Your range is seamlessly curated with plants. How have plants affected the retail environment?
Tom: Plants in the retail environment are a net positive. Then help reduce our carbon footprint and purify the air for us. In our shop, not only do customers get greeted by great scents, but the air quality is probably a bit better than what they just experienced outside it.
Kirsten: Tom said it best here! When we thought about setting up our shop, I looked to our own home” what did we have and enjoy already? Plants are not only beautiful, but serve a function.
Were you an avid gardener before P.F. Candle Co.?
Kirsten: Probably not. I don’t think I developed my green thumb until we moved to California. I had access to the flower market here (we lived a block away) and just went nuts. I’m the indoor gardener in our house, and Tom’s the outdoor gardener.
Tom: I wouldn’t say I was an avid gardener before we moved into our current house. I never had the space to grow things. Now one of the things I enjoy most in the world is working with the land. Tending to the garden, terracing our soil, just trying to be a good sheered of what we have.
How has nature informed your business?
Tom: We are natural beings, so it makes sense to look to nature guidance. What company structures work well in nature? How do people communicate best with each other? We also care deeply about the environment. My goal is to reduce most of our packaging to just item themselves. It is extremely frustrating when you put so much time and resources into something and people, just throw it away.
Kristen: Like Tom said, par of what motivates us is being able to make an environmental difference from corporate standpoint. I felt frustrated by my limitations as an individual - yes, I can make responsible choices, but it’s a much smaller impact than corporations can make. I truly believe they have the biggest responsibility when it comes to climate change. Something I’m proud of is that we’ve started composting here at P.F. HQ. We also want to put solar panels in.