Our Team

Lauren Singer

Founder / CEO

What do you do in your position? At some point I have held every position in our company since we started as a pop-up. As we have grown, my job has turned into developing our long term vision and goals and supporting and working alongside our insanely amazing team to accomplish everything we do at Package Free.

What got you interested in sustainability? Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was my introduction into environmentalism. 

What changes have you made in your personal life to create less waste? I have been reducing my waste for five years now and am always looking for new ways to do more! (have a solution? Hit me up!)

What’s your favorite product from Package Free? I’m biased because I sell The Simply Co. at Package Free which is my other company, so I’m stickin’ with it!

What area of your life are you still working on or looking for solutions for? The list goes on and on, and hopefully we can start developing some of the products that I am looking for at Package Free, yay! 

Words you live by: "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." -Viktor E. Frankl

 

Molly Longest

Creative Director 

What do you do in your position? I get the privilege of helping form the Package Free brand from visuals to voice. I help set up photo and video shoots, create emails, plan out our social media posts, brainstorm new marketing campaigns, dream up future team initiatives - all the fun things.

What got you interested in sustainability? My closet! I was super frustrated one day with the amount of fast fashion items in my closet that were cheap, didn’t flatter my body, were polluting the environment, and honestly, I wasn’t even sure if I liked them. I made a pledge to stop buying new clothing, and got really interested in how I could make more thoughtful decisions about the items I use and buy in other aspects of my life.

What changes have you made in your personal life to create less waste? I love my liquids - especially coffee - so I take a reusable water bottle and coffee cup with me everywhere, I thrift like a boss, and I’m slowly but surely switching to 100% recyclable and organic makeup.

What’s your favorite product from Package Free? Recently I’m digging the refillable dental lace. I take dental hygiene seriously.

 

Joy Morgan

Director of Customer Experience

What do you do in your position? I aim to be our customers’ contact for new ideas, questions, and conversations regarding Package Free. This helps me bring back ideas to our team about keeping our processes sustainable and efficient.


What got you interested in sustainability? Growing up in the Pine Barrens has allowed me to grow a deep appreciation for our environment through happy adventures outside. The value of the planet is evident and endless, but our destruction of it has been under reported and unattended to. Learning in higher education about environmental dangers and sustainable solutions, I have become passionate about “thinking outside of the box” in regards to sustainability, just like my team here at Package Free Shop.

What’s your favorite product from Package Free? The to-go ware utensil set is one of the best items we sell in my opinion. The food industry creates outstanding amounts of waste, and being prepared feels so good when getting take out on the fly.

Words you live by: Good begets good <3

 

Jenn McManus

Product Sourcing (Product Sorceress)
What do you do in your position? Find new, cool sustainable products to offer at Package Free Shop!
What got you interested in sustainability? I think just the need to be interested in sustainability is what got me interested. Seeing all of these things about global warming and the planet dying from a young age. 
What changes have you made in your personal life to create less waste? I always have my reusable food and beverage items on me - water bottle, coffee cup, bamboo utensils, and reusable straw. I also switched to a menstrual cup 5 years ago and I'm never going back.  
What’s your favorite product from Package Free? That's a hard one because we carry so many great products! Right now I really love my Klean Kanteen coffee cup. I'm a super slow drinker when it comes to hot beverages and it keeps it warm for so many hours. 
What area(s) of your life are you still working on or looking for solutions for? I'm very guilty of the stereotypical New Yorker, constantly ordering take out, which sometimes no matter how hard you ask, comes in a plastic bag with plastic utensils. 
Word you live by: You can never learn less, you can only learn more.

Ysabella Langdon

Director of Digital Experience

What do you do in your position? Communicate with our wonderful customers!

What got you interested in sustainability? I really fell into sustainability without realizing it. Growing up I had really sensitive skin, which caused my mother and I to make our own skincare, detergent, and so much more. Fast forward to my freshman year of college, I was a design major, but was uncomfortable with the elitism of the art world. I took a class called, Art As A Service, which opened my eyes to how art can serve a community and improve the human experience. 

What’s your favorite product from Package Free? Maybe I'm biased, but the heating and cooling pads ;)

Words you live by: You are everything, and you are nothing. items and of course helping customers. 

 

Meredyth Glover

Store Manager

What do you do in your position? Ensure that every visitor is learning and finding all the products and information they’d need to live zero waste!

What got you interested in sustainability? I was raised in a community that put a lot of significance on being a positive member of our natural ecosystem. In my adult years I haven’t lost that love for our planet and wanted to do more to encourage others to have less of a negative environmental impact.

What changes have you made in your personal life to create less waste? Making sure to always have my reusable cup, tin, and bags on me at all times. This helps keep me conscious to other lasting choices I make when it comes to sustainability through my daily actions.

What’s your favorite product from Package Free? The beeswax wrap for sure. It’s so helpful in food storage and eliminating single use waste.

What area(s) of your life are you still working on or looking for solutions for? I would really like to find more successful ways to be sustainable on the road, when traveling or camping. It is possible and that really excites me to be connected to nature without having to create any waste on the go.

Words you live by: I’ve always loved this quote by John Steinbeck, “And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.” To me this means once you stop chasing this imagined ideal of what others perceive as perfection you can truly begin to make choices every day that make you a better version of yourself.

 

 

 

Sam Cheng

Photography Intern

What do you do in your position? I provide original photo content for Package Free’s website and social media platforms. From product images, to flat lays, to lifestyle shots, I contribute to the overall visual aesthetic of Package Free!

What got you interested in sustainability? I always knew about climate change, but sustainability didn’t become a passion until I discovered zero waste through my cousin and started living with my eco-friendly/sustainable roommate. Ever since, I became more aware of how I, as an individual, can impact the environment around me. Transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle was easier too because it began right when I started college and so I made sure all the new choices I made living on my own were also zero waste ones.

What’s your favorite product from Package Free? The to-go ware utensil set for sure! I always keep the set in my bag, and it has come in handy so many times. Never again will I have to resort to single-use plastic cutlery!

Words you live by: This is water. (If you haven’t read the speech by David Foster Wallace, I highly recommend it.)

    

Mike Ma

Business Advisor

What do you do in your position? As an advisor, I help Lauren and the Package Free team scale in the most efficient way possible. I am currently Chief Marketing Officer for RateGravity, a venture-backed startup in the mortgage space, and have had a number of senior positions at startups including Betterment, Snowvation, and Trilogy Software.  

I’ve also spent time at large corporations. I was SVP of Digital Strategy and Innovation at Bank of America and ran advertising at Vanguard.

I hope to bring the best of big and small company experience to Package Free to make it as big as I think it should be.

What got you interested in sustainability? While I have always tried to live a sustainable life, I didn’t understand the business possibilities of sustainability until I co-founded a funeral startup called Coeio. Coeio creates green funeral products that allow for a truly green burial. That experience greatly shaped my view that entrepreneurs will be the ones who shape the world that I want to live in.

What's your favorite product from Package Free? Bamboo drinking straws! My kids fight over who gets to use them! And plastic straws are terrible!

Words you live by: You make your path by walking.  - Grace Lee Boggs