When You Think About Bangladesh, I Bet You Don’t Picture This

A few years ago, a very good friend of mine, Nur-E Farhana Rahman, took a leap. She quit her comfy consulting job to pursue a dream. It was her dream and also her mother’s, and its roots stretch back generations to her grandfather in Bangladesh.

I’ll let her tell you more about it:

To me, there are a whole bunch of reasons to support Knotty Gal’s Kickstarter campaign. To name a few (with gifs!):

  1. Supporting a homegrown small business. 3 cheers for social entrepreneurship! When You Think About Bangladesh, I Bet You Dont Picture This
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This dress is the breathtaking result of the ELSA AND ME + Vividly Design Challenge

Presenting…the “Thorns” ELSA:

This dress is the breathtaking result of the ELSA AND ME + Vividly Design ChallengeThe “Thorns” ELSA is the work of Miami artist and designer Rosie Brown. Brown’s artwork was selected from over 100 artist submissions as the winner of last month’s Elsa and MeVividly ELSA Print Challenge.

The “Thorns” ELSA is responsibly made from organic cotton sateen fabric and produced individually in New York City’s Garment District. The limited edition dress is available now, order by November 7th to get it in time for holiday parties!

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The story of a company that makes all of its products from…waste? (and of my new cellphone case)

“Each day, one factory may generate as much as 4,500 pounds of excess scrap leather.” That’s according to Scott Hamlin, co-founder of a Portland, Oregon-based company called LOOPTWORKS.

The story of a company that makes all of its products from...waste? (and of my new cellphone case)Ridiculous amounts of waste, as we know, are not unique to the leather industry.  Apparel in general is incredibly wasteful.  Tons of material ends up on factory floors every day and goes straight to landfills.

So, in 2009, Scott and Gary decided to do something about it.  They founded LOOPTWORKS, a company entirely dedicated to upcycling discarded materials.  Each line is a limited edition run of products made from a specific material that needed a new life.

Their most recent release is a line of upcycled leather accessories for cellphones and iPads. As Continue reading

When you spend at reweave, you cast a vote for a Better World

reweave is way more than an online shop.  By selling only products made by businesses with a social purpose, it helps artisans around the world improve their lives and helps the businesses become better and more successful. reweave also literally sends people all over the world (well, for starters to Ghana and Bali) to help those businesses grow. 

Behind every product you buy there’s a supply chain full of human stories.  When you buy something in reweave’s marketplace, you know those stories are good ones.  The mission is to empower social enterprises, and through them to unite communities.

 

Check them out at reweave.org.