We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathryn and Eliza and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kathryn and Eliza, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
We are both passionate about the environment, but also big believers in social justice and building a community. To us, sustainability isn’t just being plastic-free and using bamboo; it’s also about supporting local small businesses, and businesses that pay fair wages and support women and minorities. There are a lot of great zero-waste stores cropping up around the country, but we wanted to go the extra mile and really vet our vendors and sources.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We both work full time in healthcare, so this business has really been a passion project for us. We believe in the vendors we carry, and we know the story behind every item we carry. We do the work to vet the products we bring to our customers. For example, we don’t buy our bamboo toothbrushes in bulk from a nameless third party vendor based in China. Although virtually all bamboo toothbrushes are made in China, we looked for a company that works with a manufacturer that uses sustainably harvested bamboo and pays fair wages. We believe in total transparency, and we only work with vendors who do as well. Whenever possible, we source locally first.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being ocean lovers, the first thing we would plan is a great beach day! We would go down to El Porto in Manhattan Beach, and I would take them surfing, or book them a surf lesson. Afterwards, we would go for brunch at Sloopy’s Cafe, where I highly recommend the breakfast burritos with sweet potato tots and the mimosa flights. Then we would walk along the Strand towards Manhattan Beach pier, and do a little shopping in downtown Manhattan Beach. We would end up getting cocktails and dinner at one of the many restaurants and bars in the area. My favorite before the pandemic was Inaba Sushi – it’s an intimate 6 seat space omakase experience. They currently are doing amazing take out sushi boxes; the chef is one of the loveliest people you’ll meet.

The next day, we would rent e-bikes from Manhattan Beach E-Bike Rentals, and cruise down to Santa Monica pier. We would stop at any number of restaurants or bars along the way – Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey, Gjusta in Venice, or Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe in Santa Monica. We would then walk along the Santa Monica pier and take a ride in the iconic Ferris Wheel, which is solar powered, and lose all our money playing the arcade games.

On the third day, I would take them to a museum – either the Broad Museum or the LACMA – two of my favorite museums. We would then go for lunch at The Ivy and ask to be seated in their lovely outdoor patio. Afterward, we could do a little shopping in the surrounding neighborhood – there’s a particularly beautiful home goods store, H&E Goods, where I like to go fantasize about what my dream house would look like.

On the fourth day, we might decide to drive up to Malibu and check out the surfers at the famous Surfrider Beach. I would take them horseback riding through the beautiful Malibu Canyon. I highly recommend High Horse Malibu – they are a small family business, and you can really tell that their horses are beloved and well-cared for. The views on the trail ride are to die for. Afterwards, no trip to LA is complete without dinner at Din Tai Fung for their famous soup dumplings – we would go to one of the many LA locations and dig in!

The last day would be up for grabs – either another surf day, or maybe a trip to Universal Studios or Disney, or the Getty Villa, or a hike at Runyon. The options are endless!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We wouldn’t be where we are without the great vendors who gave us the opportunity to partner with them. In particular, we want to shout out the small Los Angeles and California businesses – Smile Natural Products, Plum Brilliance, No Tox Life, Further Products, Wick and Soy Wax Candles, Matunas Surf Wax, and LA Miss Apple. We all share the same common goal, and we love their products!

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