Whenever we need a pick-me-up, we stroll into the corner office to chat with Repurpose’s founder and CEO Lauren Gropper. With 75 LEED projects under her belt, Lauren is a powerhouse of green architecture and urban design. She was the host of Green Force on HGTV, consulted on Hyundai’s carbon neutral campaign and has Adrian Grenier on speed dial. What’s more, she’s a problem solver, whether we’re tackling plastic pollution or trying to settle on a spot for happy hour.
RP: What do you love most about your job?
LG: The sales “wins” are really fun. We often feel like we’re the little David fighting against the big Goliath. When we can knock down big new customers, it feels great. The other piece of it is that we’re able to provide a sustainable product to people that otherwise wouldn’t have the option. I love being the solution—that we’ve created an affordable solution to a real environmental problem.
RP: What’s the hardest part of being an eco-entrepreneur?
LG: Trying to change consumer behavior…not always easy.
RP: What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
LG: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right.”
RP: If you could rid the world of one vice, what would it be?
LG: Careless consumption
RP: Where do you hope the compostables industry will be in 5 years?
LG: Ubiquitous! I hope that curbside composting becomes available widely so that we can fulfill our zero waste Repurpose vision.
RP: What gives you hope?
LG: My daughter, Vivienne.
RP: What super power do you most wish you possessed?
LG: Unlimited wish granting :)