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Artisan Spotlight: Indonesia

Artisan Spotlight: Indonesia

Indonesia is a rich and colorful culture full of tight-knit families, spicy food, bright clothing, and luscious beaches. Our artisans in this tropical region have huge hearts that pour love and care into their handmade pieces and we have felt so lucky to be welcomed into their culture. One of the ways we seek to support them is making sure that their product is economical and sustainable for them to source. For example, they are able to dye fabric naturally using berries and plants found in abundance in their regions. Indonesia is also full of forests, and our artisans are able to make hand-carved wood accessories through gathering the wood responsibly and using resources they already have. How does this...

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Upcycled Clothing and Why It Matters

Upcycled Clothing and Why It Matters

Travel culture is currently at an all-time high. As free-spirited Americans, we dream big and seek bigger landscapes than the ones found at our back door. Our concern and curiosity about the environment is sending more and more citizens on planes and less of them to the mall, saving hard-earned cash in a tough economy for travel, experiences, and products we believe in. As a fair trade, eco-friendly company deeply invested in the lives of our artisans, it is this spirit of global awareness and love for other cultures that drives us. But what does it mean to be “eco-friendly” and have “global impact”? For something to be eco-friendly means for it to be good for the earth and good...

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What Does Zero Waste Really Mean?

What Does Zero Waste Really Mean?

Adopting a zero-waste lifestyle can bring a big shift in most households. But, like anything else, making small steps to your larger goal can be a great start.The US population represents only about 5% of the world as a whole, but we create about 30% of the world’s waste. This builds up in the nearly two thousand landfills across our country. Our disposable society has made generating garbage quite easy. Think about the plastic water bottles, paper cups, napkins, plastic utensils, food packaging you use in a day. Then multiply that by everyone in your family - it adds up quickly.A completely zero waste lifestyle may not be realistic, but think about the ways you can start cutting down on...

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Convertible Apparel for Eco-Friendly Fashion

Convertible Apparel for Eco-Friendly Fashion

In 2018 we launched our popular convertible apparel line, Birch & Grace. Each Fair Trade garment is hand cut, sewn, and dyed by women in Indonesia and every purchase provides these women with fair wages and life changing opportunities.This week, we launched the latest, exciting addition to our line - the Open Shoulder Top!Cold (or open) shoulders were one of the biggest clothing trends of this past year, and our take on this popular style transforms into over a dozen different articles of clothing and comfortably fits every body, size XS-3XL. As we head into the transitional months that follow winter, it can be difficult to find outfits that work with the unpredictable weather and in-between fashion needs that precede...

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Curator Spotlight: Cristina

Curator Spotlight: Cristina

This month’s Curator Spotlight features Cristina Olesen, who joined our team after initially being drawn to our accessory line. Between caring for her house, shuttling her children back and forth, and gardening, it was important for Cristina to find a means of income that fit into her busy schedule. Through being part of our Curator Team, she is able to help her parents financially and cover her day-to-day expenses while having more time to spend with her two sons. Her favorite things about being part of the I Thought Of You Curator Team are the beautiful, eco-friendly products, the story behind each piece, and the wonderful community.In fact, her passion for people drives her business. Through selling both online and...

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