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#SustainableSunday with Soko...

Sunday, February 7, 2016

I've just blown in from a chilly Sunday morning walk all prepared to share with you the spoils of my thrifting expedition from yesterday as my #SustainableSunday tips, but as I sat down and started writing, I realized that I was SO into thrifting that I didn't take any photos and the spoils of my trip are currently in the wash.  Suffice it to say that I didn't really NEED to go shopping, but since half of my wardrobe is still in Germany and much of what I have in the US is a bit too bohemian for my day job in a school, I wanted to pick up a few more teacher-y pieces on a budget and in a sustainable way.    I managed to snag a brand new J.Crew chambray shirt for $4.99 and a great Ann Taylor Loft sweater for $1.99, among other things, so it was a successful trip!  If you should happen to want to take on a thrift store, but aren't sure where to start, let me know and I'll whip up a new post for next weekend!  

Moving on, since it IS #SustainableSunday, I do want to share with you a fair-trade, female empowering, eco-friendly company: Soko.  I found Soko on Instagram, fell in love with their beautiful handcrafted jewelry and hopped over to their website to learn more.  

Solo is a company based out of San Fransisco; New York City; and Nairobi, Kenya and has set out with the purpose of "fashioning a better world" by empowering women from 30 countries in the developing world.  They create beautiful, handmade jewelry from largely repurposed and recycled materials in such a way that helps to increase the average monthly income of the artisans by 4x what they were making in other jobs! 

They were kind enough to send me these porcupine quill-inspired earrings and horn bangle bracelets, made from materials recovered from butcheries, cleaned and turned into miniature works of art!  I wore this jewelry on the first day of my new job and I must say, my new students were all about these earrings!  Be sure to hop over to Soko's website to see their whole range of handcrafted wonder! 

(This tank top was a hand-me-down from my mum about 6 years ago.  It used to be white, but got stained over the years, so I tie dyed it in my bathtub and gave it yet another reincarnation!  How's that for sustainable?) 

3 comments on "#SustainableSunday with Soko... "
  1. I'm totally with you here when it comes to sustainable fashion. My favorite two ways of being sustainable fashionable is to do thrift shopping and to do refashion. I love to do thrift shopping at Value Village (I believe it's called Savers in US), I've scored some amazing pieces at Value Village, absolutely unique style, that I would see no one else wearing. And, they are made in Canada, which I love, as opposed to most fast fashion duds made using unethical labor practices in countries from Asia Pacific that fall apart after three wears.

    I also love refashioning, and I've refashioned and repurposed a lot of my clothes that I got tired of, or that got t be unwearable, and I gave them a new life by changing their design or by altering and mending them.