Total loan: $5,000
San Francisco, CA, United States / Retail
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I grew up traveling with my family in developing countries. I loved these beautiful places and connected with the people who lived there, but was also exposed to poverty, need, and the negative impacts on the environment. When I grew older, I moved to the United States and was amazed by the country’s wealth and surplus: most people had anything they wanted, and when it was no longer new, they threw it away. This contrast to my upbringing was both exciting and confusing; I also wanted new things, but recognized their worth in a different way than others. I found my own balance by choosing second-hand clothing, furniture, and materials while striving to extend the life of still-useful but discarded goods. In college, I studied biology and became passionate about how things work and are made. I spent 6 years as an Army Officer to pay off my scholarship, and developed a real appreciation for process, efficiency, leadership, and communication. After my years in the military, I worked in medical technology, becoming an expert in production processes and supply channels. Over the years, I have also become the expert among my community for recommendations on a sustainable approach to life. I recognize that the marketplace is inundated with “eco,” “green,” or “sustainable” products, but find that most consumers have a hard time navigating the actual impact on their environment. Eventually, my passion for educating about and supporting sustainability, led to Filosano. My goal is for Filosano to provide a window for consumers into the products they buy, empowering them to make informed decisions that consider the impact their purchases have on the world. I hope this approach to transparent production and education will eventually change the consumer landscape and allow people to wear their values.