Sunshine Coast woman Maria Faalafi's search for sustainable and chemical free products to manage her own health has led to her creating a new online marketplace as a one-stop-shop for consumers like her. Picture: Supplied
Sunshine Coast woman Maria Faalafi's search for sustainable and chemical free products to manage her own health has led to her creating a new online marketplace as a one-stop-shop for consumers like her. Picture: Supplied

Health battle sparks eco-friendly business venture

A search for sustainable and chemical free products to manage her own health led a Coast woman to create an online marketplace as a one-stop-shop.

When Maria Faalafi was in her 20s her life changed unexpectedly.

She started suffering migraines and experiencing rapid weight loss, blurry vision, dizziness, chronic fatigue and digestive issues.

She also developed anxiety and depression.

Ms Faalafi removed unnecessary chemicals from her life before doctors diagnosed her with several food allergies and reactive hypoglycaemia.

Coast boys take the eco-friendly world by storm

Twins saving bees one hive at a time

She chucked out her household and beauty products and replaced unhealthy foods with organic, natural foods.

The lifestyle change not only helped manage her condition but also inspired a passion for helping others live healthier, more sustainable lives.

Sunshine Coast woman Maria Faalafi's founded Eco Marketplace, a one-stop-shop for eco-friendly products.
Sunshine Coast woman Maria Faalafi's founded Eco Marketplace, a one-stop-shop for eco-friendly products.

"When I was first looking for eco products I'd be scrolling website upon website, eBay and Amazon and found it hard to find what I needed," she said.

"I wanted to find products that were good for me, my family and the environment."

Her new business, Eco Marketplace, takes away that struggle and provides an online hub for consumers looking for affordable products.

"I decided I didn't want to sell my own products, but I wanted to help other businesses doing

the 'right thing' through one channel, making eco products more easily accessible and

affordable," she said.

The online shop boasts more than 700 eco-friendly products from 45 merchants.

Each business must pass a selection criteria that ensures their items are not tested on animals, are environmentally friendly, have no synthetic fragrances and are non-toxic.

Products vary from gifts, fashion, homewares, healthy treats, pet products, and quirky things like 100 per cent sustainable seed pencils.

Once the pencil is used, it is planted to grow anything form basil to sunflowers.



UPDATE: Written note behind high school’s bomb scare

Premium Content UPDATE: Written note behind high school’s bomb scare

The school was sent into precautionary lockdown for about two hours

Ipswich artist to project award-winning shot at festival

Premium Content Ipswich artist to project award-winning shot at festival

A photographer whose work will display at SPARK Ipswich said a chance meeting with...

Urgent plea to motorcyclists amid increasing road toll

Premium Content Urgent plea to motorcyclists amid increasing road toll

Fourteen fatal crashes have occurred on state roads in about eight weeks