Hello! I’m Evie Calder, a 27 year old social entrepreneur and creative with a passion for the environment and equality of all kinds. I’ve been passionate about both writing and sustainability for a long time, and I have a BSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management as well as an MA in Transnational Studies, plus several years’ experience working in communications for a number of NGOs and charities.
I’ve always been interested in corporate social responsibility and learning how business can be used as a force of good in the world. After arriving home from a seven month trip that took me to New Zealand, Mexico, Ecuador, Hawaii and Canada last year, I decided I wanted to use my communications skills and environmental knowledge to launch my own brand, helping make it easier for people to live more sustainable and ethical lives. Around Christmas last year ideas started forming, and after taking a course in Solving Global Challenges Through Entrepreneurial Action at UCL, we officially launched Atlas & Ortus in March 2018. Eight months in and we’ve already helped divert thousands of disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles from landfill, and have been featured in a range of local and national media, including BBC Countryfile Magazine, Times Local, The Wealden Times, Natural Mumma Mag, Stylist Live, Veggie Magazine and more.
As well as encouraging sustainable switches in the home and on the go, I’m also passionate about helping tackle climate change through sustainable eating and reducing food waste. My comments on this topic have been featured in both the Guardian and the i, and I’m more than happy to discuss this with anyone willing to listen.
On top of running my business, I also work with ethical and eco friendly brands doing all sorts of creative things – whether that’s reviewing products for my blog, editing and writing copy, blog posts and articles, or creating and updating websites. I’m all about collaboration over competition – so let’s work together!