"I CHANGE the way everyday people view their everyday impact on the world. We can cover more ground when we all take small steps together.”
—Maury Argentos, Founder of Filosano Eco Fashion
I grew up traveling with my family in developing countries. I loved these beautiful places and connected with the people who lived there, but was also exposed to poverty, need, and the negative impacts of limited regulation and oversight. When I grew older, I moved to the United States and was amazed by the country’s wealth and surplus: most people had anything they wanted, and when it was no longer new, they threw it away. This contrast to my upbringing was both exciting and confusing; never having had access to so many shiny new things, I wanted them, but also recognized their worth in a different way than my friends did. I sought to balance this by seeking out second-hand clothing, furniture, and used cars, and strove to extend the life of still-useful but discarded goods.
I went on to study biology and physiology, and became passionate about how things work and how they are made. I joined the military to pay for college, and developed a real appreciation for process, efficiency, leadership, and communication. After my years in the military, I worked with medical technology, becoming an expert in production, processes and supply channels.
Over the years, I had also become the expert among my family, friends, and contacts for recommendations on a sustainable approach to life. I noticed that the marketplace was inundated with “eco,” “green,” or “sustainable” products, but found that most consumers had limited understanding of what these terms meant, and their greater impact on their environment. Eventually my passion for educating about and supporting sustainability led to Filosano. Through Filosano, I offer a certified, curated marketplace that features products from select designers, all made with their broader impact in mind. When evaluating a product, I always ask, “Where did the materials for this come from? How did the materials get here? How were they processed?” My goal is for Filosano to provide a window for consumers into the products they buy, empowering to make informed decisions and consider the impact their purchases have on the world. I hope this approach to transparent production and education will eventually change the landscape of commercialism. I believe that every effort to improve our environment is valuable and that we can cover more ground when we all take small steps together.
Find out more at Filosano.com.