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Tippy Tippens is the Founder and Chief Eternal Optimist of Goods that Matter. She is a social entrepreneur, designer, and consultant who is passionate about building sustainable and equitable growth; making the objects that we live with, work for us instead of against us; and fighting climate change. She is honored to be in the GOOD 100, 2013, named as one of 100 people pushing the world forward.
In September of 2010, she moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans after the BP Oil Spill in order to create BirdProject Soap. Matter got its start on Kickstarter & Tippy is a 2011 alumni of Propeller’s Fellowship & New Ventures Accelerator program. She was inspired to form the company upon developing BirdProject, where she saw the need for socially inspired eco-products that poetically fulfill our basic needs.
Her additional professional experiences have included: teaching Social Political Design at Loyola University, designing faucets for Kohler, freelancing for lighting, furniture, graphic, architectural, and wayfinding firms as well as designing and making home furnishings for over ten years. She holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
1. What products and services do you offer?
Design and collaboration for social good – My company, Goods that Matter creates eco-home products that give to social and environmental causes. We’re proud to have donated 35K to date and to be the first Benefit Corporation in the state of Louisiana. We work with local makers to create candles, soaps, notebooks, and more that give back. We also collaborate with other companies or non-profits to create custom products of all kinds.
I also founded the Good Shop, a collaborative shop in the Lower Garden District. We are home to local businesses that have a social or environmental aspect to their biz’s: Goods that Matter, Heartsleeve Tees, Designs by Masue, Jodie Masterman Ceramics, Poet Motors, and FAIT plants.
2. How long have you been in business?
Goods that Matter has been in biz for over 8 years and the shop will be entering it’s 4th year this year.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
My business is pretty darn transparent, the only thing I can think of is I wish that people could see how different our process is compared to many products that they buy and that most of the retail market is setup for.
5. Lagniappe Info.
I love to make up new ice cream flavors and oysters are my favorite food – yum.
Stop by The Good Shop – located at 1114 Josephine in the Lower Garden District