We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Cochrane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I first started making sustainable swaps in my daily routine I noticed I had to shop at several online stores to find the items I needed. I stumbled across a few products that worked AMAZINGLY and were much more cost effective than their big-box counterpart. I wanted to create a business where everyday people like me could find high quality, sustainable and affordable alternatives to single use plastic household essentials, all in one place.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Waste Less Shop is an ever growing marketplace of sustainable, high quality household essentials that started from my unsuccessful search for affordable, effective, bulk/plastic-free goods in my community. We source our products from small, local makers working to help reduce the collective footprint on our planet. What sets us apart from others is our passion for hand selecting brands and products that place quality and sustainability at the forefront of their brand, we don’t sell just any sustainably advertised goods, we curate collections that we confidently stand by for their effectiveness and mission. We are so excited to expand our product offerings and continue to make sustainable goods increasingly accessible for everyone.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The South Bay is the best place to spend a long, sunny weekend. First thing in the morning I would pick up a Two Guns Coffee and walk up the beach from the Manhattan Beach Pier to El Porto, its so serene in the mornings when the only other people out are the die hard surfers and a few early bird locals. I’d grab breakfast at Cafe Wild then stop by The Waste Less Shop to pick up some sustainable gifts and self-care products. I’d then grab bike rentals and ride all down the Strand bike path to Redondo Beach for a touristy walk around the pier before riding back up to Hermosa Beach for lunch and margaritas at Palmilla, on a hot day I would save room for an ice cream sandwich from the Baked Bear. After lunch I would set up camp on the beach to play some volleyball and read books by the water. After showering and freshening up I’d have sunset dinner reservations at Mangiamos, Arthur J, or Sugarfish in Manhattan Beach. On a weekend I’d then head down to the Hermosa Pier or Downtown El Segundo for drinks. After we experienced the best of the beach cities, I’d jump in the car and do a day trip to play the most gorgeous cliffside par 3 golf course at Terranea in Palos Verdes and have lunch at Nelsons afterward. To show my friends a little more of LA I’d drive up Highway 1 to Malibu and go wine tasting at Rosenthal or have lunch at Geoffreys then go on a hike. The South Bay gives you the best beachy LA vibes where flip flops and beach cruisers are preferred over fancy shoes and cars. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my fiancé Chris for giving my the space to confidently chase my dreams. I think it’s pretty common to have a vision and let fear of failure hold you back from pursuing that vision. Chris let me know that rain or shine, he was there to support whatever I chose to pursue, and with that affirmation I was able to wholly invest myself in this journey with The Waste Less Shop.