In this week's post we had the opportunity to chat with Tracey Martin, the amazing co-founder of Tampon Tribe (a company that we have a really big crush on). Not only do they offer sustainable, organic tampons, but they are also doing some serious social good and offering a pack of tampons/pads to women on the streets for every monthly pack that they sell. Also, all of their products are TOTALLY compostable and are 100% plastic-free! So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and get to know this amazing gal who is making your monthly visit from Mother Nature better for you and our world <3
All About Tracey
Name: Tracey Martin
Company & Position:Co-Founder, Tampon Tribe
Tell us about yourself. I’m originally from Boston (go Red Sox!) and grew up in a family of public educators. I’ve basically been a nerd since birth – I’ve always loved academia and being a student, math, music and the arts. I really didn’t grow up with much exposure to the worlds of business or private enterprise. I studied linguistics and cognitive neuroscience at Brown and moved to San Francisco shortly thereafter to work in software sales, and later sales ops, legal & business development. Of my friends and family, no one is more surprised than I am to have ended up with a career in business! They probably thought I’d end up designing fashion apparel in my garage or in school getting degrees until the end of my days.
What are you currently working on? Running a sales ops team is still my day job and stimulates me greatly. Besides running Tampon Tribe with 3 other amazing female entrepreneurs, you can find me teaching and practicing yoga, fashion styling and buying for a few clients, and dabbling in all forms of design.
ON TAMPON TRIBE
It’s so gloriously simple and yet so important. Our mission is to provide women with organic, affordable feminine hygiene. We wanted to do it while directly impacting marginalized women locally in CA and without having a nasty environmental impact globally. We want to empower women through convenience, sustainability and social impact.
How did you get started?
My roommate and I met Tampon Tribe’s original founder, owner, (and fearless leader) Jen Eden at a happy hour at my roommate’s crossfit gym. She’s a serial entrepreneur, having already owned and run a number of successful restaurants and publications around the world. She was musing about a new concept she was toying with: a dollar shave club for organic tampons. I nearly dropped my drink; I was so excited. “How is this not already a thing??” I vowed to her that night, in the gym, that I would do whatever I could to be involved. A few months later, Tampon Tribe made its debut.
How do you spend 10 minutes of solitude? The NYT Crossword Puzzle and a podcast. Or, if my yoga mat is around, a quick vinyasa flow to get the blood flowing. Doing handstands against the wall rushes blood to your brain — it’s an awesome way to re-energize and focus!
What health/beauty products can you not live without? (Actual products with brands) I am tragically uninformed about makeup. (I can barely use mascara.) For skin, I’m a big fan of Sunday Riley. Her treated U.F.O face-oil takes a few weeks for your skin to adjust to, but it’s all these natural oils + a tiny bit of salicylic acid –it feels like your skin is chugging moisture, clears your skin – plus it’s bright green, which is awesome. I am also going to throw my cheap but life changing microfiber towel turban in the mix – super absorbant, reduces frizz, and allows me to leave the house with damp hair instead what would otherwise be a mop of sopping thick wet curls.
What health/ wellness trend are you into right now? I’m doing hot water + raw honey + raw apple cider vinegar every morning with a pinch of turmeric and cayenne. Once you start, you won’t go back. Kick starts the metabolism, stimulates digestion, reduces inflammation, is great for your hair & skin, makes your skin and body less inhabitable to yeast, and alkalizes you from head to toe.
Best way to energize your own bosslady power? There’s a lot I love about being a boss lady, but nothing is as visceral as dressing the part. For me, that might be sky-high stilettos one day, and a mens-wear look on another; or while working from home, just some heavy rimmed glasses. In the workplace — [my style] is like my armor.
Bosslady (or ladies) that you admire?Right now I’m nursing an unhealthy obsession with Issa Rae. But my all-time, hands-down crush has to be Rachel Maddow. First of all, she’s a genius, low-key Rhodes Scholar (no-biggie), and an absolute savage at investigative journalism. She also happens to be funny, fearless, sarcastic and only drinks old-timey cocktails (a woman after my own heart!). And of course, she’s immensely successful commercially