The Journey

Catherine Lucht has dreamed of starting a zero waste supply store since her first baby was born in 2016. She looked for ways to increase access to sustainable options and started neighborhood recycle drives under the name Thistle Hill Zero Waste as a low cost way to start the process of building a business.

In 2019 she met Carrie Martin-Haley through a local Women in Sustainability group and invited her to join the journey of building the zero waste supply store. 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 now fully owns The Balanced Exchange. Carrie's online shop is called Summit Sustainable Goods and she also works with the Institute for Environmental Solutions 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 for The Balanced Exchange, enjoy the convenience of:

  • Container Exchange Delivery

  • Mail Orders

  • Curbside Pickup Events

Follow the journey and join in the conversation about system change through Facebook @thebalancedexchange and Instagram  

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Catherine Lucht

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 @cats.pause.