About The Balanced Exchange
The Balanced Exchange strives to accelerate society's shift to sustainable practices and achieve social justice using the principles of a circular economy. This will be accomplished by increasing access to household products that reduce waste, educational opportunities and using profit and growth to benefit local organizations.
A World Without Waste
The Balanced Exchange is proud to officially be a Best for Colorado company! As a Best for Colorado company, we have officially committed to working toward a more equitable and sustainable future in Colorado. Engaging on this journey is important to The Balanced Exchange because we believe that we can take steps that will positively impact our community, our democracy, our economy and our planet. Best for Colorado is a program of The Alliance Center, a nonprofit dedicated towards a truly sustainable and equitable future.
The Balanced Exchange is a proud member of Good Business Colorado- a group that helps business owners create a better Colorado via a prosperous economy, equitable communities & a sustainable environment. Join us: goodbusinesscolorado.org
The Balanced Exchange is proud to be a part of the .eco community. .eco is the domain name for people committed to the planet. Sustainability priorities are based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a universal action plan to protect the planet, end poverty and grow prosperity. As a .eco business, “We pledge to support positive change for the planet and to be honest when sharing information on environmental actions.”
Catherine Lucht and Carrie Martin-Haley met in 2019 through a local Women in Sustainability group. They were both ready to align their personal sustainability values with professional endeavors. Most importantly, they were both willing to blaze new trails together and create new systems by bridging the wisdom of past generations with the reality of today's world. Providing access to responsible and local household goods is their contribution to shifting our current linear system (take, make, waste) to a circular economy (designing waste out of the system).
As of August 2020, Catherine is the sole owner and operator of The Balanced Exchange and Carrie can be found pursuing her sustainability goals with the Institute for Environmental Solutions and other projects in the Denver area. We are excited to be reaching multiple goals between the two of us and supporting each other across all the different channels this work leads us to do.
While a brick-and-mortar location is in the works, enjoy the convenience of:
Container Exchange Delivery
Curbside Pickup Events
Follow our journey and join in the conversation about system change through Facebook and Instagram @the.balanced.exchange
Catherine was raised in an Air Force family, moving fairly frequently. Austin, Texas was always homebase. In 2007 she rooted herself in Denver, working in finance, mental health and dental anesthesia. After a decade with her partner and two children later, it became increasingly important to 1) simplify the household, 2) put value back into society's collective resources, and 3) support community connection.
The only way to meet these goals was to create a community resource that impacted all three points. She started hosting recycle drives and documenting her zero-waste journey through social media. While capturing some of the community's waste through recycling was empowering, she dreamed of preventing waste in the first place. The Balanced Exchange was born as a way to use business to benefit the community in multiple ways. Follow Catherine's personal sustainability journey on Facebook or Instagram @thistlehill.zerowaste.