Look - don't buy anything you don't need.
But if you do need some sustainable swaps to help you reduce your trash & your impact on the planet, then you're in the right place!
We know that a "zero waste" lifestyle can sometimes be more expensive upfront, but will actually save you money in the long run by consuming less and reusing what you've got.
Our mission is to make an eco-friendly lifestyle more affordable & accessible to all.
That's why you don't see cutesy instagrammable green-washed shit here.
We've consciously curated the essentials that most people actually need in their daily lives as they embark on an earth-conscious journey.
All of our products are natural, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil free, ethically sourced, and packaged with the future of our planet in mind.
Plus, over 70% of our vendors are American female-owned small businesses! #supportwomen
We've done the work for you so that you can shop in good conscience, even if you have a tight budget.
In addition, we remove & properly dispose of 1 lb of trash from American beaches through our partnership with Ocean Blue Project for every online order!
There's so many online zero waste stores these days, but we believe that we stand out due to the activism work we do, free resources we provide, transparency of who's behind this business, and because of our values.
We believe that in this day & age, it's simply unethical for a business to NOT take a public stance. We are proud to support immediate climate action, LGBT+ rights, Indigenous rights, Black Lives Matter, and healthcare for all (including reproductive rights). We're against Trump, pipelines, water privatization, bigotry, animal cruelty, and wealth hoarding, among other things.
Every decision we make is based on our 3 guiding principles:
- environmental protection
- female empowerment
- community action
Callee | Owner
Formerly a translator for the US Navy, Callee was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector in 2017 following a bout of severe depression & alcoholism fueled by not living in alignment with her core values. That same year, at age 23, she started Bestowed Essentials, a handmade line of eco-friendly beauty & home products that are now stocked in over 150 stores around the US & Canada. Callee also hosts the Hippie Haven Podcast, a free weekly resource on sustainable living, as well as speaking at events and teaching educational workshops across the country, as part of her life mission to arm you with the knowledge & tools you need to spark positive change in your community. In December 2019, she opened Hippie Haven in Rapid City, South Dakota - a zero waste retail store & community space. Connect with Callee in her private Hippie Haven FB group!
Chesca | Hippie Haven Store Manager
Chesca originally joined our team in March 2019 as the Bestowed Essentials Production Manager, then transitioned to Hippie Haven Store Manager in December 2019. She assists customers, refills bulk containers, keeps our shelves stocked, waters our 60+ plants, coordinates our Rapid City events, and runs our Zero Waste Black Hills group. You might see her Golden Retriever, Mowgli, at work with her sometimes! Chesca previously worked as a dental assistant & dance coach. She recently obtained a yoga teacher certification in Bali. In her free time, she enjoys eating food, stand-up paddleboarding, traveling to tropical islands, and taking naps in odd places.
Raylyn | Hippie Haven Communication Coordinator
Bio & pic coming soon!
Alex | Hippie Haven Expansion Coordinator
Alexzandria has been doing our product photography since 2018, but officially joined the team in July 2019 to coordinate our expansion as we open a Hippie Haven store in Salem, Oregon in early 2021. She will then be the Store Manager there. Alex & her partner have a very energetic 5-year old son and a not-so-energetic senior rescue dog. In her free time, she enjoys taking pictures, painting, thrift shopping & camping. She has been vegetarian for over 4 years, and also happens to be the biggest Beattles fan ever.
Krissy | Bestowed Essentials - Production
Krissy joined our team in November 2019, where she handmakes all of our Bestowed Essentials products. Raised in Rapid City, she lived on the West Coast while obtaining a degree in Interior Design, and then returned to the Black Hills to raise her young son. Krissy previously worked as a jewelry maker and in clothing consignment sales. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, listening to audiobooks, cooking new recipes, and hosting Airbnb guests at her beautiful rural cabin.
Hannah | Bestowed Essentials - Shipping
Hannah joined our team in August 2019. All your online orders are packed by Hannah with love! Hannah is currently an Environmental Sustainability student at SDSMT, and plans to make a career at our company after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys creating greeting cards, bullet journaling, participating in her sorority events, and playing with her rescue rabbit.