Friday Finds

6 Cute Totes to Replace Your Plastic Bags

Recently, we found a petition to ban or regulate plastic bags in coastal Florida cities. If you live in Florida, you should definitely sign it! Sign the Petition. The petition got us thinking - and we decided to explore the handmade world of Etsy, to bring you six cute tote bags to replace your plastic bags:

Tote bags

 

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Ethical Fashion ~ THE BASICS

 Top Row: left: Angela Roi, Right: Throne Watches. Bottom Row: left: Vrai & Oro, Right: Everlane

Top Row: left: Angela Roi, Right: Throne Watches.
Bottom Row: left: Vrai & Oro, Right: Everlane

Ethical Fashion doesn't mean you have to walk around wearing burlap. Ethical Fashion has many principles to it, but one thing we want to highlight is that it means buying quality not quantity. It also means that you know where your clothes are being made, and what they are made of. We have gotten used to the idea of disposable fashion at cheap prices. But our grandparents had it right -- buy something of quality for a little more money and have it last for years an years. Here are some of our favorite Ethical  Fashion companies, they pride themselves on quality, transparency and they really don't break the bank!

EVERLANE:
They value quality and transparency. The best place to find beautiful basics like t-shirts, shoes, pants and dress shirts. They are affordable, chic and will last a very long time. You can read about each factory they use, how much it cost to make the item and how much they are marking it up. 

www.everlane.com

VRAI & ORO
Vrai & Oro, meaning "truth and gold" has a similar business model to Everlane. There is no middleman, so they can deliver quality products, ethically and affordably. Everything is made in Los Angeles with quality materials. Their pieces are simple and will last years and years. It's better than the "gold" ring that turns your finger green!

www.vraiandoro.com

THRONE WATCHES:
Designed in Brooklyn, assembled in America. These watches have style and definite quality. They also refurbish watches from the 60s, so if you want to feel like Don Draper, you can. :) 

www.thronewatches.com

ANGELA ROI
Quality handbags at an affordable price. Vegan leather and for every purchase they donate to a charity. 

www.angelaroi.com

Red, White and Blue Ethical Fashion!

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Red, White and Blue in Ethical Fashion!
Celebrate 4th of July while giving back!

ROMPER: Miriam Designs

Miriam Designs is a fashion brand in Nashville, TN that creates quality women's clothing + accessories. Their goal is to provide goods you will love while also making a difference in their city. They work with women who have overcome addiction and need a job, as well as a loving environment, to help continue on their journey. They believe in the power of dreams and that passions are purposeful. 

http://www.miriam-designs.com/collections/sweaters/products/summer-romper

BAG: Angela and Roi

For every handbag you purchase, they donate to a charitable cause. Each color is a different cause, this red-orange bag supports the National Kidney Foundation

http://www.angelaroi.com/products/sunday-red-orange-tote

SHOES: The Root Collective

The Root Collective fights poverty and gang violence through economic development.

http://www.therootcollective.com/shop/shoes/gaby-in-cobalt/

NECKLACE: 31 bits

Every time you make a 31 bits purchase, you have a direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda. The women earn an income enabling them to provide for their families. After five years in the 31 bits program, they are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered.

http://31bits.com/shop/necklaces/dahlia.html#

Ethical Outfit

We have been falling in love with ethical fashion companies lately. So much so, that we decided to put together a chic outfit with some of our favorite items, from some of our favorite companies. Ethical Fashion means that the company is asking questions about materials, who makes the items, how they are made, how it effects the environment and more. The companies listed below fit into that category. Here is our ethical outfit:

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1. PANTS from Everlane. They believe in radical transparency. Know your factories, know your costs. Always ask why. SHOP EVERLANE

2. BAG from Angela & Roi. Each sale of this bag supports AIDS/HIV fighters. This bag is also made from vegan leather. SHOP ANGELA & ROI

3. JEWELRY from Purpose Jewelry. This is handcrafted by a survivor of modern-day slavery. SHOP PURPOSE JEWELRY

4. SHOES from Nisolo. Nisolo strives to do fashion in a way that connects and benefits both consumers and producers. They operate a hand-up model that empowers makers in emerging economies by connecting them to the global marketplace in a responsible manner. SHOP NISOLO

5. SHIRT from Raven and Lily. They empower women through design. Each product has a story about who made it, where it was made and how it was made. SHOP RAVEN AND LILY

FRIDAY FINDS! Fair Trade Products That Give Back!

Find #1 is from a company called The Leakey Collection.  We chose this gorgeous multi-strand necklace made out of Zulugrass beads in combination with Czech glass beads.  The Leakey Federation is a proud member of the Fair Trace Federation and Green America.

http://www.leakeycollection.com

Find #2 is from a company called Jewel and Lotus.  We chose this beautiful embroidered raw silk purse called “Peacocks at Dusk”. This company’s mission is to bring together ethically made products from artisans, businesses and non-profits from around the world.  

http://jewelandlotus.com

Find #3 is a company called Be Fair and Bloom.  We chose this gorgeous Cleo Cuff bracelet.  It is intricately threaded brass beads and sequins giving an elegant medieval-inspired look.  This company sells products that are Fair Trade, Sustainable, Handmade and fun community development.

http://www.befairandbloom.com

Find #4 is a company called Noonday Collection. We chose this amazing Inca Steps Necklace.  This stunning (and eco-friendly) bib necklace is made from Tagua Seed and Suede and goes with a formal dress or a white tee.  Noonday Collection is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

http://www.noondaycollection.com

Find #5 is a company called Amani Ya Juu. We chose this beautiful patchwork apron hand made form local Kenyan fabrics.  Amani ya Juu means “ higher peace” in Swahili. Amani is a fair trace sewing and economic development program for marginalized women in Africa.

http://www.amaniafrica.org

Find #6 is a company called Sashka Co.  We chose these adorable and versatile glass beaded bracelets which are hand crocheted by skilled artisan women in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.  The company empowers women in need through Fair Trade.

http://sashkaco.com

Find #7 is a company called Trades of Hope.  We chose the Aqua Bundle which includes a Nepali Aqua Scarf, Earrings from Kenya and a Uganda Wrap Bracelet.  This company is Fair Trade and gives women the opportunity to sell their products at the price they choose.

http://www.tradesofhope.com

Find #8 is a company called Village Artisan.  We chose the Assorted Handmade Paper Card Set.  These beautifully handcrafted 100% cotton greeting cards are made in the homes of women artisans in North India. Village Artisans pioneered Fair Trade and now,  enables over 100 artisan to earn a living wage through dignified work in a caring community.

http://villageartisan.com

FRIDAY FINDS | Keep Warm and Give Back!

This week’s Friday Finds is all about keeping warm and giving back! 

Find # 1 is a company called CherryT Co. This company makes soft, fully lined hand knitted mittens as well as wool fingerless gloves.  These products are made in Canada and the USA.  For every product you purchase, they donate another to a child in need.  

http://www.cherrytco.com

Find #2 is a company called Krochet Kids. This company makes hats, headbands, scarves and hoodies. Each product is hand-signed by the person who made it. Krochet Kids empowers women in Uganda and Peru to transform their families, communities, and the developing world.

http://www.krochetkids.org

Find #3 is a company called Berglund Scarves. They make gorgeous cotton and wool scarves that are Fair Trade, hand-crafted and sustainable.  The company works closely with the non-profit Azahar Foundation which mentors non-violent conflict resolution to children through Yoga education.

https://miaberglund.com

Find #4 is a company called Beyond Beanie. They make a large collection of beanies, headbands and other outerwear.  With every purchase you make, you empower an artisan and help children in need in Bolivia.

http://beyondbeanie.org

Find #5 is a company called Threadwill. They make gorgeous 100% cotton scarves. For every purchase of a scarf, 25 chicks and 10kg of chicken food are delivered to a woman’s family in easter Bosnia. Through raising chickens, theses women and their families can establish a sustainable source of income.

http://www.threadwill.com

Bonus Finds! Glasses That Give Back!

This bonus finds is all about glasses!  Check out these amazing companies for great eyewear that gives back!

Find #1 is a company called Proof Eyewear. Proof Eyewear makes eyewear from wood and other materials which are sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. Proof Eyewear donates to a number of different charities as well as donating a portion of each sale to build two eye clinics in India. 

http://www.iwantproof.com

Find #2 is a company that I’m sure you have heard of… TOMS!  We all know TOMS for their their footwear and their One for One business model. Many of you don’t know that Toms also sells eyewear.  With every pair you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need.  

http://www.toms.com

Find #3 is another company you might have heard of… Warby Parker! Warby Parker makes very trendy glasses and they give you the chance to try them on in your own home- 5 pairs for 5 days!  This company is also a One for One company and for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need. 

https://www.warbyparker.com

Find #4 is a company called Fetch. This company makes affordable designer glasses. Fetch Eyewear proudly donates 100% of profits to the Pixie Project in support of animal rescue and adoption.

https://www.fetcheyewear.com

Find #5 is the company 141 Eyewear.  This company makes beautiful, fashionable eyewear.  For every 141 Eyewear purchase, they give a new pair of prescription glasses to a person in need.

http://141eyewear.com

FRIDAY FINDS | Stationery That Gives Back!

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This week’s Friday Finds is all about stationery. These companies make beautiful products and they all give back. Education is a theme among all these companies, they truly care about making lives better through the purchase of their products.

Find #1 is a company called Mariemae. They sell beautiful stationary and notebook sets. This company has a unique purpose; for every set of stationery purchased, they will provide one hour of business training to a woman entrepreneur in a developing market.

http://www.mariemae.com

Find #2 is a company called Humble Pen. This company makes humble pens built out of sustainable bamboo and loaded with a gel ink cartridge.  For every Humble Pen purchased, they provide a Humble Pack for a child in need. This consists of 2 Pencils, 1 Reading Book, 1 Notebook and 1 Healthy Meal.

http://www.humblepen.com

Find #3 is a company called Dot Products. This company makes school and office supplies. For every product they sell, they pay for a child to attend school for half a day, including uniforms, supplies and school fees.

http://dotproducts.org

Find #4 is a company called Read Notebooks. For every notebook you purchase, they donate a storybook to a child in need. They believe every child should be able to experience the joy of reading.

http://readnotebooks.myshopify.com/

Find #5 is a non-profit called Flora Stationery. The sale of just 25 journals equals one semester of college tuition for a young woman in Eastern Europe. 

http://www.florastationery.com

Bonus Finds! Coffee That Gives Back

This week’s Bonus Finds is all about
coffee that gives back!

Find #1 is a company called Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters. This company is our client (so we are a little biased since we do their marketing - but it’s GREAT coffee!) They sell freshly roasted organic and fair trade coffee, and they donate to local charities on a regular basis. 

www.java-planet.com

Find #2 is a company called Land of 1000 Hills Coffee Co. When you buy Land of a Thousand Hills, you are receiving coffee that is 100% Arabica, fairly traded, and roasted fresh. Your excellent morning cup is offering hope to these developing coffee communities with each purchase. Drink Coffee. Do Good.™

http://landofathousandhills.com

Find #3 is a company called Brown Water Coffee.  This company sells fresh roasted coffee and with every purchase provides gallons of clean water to someone in need. Drink Brown Water so others don't have to.

http://brownwater.org

Find #4 is a company called Project 7 and they have partnered with Full Circle Foods to provide a line of whole bean Organic Coffee that comes in four great blends. Each can of coffee purchased provides two meals to someone in need.

http://www.fullcircleproject7.com/products.php

If you love coffee so much you want to bathe in it… well then this next find is for you:

Find #5 is a company called Nico’s Coffee Scrub. This company makes an amazing scrub for your skin, that treats acne, eczema, dry skin, stretch marks, cellulite, scars, psoriasis and more! It is made out of organic, fair trade coffee, sea salt, dark brown sugar, almond oil, vitamin E and essential oils. With every purchase of a coffee scrub, you are helping provide veterinary aid to animals in developing countries. 

http://www.nicoscoffeescrub.com

FRIDAY FINDS | Valentine's Gifts That Give Back

This week’s Friday Finds is all about Valentine’s Day! We found great Valentine’s gifts that also give back. Perfect kind of gift? We think so! Here we go:

  Find #1  is a company called Brilliant Earth and the Valentine gift we chose is the eucalyptus diamond pendant. This company has contributed in many ways toward improving livelihoods, preventing abuses and protecting the environment in the mining communities of Africa. They also dedicate 5% of profits to build a brighter future for diamond mining communities.   www.brilliantearth.com

Find #1 is a company called Brilliant Earth and the Valentine gift we chose is the eucalyptus diamond pendant. This company has contributed in many ways toward improving livelihoods, preventing abuses and protecting the environment in the mining communities of Africa. They also dedicate 5% of profits to build a brighter future for diamond mining communities.

www.brilliantearth.com

  Find #2  is a company called Trinity Oaks. This company makes a delicious assortment of wines to set the mood for your Valentine’s evening. Trinity Oaks has partnered up with Trees for the Future and is committed to plant one tree for every bottle of wine they sell planting over 12 million trees since 2008.    www.trinityoaks.com

Find #2 is a company called Trinity Oaks. This company makes a delicious assortment of wines to set the mood for your Valentine’s evening. Trinity Oaks has partnered up with Trees for the Future and is committed to plant one tree for every bottle of wine they sell planting over 12 million trees since 2008. 

www.trinityoaks.com

  Find #3  is a company called 1Face Charity Watch.  This company makes very cool watches.  Each different watch supports a different cause such as Hunger Relief, Education, Disaster Relief. You pick the watch and pick your cause.    http://www.1face.com

Find #3 is a company called 1Face Charity Watch.  This company makes very cool watches.  Each different watch supports a different cause such as Hunger Relief, Education, Disaster Relief. You pick the watch and pick your cause. 

http://www.1face.com

  Find #4  is a company called Equal Exchange.  This company makes organic, fair trade chocolate-and for Valentine’s Day, Organic Dark Chocolate Hearts!  Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops all under the umbrella of Fair Trade.   http://shop.equalexchange.coop/organic-chocolate-hearts.html

Find #4 is a company called Equal Exchange.  This company makes organic, fair trade chocolate-and for Valentine’s Day, Organic Dark Chocolate Hearts!  Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops all under the umbrella of Fair Trade.

http://shop.equalexchange.coop/organic-chocolate-hearts.html

Find #5 is a collection from 3 companies we have already featured on Friday Finds in the past- Roma Boots, Jacob’s Scarves and Mulxiply.  Cute red rain boots, a beautiful aztec print tassel scarf and adorable heart felt hand warmers.  Keep her dry and warm this February 14th! Especially if you live in New England!!