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      SPECIAL: Free Delivery in Oakland!
      SPECIAL: Free Delivery in Oakland!
      You don't have to drink out of trash

      MudLab

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      MudLab is a cafe and store with a mission: to envision and build a world with a circular economy. They help make sustainability accessible, affordable, and convenient to people from all walks of life...


      and along with their partner non-profit (For Here, Please) work with businesses in Oakland to phase out single-use plastics. With the guidance and support of partner organizations and using the model of The New Parkway (single-use plastic free movie theater), they recently began serving zero-waste coffee at the former Perch Coffeehouse — which is now called MudLab — to encourage businesses to adopt sustainable practices: equity in pay, improved working conditions, sourcing from local vendors, and support of community art spaces.

      MudLab was founded by a former teacher and a behavioralist so education is at the heart of their mission. They believe that community sustainability takes many forms and seek to make sustainability affordable and accessible to people from all walks of life.


      Vanessa and Jill, owners
      One of their many unique, zero-waste items


      KOA: Why did you decide to open up shop in Oakland?
      VANESSA AND JILL: We opened MudLab after 3 months of working with cafes to reduce their single-use plastics. We hoped to start a hub of sustainability in order to help people reduce their dependence on plastics while also bringing folks together for community centered events.

      KOA: How long have you lived in the community?
      VANESSA AND JILL: 5 years

      KOA: What made you want to sell zero-waste goods?
      VANESSA AND JILL: We sell zero-waste goods at affordable prices because we believe sustainability should be accessible to all people.  We also want to help strengthen zero-waste supply chains and encourage vendors to offer zero-waste alternatives.

      KOA: What do you love about Oakland?
      VANESSA AND JILL: We love the diversity, the weather, the tremendous wealth of experiences that have converged to make this a truly global city — with representation from all over the world. There is much to be learned from different cultures and experiences — and we have incredible breadth of knowledge available at our fingertips.

      KOA: What does your store say about Oakland?
      VANESSA AND JILL: MudLab says another way is possible. You don't have to drink from trash. You don't have to create so much trash. We can leave the world a better place by working together to come up with creative solutions. Oakland is a melting pot of folks trying to solve complex problems — and we are hopeful that we are part of finding sustainable solutions.

      KOA: What are some other local shops you love?
      VANESSA AND JILL: Community Grains, Oliveto, Market Hall, Cactus Taqueria, Cotton Basics, Mama, Sister

      KOA: What's your favorite product you sell?
      VANESSA AND JILL: Coffee ;-)

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        Unpaste Toothpaste Tabs

        MudLab

        Your zero-waste toothpaste alternative! Just chew one tab, wet your toothbrush, and brush your teeth as you normally would. 125 tabs (a two month...

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        $10.50
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        Sustain & Bee Beeswax Wraps

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        These are an easy, reusable, and all-natural way to store food. Made with cotton fabric and organic beeswax, pine resin, and jojoba oil by two Lati...

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        $13.50
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        $8.50

        Three Sisters Shampoo Bar (Rosemary & Orange)

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        The Volumizing Rosemary and Orange Shampoo Bar gently clarifies adding volume and silkiness. Especially suited for thin and fine hair, the natural ...

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        Bamboo Fiber Dental Floss

        MudLab

        Includes one Dental Lace container with one 33 yard spool of compostable bamboo fiber floss with activated charcoal (vegan and organic). Packaging...

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        Natural Deodorant

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        Handcrafted for sensitive skin! This product is Baking Soda Free, Aluminum Free, 100% Vegan, and 100% Biodegradable.  Locally made, minority and fe...

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        $16.00
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        Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper

        MudLab

        100% recycled toilet paper roll made with 100% recycled paper. No plastic, ink, dyes, or scent. Jumbo rolls—400 sheets per roll!. 50% of our pro...

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        $2.25
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        $37.00

        Bareaya Safety Razor

        MudLab

        This reusable razor is designed to be minimalist yet beautifully efficient. Its single stainless steel blade provides the most luxurious and sophis...

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        $37.00
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        Three Sisters Conditioner Bar (Rosemary & Orange)

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        Volumizing Rosemary and Orange Solid Conditioner Bar gently conditions as it clarifies hair to add volume and silkiness. Especially suited for thin...

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        $11.50
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        Bareaya Razor Blade Refill Pack

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        Stainless steel replacement blades for safety razors. Includes 10 double edged blades. Used blades are collected at MudLab through the Albatros b...

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        MamaP Bamboo Toothbrush

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        The handle is lightweight and compostable. Bristles are durable and made of DuPont Nylon - recyclable wherever nylon is accepted. The non-toxic pai...

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        $7.50
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        Boba Straw

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        Straight stainless steel boba straws wide enough for boba pearls.  Food grade stainless steel and 8.5 inches long.   MudLab is a non-profit and caf...

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        $4.25
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        Lip Balm

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        Handmade, plastic-free, and 100% biodegradable lip balms.  Mother nature will thank you as you and your lips enjoy the beach, hit the trail, or sim...

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        Mesh Produce Bag

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        Keeps fruits and vegetables fresh longer than plastic bags - breathable fabric allows ethylene gas to escape.  Certified organic cotton muslin fabr...

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        $5.25
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        Mini Zero-Waste Gift Kit

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        The perfect zero-waste gift!  Includes a bamboo toothbrush, bar soap, mesh produce bag, compostable mint lip balm, and coffee mug.   MudLab is a no...

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        $21.00