We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Haukedahl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After graduating with a degree in Conservation Biology, Tare Market’s Founder, Amber Haukedahl traveled through South America operating research stations. She felt that the work she was doing to help protect habitat for endangered species was falling short, and that she wanted to do more to help make a positive impact on the environment.
When she discovered zero waste after moving to Minnesota in 2017, Amber was empowered to live a waste-free lifestyle and to help others do the same. After two years of educating herself on zero waste, facilitating presentations around the Twin Cities, tabling at events and fairs, and developing the business concept for Tare Market (the first zero waste store in Minnesota!) she opened Tare Market. Since its inception, it has grown to include over 700 products, support many women and BIPOC makers, and help divert over 34,000 plastic bags from the landfill.
What should our readers know about your business?
Did you know that the average American generates over 4 pounds of trash per day?
How about that 33% of all food produced ends up in the landfill before being consumed/prepared?
And that over 91% of plastics in the recycling bin end up as trash?
This waste has a detrimental affect on our air, water, and soil. And it doesn’t just affect our local community – waste is often transported across State and Country boarders (sometimes even shipped across the world!) and ends up polluting a community very far from where the waste was generated.
At Tare Market, we want to help the everyday person live trash-free by providing package free and plastic free goods. We aim to source our selection of products from local, women and/or BIPOC owned businesses, by quality makers and companies that think about how their materials are made, distributed, and their impact to the environment.
At Tare Market, we carry over 700 sustainably made products, including bulk food, home goods, refillable cleaning products, travel accessories, and pet needs.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visiting Minneapolis we would go for a walk around Lake Nokomis, head over to Standish Cafe for Brunch, take the Mississippi River Trail to the Stone Arch bridge and then cross into Northeast Minneapolis and have lunch at Centro, a treat at MN Nice Cream, and then drinks at Indeed Brewery.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Tare Market was partially funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign. Because of the wonderful Twin Cities community, Tare Market was able to open our doors and be a community resource. Thank you to everyone that supported us from the very beginning and donated to the campaign!
Headshot by Erin Renee Photography