Graduate School Alum Launches His Own Business

Photo of John Maciolek holding T-Shirt

John Maciolek, a 2017 Hood College environmental biology graduate, started his master's in environmental biology after several years in the bioinformatics field.

John Maciolek

Graduation Year



  • Environmental Biology (M.S.)


  • Biology

John Maciolek' career transition inspired him to develop plans for opening a nursery, which focuses on native plants and their preservation, as well as establishing a nonprofit that would work to purchase and preserve land before it is sold for large developments. He has now taken the next step in starting an environmentally friendly apparel company,  Native Plant Apparel.

Maciolek likes advocating and educating people about native plants, and the best way for him to catch people’s attention was the creation of Native Plant Apparel, which celebrates and promotes American native plants. The company’s mission is to spread awareness of American native plants and educate people about the critical need to conserve remaining native plant populations and practice ecologically responsible gardening and landscaping at home. John’s business provides completely organic T-shirts made in the U.S., which reduces the CO2 output of manufacturing. Furthermore, the company believes in environmental responsibility and donates 10 percent of profits to environmental organizations and strives to contract with manufacturers committed to environmental sustainability.

We extend our congratulations to John and wish him all the best in his new endeavor!

For more information and details on the Native Plant apparel visit