A Conversation with a Low Waste Vegan Restaurant in Seattle: Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

Scoop Marketplace is a zero waste grocery store in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. You can bring your own containers to purchase bulk dry foods, herbs, spices, personal care products, household products, and more! In this conversation with the owner, Stephanie Lentz, we learn about how she decides which products she sells, her personal definition of sustainability, and what’s coming next for Scoop.

Lois Ko is the owner of Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery which has two locationsin Ballard and the U District in Seattle. In our conversation, she shares her journey from being an ice cream scooper to an ice cream shop owner, how she’s managed to reduce waste in her business, and her advice for other business owners.

Scott Andersen is the Co-founder and Director of Stakeholders Stewardship at Artisan Dental which is located in Madison, Wisconsin. In our conversation, he shares about the decision to get Artisan Dental certified as a B Corp, some examples of the positive environmental impacts of that decision, and his advice for business owners who want to take the first step in becoming more sustainable.

Abena Boamah is the founder of Hanahana Beauty. She shares how she started Hanahana while she was in grad school, what she wishes she knew when she first started her business, and the importance of building a true relationship with the women in Ghana who supply the shea butter for her beauty products.

I chatted with Ardis Burr of Up & Undies. She helps divert excess clothing from landfills by upcycling old t-shirts into new underwear. She shares why upcycling is important to her and the process to get your very own pair of undies!

I spoke with Ben Brady, the General Manager of Miko Poke and Everly in Madison, WI. He told me all about Miko Poke’s compostable packaging, sustainable seafood sourcing, and his career in the food industry.

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