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Environmentally-friendly products including bags, wallets and necklaces made out of cork available at Terracotta Senses in Bishop's Stortford



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A desire to offer the public something different with sustainability at its heart is the driving force behind a new homeware and gift shop in Bishop’s Stortford.

Terracotta Senses is the brainchild of Thorley Park husband and wife Nelson Henriques and Angela Martins, selling 100% natural and vegan cork accessories.

The environmentally-friendly products, which include bags, wallets, necklaces and bracelets, are water repellent, stain resistant, lightweight and hypoallergenic.

Terracotta Senses. Angela Martins and Nelson Henriques. (27929780)
Terracotta Senses. Angela Martins and Nelson Henriques. (27929780)

They are made from natural cork imported from Portugal, where the couple hail from, and are sold alongside a range of other products such as candles, reed diffusers and ornaments.

Nelson and his wife Angela, who is also a beauty therapist at Stortford salon Urban Spa, have three children – Bishop’s Stortford High School pupils Diogo, 14, and Martim, 11, and 9-year-old Lara, who attends Richard Whittington Primary School.

They set up the business in March 2019 and began trading at markets in Stortford, Saffron Walden and Braintree as well as at other events.

Terracotta Senses. Cork products (27929773)
Terracotta Senses. Cork products (27929773)

Having received plenty of excellent feedback, they decided to open their shop at 41 Elizabeth Road ten days before Christmas.

“My inspiration was to create awareness of sustainability,” said Nelson, 46, who moved to the UK in 2015 from Amadora, near Lisbon, and has worked for several companies including UPS and Sainsbury’s as well as at Stansted Airport restaurant Leon.

“Me and my wife have put all of our efforts and savings in to nurture the project. We hope that in five years we’ll be trading on the high street.”

The couple are working on building their own website. You can find out more by using @terracottasenses on Facebook and Instagram.



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