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A passion for sustainability makes this mentor a perfect match

A passion for sustainability makes this mentor a perfect match

I’ve been working with MamaGaia - a venture focused on simplifying sustainability and using waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, to create beautiful, useful products. They currently have a range of soap dishes, with other exciting things in the pipeline!

I love the local, community focus, trying to solve Taranaki’s plastic waste problem and save plastic lids from ending up in landfill. I also am excited about the creativity and possibilities for future products that can be made from recycled plastic.

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Karen Danenhauer founder of MamaGaia is Pitching for The PowerUp Ideas Competition Finals Night

Karen Danenhauer founder of MamaGaia is Pitching for The PowerUp Ideas Competition Finals Night

Introducing Karen founder of MamaGaia a start-up with a mission to solve our plastic problem. MamaGaia takes plastic that would otherwise end up in landfill or in nature and recycles it into unique soap dishes.
MamaGaia’s creations help to encourage bar soap and bar shampoo use and eliminates the single-use plastic waste stream.
Join Venture Taranaki at the PowerUp Idea Competition Finals Night and see who takes home $10,000 cash to PowerUp their idea.

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A Brief History Of Plastic - From Nowhere To Everywhere

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A Brief History Of Plastic - From Nowhere To Everywhere

The history of plastic may be short, but its growth is incredible.  Plastic has revolutionized the way that we live our lives, making life easier in many ways. Unfortunately, it’s also gotten to the point that it’s fouling our water, polluting our land, and harming wildlife. With the ubiquity of plastic now, it’s hard to imagine a time when none existed even though it wasn't actually that long ago...

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What's an ED Doc Doing Recycling Plastic?

What's an ED Doc Doing Recycling Plastic?

As an ED doc, I’m skilled in suturing lacerations, setting broken bones and reading ECGs; what the heck do I know about recycling plastic or building a business?  About 2 years ago, I was sick of seeing the barrage of photos of dead sea turtles, dolphins, albatrosses; I read an article about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (one of 6 giant garbage patches in our oceans!) and this all became too much to ignore.  I felt a calling to do something about it, but what could I do? Some research led me to Precious Plastic, where I got super inspired...

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The Colours Of My Soap Dishes Come From These Common Products

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The Colours Of My Soap Dishes Come From These Common Products

People often ask me where the different colours for my 100% recycled plastic soap dishes come from.  All of my soap dishes are made from plastic products that people used.  We use plastic in so many different ways in our life these days – containers for food, bath products, medicine, and bags.  I’ll bet that you’ll recognize and use most of these common sources of plastic that make up the main colours in my recycled plastic artisanal soap dishes.

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