For Small Business Saturday, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Melissa Gil the owner and founder of MG Surfline. We met on a panel during Plastic Free July and immediately hit it off. She’s a successful momtreprenuer, athlete and all around nice person!
Melissa, please tell us your story.
My story begin with a love for the ocean that runs so deep, it has become the driving force behind everything I do in my life, on a personal level and on a business level with our purpose-driven eco-conscious brand, MG Surfline.
I grew up in Costa Rica, and as long as I can remember I was always drawn to the ocean. Born with webbed feet and my last name being Gil, people often joke that the only thing I am missing is actual gills.
For this year's Small Business Saturday I asked my friends, Elana and Stephen Smith, at One World- Zero Waste if they would be willing to interview with me. If you have been following along with my plastic-free Thursdays on Instagram, you know they have been featured many times, especially when I was first starting out. I was learning the basics, and have been sharing everything with you as I continue to learn, but it really all started for me there.
Every year, I like to find a small business that is making a difference for the environment and share it with you all. It is such a pleasure to introduce this year's Small Business Saturday highlight, Sea Turtle Adventures. This inspiring organization was created by Florida native, Jacquelyn Kingston. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and what she does as much as I did!
It is with great pleasure, that I introduce this year's Small Business Saturday Highlight. As you all know, I like to share someone that is making a difference, to help us all think about the products we purchase, or our own businesses on this day. Allison Randolph is literally giving a voice to the ocean and has taught me about so many great people, products, and movements through her many podcast interviews. I love to paint and listen about how these new surfboard fins will send research back to scientists, or how a community leader is fighting against toxic algae blooms, to name a few.
My husband and I were inspired to start Planet Love Life after our first trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas, in 2014. Unlike beaches in the US, most of Eleuthera’s are remote, and the roads to access them are unpaved and extremely rocky or covered in sugar soft pink sand. Getting back there is not an easy feat, to say the least. When we encountered the beach for the first time, we were astonished by what laid before our eyes.