ReMaterialise was born out of a desire to create a cleaner, greener, plastic free planet by providing quality NZ Made reusable alternatives to disposable plastic.

Originally the business was mainly about recycling single use plastic bags into reusable shopping bags and other accessories. Each bag is made out of 40 recycled plastic bags and last for years! Fi’s bags have been sent all over the world and are highly sought after for their unique nature and durability. The business has slowly evolved to include other unique ways to help people say NO to disposable plastic.

Beeswax Food Covers replace glad wrap / cling film in the kitchen and lunch box, Soft muslin produce / bulk buy bags are a few of those products, designed and handmade in Auckland New Zealand by Fi Leaning in her home studio.


MEET Fiona

How did your business begin?

ReMaterialise came about because we couldn’t find good quality NZ made reusable items designed to replace disposable ones. Everything we found was imported from overseas. We had an ever expanding pile of plastic bags in our shed and knew there had to be a better, greener way both for our family and our planet.

What gets you up in the morning?

My children! followed closely by the alarm clock ???? Knowing that we are making a difference everyday keeps me very motivated.

When you're not working you are

Thinking about work, planning ideas in my head, in between driving my children around to various St John commitments and special Olympics bowling.

Anything else?

I am a mother of 2 teenagers and live with my partner in rural South Auckland. I am determined to leave the planet a little greener so one day my grandchildren might get to see New Zealand as I saw it growing up. Clean, green and plastic free.

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