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Small Business Spotlight: Dip in with Rise Up Retreats & Kassia Meador

Posted by Kate Assaraf on

 Women friendships (and the shared passions that go with them) are an untapped power source in our industry. These types of friendships can spark some amazing things, and going forward, Kassia and I are ready to put those to good use. 

So this is the meet-cute story of how Dip was built with human connection, and not corporate emails, conference tables, & phone-tag. We invented a new kind of "board meeting". We met with surfboards in the wild: your friendly neighborhood Dipette, Kassia Meador, and the badass crew from Rise Up Retreats.

No hair texture left behind: creating an all-textures welcomed culture

Posted by Kate Assaraf on

Dip deserves a slow clap moment, because it’s about time that there’s a quality, sustainable product that is good for your hair and the environment.

 Let’s keep in mind that until recently, sustainable beauty was not very colorful (literally and figuratively) in how it was marketed. Aside from crunchy packaging that came in fifty shades of beige, there was a lack of diversity in the faces and hair textures we saw representing these beauty brands.

Why Refill Is The New Record Store (And Why That Matters)

Posted by Kate Assaraf on
Record stores, on paper, were just another shop trying to stay afloat. In person, however, they were cultivation grounds for something entirely different and beautiful. They were a place to slow down, to reminisce with music you already loved, or discover new artists that sometimes pulled you in a whole new direction in life. And, of course, they were always staffed by people who loved the art (not just the job).

Dip's guide to synthetic fragrance: Chemicals aren’t the problem but a 2D understanding of sustainability IS...

Posted by Nicole Warner on

On the flip side, natural fragrances are not sustainable by default.

Despite their eco-friendly reputation, natural fragrances are made by extracting the scent from plants and animals, and that biomass has to come from somewhere. Cultivating these scents can lead to overharvested farmlands, deforestation, and pesticide use, among other concerns. 

The green beauty industry loves phrases like “chemical free”, “no toxins”, but those can get a little greenwashy at the surface level.

Chemicals aren’t the problem; a 2D understanding of sustainability is. 

The Collaborative Network of Sustainability in Our Community

Posted by Bec Cristillo on

We like to talk about sustainable going beyond the product line and into our attitudes, expectations, and supports. The sustainability movement is collaborative, a network, a community of small thinkers helping each other out. In...