Seed Waikato is turning TWO! That’s two years of igniting young people to create positive change across the Waikato. To celebrate this special milestone, we’re incredibly stoked to be hosting none other than Brianne West for an evening of storytelling as she shares her road to remarkable at an all ages event!
Brianne is arguably one of the most successful social entrepreneurs in Aotearoa as the founder and Chief Executive of Ethique, the world’s first zero plastic, zero waste personal care brand. But as Brianne will tell you, the road to remarkable is about how we take the hits with the wins. It’s about building resilience. Holding onto a vision. Daring to do things differently. Finding courage to take action.
This event is for you if you want to:
Find hope and inspiration
Learn more about start-ups, social entrepreneurship and innovation
Build your resilience
Meet new people
Join us for our biggest event yet, hear Brianne’s story, and be part of a community that is daring to do the remarkable.
Brianne West is the Founder of Ethique – a plastic-free, sustainable and cruelty-free beauty company that has stopped over 3.4 million plastic bottles from being made & disposed of into landfills.
It was during her time at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch studying biology and chemistry that Brianne started her first business, a traditional cosmetic company at the age of just 19. Her work on this business made her aware of the immense impact plastic bottles have on our environment. Her quest to set in motion a positive change within the beauty industry resulted in the start of the Ethique revolution in 2012, when Brianne began making natural beauty bars as an alternative to the 80 billion plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles thrown out globally each year.
Ethique (which is French for ethical) has since grown into a fully-fledged, award-winning international beauty brand (even coveted by the likes of Britney Spears & Ashton Kutcher). They’ve developed over 40 products that are distributed through over 2500 shops and e-commerce retailers across the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe. Ethique products are entirely manufactured using sustainable, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients. Each year Ethique donates 20% of its profit to charity to support animal rescue, rehabilitation and environmental conservation. Ethique is also B Corp and Living Wage accredited, meaning it meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Brianne West and Ethique have been featured in media across the globe including: Forbes, Elle, The Daily Mail, and Glamour Magazine (twice!). She’s made it to Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers and even had her product endorsed by Oprah. You can also learn more about Ethique’s remarkableness on their very own blog.