We caught up with Rob of Jungmaven while we were on our Wildflower Tour through LA. He gave us his own tour of his favorite local spots in Echo Park and shared with us a little more about his sustainable brand. The wildflower tour is all about seeing the bloom after this winter’s epic & much needed rainfall. It’s a perfect time to meet up with Jungmaven, as buying hemp clothing instead of cotton is a great way to use less water. Read below to find out how Rob plans to get everyone in a hemp tee by 2020 & then do your part and grab one!
Where do you live?
Los Angeles / Seattle
When did you start Jungmaven?
I’ve been slowly growing jungmaven over the past 11 years. I started working with hemp clothing in 1993 starting Manastash to bring awareness of hemp and stop deforestation. I sold Manastash in 2005 and started Jungmaven that same year.
How did you decide to turn Jungmaven into a business?
I feel making tees are a great way to get hemp on everyone which helps promote a great sustainable resource. When I was attending Central Washington University a professor taught that if we grew hemp we could limit Washington state’s reliance on old growth forests. That was the “aha” moment for me. I started researching industrial hemp and in a short time, I was hooked – I knew it would be my future. My goal to “get everyone in a hemp tee by 2020” is all about driving demand for hemp goods to get more hemp in the ground.
My mission is to build [grow] this company by making something everyone wants using a process that helps to counteract hundreds of years of polluting our air, water and land.
What makes you happiest about what you do?
My favorite part of my job is meeting intelligent, kind and loving people, getting everyone excited about taking care of the environment and being present and involved. I enjoy creating strategies on how to make this all happen, creating partnerships and growing and learning with good people.
How did you decide to turn your skills into a ‘real’ job? Do you work on the side?
The reason I started doing this in the beginning is I saw the world as a beautiful canvas to paint and create and wanted to share that with others, I wanted to create jobs and opportunities to make the world a more beautiful place.
How do you come up with new goods to launch?
Being outdoors is the biggest influence on the design of everything Jungmaven. Many of the designs and ideas were born from time I spend running, hiking, traveling and experiencing new places near and far.
What inspires you?
I consider myself to be a conservationist. I’m inspired daily by a quote I first read in college. “We did not inherit this land from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our children.”
What’s the hardest part about what you do?
The most difficult part is business is managing growth.
Where do you hope to see your brand in 5 years?
In 5 years I see us getting everyone in a hemp tee shirt and hemp being grown across North America. USA grown and manufactured T-Shirts with cleaner air, water and land around the globe.
What product that you make is your favorite?
My favorite products are the 100% hemp tees and the heavy weight 10 oz pocket tees.
What do you listen to while you work?
I mainly listen to Jack White on Pandora while at work.
Where can we buy your stuff! Do you have a favorite shop?
You can find Jungmaven at Westerlind and Interwoven in the NY area, Tradesman, Reform School and Wittmore in LA, Freeman and Prism Boutique in Seattle and Establish and Welcome Stranger in SF.
Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start their own business?
Advice in starting your own business is listen to your gut and follow your passion.
“If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation; then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meet all of the world’s transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time… and that substance is — the same one that did it all before — Hemp! ” Jack Herer
The Jungmaven Guide to Echo Park
Cookbook – a boutique grocery that carries local goods & produce.
Valerie Confections – a renowned bakery that also has a small & perfectly curated menu beyond the sweets.
Echo Park – not just the name of a neighborhood, an actual park centered around a lily pond.
Elysian Park – hike Elysian park for beautiful views of LA
Cactus Store – a simple aesthetic shop that sells only cactus.
Ostrich Farm – a restaurant that features locally sourced goods for the menu.
Patra Burgers On Sunset – a delicious & affordable breakfast.