More than 175 million items were purchased during Amazon’s 2019 Prime Day event last week. With the help of Seattle’s new recycling startup, Ridwell, hard-to-recycle Amazon packaging waste will be picked up for free from non-Ridwell members in the Seattle service area now through August 1st. Anyone interested can sign up here to be notified when the pickups are scheduled. 

Creating high performance gear out of sustainable materials.

Repurposing coffee grounds—and recycled water bottles and recycled windshields—to make active and outdoor apparel is next level and also so very Seattle. Named after the SR 512 highway in Tacoma, the Five12 team has developed moisture-managing fabric to keep their clothes dry on the inside and out, while maintaining breathability, for protection in our PNW climate. 

Healthy, delicious fruits and veggies for 30-50% less than grocery stores.

One in five fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. doesn’t meet the strict cosmetic standards of grocery stores, usually causing them to go to waste on the farm. The heart-shaped potato, the curvy carrot, the oddly-shaped orange are all delicious and nutritious, but are often left to rot in fields or sent to the local landfill – just because they look different.

Mattress shopping just got a whole lot more fun—and affordable.

Tuft & Needle co-founder JT Marino explains that his idea for starting the business came after a horrible mattress retail experience—one “even worse than shopping for a used car.” Afterward, he vented to friend Daehee Park, and the two decided to quit their Silicon Valley jobs to bootstrap T&N in Phoenix in 2012.