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Kate Jaeckel / Orchard Farm Soap


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 My favorite item in the shop is our calendula cream. I first started making this cream back in the 90’s when I was in school studying massage and herbal medicine.It has changed and been tweaked as the years have gone by. This recipe includes locally distilled lavender hydrosol for a gentle scent and soothing properties, homegrown and processed calendula for it’s many skin nourishing qualities, olive oil, aloe vera and beeswax. Just 5 ingredients. I love using this after a long day in the sun. Wonderful to use for the whole body especially sensitive skin issues. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

We have created a space that our community feels connected with not just our products. A lifestyle and home that has raised food, flowers, herbal medicine, and kids that are environmentally focused. Our legacy will be in the humble, hardworking, family model we have created. One where our kids know exactly where their food comes from and how much work goes into creating it. A world away from my childhood in Chicago. 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS?

I love listening to music while I work. I especially love dancing while working. Some favorites are Maggie Rogers, Rhye, Sylvan Esso, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, local amazing Josh Ritter  

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Felix Redecker / Bürstenhaus Redecker 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

Every product we invent and design has a use. We don’t manufacturer decoration. It is difficult to point out that one unique product…we have so many! We are thankful for so much inspiration that we get from our customers, friends, colleagues, AND family members. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK?

In times where 1-Dollar-Stores gain more and more importance, we want people appreciate fine handcrafted products that are not available for 1 Dollar. If people buy our products today and treat them right and maintain properly, the items is still alive in 100 years. We want to have Redecker items available for the world, invented, designed and distributed by the sixth Redecker generation. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi



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Elizabeth Endicott / Weird Birds 


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 The Kitty Sets are probably my favorite. They came about when I started brainstorming what my dream toy would have been when I was a child. As a kid, I was constantly making cozy beds for all of my tiny toys, and I have tried to infuse that specific youthful magic into my products. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

Oh jeez. If people are remembering my work in 100 years, I really hope it makes them happy. I like the idea of Future People thinking of my work and smiling with colorful warm fuzzy feelings. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 Fleetwood Mac forever and ever amen. Also - Paul Simon, Lizzo, Fleet Foxes. But when I really need to buckle down, I turn to podcasts (I love Fresh Air and NYT’s The Daily).

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Quinton Yeldell / Southern Hospitality 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 The idea that sparked Southern Hospitality began many, many moons ago while attending podiatry school. During my studies, we would administer moisturizing creams to patients (often diabetics). While the creams we used worked well, I couldn’t help but to notice the not-so-good ingredients found in these creams. So I thought what if I could create a moisturizer that did wonders for the skin, while also having non-toxic ingredients. Through loads of research and LOTS of trial-and-error, I was able to develop a moisturizing cream that I could call my very own. The cream became an entire line and Southern Hospitality was born! 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? Ultimately, I see Southern Hospitality becoming what I like to call: “A worldwide brand in demand.” It will be a name in the skincare industry that will live on- as a force- for generations to come. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? Can’t go wrong with 90s Hip Hop, especially southern artists. OutKast and Goodie Mob, just to name a few.   

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Samantha Foxx / Mother’s Finest Family Farm 


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 I enjoy making all of the products. Creating gives me so much life! But, the Elderberry Syrup is one of my favorites. I started out making it for my son and turned it into a business. It has helped so many families in our community and beyond. 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 Appreciate the love and time that goes into a hand crafted product. I value, having a person behind my product and hope that never goes away. With strong loving arms, I embrace the challenges of life; standing for the education, empowerment and the promotion of women and people of color in beekeeping, agriculture and the arts innovation. 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 Anything from Tupac! 😜❤️


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Brad Bernhart / Earlywood 


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 Favorite item is the Large Flat Saute. I'm a mechanical engineer by schooling and learned a lot about designing for function while in school. I also worked as a design engineer for 8 years after school. So, I picked up a wooden spoon one day, started analyzing every single part of it. I got rid of all of the features that were unnecessary and guess what was left... the large flat saute! 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 In 100 years, I don't just want people to remember me and my work... I want them to still be using it! It was old beat up wooden utensils that inspired me to start this business in the first place. I would give anything to be able to see some of our utensils decades into the future and see the love and meals and family and good times they represent! 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Bonobo - Dial "M" for Monkey

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Erika Hickey / Coming Up Rainbows 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

This a good one. It was invented when my kids were in their first years of school. I have a tiny blog post about it. My big kiddo had a hard time leaving his Mama, so we invented a powerband that I would charge up with love and put on his wrist or ankle to remind him that I was 'with' him all day. It morphed into a band that I sent to people that needed some love, sad friends, anxious family members, people experiencing loss or going through tough or trying times. The powerband is a constant reminder of love. We often drop a bit of essential oil on as an extra comfort. We all need powerbands. 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? I always wonder if I'm doing enough, if I'm helping enough people? I hope in 100 years people still look for the rainbows in this world. Rainbows are so full of hope. I always hope I am loving hard enough and touching enough lives to make a difference. The darkness out there is big, the world is so big. How do you reach enough people? I know it is important to make a difference on a small scale. I hope that by doing that, love spreads. I think something I realized a long time ago is people aren't given the time they deserve, or the time they need from other people or from our busy world. I hope people feel like I've granted them the time they need and the time they deserve, and that I listened to them. And, I guess in turn that other people follow suit and listen and love really really hard. We need to keep all of those hard lovers and good listeners around for a really long time. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 I can't listen to much music with lyrics, in my 'old' age, if I'm trying to get something done that involves deep thought. In cases like that I love jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, usually. If I'm making products, sewing, knitting or concocting I often listen to a book or podcast. If I need to dance while I work, I love the Guardians of the Galaxy mixed tapes (that's kind of cheating though). My husband also makes the best mixed tapes. But, if I'm making my own - it would have some Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads, Lizzo, New Pornographers, They Might Be Giants, Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Prince, Fleetwood Mac,Oblio Joes and Volumen.


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Jen Bohman / Piper Handcraft


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

If I have to choose a favorite, I think I’d choose the mittens. They’re a real labor of love, so I only make them in small batches. When I was in high school, my grandma bought me a pair of lightweight leather spring ski gloves. I loved them so much and felt so cool wearing them. I have all these stories of losing one, and then having it come back to me in the most unlikely ways. Once I was backpacking in Yellowstone, and while fording a river, one dropped from the side pocket of my pack. I never knew it was gone. That is, until a few miles down trail when we crossed the same river again and my glove floated right up to me. Seriously. How cool is that? The feeling of finding a lost piece of a pair is THE BEST. I lost them, accidentally burned them, and wore holes through the fingers and palms teaching kids to ski on the rope tow. They are beat to hell now and I still have them. I don’t wear them anymore because they’ve become more of a keepsake. I lost my grandma, and now the gloves remind me of her. I tried to make gloves. I did. And let me tell you, there are limits. And gloves were mine. So, the mittens I make are inspired by those gloves. A combo of leather and wool; a tool for many adventures in which I hope you’ll lose them and find them again. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 In a hundred years, I don’t need anyone to remember the things I made. I’d be happy if they remember the fun things they did while using the things I made. It’s all about that anyway.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

Audiobooks! Fredrik Backman keeps me company on those long hauls. And many other authors too. I love suggestions, so hit me up! The best way for me to lose track of time is to get lost in stories.


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Alice Cantrell / Twig & Moth 


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 Well, I'm not sure that I have a favorite. :) I suppose if I had to pick, it would be the Nature Journals, which were made with the help and input of my youngest two children. 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 That I did my best to help children to reconnect with the amazing natural world around them. 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 My mixtape would probably be mostly modern bluegrass and folk.

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Yumiko Sekine / Fog Linen


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 Linen kitchen clothes, Linen Table Clothes, Linen Full Aprons, Linen Garcon aprons in natural colors are the items I started fog linen work with...I have not changed the design since the beginning. I still love the simplicity of these items after over 20 years. 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

Linen is a long life material. I hope some of the products can be used over 100 years. 


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Tyler Thrasher 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 One of my all time faves has got to be my Grow a Damn journal. This idea came to me while I was working on some new hybrids in the Crassula genus. I couldn't find anything suitable for documenting my process and the progress of my plants so I thought, if there's a void- I need to fill it ASAP. Even if no one else buys it, I need this to exist. 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 I would hope that I inspired others to pursue their curiosities, to explore the world and to remember that their mental health is vital- and often times these things can go hand in hand and even aid one another. 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 Anjunadeep 06 and 07 get my brain in the right space to phase out my surroundings and pore myself into a project.


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Lori Roberts / Little Truths Studio 


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 It's hard to choose a favorite! When I first started painting at age 40 I had no idea I would eventually do it full time for a living. I just felt called to create art with a message, like my most popular print, the ABCs of Life. I created it several years ago as a love letter to my daughter McKenzie, as a sort of "rules of life" piece, highlighting mindfulness, connection, empathy, forgiveness, wonder and gratitude. Each year I receive so many kind notes and feedback on this piece- I love hearing that it has been given to children, adults, graduates, newlyweds and posted in schools, clinics, daycares, yoga studios, therapist offices. I'm humbled and encouraged that this print has spoken to so many people! 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 I would like the world to remember my work as encouraging, thought provoking, conversation starting, community building. I create work that is designed to express genuine sentiment, encourage empathy and spread kindness, I hope that is my legacy. 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 There are certain bands/songs that just signal to me: it's time to get down to business! My mix tape would definitely include Fleetwood Mac, Modest Mouse, Beastie Boys, The Police and Cake. 

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Janna and Kent Lufkin / Raw Material Design


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Our flagship product is our Demi-chef Apron. Like all our goods, it was created to serve its purpose without fanfare or complaint. It's made from heavy cotton canvas or denim that’s tough enough to stand up to the demands of professional kitchens and commercial laundries and generously designed to amply protect both women and men. All are made right here in the United States from domestically sourced materials. Sure, it costs more to make goods using American labor and quality materials rather than lighter, less expensive materials and offshore workers, but each product delivers a dividend in the form of a much longer service life.


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

We're proud to offer durable and well-made products at a fair price. Whether customers order one apron as a gift or 500 for their restaurants, we devote the same energy and service in filling every order. The truest measure of our success is the number of customers who have come back over the years with reorders.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 Hmmm, that's tough! Our musical tastes swing widely between contemporary country singers like Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, 1960s crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and acoustic guitar players like Fanto Reinhardt, Samson Schmitt and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.  

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Robert Workman / Barebones Living 


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 I love the grace, balance, technology, and beauty of our Woodsman Collection of knives, hatchets, and axes. Particularly, our grubbing and splitting axe inspired by Ed Pulaski. I have used many axes throughout my life, and the one thing that I always fought with was the constant need to knock the loosened head back into place. By designing a full tang axe with a tightening hex bolt, we were able to solve many of the issues associated with that. 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 I doubt my great-grandchildren will remember me in 100 years, but I hope that my actions today will make a difference to their lives. I work hard to do my part to care for the earth. I always do my best with what knowledge and resources I currently have; I’m willing to adapt to what works for the day and let go of old ways that are no longer relevant. 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 Charlie Pride. Alabama. Alan Jackson. The Avett Brothers. Some Bob Marley. Carrie Underwood. Charlie Daniels Band. Ed Sheeran. Elton John. Elvis. Eric Clapton. George Strait. Gordon Lightfoot. Jim Croce. John Denver. John Cash. Kenny Rogers. Mumford & Sons. Old Dominion.



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Brittany Wood Nickerson / Thyme Herbal


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Everything I write or make is rich with story and holds a special place in my heart. I love the posters that I make in collaboration with my dear friend and illustrator Chelsea Granger. Every year we co-create the Moon Calendar and we have 6 other posters as well now - we call them medicine posters. The goal is to bring art and folk medicine into the home and into people's lives. Every year the Moon Calendar has a new theme that follows what we are inspired by and what medicine the world is calling for. We have been doing it for 11 years now and the project tracks and spans our relationship, our lives, our inspirations - looking back on them they each hold a story and that story then ends up on thousands of walls around the world every year - it definitely feels like a form of magic!


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

My goal is always for my work to inspire, empower, support others in their evolutionary growth, and to serve the earth and foster connection between people and the earth. I hope my work continues to serve in this way for as long as it is needed.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

Most of my creative work is writing and I find that noise distracts me - I am at home in my thoughts and find the most inspiration in solitude. If am going to listen to something for inspiration it is usually a podcast - ideas are what inspire me.

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Ab & Al / Queer Candle Co. 


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

Our love story is so entwined with our love of candles that it’s hard to separate them! We started making candles together as a hobby during the holiday season of 2017. Alyssa had recently moved into her first solo apartment and had been having a lot of fun decorating and making it feel homey. Ever frugal Ab thought that Alyssa was spending too much money on candles from big box retailers, so they got her a candle making kit. We started making candles together for fun following that, and eventually Ab moved in and in the same month we launched QCC. From there, one thing led to another and now our candle making hobby has turned into a full time job for both of us!


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

We hope to be remembered for being good friends and community builders. We love our candles, but above that we are grateful for what QCC as a platform has allowed us to do: connect to our community. We have grown as people even more so than as entrepreneurs through learning and collaborating with other amazing makers and LGBTQ+ creators. We want to be remembered as part of an ever-growing, loving, and supportive community.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 ABBA… Cher… Cher’s album of ABBA covers…We’re simple folks - a good beat and some ‘70s sparkle and we can take on a long work day no problem. 


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Kelice Penney / Careful It Bites


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

I had been making the sleepy, sweet creatures called Pajama Bats for years, selling them at many local fairs. My friends had stopped to chat with me at one of these craft shows and we looked over at the little bats in their basket, their wings folded up around themselves, and thought "they look like they are Hiding something, don't they?" We joked about various things they could be wearing under those demurely folded wings. After the show I couldn't stop thinking about how funny it would be to make a surprise bat for those friends for christmas with just tiny tighty whities on. So I did and the Flasher Bat was born! And I haven't stopped making them since because the delighted surprise my friends felt when they unfurled those wings is felt by many other people who are gifted these ridiculous guys and I love spreading that silly joy.


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

I hope some of my plush creatures become heirlooms in families and are kept and cherished, as I did with the stuffed animals I grew up with, and that they still bring moments of joy and comfort.


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

I'm a huge sci fi nerd, so I listen to audio books non stop while I work. Many spaceship crashes and planets being discovered while my creatures come to life. 

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Terri Holt / Camp Director


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE?

It all started with dipping herbs! I love to dip bread in olive oil & balsamic vinegar with herbs. So I started making my own herb/spice mixture. When my family would visit & I served the olive oil concoction with bread they loved it and wanted the recipe…instead of sharing my recipe, I made small batches to be given as annual Christmastime gifts to my family. They in turn served it to their friends. The circle grew! & so did its uses: a rub on meats, mixed with olive oil & vinegar for a salad dressing, in sauces for pasta, to season cooked veggies, stirred into scrambled eggs & tuna fish, etc… My daughter, founder of DIG + CO, wanted to sell it in her shop…it took off! What’s in a name?…I am a “get-er’-done” kinda gal. My brothers & sisters loving call me “The Camp Director”, thus the name! 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

 I want to be remembered as a good daughter, sister, mother, Aunt, cousin & friend. Lover of dogs & frogs! As for my herbs? I hope my family will continue to make it…IF I decide to share the recipe! 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 Always a fan of Rod Stewart! Fleetwood Mac is my go to artist for feel good music. Lady Gaga, Pink, Adele,Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish truly inspire me.  


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Ida Friedman Kasdan / Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve 


 WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU MAKE? 

 My favorite item has always been the one that started it all, our Goat Milk Oatmeal Soap. The story begins in 2001 when I was a full-time science teacher and decided to find an interesting hobby. On the weekends my husband Howard and I would go to local craft shows where I saw many booths selling handmade soap. I was surprised that most of the soaps were made with funky colors and artificial fragrance—it just didn’t make sense. I knew there had to be a way to make a lovely natural soap without artificial ingredients. Soap is chemistry and I love science. I spent months researching "soap" and my hobby was born. My husband made me a small wooden mold, I gathered some Goat’s Milk, some Oatmeal, some local Honey and a few basic oils, appropriated my kitchen mixer, spatula, and pots, and began. 


 IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

My mom passed away a few months ago, she was 102. She will not be remembered for her worldly accomplishments or achievements in life. She will be remembered for the way in which her genuine, loving presence enriched the lives of those she met. She believed that there is always something you can do for someone to make their day just a little bit better. And what is her legacy? It is me! If the company still exists in 100 years my great grandkids will be running it and I hope we are remembered for being a pioneer in the fledgling industry of organic skin care. I believed in organic, sustainable, and environmentally friendly before it was “fashionable” to do so. The company could have made more money following a different path, but that was not the goal. What is important to me is not how the world will remember me in the future, but what I do in the present. My important legacy is my children. I hope that they will remember that I was strong, willing to take risks and make mistakes. That I laughed, cried and loved. And that in the end, I experienced my joy of living through all the beautiful little things life has to offer. I hope that both they and the world will remember me in the same way that I remember my mom. 


 WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

 The Beatles! I grew up on The Beatles, they’ve always been my favorite, and Christine, our head Product Chef is a true “superfan”! There would be some classic rock like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel and Grateful Dead, a bit of R&B/Soul and some more “modern” artists, ranging from Peter Gabriel to Muse. Ben, who makes all the Soap and Shampoo bars, tends to pump lots of 1980’s hits and 1990’s hip hop!

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Peita Pini / Veggie Savers


WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE VEGGIE SAVER?

When I had children of my own, I was sick and tired of throwing away rotting fruit and veggies after only a few days since purchasing and became increasingly more conscious of the extent of fresh food waste in my own home. I started to notice condensation building up inside the plastic bag or container I was storing my veggies in. I realized I was storing my food in toxic materials and watching them sweat. Fresh produce is living and breathing, and all living things need air and water to survive. Determined to find a solution that empowered people to lead healthier lives, reduce the cost of fresh produce to the household budget, and combat both food wastage and plastic pollution, I spent years developing the revolutionary product that solved all of these pain points. 


IN 100 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WORLD TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WORK? 

Our business model is purpose-driven on multiple levels. In its first year, the creators of Veggie Saver donated 100% of profits to Destiny Rescue, a non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating children from human trafficking. Today Veggie Saver donates 5% of all profits to the organisation. It is our mission, by 2030, to see Veggie Saver empower over 1 billion people around the world to live waste and plastic-free, with a net profit that contributes to over 10,000 children being freed from slavery and provided long-term rehabilitation. This is the ‘why’ behind our company; we want to use a great product that significantly reduces food waste and plastic pollution to contribute to an even greater purpose. In 100 years, I hope the world remembers the hundreds of thousands of child survivors, who were trapped in sex trafficking, that we rescued and rehabilitated. I also hope they remember that despite our efforts, there are still hundreds of thousands more trapped in these hideous circumstances. 


WHAT'S ON YOUR ULTIMATE MIXED TAPE FOR GETTING THROUGH REALLY BIG PROJECTS? 

Fleetwood Mac, or anything with Stevie Nicks – she is one incredible, talented, badass woman who has gotten me through A LOT of very late work nights!