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#SustainableSunday with Arraei Collective...

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The last year has been a year of profound change in my life and I have a feeling that there are some big changes coming in the near future.  That being said, I want to ensure that I am welcoming those changes with intentionality and by making decisions with purpose.  As you may know if you've been around here for a while, I put a lot of thought into what goes into my wardrobe and on my body, so it was with this mindset that I openly welcomed a collaboration with Arraei Collective

This slow fashion brand is all about helping Mother Earth thrive through the conscious decisions that we make.  Their entire line revolves around natural fibers like hemp, linen, and organic cotton. These fibers are then turned into garments that are sewn by a small group of sewers who are paid a fair living wage in a fair trade setting.  Even the packaging and shipping materials at Arraei Collective are as eco-friendly as possible.  They only use 100% organic cotton labels, 100% recycled paper and twine, and 100% recycled plastic mailers.  Additionally, knowing that single-use cutlery, plastic straws, and plastic shopping bags make up the biggest percentage of plastic waste on the planet, Arraei Collective tossed in a set of bamboo cutlery, a stainless steel straw, and a hemp shopping tote as a free gift to help the planet! 

They were also kind enough to send me their airy hemp Dawn dress.  It is absolutely perfect for summer.  The fabric is lightweight, but not overly see-through.  The halter neck straps are adjustable and the drawstring under the bust is also adjustable, so the dress can be customized to fit a number of different sizes (and could fit you as you expand and contract during your lifetime).  It was ideal for a walk around town after lunch and I have a super simple time envisioning how perfect this dress would be if SunStars and I popped out to see a local show and grabbed some ice cream as we move into summer. 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the dress is made from sustainable hemp in a fair trade setting
: the sandals are second-hand
: the earrings were handmade from ethically-harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelet is handmade

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