Category: Eco Community

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Best Organic Beauty Brand of 2017!

best global beauty brand 2017

Eco Tan & Eco By Sonya Driver WINS Best Organic Beauty Brand of 2017!

What a way to wrap up a phenomenal year!

Not only have our Certified Organic products received 7 international beauty accolades this year, our cruelty free, Aussie brand was recently announced as the Best Organic Beauty Brand of the Year 2017!

This announcement came from LUX Magazine’s Global Excellence Awards 2017. A major European global publication that highlights the most influential names and brands in the high end lifestyle and luxury health and beauty market.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food

Sonya Driver, Eco Tan Founder unites with Bec, founder of local Gold Coast business, A Life To Live, to spread organic awareness!

Gold Coast mums unite to spread organic awareness and convince more of the population to re-visit organics.

No longer just a passing hippy fad, the organic movement is here to stay. Organic foods are simply foods without multiple toxic sprays. As demand continues to grow for organic options, the more affordable it’s becoming.

Sonya Driver, Founder of Gold Coast based global business, Eco Tan, recently paid a visit to local business owner, Bec from ‘A Life to Live’. A Life to Live are located in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast and deliver organic food boxes to your home. As we celebrate Organic Awareness this month, Sonya wanted to gather organic tips and knowledge to share with her eco-aware audience.

Hawaiian Goddess and Human Sunshine

Leiona shares how her love for Lei making created our unique Eco Tan handmade flower crowns

You may have noticed in our most recent Eco Tan & Eco By Sonya Driver shoot, Sonya and our models wore the most amazing handmade flower crowns or should we say handmade “ingredient” crowns. If you haven’t seen the shots, check out the stunning images on our Instagram!

One of Sonya’s divine friends, Leiona, created these handmade flower crowns herself using only beautiful organic and natural ingredients that you will find in our organic products!

Following My Calling – Romania Bound

Eco Tan | Founder Sonya Driver with Lonela in Romania

Following my Calling – Romania Bound – by Eco Tan Founder Sonya Driver

Eco Tan Founder Sonya Driver just returned to the Gold Coast after visiting a single mother and her 5 poverty stricken daughters in Romania. It’s a beautiful story, worth a read…

So last year a friend of mine who travels the world helping and feeding street people, came across a woman with five young daughters, living in a village in Romania.

My friend thought he had seen it all… But this time, his heart was broken and the videos he shared about how they were living horrified me. They were literally sleeping on piles of rags with mice and rats. No water, no food, no door, no window, no beds. Nothing.

Lonela, the mother, was digging in the dirt for worms for 13 hours a day so she could sell them to fisherman as bait. The family were always hungry and sick.

A special Christmas recipe just for you

We reached out to our beautiful friends at Loving Earth and they shared with us their Raw Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake recipe. Merry Christmas!

We reached out to our beautiful friends at Loving Earth to see if they had any special Christmas recipes that we could share with you. And did they ever! Full of delicious organic and natural ingredients (just like our products), this Raw Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake is a showstopper! 

It’s a light and creamy coconut cheesecake, with a tart raspberry centre and a crunchy choc buckini base. It is the perfect cake to bring to the table this festive season. Also, it can be made well in advance and stored in the freezer. When ready to serve, just defrost and decorate.

The Joy Givers Soiree Lunch

Sonya Driver, founder of organic Eco Tan, hosted the Joy Giver's Soiree Lunch - a Fundraiser Event, to raise money & help a poverty stricken family.

Fundraiser Event Gold Coast – The Joy Givers Soiree Lunch

It’s rare to get the opportunity to REALLY change the lives of this those in desperate need.

My friend and fellow joy giver, Owen, of many years has a heart for the homeless and broken, and he spends his time travelling the world helping those in need. Recently Owen visited Romania and one family in particular rocked him to his core… We decided, it was time to rally our folks, we needed to organise a fundraiser event.

Lonela’s Story:

Lonela is a single mother of five daughters. She can’t read or write. To earn money to feed her family, she works for the fishermen and fisheries digging through dirt for worms for 13 hours per day! Sadly Lonela hasn’t seen her eldest daughter smile in three years.

Rounds for Wildlife

Gary, Eco Tan Founder, Sonya Driver's Husband, is doing 51 rounds of Muay Thai to raise money to create awareness for Wildlife Tourism in Thailand.

Sonya’s husband Gary, literally fights for a worthy cause

The spotlight is now shining brightly on wildlife tourism in Thailand and Sonya’s husband Gary is carrying the torch. Even though Sonya’s and Gary’s wedding is only days away, Gary is training hard to literally fight for this cause. Even at one of the busiest times in their lives, these two compassionate people never seem to stop giving… (read here about how Sonya and Gary donated all their wedding gifts to charity!) They are always looking for a worthy cause to help people, to help communities, to help environment or to help animals.

Sonya Supports Friends With Dignity

Friends With Dignity Charity is a cause close to Sonya’s heart

An exciting time in Sonya’s life is approaching – her wedding! In September, Sonya will marry her partner of six years surrounded by her friends and family.

During this period of planning, Sonya realised she wanted to give back, to the Friends With Dignity charity. Sonya choose a charity that supported those who were not so fortunate to be surrounded by boundless love. 

Friends With Dignity is a charity that supports all victims of domestic violence. Their company mantra says that domestic violence does not discriminate, so neither do they; they seek to help every victim regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality. It is compromised entirely of volunteers who work with a network of refuge’s to support victims who have been displaced due to domestic violence. These men, women and children have to leave their homes due to fear. Often having nothing but the clothes on their back. 

Our Good Return Sponsorship – Samang Chen

A cause close to our heart | Eco Tan Charity

Here at Eco Tan Charity, our mission is to do good in the world. For the environment, for our skin, for animals and, of course, doing good for others. Sonya is a big believer of reaping what you sow, and her strong Christian faith provides the backbone of her charitable nature. 

Our latest charitable cause is sponsoring Samang Chen, a woman from Cambodia, through Good Return. Good Return is a not-for-profit organisation that allows people and businesses to provide microloans to those in poverty around the globe.