Lauren Gropper is the founder and CEO of Repurpose, the leader in plant-based tableware.
An eco-entrepreneur and green architecture pioneer with degrees from McGill and Pratt, Gropper began her career in sustainable design, consulting for international clients such as Bank of America and Fairmont Hotel.
Her early success led to a surprising career in Hollywood, appearing in green-focused TV shows and working as a consultant to the industry with customers like Discovery Networks.
While her projects were recognized for cutting-edge sustainable design, the businesses themselves went on as usual, trashing the planet with plastic, Styrofoam, and other petroleum-based products. Gropper had an aha moment on-set, confronted with the waste generated by craft services. She founded Repurpose to bring conscious consumption to consumer packaged goods.
Today, Gropper leads Repurpose on its quest to change the world one low-impact cup, plate and fork at a time. As both climate change and sustainable technology accelerate, Gropper challenges her team to think years ahead about what make and use today. For Gropper, it’s still about design: What products can she create to extend a disposable lifespan and reduce waste?
“At Repurpose, we took a bold idea and went with it,” says Gropper. “We disrupted a lagging industry and created a whole new category. Good design can make better choices not only easy but desirable. Changing the everyday is the key to the existential threat of climate change. I proudly tell my kids we’re making small choices today for big impact tomorrow.”