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It’s not often that someone can claim that a high school assembly changed the course of their lives. But for Megan Mikkelsen of Olympia, a fateful environmental assembly did just that.

The assembly — which discussed the environmental impacts of large seed lots and how they impact air quality, greenhouse gases, and the water system — inspired Mikkelsen to pursue a career in health education and policy and eventually led her to found her company, Detox by Design.

“That was the first time where I really started paying attention to the fact that our environment can impact our health,” Mikkelsen recalled. After graduating from Willamette University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology, and then earning a master’s degree in public health, Mikkelsen spent more than 15 years educating others on living in a minimal-toxin environment while raising her two daughters in a similar environment.

Through an advocacy opportunity with a friend’s toxin-free skincare and cosmetic company, Mikkelsen eventually accrued a Facebook following. Using the platform, she educated others on topics surrounding toxin-free skincare, makeup, and cleaning products.

“I was giving all this free advice, and it seemed like people were taking it in, but sometimes — even though I gave them all the knowledge — they weren’t necessarily taking the steps needed to detox their home,” Mikkelsen said of the impetus for her eco-concierge company.

The company’s service, Mikkelsen explained, is similar to hiring a personal organizer for one’s home — almost. “So, a personal organizer would come in and help you with your closet. I do the same thing but for products that people use in their homes. (Things) like cleaning products, dishwashing products, laundry products, and personal-care products.”

With the changes caused by COVID-19, Mikkelsen pivoted by not only offering virtual sessions, but also launching a subscription box service that makes detoxing one’s home easier.

“I help people decipher what is truly safe and help them transition to figuring out what products work for them,” Mikkelsen said.

6:40 a.m. Meditation and gratitude journaling always set my head right. Spike, our dog, also enjoys our quiet mornings before the rest of the family wakes up.

7:10 a.m. I love getting a workout in before I start my day; my favorite workouts are always on my Peloton.

8:30 a.m. My workday starts with a green tea, my planner, and my favorite spot by the fire. I check my priority list and review my calendar to help me stay on task with what the day holds.

10:45 a.m. I’ve loved makeup since I was in middle school, and I enjoy sharing toxin-free and eco-friendly makeup options in my Facebook group. I do a demo and share why detoxing our everyday routines, like skincare and makeup, is so important.

11:30 a.m. I love collaborating with other entrepreneurs, which often looks like being featured on their podcasts. It’s so great to meet people from all over the world on Zoom.

12:10 p.m. Smoothies are my go-to lunch because they’re fast, easy, and healthy. This one has oat milk, half a banana, frozen cherries, kale, and protein powder. Yum!

12:30 p.m. My girls’ virtual school lunch break often includes a walk through the neighborhood with the dogs.

1:15 p.m. Time to record and then edit my podcast, Toxin-Free Talk. It’s been such a fun way to share my message about eco-friendly and toxin-free living.

2:45 p.m. My daughter, Susanna, is a great help, and assembling subscription boxes for my clients is the highlight of our month.

3 p.m. The subscription boxes are all packed up and ready to go, with everything needed to detox the laundry room. Next month’s box will focus on detoxing the kitchen.

7:20 p.m. After dinnertime is often game time in our house. We love “Ticket to Ride,” although it can get quite competitive.