At the beginning of 2016, I (Bianca) decided to try to create less waste after reading an article about US blogger Lauren Singer and her trash jar. Giulio decided to join me in this zero waste life attempt just a couple of months later, and when we moved in together shortly after, we committed ourselves to try to live as sustainably as we could. This does not mean that we do all that can possibly be done - rather, we believe that as perfection is impossible, doing your best with what you have and what you feel comfortable with is the way to go!
Along the way of this journey we started making more and more of our products, and as we learned more about ingredients, processes and materials we started flirting with the idea of opening an online shop.
One of the main drivers behind Zero Waste Path is that it is usually very hard to find information about the waste that happens before a product gets to the consumer, and this is also true for many sustainable products. We therefore decided to create a company that wasn’t zero waste and sustainable only in the final packaging, but all along the production chain. We are huge fans of transparency, and we share all of our waste, practices and decisions on our our Instagram and Facebook pages, and here on our website!
Since the opening of our company on February 2018 until approximately 6 months later, we have both worked on it relentlessly, while I was pursuing my Master in Environmental Sustainability in Edinburgh and Giulio was working elsewhere. Now that I'm done with my Master Degree and Giulio has started his PhD, I am running ZWP full time with the support of our awesome ZWP team! Of course, still having Giulio's support and help in his free time.
We don't outsource anything - we manufacture all of our products in our workshop, we carefully select our suppliers and take care of every aspect of what we do. This is because we prefer to have direct control over as many aspects of our company as possible, and because we want to invest every earning in making more and better products and in providing a better service to all of you! In addition to this, as both of us are vegan and zero waste (well, trying!), you know that we will spend our profits in a responsible way with a focus on sustainability, human and animal welfare!
P.s. On a less serious note, do you know the say "everytime you buy from a small company an actual person does a happy dance"? It's completely true, and Giulio still takes part in the we-have-received-an-order-dance!! But to be fully transparent it does happen in Italian haha