Certifiably Awesome: Erin Zaikis, Founder, Sundara

Have you ever wondered what happened to that bar of soap you slathered up with during your most recent hotel stay? Yeah, we can’t say that it’s something we’ve thought much about either — that is, until we were introduced to Erin Zaikis, founder of Sundara. Now, we can’t stop thinking about our freakin’ hotel soap. Here’s why.

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Certifiably Awesome: Sacha Dunn, Founder, Common Good

Sacha Dunn launched her business, Common Good, after encountering a startling realization: She was using a lot of plastic to clean her home. Thus inspired to live a more sustainable lifestyle, she launched a home care company that offers consumers the unique opportunity to re-fill their products at one of Common Good’s many refilling stations across the country. She also packages some of her products in glass – an anomaly in this industry – and formulates using 100% biodegradable formulations — no harsh chemicals, phthalates, or parabens. Ever. Just check out their ingredient list here.

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Certifiably Awesome: Josh Hicks, The Wilderness Society

In honor of Earth Month, we’re shining the spotlight on our pal (and Adam’s BFF) Josh Hicks. Josh works for the Wilderness Society, a conservation organization that seeks to protect and preserve our nation’s wildlife areas from development and environmental threats (only 5% of our land is “designated wilderness” – more on that, below). In lieu of a long intro, we’re going to jump right into Josh’s interview, since he’s about as articulate as they come (plus, he has a dog named Bill Murray… so there’s that).

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Certifiably Awesome: Claire Mazur & Erica Cerulo, Co-Founders, Of a Kind

You know you’re in love with a brand when you open every single email they send you. It’s a total rarity… and it totally describes our relationship with Of a Kind. Founded by Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, Of a Kind is an e-commerce-slash-editorial platform for up-and-coming brands in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle spaces. The thrill of visiting Of a Kind is threefold: First, you often discover new, awesome brands. Second, you learn their amazing stories. Third, you are then able to shop them easily and seamlessly (it can be dangerous). Yep, in many ways, Of a Kind is the total package. So of course the website’s founders are just as cool.

 

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Certifiably Awesome: Meika Hollender, Co-Founder of Sustain Natural

We’ve got a major crush on Meika Hollender, co-founder of Sustain Natural, a sustainable sexual wellness brand. Yup, you read that correctly: a sustainable sexual wellness brand. If that strikes you as an usual categorization, it’s because Sustain Natural – and Meika – are doing some amazing, innovative work in an industry that’s long been in need of some disruption. Hence, the crush.

Let us elaborate: Not only are Sustain’s products created in an environmentally conscious and responsible fashion (for example, they use only fair trade rubber in their condoms) using only non-toxic ingredients, they’re perhaps the only sexual wellness brand that is marketing their products to a bafflingly long-ignored audience: women!

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Certifiably Awesome: Emerson Fry

In our sweetest dreams we are outfitted in Emerson Fry’s entire collection of clothing and accessories from head-to-toe. Emerson, a US-based designer, creates the type designs that you feel good about wearing season after season: A testament to their timelessness, superior quality, and effortless modernity.

Our attraction isn’t just based on looks, either – the main Emerson Fry line is produced here in the United States (smaller heritage capsule collections are carefully produced elsewhere), using ethical production methods and sustainable materials. While this dedication to conscious design isn’t something Emerson blatantly wears on her sleeve – ha ha – it lends her work an air of quiet, considered thoughtfulness.
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