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Bhagya Uppala Wijayawardane: Tackling Food Insecurity through Home Gardening

Bhagya Uppala Wijayawardane: Tackling Food Insecurity through Home Gardening
Bhagya: Well, Spiffy, in my journey, I have witnessed and heard stories of families adversely affected by climate change. I have seen people affected by malnutrition, stunted growth in children, and an increase in school dropouts due to hunger and lack of a free morning meal. I’ve seen farmers attempt suicide to escape debt traps. I’ve seen escalating food costs and nutritional deficiencies. I started gathering information so I could better understand how people can live peacefully without relying on government agencies and institutions for support all the time. At the same time, I started gardening in the backyard of my kitchen. All this while, there was a constant inkling pushing me to help others start their home garden to fight food insecurity

Charlotte Young Bowens: Outdoor Gear for the Plus-Size Community

Charlotte Young Bowens: Outdoor Gear for the Plus-Size Community
Charlotte: As an outdoor gear and apparel company focusing on bigger bodies, we’re committed to ensuring that people in the plus-size community can purchase gear and apparel that fits their bodies. We’re also advancing size inclusivity in outdoor activities and the outdoor industry at large. Research has shown that time spent exploring the outdoors on a regular basis can support and ensure continued physical and mental well-being. We’re all about our three C’s which start with being a customer-centered company focused on creation by and for bigger bodies and we produce products that are customer-validated.  Finally, we know that comfortable clothing and gear nurtures confidence in people to live a healthy lifestyle with their chosen outdoor activity.

Atom Nguyen: Bringing Sustainable, Bio-Based Materials to Market

Atom Nguyen: Bringing Sustainable, Bio-Based Materials to Market
Atom: Our revolutionary bio-based materials offer a sustainable, accessible, and practical alternative to currently available commercial material options. The production of textile materials, such as vegan leather and traditionally produced animal leather, is a major cause of environmental destruction and greenhouse gas emissions due to its usage of toxic materials like polyurethane. Food waste (wasted coffee grounds and seashell waste), when properly processed and repurposed, can be a viable source of raw material with great characteristics for the circular economy.