression. I was given the option of tablets, but I chose to try something else first. And that something ended up being sewing. I wanted to find some time for something I could do for me. The spark was ignited, and although it was a slow process, I managed to beat the PND (post natal depression.)
Lu Makes started when I wanted to bring my passion for cloth nappies and sewing, to the wider community. I started making handmade nappies in 2018, and have moved on to include other eco friendly products such as CSP (cloth sanitary pads).
Due to the Global Covid-19 pandemic, we found ourselves suddenly with more orders than I can cope with on my own. Due to this, we have had to expand and use a factory in China to be able to keep up with this sudden rise in demand.
However this is not something I am wanting to continue doing long term. Our aim long term, is to open a factory in the UK.
And this is where you can help!
Every donation that is made will go in to creating a small, UK based manufacturing unit. We plan to employ 4 people to begin with, but hope to expand over the coming years. By starting up our own manufacturing unit, we will be able to:
- Keep the nappies made within the UK. This reduces our carbon footprint, and puts back in to the UK economy.
- Provide jobs for people, as well as a life skill. We would look to take on apprentices, as well as experienced sewers. Everyone is welcome at Lu Makes.
- Lower MOQ's (Minimum Order Quantities). This will ultimately help with waste production. The factory we use currently requires us to order a minimum of 1000 nappies. If these don't all sell, it means they will just sit on a shelf. If we can keep the manufacturing within the UK, we can make to order, thus reducing any waste.
- Provide local schools and councils with incentives to switch to cloth. We would be able to provide schools with talks and samples for our CSP to young girls. We would also be able to make up emergency packs for those in need, who require sanitary products, nappies and wipes.
Our factory will be as eco friendly as it can possibly be, with us looking in to solar power to give us electricity, and the best eco friendly materials will be used. Our packaging will be made from recyclable, and potentially compostable materials.