|Founder||Lindsey McCoy, Alison Webster|
|Press Contact||Jennifer Buchholz|
Among the first of its kind and founded in 2017, Plaine Products offers a line of toxin-free personal care products in containers that are sent back to the company once empty, to be cleaned, refilled, and returned to circulation. Based in Cincinnati, OH, the women-owned company offers a viable alternative to single-use products and continues its commitment to the environment with products that are vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, biodegradable, color-safe, and free of parabens and sulfates, and completely made in the USA. Plaine Products takes a collaborative approach to not just building a company, but also building a community of consumers who take a critical look at their own consumption in order to adopt more eco-friendly purchasing habits.
Proud to be reducing waste and helping to stop the spread of single-use plastics, Plaine Products is on track to divert 500,000 plastic bottles from landfills by the end of 2021, doubling its impact. Products are available for purchase on a per-item basis or via an eco-friendly subscription plan. A Certified B Corp and Women's Business Enterprise, Plaine Products is a member of 1% of the Planet, donating a percentage of profits to environmental causes meaningful to the brand and its employees. Known for their responsiveness to their customer base, Plaine Products most recently expanded with a full line of natural, facial care products, a hand sanitizer, and a line of unscented hair and body products, all to support regular consumer requests for additional opportunities to purchase plastic-free products that are good for both the body and the earth. The group was recently awarded a Real Leaders Impact Award and a Reusie Award for fan favorite product in a program presented by Upstream. Plaine Products will continue to expand in 2021 with the addition of more natural, plastic-free products to the portfolio as they seek to further expand their operations with new warehouse space and hone their internal fulfillment, packaging, and shipping procedures. The company plans growth with the goal of not only adopting but also establishing environmentally-friendly best practices, all with an eye to collaborate and share information with other like-minded companies and entrepreneurs with a similar mission to provide consumers more sustainable purchasing options. Their new facility will create a sustainability hub in Cincinnati as they continue to partner with like-minded businesses in their brick-and-mortar location.
CEO and co-founder, Lindsey McCoy, spent her early career working in The Bahamas, where her view of the beautiful beaches was often disrupted by the amount of garbage she saw washing ashore. She was particularly struck by the amount of plastic and began to think that someone needed to step up to solve the pollution problem. Eventually, she decided that someone could be her. Lindsey joined forces with her sister, Ali Webster, and the two founded Plaine Products as their way of making the planet a little better than they found it, for the sake of their children and future generations. Lindsey was among a select group selected to sail aboard eXXpedition, an all-woman sailing research vessel studying the impact of plastic pollution in the ocean. Her 10-day leg abord this journey again showed her first hand the impact of a disposable culture, reaffirming her commitment to continuing to build her company, but also to collaborate with other brands and business owners to further legitimize the need for waste-free packaging and products.
Lindsey McCoy is the CEO of Plaine Products, a hair and body care products company on a mission to rid the world of single-use plastics. After earning a master’s degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Lindsey spent ten years running environmental education nonprofits in The Bahamas, islands that are overwhelmingly full of single-use plastics. After her return to the United States, she and her sister co-founded Plaine Products in February of 2017. Lindsey additionally works as an advisor and mentor to other entrepreneurs with a similar mission to eliminate plastic waste. She is active in industry forums for both personal care products and packaging, as she collaborates and partners with other businesses in order to form bigger solutions to stop the spread of single-use plastics. In order to really understand the plastic problem the planet is facing, Lindsey spent ten days aboard eXXpedition, a sailing vessel researching plastic hot spots in oceans around the world. With an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic entering the oceans each year, Lindsey saw firsthand how this has impacted our environment and is further driven to provide more resources for consumers who want to break the plastic habit. Lindsey and her team will continue to expand the Plaine Products product lines and availability so others can join them on their mission.
Co-Founder and COO
Alison Webster is the co-founder and COO of Plaine Products. A trained interior designer, Ali joined her sister, CEO Lindsey McCoy, to bring the idea of Plaine Products to life. With an eye for detail and a master of logistics skills honed through her years of managing design projects for corporate firms, Ali established and continues to manage and perfect the Plaine Products system for bottle intake, cleaning, packaging, and shipping. She leads the warehouse team and has continued to set the standards for an eco-friendly fulfillment system. A community volunteer, Ali has an active role with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, a group dedicated to preservation and access to the city's urban park spaces.