Kuka tai ketkä ova kaupan takana ja mistä idea siihen lähti?
We are Eszter and Patrik originally from Hungary, now living in Turku, Finland Together we started TillaPallo in late 2015. Patrik is also working as a biologist.
The idea of TillaPallo - or something similar which is TillaPallo these days - came during a trip in California several years ago.
We both love design items and organic materials conceptualized as interior decoration. We wanted to offer something unique and new, a home decoration ornament which can fit well into contemporary Nordic design and needs, while being a curiosity for plant lovers.
Mitkä ovat olleet toimintanne kohokohtia?
To our knowledge, TillaPallo is the only air plant terrarium company using handblown Finnish glass and hand-picked decoration materials from the Finnish nature.
Millä tavalla pyritte parantamaan ympäristön ja ihmisten hyvinvointia?
We prefer quality, locally sourced ingredients and local workforce. We are working together with Lasi-Kostamo, a traditional glassblower family from Turku/Kaarina, therefore our glass orbs are designed and blown locally.
We established a micro-green house to propagate our own air plants however it is a slow process. These air plants are native to South-America but to avoid long shipping procedure, we order them from The Netherlands when we are out of stock.
We also offer personal pick-up for customers in Turku to reduce carbon footprint.
Most of our packaging materials are ordered from Finnish companies and they are recyclable or already recycled. A part of the product packaging is handmade.
Onko teidän pitänyt luopua jostakin kestävämmän ja vastuullisemman toimintatavan vuoksi?
Yes, indeed. Back to 2015, when we started the business - more like as a beta version - we were not able to use Finnish glass, so we ordered them from somewhere else. Quality means higher purchase price, so after we started to use the local glass, we had to lower our profit and raise our prices when we started to use the quality Finnish glass. However we believe it was one of the best choices we made since we are running the business. Moreover, it gives us one more possibility to be completely unique: the fact that the glass is handmade, and all plants and hand-picked decorations are natural elements, ensures that there are no two exactly same products.
Moreover, preferring the locally made and eco-friendly packaging materials is an other important aspect regarding sustainability.
Mikä on yrityksenne tulevaisuuden visio?
We would like to make homes more green, even if it is a small plant-based decoration. We have a lot of new ideas and designs in the pipeline focusing on recycled materials. Hopefully you can see those as products soon!
Mikä on mottonne?
We do not really have a motto...
Mikä inspiroi teitä?
We have a deep interest into design, plants, and nature in general, and we like to work with organic materials. We also love the Nordic minimalism.