GOOD

GOOD 100: Meet Tippy Tippens, Designing for Social Change

Tippy Tippens was horrified by the BP oil spill, so she moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans to launch The Bird Project, under the company "Matter

Tippy Tippens was horrified by the BP oil spill, so she moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans to launch The Bird Project, under the company "Matter, Design for Social Change”— Louisiana’s very first B-Corporation. Her first product was a biodiesel bird-shaped soap with 50 percent of all proceeds going to environmental cleanup and care for affected animals through the Gulf Restoration Network & International Bird Rescue.


Previously a designer with Kohler, Tippens went from designing high-end faucets to merging entrepreneurship and social change. Each soap contains a white, ceramic bird, handmade by Tippens from Louisiana Clay.

“From this project, we have donated close to $20,000 and found our formula for moving forward with Matter, Inc. – innovative, beautiful, sustainable lifestyle products at the intersection of waste reduction, green technology, and progress for our most important social needs,” Tippens says.

This year Matter, Inc., is coming out with Full Circle Soaps, a suite of biodiesel glycerin soaps that are created using fryer oil waste from French Quarter restaurants and hotels. Full Circle Soaps will expand to a full body care line and household detergents, to be sold by brick and mortar retailers, hotels, and online. Tippens hopes to partner with five restaurants or hotels, and to distribute Full Circle Soaps to ten local retail stores before the 2013 holiday season.

“Our goal is to create a scalable, repeatable model that can be exported to other food centric cities to reproduce waste oil/biodiesel/glycerin loop in their hotels and restaurants,” Tippens says. “This product suite will create multiple jobs initially and as products scale, new job positions would also grow concurrently with production, fulfillment, and distribution.”

2013 will be a busy year for Matter, with Full Circle at the center and five new consumer products set to launch, including a focus on increasing literacy, reducing gun violence, and Hurricane Sandy relief. Matter is actively seeking investment to grow the business, aiming to become a 1M company in 2014, Tippens says.

Join Tippens in helping make Matter's new set of social goods a reality here.

Follow Tippy Tippens here.

Get this and more delivered to your home by subscribing to GOOD Magazine at subscribe.good.is. It's just $25 for an annual subscription (more than 20% off the cover price)!

Articles
AFP News Agency / Twitter

A study out of Belgium found that smart people are much less likely to be bigoted. The same study also found that people who are bigoted are more likely to overestimate their own intelligence.

A horrifying story out of Germany is a perfect example of this truth on full display: an anti-Semite was so dumb the was unable to open a door at the temple he tried to attack.

On Wednesday, October 9, congregants gathered at a synagogue in Humboldtstrasse, Germany for a Yom Kippur service, and an anti-Semite armed with explosives and carrying a rifle attempted to barge in through the door.

Keep Reading Show less
Communities
via Andi-Graf / Pixabay

The old saying goes something like, "Possessions don't make you happy." A more dire version is, "What you own, ends up owning you."

Are these old adages true or just the empty words of ancient party-poopers challenging you not to buy an iPhone 11? According to a new study of 968 young adults by the University of Arizona, being materialistic only brings us misery.

The study examined how engaging in pro-environmental behaviors affects the well-being of millenials. The study found two ways in which they modify their behaviors to help the environment: they either reduce what they consume or purchase green items.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture

One of the biggest obstacles to getting assault weapons banned in the United States is the amount of money they generate.

There were around 10 million guns manufactured in the U.S. in 2016 of which around 2 million were semiautomatic, assault-style weapons. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry's trade association, the U.S. industry's total economic impact in 2016 alone was $51 billion.

In 2016, the NRA gave over $50 million to buy support from lawmakers. When one considers the tens of millions of dollars spent on commerce and corruption, it's no wonder gun control advocates have an uphill battle.

That, of course, assumes that money can control just about anyone in the equation. However, there are a few brave souls who actually value human life over profit.

Keep Reading Show less
Health
via Reddit and NASA / Wikimedia Commons

Trees give us a unique glimpse into our past. An examination of tree rings can show us what the climate was like in a given year. Was it a wet winter? Were there hurricanes in the summer? Did a forest fire ravage the area?

An ancient tree in New Zealand is the first to provide evidence of the near reversal of the Earth's magnetic field over 41,000 years ago.

Over the past 83 million years there have been 183 magnetic pole reversals, a process that takes about 7,000 years to complete.

Keep Reading Show less
The Planet
via Pixabay

The final episode of "The Sopranos" made a lot of people angry because it ends with mob boss Tony Soprano and his family eating at an ice cream parlor while "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey plays in the background … and then, suddenly, the screen turns black.

Some thought the ending was a dirty trick, while others saw it as a stroke of brilliance. A popular theory is that Tony gets shot, but doesn't know it because, as his brother-in-law Bobby Baccala said, "You probably don't even hear it when it happens, right?"

So the show gives us all an idea of what it's like to die. We're here and then we're not.

Keep Reading Show less
Health