About


Potter & Pehar was born from a love for simple design and natural fabrics. We aim to create functional, beautiful and natural baby products that feel good to use and feel good using. We are passionate about developing eco-friendly baby products and collections with a social and environmental conscience. Our designs are minimalist and focus on a neutral color pallet resulting in versatile ring slings, baby blankets and sleep sacks that fit seamlessly into your life and home. 

But who are we...

Founders of Potter & Pehar Natural Baby Products Canada | Ring Slings, Linen Baby Blankets, Bamboo Sleep Sacks

 

Potter & Pehar is owned and operated by two women Shelley (Potter) and Tina (Pehar). They met while working in environmental and social management in the mining industry. While meaningful and important work, they wanted to start something new, with a deeper connection to their business, products and community. Combining their love for textiles and entrepreneurship,and seeing a gap in the market for linen products made in Canada, they launched Potter & Pehar in 2017.

 

 

Shelley

Born and raised in South Africa, Shelley was carried in a sling carrier as a baby and has always had a deep respect for the tradition of baby wearing. Now, as an environmental and social impact manager at an arctic based mining company, Shelley frequently travels to Nunavut.  Working closely with Inuit women, Shelley understands the benefits of the their Amauti – a back carrying poncho – a tradition that reminds her of baby wearing practices in South Africa. Shelley’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for small businesses has lead her to where she is today. Shelley is an avid traveler and fitness fanatic and can usually be found tearing it up at a Toronto based workout class!

Tina

Born and raised in Canada, Tina has always had a love of textiles and apparel.  Growing up, Tina remembers seeing children being worn by their mothers and remembers how wonderful it looked.  While pregnant with her first child, Tina learned the benefits of baby wearing and linen products and sought out a Canadian-made linen sling that matched her aesthetic with little success.  Realizing a gap in the market, Tina and Shelley wanted to develop a neutral collection of linen baby carriers that matched their personal style.  Tina has over a decade of community engagement and ethical sourcing experience  as a social impact specialist.  Tina has worked on numerous major development projects around the world, and through her experience, she has developed a passion for textiles and community-based manufacturing.  Tina lives with her family of four in Toronto where she single-handedly keeps the Toronto coffee scene afloat through her exclusive diet of the good stuff.  

What we're about...

 

Working locally

Simply put, working locally is good for the community.  It benefits local economies and the people that live there. Each Potter & Pehar ring sling, sleep sack, and baby bedding item is a local labour of love.  Each product involves the efforts of over half-a-dozen Canadian businesses including: seamstresses, ring distributors, photographers, packagers and printers.

Source Responsibly 

Not just a buzz word. “Responsible sourcing and manufacturing” is at the core of what we’re about. Potter & Pehar brings over a decade of responsible sourcing experience to our personal brand.  We source the best linen and bamboo fabrics from suppliers around the world. Each supplier must pass a social impact audit.  Audits are conducted with evaluating factors that include: reasonable work hours, fair wages, and minimum age requirements for employees. We are continually working to improve our sourcing practices and develop strong, transparent relationships with the businesses we work with.

Elevating Eco-Friendly

Linen is made from fibers of the flax plant (‘Linum usitatissimum’).  You may know of flax by its other name, ‘lineseed’. It is a resilient plant and requires a lot less water than other textile producing plants, such as cotton, to cultivate.

We’re not just using a sustainable resource for our natural baby products, we’re ensuring that each facet of our business is grounded in reducing our environmental impact. We are eliminating plastic packaging and all of our paper-based materials are made from 100% recycled paper, they are meant to be recycled or re-used. We eliminate fabric waste by re-purposing our off-cuts into unique products and partnering with local artisans and small shops to collaborate on product development for their own brands.

Empowering Female Entrepreneurs

Since starting Potter & Pehar, we have been blown away by the love and support from fellow women-owned businesses. Women supporting women creates unmatchable strength and can provide countless opportunities for enterprising women everywhere. We believe in lifting up and encouraging women of the world.  To this end, our seamstress is an entrepreneur in her own right. So are our photographers.  So is our ring distributor and web designer among others.  We have big plans to support even more enterprising women as we work towards creating a fully socially responsible brand.  We can’t wait to show you what’s in store as we grow and cultivate our future projects.