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Sea Grass, Bark Cloth and Forest Life

A Girl in the Forest As you may have guessed, the highlight of our last sourcing journey was the time we spent in Eheng Village on the island of Borneo (Kalimantan).  We were graciously invited to stay and experience the beautiful culture and rhythms of  Dayak life.  Children walking to and from school, domesticated livestock […]

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Tigers Teeth and Fashion Fibers

The adventure of finding new and interesting fibers from the forests of Borneo is filled with surprises. We’ve shared the natural materials of rattan, water hyacinth, banana and pandan in our previous posts, so what could possibly be next?  There really are a surprising number of fibers yet to talk about, all beautiful, natural and […]

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Notes from the Rainforest:

What We Found: In our last post we introduced two materials from the rainforest: rattan and water hyacinth.  We wanted to introduce pandan and banana this week.  Each of these materials will be detailed at length in future posts.   We also made a brief video of our adventures into Java and Borneo to share from […]

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What We Found in the Forest

Natural Materials from the Rainforest Overview Rattan and Water Hyacinth:  If we use more of these materials, positive economic pressures are placed to keep the forest in tact.  The indigenous people of the forest also benefit by staying on the land and managing it in the sustainable ways of their ancient cultures. As the New […]

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8 of Our Favorite Eco Shoe Companies

Over the years, shoe production has been linked to sweatshop labor and processes that are environmentally hazardous. The following are our favorite shoe brands that are changing that perception by producing fairly-made shoes that are not only ethical but high-quality.   El Naturalista   El Naturalista from Spain uses sustainable, high-quality fabrics, innovative features, and […]

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Our Favorite Top 5 Natural Sunscreens

If you want the best protection for your skin, steer clear of chemical sunscreens which have been linked to not only allergic reactions but hormonal disruptions and early onset puberty, low sperm count, and breast cancer. Opt for natural sunscreens which David Colbert, MD of New York Dermatology Group, describes as “a million little umbrellas protecting […]

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Natural Remedies to Treat Your Kid’s Summer Boo-Boos

It’s summer! This means your kids are out of school and spending more time outdoors playing. Unfortunately, this means they’re likely to come home with scrapes, cuts, bruises, and insect bites.  For these superficial wounds, there are some natural remedies that you can use that don’t contain harsh ingredients but are just as effective as […]

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Hemp: Why Is It So Good?

Hemp, unlike its controversial cousin, Marijuana, has been known and loved for its industrial and environmental uses for generations. And while it comes from the same cannabis species as marijuana, they are genetically distinct and can be distinguished by their use, chemical makeup and even the method by which they are cultivated. As far back […]

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5 of Our Favorite Made in the USA Brands for Women

The reality is that finding the words “Made in the USA.” on a clothing label is quite rare these days.Fashion has become so fast-paced that brands have turned to outsourcing everything from designing to manufacturing overseas in efforts to churn trends quicker and cheaper.  However, some brands have remained steadfast with their ethical approach to […]