We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaylee Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kaylee, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Originally, I never had the desire to start a business. ZippNada was created while I was a sophomore at Arizona State University. I was really into the zero-waste movement, learning all I could and practicing my own low-waste journey, which was sparked while I was in high school. It was actually a suggestion from my brother and father that planted the seed, and with my family’s encouragement, ZippNada was born.

When I was learning about zero-waste, all of the information was geared towards living in large cities—something I had no desire to do. My journey, struggles, and needs were vastly different from someone who lived in New York or Las Angeles, where much of this content is focused. So I dedicated my business to beginners living in rural towns by sharing my own personal experience. In addition to offering education, tips, and workshops, I started developing high-quality and local (when available) zero-waste gear to help others shift into a more sustainable lifestyle. In short, the real thought process was to share something that added so much value to my life with my community and others with the same interests.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
ZippNada is a sustainable lifestyle brand located in Kingman, Arizona. In addition to high-quality, zero-waste gear and education, we also offer community outreach, workshops, and one-on-one coaching calls. What sets ZippNada apart from other brands are two things:

We prioritize high quality and small-town artisans first.

We focus our information on landlocked and rural communities.

I am most excited about our line of handcrafted hemp travel utensils with a pocket to put crystals in!

Through determination, I have gotten to where I am today. It definitely was and is not easy. I have not always been as consistent as I would have liked, yet I keep showing up, learning and adapting, and never giving up.

To overcome challenges, I learned more skills, such as how to better utilize social media. It also took some creativity and restructuring of the original concept. I had to accept that not every idea would work in practice at this moment. Through this, I have learned a lot of patience as I continue to build up content (which takes a lot of time!). Also, expressing gratitude during frustrating times when I feel I may not be where I think I should be, but looking back on where I started, ZippNada has come a long way, and that is something to be proud of!

I want the rest of the world to understand that zero-waste gear and lifestyle aren’t just for hippies, modern and trendy minimalists, or any particular political party. We operate off of the quote, “Not everyone can do everything, but everyone can do something.” ZippNada takes an individualistic approach because we understand that the “one-size-fits all” cookie cutter representation is not realistic and is honestly boring.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Kingman has a fascinating history as an old west town built on mining and the expansion of the railroad. It is also rich in indigenous history and culture, and is best known for its role in old Route 66. Above all, Kingman offers tremendous amounts of high desert beauty, through the mesas and canyons, the valley, and my favorite, the Hualapai mountains.

Kingman is packed with hole-in-the-wall restaurants such as Bangkok Thai, The Lodge, Rutherford’s 66 Diner, Mr. D’s, Floyds Pizza, and Rickety Cricket Brewing. All these have their own charm and flavor.

For entertainment, there are many local museums depicting the history of this amazing place, but my favorite activity is the hiking and adventure groups this town offers. From hidden gems like the abandoned gold mine mansion, hot springs, and other stunning trails around the area.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a big shoutout to my family for continually supporting me in my passion and guiding me to find the resources to make it happen. To my brother, Logan for answering my many questions and helping me through the technical process. To my father, Shawn for investing in my dream and researching my questions. To my mother Joanne, for traveling with me to countless markets and festivals. I also wanted to thank anyone who has ever supported me along this journey and invested time, money, and expertise on me.

Website: https://zippnada.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zippnada/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zippnada

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6z48iNMsZnXoNuFNh_4uNg

Other: TikTok @ZippNada

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