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Purple Turtle was born during the long night watches whilst sailing from Britain to South America with three young daughters. Great fun was had by all (at times!) but there was still an awful lot of time to fill in whilst sailing. The favourite game on board was ‘shops’, but what started as a bookshop rapidly evolved into a newsagent/travel agent/bank/cafe/hair dressing salon, and then finally internet sales.

This evolution was inspired by the versatility of the shops we came across during our travels, and once the seed was sown I was never allowed to forget the idea of the internet shop. This then represents the germination of that seed, but it has yet to grow and blossom, and only time will tell whether it has fallen on fertile or stoney ground….

But why Purple Turtle? Turtles were a recurring feature throughout the voyage, often turning up when they were least expected and most appreciated, particularly when sailing through the odd gloomy patch, and so Purple Turtle arrived, all those 17 years ago!

Meet the Team behind the Turtle!

We thought it was time you met the team! Below is our Turtely Awesome team that keeps your orders going out and the website helpful and informative!

For a bit of fun, we asked everyone the same questions –

What 3 items would you take to a Desert Island?

What are your 3 favourite Purple Turtle items?

What is your favourite thing about working at Purple Turtle?

What is your favourite destination visited?

What is your bucket list destination?

And here are our answers…

Iain – Top Turtle

Desert Island Items – An ice cream machine, A Sunday Afternoons Sun Hat and a guitar.

Favourite Purple Turtle items – The Craghoppers NosiLife Adventure Shirt (because I feel ready for anything when wearing one), SafeSea Sunscreen and a Kingslite Torch.

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – Working with a turtley awesome team!

What is your favourite destination visited? – The Amazon Rainforest – Where my Leech Socks came in handy!

What is your bucket list destination? – Borneo & Greenland. Possibly Mars if it ever becomes a civilian flight!

 

 

Katie – The Bailiff

Desert Island Items Spotify and speakers, Australian Gold Suncream and a huge inflatable Unicorn.

Favourite Purple Turtle itemsAustralian Gold Suncream (it smells amazing), Honey Pot Wasp Traps (they remind me of the Winnie the Pooh honey pots) and Mac in a Sac (they’re so bright!).

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – When customers leave little notes at the end of their order about holidays or why they’re buying certain things. We do read them!

What is your favourite destination visited? Key West & Florida

What is your bucket list destination? Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, New Zealand, Lapland, Canada, Bruges…there are far too many to mention!

 

 

Christie – Warehouse Wizard

Desert Island Items a book, a slush puppy machine and a Pyramid Mosinet.

Favourite Purple Turtle itemsAloe Up Ice Sunburn Relief Jelly, a Buff and a Pyramid Safe Hydrate Bottle.

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – being kept busy with packing orders, processing deliveries and working on the website – there is always something that needs doing and no two days are the same 🙂

What is your favourite destination visited? New Zealand, I would really love to live there!

What is your bucket list destination? Japan

Rhian – Quality Control Queen

Desert Island Items A tree tent, a telescope (for star gazing) and an MP3 player for music.

Favourite Purple Turtle itemsMac in a sac, Buff and Feetz Pocket Wellies

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – learning about new outdoor products when I love being outside! It’s always great to see new products although it’s not good for my purse!

What is your favourite destination visited? Madeira – it was pretty and the scenery was amazing. Incredible views and super fun toboggan rides down the mountain.

What is your bucket list destination? lots of places! Tour of the states, Norway, Inca Trail in Peru, Switzerland, there are too many to list!

Go to the ‘Contact Us’ page and complete all the details
or email : sales@purpleturtle.co.uk
or telephone: 01495 290935
or write to: Purple Turtle, Unit 7 Rising Sun Industrial Estate, Blaina, Abertillery, NP13 3JW