The Women Behind Aspire Colorado
Julie has long had a passion for minimizing her environmental footprint, collecting aluminum Coors beer cans for return to the Golden Goat as a 10-year-old. She has never stopped recycling and is now proud to be a zero-waste household, as a result of purchasing only products that are either in bulk or in a recyclable container. As a chemical engineer and water/wastewater environmental engineer, she has a strong knowledge of the environmental impacts of our personal care products, from production to use and ultimate disposal. Finding it difficult to find environmentally conscious products for basic personal care, such as toothpaste and deodorant, she began making products for herself and family members. She also went to a pure natural liquid soap for general household use, for a simpler, cleaner home and environment. These simple changes have played an important part of becoming a landfill-free household, and she would like to share these options with others, to provide a solution to make our environment cleaner, with the hope that others will follow suite and find solutions for other basic products, that we use every day. Julie holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Environmental Engineering, both from Colorado School of Mines.
As a massage therapist for many years, Karyne has long emphasized natural healing, helping the body to heal itself and using natural, non-toxic products that do not harm the body or the environment. As a mother of two young children, she is determined to ensure her children are provided with a wholesome, healthy environment. This means whole, natural foods, exercise and time spent outdoors, and personal care products that are clean and pure. She has been making personal care products for family and friends for many years, and a love of her products and increasing demand convinced her that these products should be made available to more people, for the good of individuals and for the planet. Karyne holds a Bachelor’s in International Business from the University of Denver.