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The Social Impact Startup

Nov 23, 2020

Sunny Wu is the founder of ourCommonplace, an ethical marketplace for the conscious, fashion-forward consumer. As a first generation Taiwanese-American, Sunny grew up seeing her community, and specifically her own mother, excel at entrepreneurship by tapping into the needs of the community.  With a background in fashion & luxury, Sunny decided to tap into the needs of the fashion community by curating a one-stop marketplace for all things ethical.

At ourCommonplace they believe that it is their responsibility to create a space where consumers can feel confident about how they allocate their purchasing power. By supporting socially eco-conscious companies, they are accelerating the movement towards a more conscious society in an effort to be in alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • Her journey from luxury and fashion into ethical consumerism
  • The negative impacts of the fast fashion industry
  • Holding brands accountable to higher standards
  • Creating affordable impact for people at different price points
  • The responsibility of the private sector to work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development goals
  • Why ultimately she hopes in the future their company won’t exist

Sunny envisions a world where the values and standards that they are upholding at ourCommonplace become the norm industry-wide - and she is doing the work to make that happen.

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Our intro theme song is “Pico & Westwood” by Esbie Fonte. Check her out here: