In all new and growing industries, having young voices championing and leading the charge is necessary to help both build industry credibility and help educate the masses – Tegan Scates is on such a mission. Founder of ‘High on Hemp’ and ‘MaMilk’, Tegan dedicates her time to helping spread word about the incredibly diverse cannabis plant and managing her various start-ups. In this interview we asked Tegan about her background, her views on the current hemp scene, and about her exciting start-ups. Enjoy!
Please tell us a bit about yourself, who is Tegan Scates?
The Queen of all things green! Anyone who knows me would say I’m passionate about my work, I rarely clock off. Not only do I spend my days trying to find new ways to live more sustainability but I also love encouraging others to do the same. I love what I do but in my downtime I spend my days exploring documentaries, whipping up baked goods in the kitchen and unwinding with my loved ones.
How did you become involved in the hemp scene?
I was introduced to the industry by a hemp farmer. My prior lifestyle consisted of mass amounts of fast fashion, chemical-infused products and an overall lack of appreciate for the world in which we live in. Cannabis became a gateway for me to learn more about the bigger issue at hand – sustainability.
How would you describe the current hemp scene in Australia?
Growing faster, day by day. A year on since legalisation we are only know seeing truly innovative products hitting the shops for consumers to try. Hemp is not only being incorporated into the foods we eat but the homes we build, the clothes we wear and the beauty products we use. I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds as more infrastructure is put in place for us to grow this industry in Australia.
You are the founder of ‘High on Hemp’, please tell us about this platform and your intentions for starting it?
High on Hemp’s main goal is to raise awareness of the cannabis plant and define ways in which it can be used in our daily lives. When we started most people associated hemp with tide died t-shirts and smoking objects, we wanted to bring class back into the industry by showcasing hemp products in their truest form. Nearly two years on from our launch the business has evolved into not only a brand advocacy platform but a full service marketing & advertising agency for the cannabis sector. We work directly with our client partners to execute marketing campaigns and to raise brand awareness.
“Hemp is not only being incorporated into the foods we eat but the homes we build, the clothes we wear and the beauty products we use. I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds as more infrastructure is put in place for us to grow this industry in Australia.”
What are the most common misconceptions you find when explaining hemp to the everyday consumer?
I can easily say that the most common misconception is the benefits of hemp due to its closely associated cousin. To be honest we can’t blame people for that either. We are really only seeing a push in education now. We are still learning everyday about the power of cannabis and what it holds for not only us but for our environment. We are taking a step in the right direction with mass media covering the ins and outs of what is happening around the globe.
You have recently launched the amazing looking MaMilk, a hemp milk company. What are the benefits of hemp milk, and where do you see hemp milks niche in the dairy-free milk market?
Thank you so much. This project has been in the works for a long time and we are so excited to bring it to market. We wanted to make sure we had a solid supply chain and that consumers were ready for a product like this, timing is everything!
The alternative milk industry has been rapidly expanding in Australia over the past couple of years as more consumers are opting for plant-based lifestyles. Hemp milk contains calcium, protein, essential vitamins plus the added benefits of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids in the ideal 1:3 ratio. This milk is made for everyone and it comes with the same familiar wholesome feeling that we have become accustom too.
Where did the name ‘MaMilk’ arise from?
“Ma” means hemp in Chinese! Hemp has been instilled in their culture for thousands of years and we wanted to shine the light on that in our branding.
You are launching with two varieties of hemp-milk, do you intend to expand MaMilks range of milks/products in future?
We sure are, without giving too much away our next flavours will include almonds & coconut. They are just as delicious as they sound, trust me!
“We are still learning everyday about the power of cannabis and what it holds for not only us but for our environment.”
Where do you see the hemp industry heading in the next few years?
The possibilities are endless. The CBD market will be the next big wave. We are already working with products which use hemp extracted whole-plant cannabinoid formulations. We just need to remain patient and work with the legislation which is currently in place. We don’t need anything slowing us down!
Where can people find out more about your various projects?
I’m bursting at the seams to tell you more about some of the projects we are working on. Hint – We are currently designing the first cannabis related billboard in Australia (crazy!). Follow high on hemps journey at @highonhemp or www.highonhemp.com.au and MaMilk at @mamilkco.