Mon, 29 June 2015
Growing with your Sustainable Brand
Introducing Derek Sabori
It is quite the journey when you start answering the phones for free and eventually progress to a vice president of global sustainability. That is the path that Derek Sabori took though. Derek works with the massive lifestyle and clothing brand, Volcom and has been with the company since 1996. He comes to the Boiling Point by way of a chance meeting with Greg Hemming at the Sustainable Brands conference they both attended in June.
Derek’s position has him managing all parts of Volcom’s business sustainability from fabric choice to land use, waste to compliance. His message to young people entering the business world, it is okay to connect your inner values with your career. Hear about Derek’s journey in this episode of the Boiling Point.
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Mon, 22 June 2015
Founding Story of a Change Maker
Introducing Justin Perkins
The universe works in amazing ways. By being observant and using your intuition the path of your life can become an amazing and impactful adventure. One person that has followed such a path is Justin Perkins. Justin is a native of Boulder, Colorado and is the senior director of brand engagement and business development with Care2.com, as well as the founder and president of the Olomomo Nut Company.
Care2 was one of the first “social good” websites to emerge back in 1998 with 30 million members and has petitions signed by hundreds of millions of people. Olomomo was a hobby business Justin started back in 2008 that is now getting national distribution throughout natural grocery stores in the United States and soon Canada. Both companies are certified B Corps.
Justin’s passion for social impact was sparked by a trip to Guatemala when he was a teenager. It was a big shock for him to see how different the world was from mountainous paradise of Boulder. Seeing how the rest of the world lived prompted his curiosity, and brought on questions like, “what does it all mean?” His curiosity took him to Brazil to study international development and to South Africa for several months where he had a life-changing experience with a man named Billy that led him on a path to creating a non-profit. This experience was so deeply impactful for Justin that he new he had to pursue something similar in his career path; only in such a way that he could also make a buck as well.
Tune into this episode of the Boiling Point to see how openness to new experiences and serendipity can open a path to a life full of meaning and passion.
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Mon, 15 June 2015
Bring on the Business Sustainability
Introducing Nick Aster
For too long sustainability was a niche topic discussed mostly by activists. However, now there seems to be a shift in the tides where business is coming to the table to make a real impact. One of the reasons for this is due to the hard work of people like our guest this week on the Boiling Point, Nick Aster.
Nick is the founder of TriplePundit.com, which is an online business sustainability publication he started as a passion project around 10 years ago. After completing on of the first MBA programs in the subject of business sustainability, Nick wanted to get the word out on all he had learned and on some exciting people. Five years later, Nick was able to quit his former job and work TriplePundit.com full time.
Nick has seen the evolution of business sustainability from a niche topic to a cautious optimism as large corporations are starting to buy in and make their own impacts. No longer does it seem that business sees activists as agitators, but now collaborators toward a better world and increased profitability. Sure, for some of these companies it might be just great PR or lip service, but more often then not these companies are taking the issue seriously.
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Mon, 1 June 2015
Wear your Label and Defeat Mental Health Stigmas
Introducing Kyle MacNevin and Kayley Reid
Mental health has traditionally been a taboo topic to talk about openly. This left many unable or unwilling to reach out for help and caused them to suffer in silence. However, recently there has been a shift of opinion, which has allowed those with mental health issues to speak more openly and as a result those who hadn’t sought help are now more open to the idea.
Kyle MacNevin and Kayley Reid were on the cutting edge of this movement when they launched their clothing line Wear Your Label. Wear Your Label is a for-profit, social enterprise that puts mental health front and center while helping to obliterate mental health stigmas. Best of all, part of the profits from each sale go to help out groups supporting mental health initiatives.
Mental health is not like any other illness or injury. When you break your arm and have to get a cast, everyone understand that you are injured and on the way to recovery. Mental health is not as visible and therefore not as easy to understand… that is until now.
Wear Your Label has been able to build community and belonging to those who may have previously felt isolated by doing just as their company name says. The clothing tells the world, that you have had some struggles and are in the process of recovery. In an industry so notorious for exacerbating certain mental health and body issues, they have really turned a page.
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