To celebrate International Womens Day we sat down with Lottie Dalziel to chat all things business and what IWD means to her. Check it out below!
Hey Lottie, tell us about yourself. Who are you, where did you come from?
Hi, I am Lottie Dalziel! An extroverted, environmentalist who loves being outdoors by the beach, cooking up a storm and my abundant indoor plant collection. I grew up in Brisbane but have called Sydney home for the last 4 years!
What was the catalyst for starting your own business?
In 2018, I made a New Years resolution to try and reduce my waste but when I started I found it confusing and overwhelming. So out of a personal need, I set out to create a one-stop-shop for legitimately plastic-free and environmentally products paired with the best education.
Did you have any doubts when starting it? What were they and how did you overcome them?
Of course! It was scary and nerve-wracking at first but the biggest thing is to get started and keep focussing on what you’re doing not what everyone else is doing.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced as a female small business owner to date?
The start-up world is predominantly male-dominated so the hardest thing for me has been fitting in at networking events and not being the token “female marketing girl” in the room.
What does a day like IWD mean to you?
I think IWD is a great day to celebrate how far we’ve come in terms and women’s rights and to celebrate all of the amazing things women are doing around the globe.
What does #EachforEqual mean to you?
It means that women would be treated as equal not different to men.
Who is a woman you’re celebrating this IWD (and every day) and why?
I am fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing group of inspirational women every day – my friends! We are all so different and lead very different lives but we’re all striving and pushing the limits in different industries which inspires me to keep driving.
In the theme of #EachforEqual, what will you do in 2020 and beyond to ensure we continue to move towards a gender-equal world?
I want to help empower women every day to take control of the impact that they’re having on our environment. Whether it be reducing their environmental footprint to educating others on how to do better or inspiring the next generation of women!
Check out Banish here and join Lottie’s journey, helping Australian’s reduce their waste with the right products and empowering information. We love supporting women in business here at Afterpay so follow along this International Womens Day to see some wonderful female founded businesses.