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Meet Taylor Springett and Nash Bayoud of Turning Tides

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Springett and Nash Bayoud.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Taylor and Nash. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The journey began while I (Taylor) was attending college in San Francisco for graphic design. I found myself in the middle of many heartbreaking injustices, which made me question what it was I stood for and believed in. During this journey I adopted a Pit Bull puppy to keep myself company. Not knowing about breed restrictions, I was soon kicked out of my apartment, and left to live in the worst areas the city had to offer. This inspired me to use my design skills to educate people on all animals and, thus, Respect the Paw was born—a free resource center and sustainable clothing line that supporters could feel empowered to wear. After moving to Texas when I had achieved my degree, I met Nash, and we decided that we wanted to help make the world a better place. Feeling limited with Respect The Paw only focusing on animals, I decided that I wanted to bring on Nash as my partner and rebrand the company as Turning Tides. Nash and I officially launched the company in February 2020 with the mission to inspire others to get involved in restoring the planet by offering a sustainable apparel, art and home accessories line, and educating our viewers on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When I first started with Respect The Paw, I was in college and barely had enough money to feed myself. I wasn’t able to get anywhere with it until after college. Even then, I had to wait until I had saved up some money from my first job to fully build a website. Now, relaunching with Turning Tides in February 2020 right before Coronavirus, has delayed our progress. Our website is up with new items dropping every week. We aren’t the only business that needs the support of their local community right now, so give us a like and follow.

Please tell us about the company.
Turning Tides is an American-made, sustainable brand of fashion, home goods, and an eco-friendly resource center. We help give artists a space to sell their products and collaborate with like-minded creators. The artists of Turning Tides take local, recycled and second-hand materials to create one of a kind, hand crafted apparel, art and home goods. Our use of second-hand materials allows for many of our products to be one of a kind items—making everything unique, just as nature intended. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check back next week! We’re consistently updating our website and uploading new items for your viewing and purchasing pleasure.

Our company relies heavily on second-hand materials to create our line of apparel and home goods. Periodically, we will open up our donation option on our website where local donors can meet with one of our sales reps for pickup of donated fabrics and clothing. In return for your donation, you will receive a discount code for the website.

Our free resource center offers reliable information to assist everyone in learning how to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle. Living more sustainably means many different things to each person. Shifting our views and actions in small ways such as reusing packaging, volunteering our time to a local cause, liking and sharing your friends’ business adventures on social media, and buying local goes a long way in terms of local and global improvement.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Our parents and friends have played a big role in helping get the word out by supporting Turning Tides on social media, by making purchases, and by attending or volunteering at our fundraisers.

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Katherine Tejada

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