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Meet our founder... Maria

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her story...

 Even though Maria now has a zest for life, health issues blighted much of her 20s. Maria was an engineering drafter living a busy life, renovating her home, working full time and studying her Business degree. Out of nowhere she started feeling unwell, getting daily migraines, blurry vison, dizziness, chronic fatigue, rapid weight loss and digestive issues that also led to severe anxiety and depression. While her friends were partying and building their careers, Maria felt so ill she she could barely get out of bed. 

After years of hospital and doctor's visits without any answers, Maria decided to take the natural approach by cleaning up her lifestyle, eating a healthy, organic diet and removing all chemical loaded products from her home and beauty routine. Slowly her symptoms started to ease and soon enough her zest for life was back!

Eventually Maria was diagnosed with several food allergies, heavy metal toxicity and reactive hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemic disease is a disease that unfortunately often goes undiagnosed, as not many medical professionals are aware of it.

Amazed by the results from her lifestyle changes, she decided to change her stressful career and pursuit her passion to help others live healthier, more sustainable lives. Maria and her husband decided to start a commercial kitchen hire business and an organic café in Brisbane.

After becoming a mum, Maria decided to sell the businesses and concentrate on motherhood. While doing online shopping (to avoid shopping tantrums!) she soon discovered that shopping from home for eco-friendly products was not only time consuming but expensive, as she would have to go from website to website and pay multiple shipping costs.

Maria then started Eco Marketplace as a way to directly connect wonderful Eco businesses to consumers, cutting the middle man and making Eco products easily accessible and affordable.

Maria is passionate for sustainable living and believes the best thing we can do for the environment is use our consumer power to reward Eco businesses doing the right thing and protect our world for future generations to enjoy!

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her story...

 Even though Maria now has a zest for life, health issues blighted much of her 20s. Maria was an engineering drafter living a busy life, renovating her home, working full time and studying her Business degree. Out of nowhere she started feeling unwell, getting daily migraines, blurry vison, dizziness, chronic fatigue, rapid weight loss and digestive issues that also led to severe anxiety and depression. While her friends were partying and building their careers, Maria felt so ill she she could barely get out of bed. 

After years of hospital and doctor's visits without any answers, Maria decided to take the natural approach by cleaning up her lifestyle, eating a healthy, organic diet and removing all chemical loaded products from her home and beauty routine. Slowly her symptoms started to ease and soon enough her zest for life was back!

Eventually Maria was diagnosed with several food allergies, heavy metal toxicity and reactive hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemic disease is a disease that unfortunately often goes undiagnosed, as not many medical professionals are aware of it.

Amazed by the results from her lifestyle changes, she decided to change her stressful career and pursuit her passion to help others live healthier, more sustainable lives. Maria and her husband decided to start a commercial kitchen hire business and an organic café in Brisbane.

After becoming a mum, Maria decided to sell the businesses and concentrate on motherhood. While doing online shopping (to avoid shopping tantrums!) she soon discovered that shopping from home for eco-friendly products was not only time consuming but expensive, as she would have to go from website to website and pay multiple shipping costs.

Maria then started Eco Marketplace as a way to directly connect wonderful Eco businesses to consumers, cutting the middle man and making Eco products easily accessible and affordable.

Maria is passionate for sustainable living and believes the best thing we can do for the environment is to use our consumer power to reward Eco businesses doing the right thing and protect our world for future generations to enjoy!

About hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia literally means “low blood sugar”.
A person who suffers from hypoglycemia may experience a high blood sugar “spike” after eating sugar or caffeine, and then a subsequent “low” a few hours later. During the “low”, the brain doesn't receive enough energy to function correctly, which can then also affect how the body works.
Some common symptoms of hypoglycemia include:

  • Nervousness & Irritability  
  • Faintness, dizziness or feeling “spaced out” 
  • Tremors or feeling “shaky”  
  • Cold sweats  
  • Depression & Anxiety 
  • Migraine headaches  
  • Epilepsy
  • Digestive disturbances  
  • Insomnia  
  • Blurred vision   

Testing for hypoglycemia involves a four hour (or longer) glucose tolerance test with blood sugar readings taken every half hour. This determines up to 6 different types of hypoglycemia.

About reactive hypoglycemia
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Maree Butterworth, Content Director
07 3180 3666 / 0402 083 060

Or contact Maria directly:  maria.f@ecomarketplace.com.au  

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*21 piece Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials Kit
*21 piece Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials Kit
*21 piece Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials Kit
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*21 piece Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials Kit
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$135.00
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AMAZONIA Paleo Fermented Protein - Vanilla & Lucuma

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Shampoo With A Purpose The O.G. - 2 in 1 Shampoo Bar

$11.50
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Soap Saver Scrubber Pouch

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Bamboo cutlery set & organic cotton pouch

$12.50

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