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Exploring Life and Business with Carrie Martin-Haley of Summit Sustainable Goods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Martin-Haley.

Hi Carrie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My name is Carrie Martin-Haley, and I am the Founder & CEO of Summit Sustainable Goods! Summit Sustainable Goods is a zero waste shop, which means that all packaging and products are designed to avoid any waste that would end up in landfill. From package-free household and personal care items to items with recyclable or compostable packaging, all our suppliers are vetted for their high-quality products and eco-friendly ingredients.

I was always interested in environmentalism and living an eco-conscious lifestyle. My first venture into environmentalism was my transition to a vegetarian diet when I was 14, and ever since have always found ways to challenge myself to live more sustainably. After beginning my work at an environmental nonprofit, I wanted to find another way to give back to the community and the earth. I started a different eco-friendly business with a business partner in 2019 and ventured off on my own in 2020 to establish my own zero-waste business and develop an intimidation-free community in the Denver area for individuals looking to make a positive impact on their environment.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Just as COVID has impacted so many small businesses worldwide, I too experienced quite a few obstacles due to the global pandemic. I often refer to Summit Sustainable Goods as my “COVID baby”, because I launched the business in September 2020. This brought a slew of challenges to overcome, from learning to network virtually and reach an entirely online audience, to determining how to maintain the health of myself and my customers as I expanded out to physical pop-ups and markets in summer 2021. Learning the ins and outs of entrepreneurship while the world was battling COVID certainly was difficult, but we have arrived on the other side stronger than ever!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Summit Sustainable Goods?
Summit Sustainable Goods is an online and pop-up style zero waste shop providing personal and household care products that seek to minimize personal landfill use. From package-free household and personal care items to items with recyclable or compostable packaging, all our suppliers are vetted for their high-quality products and eco-friendly ingredients. We focus on sourcing from local small businesses throughout Colorado whenever possible. Summit offers a variety of products, such as reusable food wraps, facial rounds, and “paper” towels, to environmentally conscious candles, lip balms, shampoo bars, and much more.

Our intimidation-free mindset sets us apart at Summit Sustainable Goods. The sustainability community can often feel exclusive and overwhelming. We focus on providing a safe space for everyone to explore small steps toward living a more eco-friendly lifestyle – from wherever you’re starting. Whether you’re a seasoned zero-waste expert or have never heard the term before, we love engaging in conversation and introducing you to some great local products that will help keep our earth a bit greener.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I have been lucky to call Denver my home for my entire life. Over the years, I’ve fallen in love with everything it has to offer, from vibrant city life to the quick escape to our beautiful mountains. With a growing focus on sustainability and environmentalism, I am proud to call Colorado home and look forward to serving Denver residents and helping our environment thrive.

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