meet the team


Daniel Silverstein

Age: 29

Instagram: @zerowastedaniel

At ZWD Since: the beginning....

From: Reading, PA

About Daniel: Serious nerd, obsessive memorizer and lover of old movies, coffee and music.
I spend my free time....working on ZWD, and try to reduce waste in all aspects of my life. Favorite hobbies include doodling, cooking and thinking of new ideas. I love to vacuum.  

Studied at/degree: BFA in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology

Maker's choice: put a bowie on it...

Favorite food: Dumplings

Guilty pleasure: Olivia Newton John

Fun fact: I do impressions and accents like a BOSS.



Julia Valencikova

Position: Operations Manager

Age: 23

Instagram: @blondepixiestick

At ZWD Since: November 2015

From: Brooklyn NY

About Julia: An aspiring vegan in love with cows and all animals, nature, books, and Radiohead. You can always find me squealing at cute animal videos, or spewing facts about why we all have to save this planet. 

Studied at: FIT, Fashion Merchandising Management

Maker's choice: Grey Jogger

Favorite Food: I don't pick favorites when it comes to food... but tacos? 

Guilty Pleasure: watching gossip girl 🙈

Fun Fact: I can't wink! 😉




Mia Lopes

Position: Lead Textile Artist

 Age: 27

Instagram: @miamorninglory

At ZWD Since: April 2016

From: Massachusetts

About Mia: I thoroughly enjoy working for a kick ass start up that keeps ethical design in the forefront of our business. I'm interested in inclusion, expression, and innovation. Focusing on the positives! Happy to be back in New York. 

Studied at: Fashion Design with a knitwear concentration @ FIT/Politecnico di Milano

Maker's Choice: Bowie Raglan

Favorite Food: Sunchokes

Guilty Pleasure: female centric podcasts

Fun fact: the "death watch" beetle spends 15 years of its life in complete darkness, after which it has only 3 weeks to procreate before it dies #yolo




Emelie Bergh

Position: Lead Textile Artist

Age: 24

Instagram: @emeliebee

At ZWD Since: October 2016

From: Boston, MA

About me in 4 sentences or less: I'm a long time vegan and avid biker living in Brooklyn. I focus on sustainability in all facets of my life and think zero waste is one of the most crucial methods for the future of the industry. I love cooking, yoga, and girlmore girls. 

Studied at: Double majored in fashion design and fibers at MassArt

Maker's Choice: long tank black

Favorite Food: coconut yogurt

Guilty Pleasure: vegan and gluten free chocolate chip cookies