Activating Happy

Minna Yoo

Founder of Love Bottle

AH!2016 Talk:

Biography:

Minna Yoo, founder of Love Bottle™, has always been passionate about helping the planet. She was inspired to create Love Bottle when she learned of researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto’s study, examining how human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water.

In seventh grade, Minna, a second-generation American, launched a petition to protest against the use of disposable plastic foam and convinced the school to switch to reusable trays instead.

Minna attended Pomana College in Claremont, California where she majored in neuroscience. As a junior, she interned in a school for young children dealing with issues such as Down syndrome and autism, and helped the children communicate with their parents and teachers through American Sign Language.

Minna moved to San Francisco, where she participated in clinical studies with Dr. Jerome Goldstein, a neurologist studying the treatment of migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, and a variety of other neurological issues. During this time, she grew frustrated with the constant reliance on pharmaceuticals and the lack of availability of doctors to work with patients on relieving their symptoms.

Minna soon turned to nutrition as a path to well-being and health. She became a certified nutrition educator and certified nutrition consultant.

At midnight on April 1, 2007, lightning struck. This was the moment when, in the middle of brainstorming for her master’s thesis in nutrition, Minna first conceived of Love Bottle. She bought the domain name that night, and gave her three-day notice at work the next day. One year later, on Earth Day, April 22, 2008, Love Bottle was born.

For two years, Love Bottle consisted of Minna, her computer, and her dream. Love Bottle’s first big exposure happened in 2011, when Whole Foods began to sell the company’s products. She moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2011.

In January of 2014, Minna partnered with Owens-Illinois, the largest glass manufacturer in the world. Love Bottle is now the only personal glass water bottle that is entirely made in the USA.

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