Nov 16, 2018
On episode #46 we welcome Alex McIntosh, CEO & co-founder of
Thrive natural care. Thrive designs and sells
high-performance skincare, powered by regenerative plants.
Since 2013, Thrive’s team of American and Costa Rican
entrepreneurs, farmers and scientists have produced new-to-market
botanicals for the company’s products by means of an inspiring
regenerative farming model that helps restore degraded ecosystems
and communities. Thrive’s vision and 500% growth over the past year
has attracted retail partners such as Whole Foods and Amazon,
national media such as Travel+Leisure and Esquire, and investors
from Clorox, Nestlé, Unilever, venture capital and the NBA.
Prior to Thrive, McIntosh was the founding Director of Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at Nestlé Waters North America, the $4B division of the world's largest consumer water company. At Nestlé Waters, Alex developed the vision and strategic plan, and provided hands-on leadership to build the corporation's first sustainability program from the ground up during a time of intense social scrutiny. Prior to Nestlé, Alex was Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy, where he helped raise a record $75MM in private capital for two of the largest watershed conservation projects in the organization's history.
Male grooming market is booming global. In fact, from the $15.5 billion in worldwide sales in 2012 - the Male grooming market is estimated to be worth about $29.14 billion U.S. dollars by 2024. In our 45 minute discussion on Sourcing Matters.show we explore how personal care, especially for men, is a category yet to mesh with modern consumer interest and demands. The blue goop we shave with will increasingly be a thing of the past. McIntosh and team see this horizon when this macro trend leaning towards safer and cleaner ingredients will mesh with the growth projections in personal care. This is a sound business set on leaving this place better than they found it.