Kathy Ku (she/her) has an engineering background, and has always been committed to using her skills for good. Prior to juni, she and her co-founder founded a ceramic water filter manufacturing company in Uganda.
What inspired juni?
We’ve always been product people. The last product that we worked on together were ceramic water filters in Uganda. (We co-founded an organization called SPOUTS of Water!) But even beyond that, we’ve always liked tangible goods that we can make and feel with our own hands, particularly those that can have a positive impact.
Incorporating everyday practices into making the world a better place takes a lot of small steps. One of our co-founders is a dentist, and was actually inspired by his trip to Vietnam. Bamboo farmers in Vietnam (and in other areas) are often subsistence farmers (a form of farming in which nearly all of the crops or livestock raised are used to maintain the farmer and the farmer's family, leaving little, if any, surplus for sale or trade.) Our product team is working hard to figure out how to create a stable supply chain to help develop the economy.
How would you describe juni to a friend?
We’re really proud of our juni brushes. For our packaging, we’re using kraft and EarthPact paper. For each product, we underwent extensive testing to ensure that we could avoid artificial preservatives and use natural and biodegradable ingredients.
Are we the best environmentalists? Probably not. We eat way more meat than we should and subside on boba and yogurt drinks (probably why we need to brush our teeth so often). We try to draw the line at bottled water, but the thing is we still wish we were better people. juni makes this easy, because we can at least be consistent about one thing: starting off the morning by using a bamboo toothbrush. Not only that, between it’s grip, mouthfeel, and sleek finish, the design makes it worthwhile too!
What are your individual core values?
Community and compassion.
How do your friends describe you?
How do you want to be remembered?
As the brand who convinced big brands to switch over to bamboo.
What's the best way to get in touch for questions and support?