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PiperWai | Sustainable Personal Care

We make effortless personal care products that protect the earth.

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Project Description

 

PiperWai: Effortless personal care that protects the earth.

We believe the first step to healing our earth can be as simple as what we put on our bodies.

 

First, let's talk about plastic.

Unfortunately, our oceans are clogged with five massive floating islands of the stuff-- the largest of which is three times the size of France. Plastic is invading marine ecosystems and contaminating our natural environment.

95% of all plastic is used once and never recycled. By 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish (by weight).

 

At PiperWai, we decided to be different.

PiperWai is redefining the future of clean, everyday hygiene essentials, starting with the first natural deodorant that uses activated-charcoal to neutralize odor and absorb wetness. Our formulas are free of the common pollutants that harm marine life, and now our packaging will do more to help save the environment, too.

Not only have we decided to stop contributing to the plastic waste problem, but we're making changes to become a part of the solution by switching all of our packaging to recycled Ocean Waste Plastic. With this new, sustainable packaging, we hope to lead the charge to a more sustainable personal care industry.

 

Meet Our Best Sellers

All of your favorite natural products-- now even more sustainable.

PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream

PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream

The first natural deodorant made with activated charcoal to neutralize odor and absorb wetness. PiperWai Natural Deodorant's original creme formula has a creamy paste-like consistency that you rub in with your hands. It melts in clear and into your skin with a soft, velvety finish.

  • Aluminum-free
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free

PiperWai Underarm Mask

Prepare your pits for a future without harmful chemicals, parabens, or aluminum by extracting the toxins from your skin with PiperWai’s Underarm Charcoal Detox Mask. Infused with powerful, natural detoxifiers like Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal, the mask simultaneously cleanses and moisturizes your skin with a formula that’ll have you on your way to natural deodorant in no time.

  • Aluminum-free
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
PiperWai Underarm Mask
PiperWai Underarm Oil

PiperWai Underarm Oil

Designed to help you take the leap to natural deodorant and maintain healthy, silky-smooth pits long after the transition period, the PiperWai Underarm Oil is like a spa treatment for your underarms. Formulated with essential oils containing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it supports the natural pH of your skin to soothe, neutralize, and revitalize your pits.

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free

PiperWai Hand Sanitizer Gels

This ultra-moisturizing, vegan formula is designed to effectively cleanse your hands on the go when good old-fashioned soap and water aren’t available.

Our powerful, rinse-free cleansing hand gel is formulated with 62% pure ethanol (ethyl) alcohol sourced from non-GMO sugar cane, soothing aloe, and an uplifting yet calming blend of Lemongrass, Frankincense, and Chamomile essential oils.

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
PiperWai Hand Sanitizer Gel - Lemongrass
 
All of our OWP Products available on this page will ship on or before Jan 1, 2021. To try our products sooner in their current packaging, visit PiperWai.com

 

What People Are Saying

Over the years, we've built a loyal community of customers who love PiperWai products.

Customers love PiperWai!

 

As Featured On...

As featured on: Birdie Eco-Beauty Awards, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, US Weekly, etc.

 

... And also a little show called ABC's Shark Tank.

 

Our Story

PiperWai began in 2014 while purging our bathroom cabinets of conventional toxic products. Antiperspirant was especially challenging for us to replace, but we were determined to rid ourselves of harmful chemicals, so we decided to take matters into our own hands.

It took over a hundred test batches and almost a year of experimenting before we discovered the magic ingredient: activated charcoal. Finally, we had a formulation worth relying on to keep us dry, smelling good, and confident.

We convinced local retailers to stock PiperWai, and eventually built a small-yet-passionate community of customers who never thought their deodorant could be life-changing! At the time, every batch of our deodorant was handcrafted in a community kitchen. Then, after a successful crowdfunding campaign and an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2015, the PiperWai brand saw an unprecedented demand for its product.

Now that we're a multi-product company with a proven solution for natural deodorant, we've set our sights on amping up sustainability as a company, starting with our packaging.

Memorable moments from our journey, so far...

PiperWai Timeline

 

The Impact of Ocean Waste Plastic

Why recycled Ocean Waste Plastic? The evidence is overwhelming.

1000g = 6 deodorant jars + 6 underarm oils + 6 hand gels

 

Beyond the obvious upsides of cleaning up our oceans, Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) packaging also reduces CO2 emissions by 60% compared to producing virgin plastic.  Production of recycled OWP uses 85% less energy and emits 75% fewer greenhouse gases than the production of virgin plastic. Reusing this OWP saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator. Recycling OWP also creates 6 times more jobs than landfilling recyclables and 36 times more jobs than incinerating them. 

Producing 1lb of OWP consumes roughly 202ml of water, 0.22kw of electricity, and absolutely zero oil.

 

 

Our manufacturing partners

We've partnered with incredible manufacturers that have found ways to rejuvenate ocean waste and ocean-bound plastic and efficiently turn it into beautiful, recyclable packaging.

 

# tide logo

 

Tide Ocean SA, in cooperation with scientists at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil, Tide has found a solution for repairing damaged plastic and upcycling it into high-quality granules and yarns for new sustainable products. 

  • Winner of the Swiss Plastics Expo Award in the sustainability category
  • Carbon neutral transports from ocean, coastlines and landfills in Caribbean & SE Asia 
  • Compounded with solar power
  • Final products are recyclable

 

PackTech has been recognized by the United Nations for its contribution to Sustainable Development Goal #12 (Responsible Consumption & Production), one of 17 goals that need to be achieved before 2030 to help save our planet.  

  • Local fishermen collect plastic waste on their way out or back home from their fishing trips
  • Plastic sent to storage facilities, where it is compressed, sorted, washed, rinsed, shredded, and made into pellets
  • Pellets converted to final packaging

 

 

 Meet the PiperWai Team

We're a small-but-mighty team staffed across Operations, Customer Service, Marketing, Social Media/PR and Accounting. We also offer a rotational internship program for a wide range of projects. Diversity is part of our core values both on our team and reflected in the PiperWai community. 

Meet the PiperWai Team

 

We hope you'll join us on our mission to build a more sustainable future through the products we use every day.

Saving our planet never smelled so good.

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions...

Why are you crowdfunding?

We decided to crowdfund because our community of loyal customers had been requesting our deodorant come in a more eco-friendly container. We felt iFundWomen would be a great way to promote the exciting changes to our brand and to grow our community of natural body product lovers!

When will I get my order?

Great question! We are hoping to have the ocean waste plastic products shipping out by November 1 of this year. If you need our products sooner, we recommend ordering directly from our website, although please note they will ship in our current packaging. Take me to the PiperWai website >

When will I receive the product with the new packaging?

We are expecting to have all the ocean waste plastic products shipping out to customers by the end of October or mid- November. We will provide updates as they become available. 

Will I get my products if you don’t reach your fundraising goal?

Absolutely! One of the reasons we decided to use iFundWomen is because even if we don’t reach our funding goal, all the customers who pledged to support us will receive their rewards.

How long is the campaign?

Our crowdfunding campaign will last between 30 and 45 days, depending on how quickly we meet our goal. 

What is ocean waste plastic?

Ocean waste plastic is a recyclable plastic made from plastic products collected from the oceans, coastlines, and uncontrolled landfills.

Why are you using ocean waste plastic?

We at PiperWai wanted to make sure that the products we were putting on the market were not only recyclable but also actively working to clean up our oceans, and so we chose Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP).  

Many of the popular “alternative” packaging on the market is not entirely safe for the environment. Bioplastics (plastic derived from sugar cane, cassava or cornstarch) use massive amounts of land for producing bioplastic crops, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and competition for land to produce crops for food in strained agriculture systems. After disposal, bioplastics need extremely high heat to properly decompose, and many cities do not have existing infrastructure to treat them. Paper packaging requires excessive water in production, and glass uses excessive greenhouse gas emissions - not to mention it’s much heavier to ship adding to emissions in transit. 

PiperWai set out to find packaging that is not only safe and compatible with our formulas but also meets our criteria for sustainability. OWP uses 85% less energy, 75% fewer greenhouse gases, less water, and less energy in production, all while creating 6X more jobs on average than landfilling recyclables. 

Also, OWP packaging is curbside recyclable.

How much waste is created in the process of making ocean waste plastic?

Collecting and transporting the ocean plastic to the manufacturing facilities is carbon-neutral, but shipping the finished containers from Europe or Asia to the US does create normal transportation waste. The products will also be shipped to consumers in 100% recycled packaging.  

At PiperWai, we felt that cleaning up the oceans and creating recyclable packaging outweighed the waste created by transporting the products across the Atlantic.

This is plastic, isn’t it still bad for the environment?

PiperWai set out to find packaging that is not only safe and compatible with our formulas but also meets our criteria for sustainability. Ocean Waste Plastic (“OWP”) uses 85% less energy, 75% fewer greenhouse gases, less water, and less energy in production than virgin plastic, all while creating 6X more jobs on average than landfilling recyclables.  

Many of the popular “alternative” packaging on the market is not entirely safe for the environment. Bioplastics (plastic derived from sugar cane, cassava, or cornstarch) use massive amounts of land for producing bioplastic crops, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and competition for land to produce crops for food in strained agriculture systems. After disposal, bioplastics need extremely high heat to properly decompose, and many cities do not have existing infrastructure to treat them. Paper packaging requires excessive water in production and it is not optimal for product freshness. 

OWP packaging is also curbside recyclable.

 

Have additional questions related to our products? (how to use them, ingredients, etc)

Visit the FAQ page on our site to find the answers: PiperWai Natural Deodorant FAQs

 

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Hand Sanitizer Gel Duo
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09/17/2020
Hand Sanitizer Gel Duo
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09/16/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
P. Ribner
09/15/2020
Curated Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Kit
$250
Darlene Adams
09/15/2020
Curated Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Kit
$250
TULIO
09/15/2020
Deodorant Cream Duo
$22
Barbara A Gerland
09/15/2020
Hand Sanitizer Gel Duo
$20
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Monetary Contribution
$10
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09/15/2020
Underarm Detox Kit
$40
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Monetary Contribution
$100
Monetary Contribution

Every little bit counts!

Your contribution will go directly toward our manufacturing budget so that we can switch all of PiperWai's packaging to Ocean Waste Plastic and continue to pursue a more sustainable future. Plus, you'll probably make a sea turtle's day!

Thank you so much for your support.

16 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Hand Sanitizer Gel Duo

This ultra-moisturizing, vegan formula is designed to effectively cleanse your hands on the go when good old-fashioned soap and water aren’t available.

Our powerful, rinse-free hand sanitizer gels are formulated with 62% pure ethanol (ethyl) alcohol sourced from non-GMO sugar cane, soothing aloe, and uplifting essential oils.

Try both PiperWai Cleansing Hand Gels in our new OWP Packaging:

  • 1.7oz Hand Sanitizer Gel - Lemongrass Scent
  • 1.7oz Hand Sanitizer Gel - Minty Fresh Scent

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING.

*Ships on or before January 1.

3 Supporters
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22.00 USD
Deodorant Cream Duo

Be the first to try our best-selling product in its new packaging!

You'll receive 2 PiperWai Activated Charcoal Deodorant jars for 10% off + free shipping. Give one to a friend or keep them both for yourself.

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

*Ships on or before January 1st.

12 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD
Underarm Detox Kit

Save $10 on our Underarm Detox Kit to ensure a seamless shift to natural deodorant. Now featuring our Ocean Waste Plastic packaging!

Prepare your pits for a future without harmful chemicals, parabens or aluminum by extracting the toxins from your skin. Our kits are complete with:

  • 1 PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream
  • 1 Underarm Detox Mask
  • 1 Underarm Oil
  • 1 Organic Cotton Dopp Kit Bag

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Ships on or before January 1st.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Fresh Start Bundle

New to PiperWai? Here's the perfect place to start! Get three of our top-selling products in their new OWP packaging, plus a cotton Dopp Kit.

You'll receive:

  • 1.7oz Cleansing Hand Gel
  • 1 PiperWai Natural Deodorant Stick
  • 1 PiperWai Scentless Deodorant Stick
  • 1 Cotton Dopp Kit Pouch

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Ships on or before January 1st.

4 Supporters
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80.00 USD
1 Year Deodorant Subscription

Sit back, relax, and let us ship you a year's worth of deodorant as you need it. With this reward, you'll receive one PiperWai Activated Charcoal Deodorant every two months at a $15 discount. That's a total of six jars in our new Ocean Waste Plastic jars, including free shipping!

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Starts shipping on or before January 1st.

0 Supporters
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150.00 USD
Sustainable Startup Success Coaching

Learn how to start your business sustainably from PiperWai's co-founder and CEO! This reward includes two, 30-min virtual coaching sessions (multiple participants allowed).

  • Session 1: How bootstrap your idea from the ground up
  • Session 2: Working with B-corp sustainable manufacturing & ethical ingredients
  • Additional hours available for $200/hr

 

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250.00 USD
Curated Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Kit

Want to make the switch to natural, environmentally safe personal care and cleaning products? This Curated Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Kit will give you a head start on your new routine!

Kit Includes goodies from our friends at:

As well as PiperWai's Underam Detox Kit!

  • Our kits are complete with 1 PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream, 1 Underarm Detox Mask, 1 Underarm Oil, and 1 Organic Cotton Dopp Kit Bag.
  • PLUS! We're throwing in a t-shirt from KrochetKids.

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Ships on or before November 1st

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500.00 USD
Virtual Safari - Oceans Without Borders

Every wanted to go on a safari? Here's an amazing opportunity to travel virtually with our friends at &BEYOND and Oceans Without Borders!

A partnership between &BEYOND and Africa Foundation, Oceans Without Borders strives to catalyze positive change across their marine footprint to leave our oceans a better place by applying their proven care-trilogy to the ocean, marine wildlife, and coastal communities, never forgetting that the &BEYOND guest experience lies at the heart of our vision.

On this safari, you'll be whisked away by a dedicated tour guide who will take you on an adventure while teaching you about ocean conservation-- all from the comfort of your home!

NOTE: Only one lucky person will be able to snag this reward. Whoever purchases this experience will be able to bring up to 5 other friends along on the virtual safari.

To learn more about &BEYOND experiences and Oceans Without Borders, check out the &BEYOND + Oceans Without Borders page.

*Safari takes place in early October.

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Eco-Tourism Adventure to Costa Rica!

One lucky person will be able to purchase this once in a lifetime opportunity! Join Have Fun Do Good, a boutique travel company offering experiences for solo travelers, friends, and couples to surf, splash in waterfalls and volunteer at local schools and turtle conservation projects in Costa Rica. 

Add a strong sense of purpose to your ridiculously fun Costa Rican experience by centering it around giving back. You’ll arrive at their site in time for a sunset swim in the Pacific. In the morning, you’ll hang out with local students and help them with their art projects. Pack your swimsuit, too, because then you’ll go on a half-mile stroll to splash around at an amazing waterfall. Over the next couple of days you'll learn about leatherback turtles and their fragile ecosystem, learn how to surf, and return to base for any unfinished relaxing. 

**Trip does not include airfare. Valid for one adult or a couple.

Tentative Dates:

April 28-May 2, 2021 or November 3-Nov 7, 2021

You’ll be staying in a luxury beach house located in Langosta / Tamarindo. It’s just a quick few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of town. Watch the surf break from the edge of the infinity pool while you sip your favorite drink.

Have Fun Do Good works with two organizations in Costa Rica:

  • A non-profit that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers and their families from disadvantaged backgrounds in the communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 
  • The Leatherback Trust Foundation in Playa Grande. The Leatherback Trust is an international non-profit conservation organization that protects leatherback turtles and other sea turtle species from extinction.
  • Check out the full itinerary here

As a bonus, you'll receive a free Travel Dopp Kit full of your favorite PiperWai products in our new packaging that will make the turtles proud.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Every little bit counts!

Your contribution will go directly toward our manufacturing budget so that we can switch all of PiperWai's packaging to Ocean Waste Plastic and continue to pursue a more sustainable future. Plus, you'll probably make a sea turtle's day!

Thank you so much for your support.

16 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Hand Sanitizer Gel Duo

This ultra-moisturizing, vegan formula is designed to effectively cleanse your hands on the go when good old-fashioned soap and water aren’t available.

Our powerful, rinse-free hand sanitizer gels are formulated with 62% pure ethanol (ethyl) alcohol sourced from non-GMO sugar cane, soothing aloe, and uplifting essential oils.

Try both PiperWai Cleansing Hand Gels in our new OWP Packaging:

  • 1.7oz Hand Sanitizer Gel - Lemongrass Scent
  • 1.7oz Hand Sanitizer Gel - Minty Fresh Scent

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING.

*Ships on or before January 1.

3 Supporters
Select this reward
22.00 USD
Deodorant Cream Duo

Be the first to try our best-selling product in its new packaging!

You'll receive 2 PiperWai Activated Charcoal Deodorant jars for 10% off + free shipping. Give one to a friend or keep them both for yourself.

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

*Ships on or before January 1st.

12 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD
Underarm Detox Kit

Save $10 on our Underarm Detox Kit to ensure a seamless shift to natural deodorant. Now featuring our Ocean Waste Plastic packaging!

Prepare your pits for a future without harmful chemicals, parabens or aluminum by extracting the toxins from your skin. Our kits are complete with:

  • 1 PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream
  • 1 Underarm Detox Mask
  • 1 Underarm Oil
  • 1 Organic Cotton Dopp Kit Bag

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Ships on or before January 1st.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Fresh Start Bundle

New to PiperWai? Here's the perfect place to start! Get three of our top-selling products in their new OWP packaging, plus a cotton Dopp Kit.

You'll receive:

  • 1.7oz Cleansing Hand Gel
  • 1 PiperWai Natural Deodorant Stick
  • 1 PiperWai Scentless Deodorant Stick
  • 1 Cotton Dopp Kit Pouch

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Ships on or before January 1st.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
80.00 USD
1 Year Deodorant Subscription

Sit back, relax, and let us ship you a year's worth of deodorant as you need it. With this reward, you'll receive one PiperWai Activated Charcoal Deodorant every two months at a $15 discount. That's a total of six jars in our new Ocean Waste Plastic jars, including free shipping!

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Starts shipping on or before January 1st.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Sustainable Startup Success Coaching

Learn how to start your business sustainably from PiperWai's co-founder and CEO! This reward includes two, 30-min virtual coaching sessions (multiple participants allowed).

  • Session 1: How bootstrap your idea from the ground up
  • Session 2: Working with B-corp sustainable manufacturing & ethical ingredients
  • Additional hours available for $200/hr

 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Curated Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Kit

Want to make the switch to natural, environmentally safe personal care and cleaning products? This Curated Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Kit will give you a head start on your new routine!

Kit Includes goodies from our friends at:

As well as PiperWai's Underam Detox Kit!

  • Our kits are complete with 1 PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream, 1 Underarm Detox Mask, 1 Underarm Oil, and 1 Organic Cotton Dopp Kit Bag.
  • PLUS! We're throwing in a t-shirt from KrochetKids.

ALL REWARDS INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING!

Ships on or before November 1st

13 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Virtual Safari - Oceans Without Borders

Every wanted to go on a safari? Here's an amazing opportunity to travel virtually with our friends at &BEYOND and Oceans Without Borders!

A partnership between &BEYOND and Africa Foundation, Oceans Without Borders strives to catalyze positive change across their marine footprint to leave our oceans a better place by applying their proven care-trilogy to the ocean, marine wildlife, and coastal communities, never forgetting that the &BEYOND guest experience lies at the heart of our vision.

On this safari, you'll be whisked away by a dedicated tour guide who will take you on an adventure while teaching you about ocean conservation-- all from the comfort of your home!

NOTE: Only one lucky person will be able to snag this reward. Whoever purchases this experience will be able to bring up to 5 other friends along on the virtual safari.

To learn more about &BEYOND experiences and Oceans Without Borders, check out the &BEYOND + Oceans Without Borders page.

*Safari takes place in early October.

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Eco-Tourism Adventure to Costa Rica!

One lucky person will be able to purchase this once in a lifetime opportunity! Join Have Fun Do Good, a boutique travel company offering experiences for solo travelers, friends, and couples to surf, splash in waterfalls and volunteer at local schools and turtle conservation projects in Costa Rica. 

Add a strong sense of purpose to your ridiculously fun Costa Rican experience by centering it around giving back. You’ll arrive at their site in time for a sunset swim in the Pacific. In the morning, you’ll hang out with local students and help them with their art projects. Pack your swimsuit, too, because then you’ll go on a half-mile stroll to splash around at an amazing waterfall. Over the next couple of days you'll learn about leatherback turtles and their fragile ecosystem, learn how to surf, and return to base for any unfinished relaxing. 

**Trip does not include airfare. Valid for one adult or a couple.

Tentative Dates:

April 28-May 2, 2021 or November 3-Nov 7, 2021

You’ll be staying in a luxury beach house located in Langosta / Tamarindo. It’s just a quick few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of town. Watch the surf break from the edge of the infinity pool while you sip your favorite drink.

Have Fun Do Good works with two organizations in Costa Rica:

  • A non-profit that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers and their families from disadvantaged backgrounds in the communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 
  • The Leatherback Trust Foundation in Playa Grande. The Leatherback Trust is an international non-profit conservation organization that protects leatherback turtles and other sea turtle species from extinction.
  • Check out the full itinerary here

As a bonus, you'll receive a free Travel Dopp Kit full of your favorite PiperWai products in our new packaging that will make the turtles proud.

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward