01 Feb Gia Machlin
EcoPlum® is an environmentally focused business-to-business company offering branded marketing solutions and its Sustainable Swag® line of promotional products. EcoPlum Business Gifts brands and customizes all types of eco friendly merchandise with logos, taglines, and messages for client companies, universities, and organizations.
At EcoPlum, we believe that an organization’s brand reflects its values. Our mission is to help buyers make responsible choices on branded gifts and elevate their marketing practices in a more sustainable direction. EcoPlum created the Sustainable Swag® line of environmentally-sound alternatives to conventional promotional products with a goal of reducing plastic and other harmful waste in our landfills and oceans. We are committed to a triple-bottom-line strategy focused on people, planet, and profit.
EcoPlum sells unique, innovative, high-quality, best-in-class promotional merchandise, combining both style and function. Sustainability. Meet Style.® at EcoPlum. We guide clients to the right products for their audience, customize the branding, and ensure rigorous standards for ecological and social sustainability are met. Transparency is essential. Product sourcing criteria include, but are not limited to USDA organic, vegan, fair trade, fair labor, biodegradable, renewable, recycled, reclaimed, reusable, sustainably harvested, Made-in-the-USA, handcrafted or artisan, non-toxic, energy-efficient, ethically sourced, other third-party eco-labels, women/minority-owned, and B-Corporation. EcoPlum product categories include apparel, bags, kitchen, bar, office, outdoors, wellness, food, and PPE (personal protective equipment).
EcoPlum is a member of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The company earned the Green America Gold Business Seal of Approval and is certified nationally as a women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Gia Machlin, President & CEO EcoPlum, is a member of the Women Presidents Organization. She is also on the advisory board for Enterprising Women (EW) magazine and was one of a select group of award-winners for their “2020 Enterprising Women of the Year.”
Why did you choose this particular business/industry?
EcoPlum is on a mission to disrupt the $24 billion promotional products industry to reduce the amount of plastic waste it creates that ends up in our landfills and oceans.
Who is your ideal client?
What would your clients say about you?
I may not know the answer right away but I will dig until I find it and get back to you quickly and thoroughly. We go above and beyond to serve our clients. I am socially conscious and mission-driven.
What do you love about your life?
Making a difference where ever I can.
Why did you join NAWBO?
Networking – and I got a free membership with 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year award.