WHY YOU WANT TO LISTEN:
Twenty years ago, Heidi Reimer Epp and her mom started a company by hand-making paper in their basement. Today they run a seven-figure business operating out of an 11,000 square foot manufacturing plant of their own. They’ve expanded to 36 countries, and Botanical Paperworks is now a world-leading maker of seed paper – actual, plantable paper that grows into flowers, herbs, or vegetables. Heidi talks about scaling, manufacturing, creating new product lines and finding new markets.
ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Heidi has turned her passion for paper into Botanical PaperWorks, a business guided by environmental sustainability and practices. The company makes and markets eco-friendly, seed paper that grows into flowers, herbs and vegetables when placed in soil. As co-founder and CEO, Heidi has overseen company growth from the ground up (pun intended) as Botanical PaperWorks went from start-up to international success story.
Botanical PaperWorks produces plantable paper products for companies large and small, including, Starbucks, Pepsi, National Geographic and Cirque du Soleil, as well as personalized invitations and favors. Most recently, Botanical PaperWorks has been showcased in Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour and Martha Stewart.
Heidi is the co-author of three books: 300 Papermaking Recipes, The Encyclopedia of Papermaking and Bookbinding and Papermaking – An Introduction.
When not pushing paper, Heidi can be found spending time with her husband and two daughters. She serves as Director of Red River Mutual Insurance and several local and national not-for-profit organizations.