“I got here as soon as I could” says Lauren Padawer, President and Founder of Alaska Glacial Mud Co who has called the coastal fishing town of Cordova, Alaska home for the last six years. Like many Alaska transplants, she didn’t waste much time after being graduated from college with a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was also born and raised.
She quickly settled into rural Alaska life as an environmental and cultural preservation activist working to protect pristine areas from unsustainable development for the Eyak Preservation Council for two years before switching gears to work with the local AK Department of Fish & Game as a salmon biologist for the famous Copper River fishery. Between rafting trips down the Copper River, mudslinging on its silty banks and listening to Alaskans joke about the buttery spa quality of the abundant sludge, Lauren had an idea to start Alaska Glacial Mud Co. Drawing on her management skills and biology background, Lauren launched Alaska Glacial Mud Co. in 2006 to bring the luxurious mud to a growing spa market focused on natural and organic products.
The company has a dedication to sustainability and high quality ingredients using local and Pacific Northwest botanicals, and does not use synthetic fragrances, colors, or fillers in their products. The packaging is recyclable and the company uses green hydropower to process the mud, which contains 60 skin-loving major and trace elements to promote healthy skin cell regeneration. The company also donates 10% of Alaska Glacial Mud company profits to land preservation, habitat restoration, environmental education, and sustainable community development.