Plastic Pushback: Three New Products Designed to Reduce Waste

Twiggy Fresh takes it back to the basics with its Eco-Friendly oral care products. The Minneapolis–based brand sells bamboo toothbrushes that are BPA-free, antibacterial, and anti fungal, as well as environmentally sustainable. You could say Twiggy Fresh is even pro-panda: its brushes are made with Moso bamboo, a variety that panda bears don’t eat because the leaves are too high for them to reach.


Minneapolis CPG Accelerator Selects 10 Purpose-Driven Companies

Minneapolis-based ImpactSKU has selected the 10 consumer packaged goods (CPG) startups that will participate in the Preview program. Participants make everything from vegan baking mixes to matching dog-owner togs.

The six-week ImpactSKU Preview Program kicks off August 4 and includes programming on such topics as Vision +Purpose, Market Validation + Positioning, Social Impact, and Channel Strategy. Throughout the program, participants will have access to a roster of CPG experts. They also will develop pitches for the 2020 Showcase at Twin Cities Startup Week.

ImpactSKU was scheduled to launch its first cohort in June. But with COVID-19 creating an unprecedented situation, the decision was made to pivot to a virtual program to give the startups a glimpse of the accelerator’s full program. The full program will launch in 2021.