Today we’d like to introduce you to Mavis Carolina Herrera.
Mavis Carolina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Hello, I am Mavis Carolina Herrera and this is my story. I grew up in San Quintin, Baja California a small town with a lot of poverty. Since I was three years old I got involved in helping kids at the paper camps by providing toys, clothes and free medical assistant performed by my Dad. One of my favorite childhood memories was playing outside barefoot with some of the kids from the paper camp. My nanny used to chase me and made me put on my shoes, and I ended up crying because I wanted to play barefoot, like all the other kids. As I grew up, I finally understood the kids played barefoot because their parents didn’t have money to buy them shoes. That day, I made myself a promise to help kids in need. At the age of thirteen, I moved to the United States without my parents due to the high crime in Mexico and was lucky enough to see my parents for fourteen days out of the year. After graduating college I started traveling by myself around the world to unknown places and fall in love with nature and with people’s souls around the world.
During my travels, I learned about sustainability and the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and the negative effects on our human health. It was shocking to learn how plastic is killing our oceans, wildlife animals, humans and the bacteria that makes 10% of earth’s oxygen. After coming back from a business trip I left my job and promise myself that everything I do from now on will be with a meaningful purpose in life. On May 28, 2019 Mavis by Herrera was born with the idea to transform plastic pollution into a sustainable and ethical bag. At the moment I am an honor to work with beautiful artisans people from the third age, domestic violence survivors and moms working from home. I am beloved grateful and honor to work with amazing and strong people!
Has it been a smooth road?
I am self-founded and 100% of the time is just me wearing different hats from production, execution, budgets, marketing, finance. The journey hasn’t been easy but is worth it. Before starting this journey I let go of everything because when you don’t have anything you have everything.
In the first months, one of my biggest challenges was my self, I learned to be stronger than my thoughts. Next, is rejection, not everyone would like your product and is ok. I learned to transform a “No” into something positive and move forward.
At the moment, I am enjoying this new journey and my vision is to move forward and prevent plastic from entering our landfills. Also, I want to create more jobs and I want to leave this world knowing that I did something good for the environment and in people’s lives.
Tell us more about the business.
Mavis by Herrera is a brand that is transforming plastic pollution into an elegant, sustainable and ethical bag. We are driven to reduce plastic pollution from entering our oceans and landfills and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Everything we do is with a sustainable purpose, it has to be good for the environment and good for the people. Our goals are to reduce plastic pollution and promote sustainable textiles without harming the earth.
What sets us apart from others is how we operate with a conscious purpose. Handmade in our signature style and inspiration for everything we do. We are proud to share opportunities with singles working moms and artisans while preserving natural resources. Together, our team strives to make great handmade products for a better world. Each item we sell is unique and one-of-a-kind, so we can only offer limited quantities. We avoid using excessive tags and labels in our packaging. Reducing waste and pollution is something we take very seriously.
Our bags end goal is not just about solving the negative in plastic pollution; it’s about creating a positive sustainable impact, to be zero waste conscious, Inspire and be inspired.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next five years, I see Mavis by Herrera as a sustainable brand that leads by example. I want to inspire other companies to choose sustainable actions and to do good for the environment. Also, I want to create educational programs to inspire better ways to reduce plastic pollution.
- Starting price for bags from $30 to $150
- Website: WWW.MAVISBYHERRERA.COM
- Phone: 6198628483
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mavisbyherrera
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mavisbyherrera
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