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OUR STORY

PUBLIC is your neighborhood low-waste living shop and go-to resource for sustainable goods and refills. We believe that with back-to-basics, everyday solutions we can reduce single-use product and food waste.

We understand that time is valuable and lives are busy. It’s our promise to you that our products and solutions will be simple and easy to put into practice.

Each of our curated products is thoughtfully researched and thoroughly vetted as an alternative to those that are single-use. Almost all of these products we use in our own lives; the rest are either recommended by customers or people we know and trust.

Whether you’re just starting out transitioning to a low-waste life or have been on the path for years, we take the guesswork out of which products are the most effective and effortless to use.

Our Founder

Jolene began her own journey toward a lower-waste lifestyle while working closely with Fortune 500 companies that were developing sustainable product lines. It got her thinking about her own impact on the environment and how we, as individuals, can make a significant contribution to cleaning things up simply by reducing the waste we produce.

As she started out trying to find replacements for single-use products and minimize her waste from food, it was very much trial and error. Some products and solutions worked really well, others not so much. She knew there had to be a better way to make a low-waste life doable. Our lives are so busy and time so valuable, and in order to make a dent in the waste being produced, she knew that she needed to take the guesswork out reducing it.

So, after 20 years working in advertising and marketing for household, technology, and financial brands, she decided it was time to open PUBLIC and she hasn’t looked back once!

"I know I’m doing the work I was meant to do: Using my knowledge of how product labels (like eco-labels) and claims are used in marketing to help consumers navigate the world of low waste in a conscious, informed, and truly impactful way."
- Jolene Dobson, Founder and Owner, PUBLIC

Join us for Plastic Free July!

Join us for Plastic Free July!

1 min read

We're participating in Plastic Free July again this year. Are you?
Download the Action Picker and choose your challenges for the month. Make sure you also follow us @apublicshop on Instagram and Facebook for 31 days of Plastic-Free Deals!
Nut Milk How-To + Alternative Bag Uses

Nut Milk How-To + Alternative Bag Uses

3 min read

Cheesecloth has its uses but a quality organic cotton nut milk bag is what you need in your essentials toolkit. Our nut milk bag is washable and reusable and isn't just for nut milk.
Our Favorite Ice Pop Recipes

Our Favorite Ice Pop Recipes

3 min read

Grab a set of ice pop molds and try these yummy recipes out. We're compiling a list of our favorite recipes, including a must-try classic sangria 'poptail' here! Looking to create your own recipe? We have a how-to you can follow.

Refill Vending Machines, Recyclable Paper Lunch Bags

Refill Vending Machines, Recyclable Paper Lunch Bags

1 min read

This Wednesday's Watch List includes a refill vending system from Chile and a major brand launches recyclable paper lunch bags.

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