luana bumachar & peach not plastic

luana bumachar & peach not plastic

From Unilever to Plastic-Free Innovations

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In this episode of Read Receipt, we dive into the inspiring journey of Luana Bumachar, the visionary leader behind Peach Not Plastic, a brand committed to creating 100% plastic-free, vegan personal care products. Luana’s career spans journalism, public services, and significant roles in multinational companies like Unilever, where she developed brands and led innovation labs. Now, as the VP of Owned Brands at Grove Collaborative, Luana brings her expertise to Peach Not Plastic, making sustainability both enjoyable and effective. Join us as Luana shares her experiences, the challenges of creating plastic-free products, and her vision for the future.

Tune in to hear Luana’s insights on entrepreneurship, the inspiration behind Peach Not Plastic, and the exciting plans ahead for the brand.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation!

the Show Notes


Luana Bumachar, the leader behind Peach Not Plastic, shares her inspiring journey from journalism and public services to significant roles at Unilever and now as the VP of Owned Brands at Grove Collaborative. Luana discusses her passion for sustainability, the challenges of creating plastic-free personal care products, and the creation of Peach Not Plastic. She highlights the importance of innovation, authenticity, and consumer connection in building her brand. The conversation explores the entrepreneurial lessons Luana has learned, the development of Peach Not Plastic’s unique products, and the future of the brand.


sustainability, plastic-free, personal care, vegan products, brand building, consumer connection, innovation


  1. Luana Bumachar’s journey from Unilever to leading Peach Not Plastic is marked by innovation and determination.
  2. Peach Not Plastic integrates sustainability and enjoyment into its personal care products, emphasizing authenticity and consumer connection.
  3. Luana's diverse experiences have significantly shaped her approach to business and product development.
  4. Building a brand involves creating a strong connection with consumers and staying true to core values.
  5. Peach Not Plastic’s commitment to innovation and quality is reflected in its unique products and storytelling.
  6. Persistence and resourcefulness are essential for long-term success in the competitive personal care market.

Sound Bites:

  • "Peach Not Plastic is all about creating high-quality, plastic-free personal care products that are good for you and the planet."
  • "We believe that sustainable products should be enjoyable and effective, not a compromise."
  • "Building a brand is about staying true to your values and creating a strong connection with your audience."
  • "Innovation and creativity drive our product development process."
  • "Our goal is to make sustainability accessible and fun for everyone."


00:00 - Luana’s Background and Journey-
Luana introduces herself and shares her journey from journalism and Unilever to leading Peach Not Plastic.

08:01 - The Inspiration Behind Peach Not Plastic-
Luana discusses the personal and professional experiences that inspired her to create Peach Not Plastic.

12:30 - Transition from Corporate to Personal Care Entrepreneurship-
Luana explains her career shift and the lessons she learned along the way.

23:17 - Importance of Innovation and Consumer Connection-
The conversation delves into how innovation and consumer connection have shaped Peach Not Plastic’s brand identity.

25:30 - Challenges and Opportunities in the Personal Care Industry-
Luana talks about the challenges and opportunities of building a plastic-free personal care brand and launching new products.

27:26 - Commitment to Quality and Sustainability-
Luana highlights Peach Not Plastic’s dedication to creating unique personal care products and promoting sustainability.

31:23 - Building a Strong Brand Identity-
The discussion explores the importance of staying true to core values and connecting with consumers.

36:02 - The Vision for Peach Not Plastic-
Luana shares her vision for the future of Peach Not Plastic and her goals for the brand.

47:37 - Persistence and Resourcefulness in Entrepreneurship-
Luana emphasizes the need for persistence and resourcefulness in achieving long-term success.

51:43 - Final Thoughts and Insights-
Luana wraps up the conversation with final thoughts and valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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