About The Balanced Exchange
The Balanced Exchange strives to accelerate society's shift to a circular economy by providing awareness, community connection and simple product swaps to reduce waste and build a sustainable future.
A World Without Waste
Carrie Martin-Haley and Catherine Lucht met through a local Women in Sustainability group. They were both ready to expand their personal sustainability values to full-force professional endeavors. Most importantly, they were both willing to blaze new trails 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 changing our current linear system (take, make, waste) to a circular economy (designing waste out of the system).
While a brick-and-mortar location is in the works, enjoy the convenience of:
1) container exchange delivery, 2) mail orders, and 3) local pop-ups and markets.
A percentage of each purchase goes to carbon offsets through the Colorado Carbon Fund. If you would like to support our mission and a physical location, a donation may be sent to our Venmo account @thebalanced-exchange. Follow along with us on this journey and indulge in some conversation about system change!
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 satisfy the importance of these missions was to create a community resource that addressed all three points. She started hosting drives for hard-to-recycle materials and documenting her zero-waste journey through social media. Meeting Carrie meant the stars had aligned and The Balanced Exchange was born. Follow Catherine's personal sustainability journey on Instagram @thistlehill.zerowaste or on Facebook at Thistle Hill.
As a Colorado native, keeping this beautiful state healthy environmentally has always been a focus for Carrie. She developed a passion for environmentalism at a young age, and it has been growing ever since. At the age of 13, she switched to vegetarianism, and is working towards a vegan diet. The challenge of eliminating single-use plastics and switching to a low-waste lifestyle became a personal goal for her about 2 years ago.
Right out of college, Carrie started a career in the education field, and moved on to the environmental nonprofit world, where she currently works as a Project Manager for a local nonprofit, the Institute for Environmental Solutions. Meeting Catherine and dreaming up The Balanced Exchange together was exactly the next move she had been searching for!