Founded in 2008, Project 7 is the brainchild of founder Tyler Merrick, a self-proclaimed “social capitalist.” Merrick founded the company on the premise of turning the 7 deadly sins upside down. Through the sale of everyday consumer goods like bio-bottled water, gum, mints, T-shirts and coffee, Project 7 was created to give back and educate people on seven global issues. In the first quarter of this year alone, purchases of Project 7 products have given more than 130,000 meals to American families and more than 100,000 avocado and mango trees have been planted in Haiti. Merrick is an inspiring force to be reckoned with, and we are thrilled he took time out from making a difference to answer some questions for Tiny Green Mom’s readers.

An Interview with Tyler Merrick, Founder of Project 7

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

Simply put, Project 7 exists to give. Project 7 was created as a way to give back, inspire others and educate people on real needs throughout the world.

We are a cause-related company that makes every day consumer goods, like bio-bottled water, gum, mints and coffee. For every purchase of a Project 7 product, some good is done in seven areas of need – Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

Green is a way of living and a way of life. It is core to the products of Project 7 and it is essential part of my life. We make a point to locally source all the water for our bottled water and only use bio-bottles. We’re debuting a gum pack that is 10% post-consumer recycled material, all our products are made in the USA, our t-shirts are made from organic cotton and recycled bottles, Project 7 coffee canisters are 90% post-consumer recycled material…I could go on 🙂

Guilty green pleasure?

Recycling. We have fun with it in my house. We’ve gotten the kids involved in helping and we even make a little game out of it, by making sure we recycle more than the we put in the trash.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Believe in yourself, believe in your product and keep hustling. Learn from adversity and listen to what the market is telling you. Don’t be afraid to try something out and admit if it doesn’t work. Remember, nobody is undefeated.