Founder & CEO
What do you do in your position? At some point I have worked 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
Retail Store Associate
What do you do in your position? I run the store - from opening, cleaning, restocking, rearranging items and of course helping customers.
What got you interested in sustainability? Since I moved to New York City from Taiwan, I can’t stand seeing waste. For example, you have to buy plastic bags in Taiwan, so most people carry their own shopping bags. We also have more than 10 categories of trash, and trash trucks won’t take your trash if you do not recycle correctly. So after seeing how trash works differently here, I started to care more about waste and started going zero waste step-by-step.
What’s your favorite product from Package Free? Lunette menstrual cups. I can finally go through my period without making trash. It also saves me money since you can use the cup for at least 5 years.
Words you live by: Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” I take these words to heart because there is a lot of resistance when it comes to activism around animal rights and the environment.
Pack & Ship Associate
What do you do in your position? Send out all of our sustainable goodies into the world.
What changes have you made in your personal life to create less waste? I always have my reusables on me - coffee Cup, water bottle, utensils, and containers along with using a menstrual cup.
What area of your life are you still working on or looking for solutions for? The waste that happens when I get take out.
What’s your favorite product from Package Free? The stainless steel straw.
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.
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 flatlays 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.)
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.
Customer Service Representative
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 process 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 far more 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 service 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
Retail Store Associate
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 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