In this episode of Beauty + Impact, we found ourselves just nodding, agreeing and loving EVERYTHING our guest was putting out there! We’re so excited to spill the green tea with Julia Collins, Founder and CEO of Planet FWD and Moonshot Snacks.
Planet FWD is the leading carbon management platform which helps brands understand and reduce their carbon footprint and have created their own 100% carbon neutral food product, Moonshot Snacks, which uses ingredients from farmers that use regenerative agriculture practices.
There were so many nuggets of gold in this episode with Julia! Fun fact – 94% of Americans snack every single day! No doubt about it - snacking is big business - actually a US $605 billion big business. With 70% of consumers in North America believing it's important that a brand is sustainable or eco-friendly, it’s never been more important for organizations to be truly sustainable and contribute to the global net-zero targets.
In this jam-packed episode, you’ll hear:
About regenerative agriculture and what it means and the way forward as we tackle net-zero
Differences between mainstream sustainability and regenerative sustainability
How and why Julia started Planet FWD and Moonshot Snacks
The history of regenerative agriculture from Indigenous ways of protecting the land to farming practices in India and how it is making a comeback
Why you DON’T need big budgets to be a sustainable brand – first step is just deciding to be climate friendly!
How the beauty industry can step up, take note and implement regenerative agriculture practices
The power communities of color have to champion sustainability and be voices in the climate change conversation
If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag Ashley and Jasmine @Beautyandimpact and our guest, Julia Collins @juliaecollins.
About Planet FWD:
Planet FWD is the leading carbon management platform for consumer brands. Leveraging the largest LCA database for agricultural products and advanced value chain modeling, we make it easier to take climate action.
About Julia Collins:
Julia Collins is a serial entrepreneur who realized food was her calling as a young girl in San Francisco where it was the epicenter of her community. She’s spent her career building food companies, helping to launch and grow brands such as Mexicue, Murray’s Cheese Bar and Harlem Jazz Enterprises, the company responsible for the award-winning restaurant, The Cecil. She later went on to co-found Zume Pizza where she became the first Black woman to co-found a unicorn company. When she became a mother, she knew she needed to find a way to bring delicious food to people in a way that helped heal the planet for everyone including her son.
Julia founded and leads Planet FWD, a company on a mission to tackle climate change by making it easier to bring climate-friendly products to market and support other brands to be carbon neutral through their software platform for regenerative agriculture. Along with Planet FWD, she is the instigator of the first climate-friendly snack brand, Moonshot.
In addition, Julia sits on the advisory council for Launch with GS and the Food for Climate League board, serves on the All Raise operating committee, and is an EIR for Cleo Capital. She is an active angel investor focused on funding female entrepreneurs and BIPOC founders. She also co-founded When Founder Met Funder (WFMF) in 2019 to address the fact that Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the US, yet they receive a negligible percentage of overall venture funding. This annual event by All Raise offers a unique opportunity for Black female founders to connect with investors and fellow founders in Silicon Valley and beyond.
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