Goods that Matter creates everyday design goods, with extraordinary impact.
We provide a trusted home for eco-conscious consumers to purchase the highest quality, eco-friendly, made-in-America goods for everyday use. Each Matter product is handmade in the U.S., of eco-friendly materials, & gives back to unique social and environmental causes.
10% of all proceeds flow to causes that impact the health, happiness, and sustainability of our communities both locally and for our neighbors around the world.
We are proud to be the first Benefit Corporation in the state of Louisiana and to have donated $28,210 to date to our partner causes! Goods that Matter works to make the world a better place by creating products and collaborations that matter.
Tippy Tippens is the Founder and Chief Eternal Optimist of Goods that Matter. She is a social entrepreneur, designer, and educator who is passionate about helping to build sustainable growth, making the objects that we live with us work for us instead of against us, and ultimately wishing to contribute to greater happiness. She is honored to be in the GOOD 100, 2013, named as one of 100 people pushing the world forward.
She is available for guest talks and workshops on a variety of topics including social innovation, design, creative entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurship. Email her at email@example.com for collaborations, workshops, or guest speaking.
Tippy also currently teaches Social Political Design & Professional Practice for Designers at Loyola University as an Adjunct Professor.
In September of 2010, she moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans after the BP Oil Spill in order to create BirdProject. Matter got its start on Kickstarter & Tippy is a 2011 alumni of Propeller’s Fellowship & New Ventures Accelerator program. She was inspired to form the company upon developing BirdProject, where she saw the need for socially inspired eco-products that poetically fulfill our basic needs.
Her additional professional experiences have included: designing faucets for Kohler, freelancing for lighting, furniture, graphic, architectural, and wayfinding firms as well as designing and making home furnishings for over ten years. She earned her Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She also participates in exhibitions, competitions, and collaborations in design, public projects, and photography.
ABOUT BENEFIT CORPORATIONS
Matter is excited to be one of the first six Benefit Corporations in the state of Louisiana, which now exist in 31 states. B Corps use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. This progressive business structure helps to define & report our positive impacts, reinforce the benefits of a triple bottom line business, attract impact investors, and stand out in a dense marketplace as a company whose basis in business is for social good. Matter is also the first Benefit Corporation on Louisiana’s charter and honored to be amongst such an inspiring group of NOLA businesses helping to build new, healthy markets & win, win, win collaborations!
MATTER’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I am delighted that the following inspiring and brilliant people are members of Matter’s Board of Directors: Andrea Chen (Benefit Director), Jon Atkinson, Gerard Cox, & Robbie Vitrano. So honored to have your support and thank you for helping Matter grow wisely.
MADE IN AMERICA
All Matter products are made in the U.S. of Eco-Friendly Materials. We're proud to be certified by the MIA Project, check out other badge holders here.