22
May 15

10 Ways to Wear Zulugrass You May Not Know About

“Zulugrass is as versatile as the individual who wears it” is one of our favorite mottos!  As summer approaches, we thought you might like a little warm weather inspiration so here are some top Ways to Wear. Watch our Ways to Wear video for detailed instructions.

1) Summer is a great time to wear Zulugrass as an anklet.

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2) Embrace the season’s boho style with this headband. 

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 3) Have you tried Zulugrass as a hair tie? 

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4) Use a wood hoop as a bracelet extender or added feature with a large grouping of Zulugrass on your wrist. As a bonus tip, try a ZuluSport Bracelet as a ring.

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 5) Use several strands looped together as a belt.

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6) Wear a single strand as a necklace extender.

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7) Twisted into a cable necklace with a clasp makes a statement.

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8) A grouping of Zulugrass is a fun way to dress up your hat.

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9) Like your necklaces long? Try this lariat style.

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10) Of course, you can wear multiples of Zulugrass as a long necklace by simply pulling over your head. It really dresses up a simple tank. Be bold!

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We want to see YOUR Zulugirl style! Post your Zulugrass selfies on your Facebook and tag @The Leakey Collection or on Instagram with the hashtag #LeakeyLove. We may feature you in a style post, AND you will be eligible to win some #fairtradeswag.

10 Ways to Wear Zulugrass

 


13
May 15

10 Tips for Healthy Gardening During Drought Times

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This photo of the drought in Kenya a few years ago makes our team members in California a little wary of the drought situation here, as well as other parts of the US.  We’ve been researching some ways to grow a vegetable garden during a drought situation and thought we’d pass on some ideas for your personal use.

Here are 10 tips to grow a healthy garden during drought times:

  1. Well-amended soil is the foundation of a vegetable garden that will tolerate drought. Prepare your garden’s soil by adding lots of rich, organic compost that will help trap moisture and encourage deep root formation in plants.
  2. Practice efficient irrigation – Apply water slowly to the base of plants, which will reduce water usage by about 50%. Drip systems use much less water than any other form of irrigation, and the plants like it better, too.
  3. Irrigate in the morning when temperatures are still cool.
  4. Mulching minimizes evaporation of water from the soil surface, reducing irrigation need by around 50%. Use an organic mulch to a depth of 3 to 4 inches, depending upon the particle size of the mulching material. The larger the particle, the deeper the mulch should be applied.
  5. Black plastic or black landscape cloth conserves moisture. This can be used with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and the vine crops in cooler areas. Place plastic or landscape cloth down on top of well-amended soil with pins, tear or cut holes big enough for the plant root ball, and insert plants.
  6. Plant in off-set blocks, rather than rows. This creates shade for roots and reduces evaporation. Control weeds, as they are competing with the vegetables for water. Group plants with similar water needs on the same section of irrigation. Cucumber and zucchinis and squash, for example, require similar water applications.
  7. Grow vegetables that do well with little water. Beans have built-in drought resistance. Tomatoes, melons and squash grow deep roots that seek out water and do not need to be watered as often. Vegetable plants with smaller leaves tend to lose less moisture due to transpiration so choose varieties carefully.
  8. Focus on high-yield vegetables that produce abundant crops like tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplants.
  9. Try dry farming your tomatoes – Plant your tomatoes and water them as usual for the first few days to get them established, then water only once a week. Once the tomatoes flower and set fruit, cut off all water. The plants may not look great, but they will produce, and some say the fruit will taste better.
  10. Rethink ways to capture water rather than letting it run down the drain. Use buckets in your shower and sink to catch the water as it heats up. Water from cooking pasta and vegetables also provides nutrients to your soil.

Gardening concerns are also abundant in the Rift Valley, which suffers from droughts frequently.   With proceeds from our Beads for Healthy Gardens Bracelets,  we are educating and encouraging Maasai women to plant healthy gardens.  Most rural pregnancy and birth issues, as well as child development problems, can be eradicated by eating a healthy diet. We’ve also created a school program to teach children the importance of a balanced diet.

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Happy Gardening to you and to the Maasai women in Kenya!

 


09
May 15

World Fair Trade Day: Celebrate Fair Trade

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Empowerment.     Opportunity.     Connections. 

Today is one of our favorite days of the year.  It’s World Fair Trade Day and it takes place on the second May of each year.  For the past 5 weeks, we have been raising awareness about the incredible power of fair-trade with our Celebrate Fair Trade Giveaways. We have partnered with six fabulous companies including Manos ZapotecasGlobal Goods PartnersGreenola StyleWorldFindsMata Traders, and Faire Collection.  They are fellow Fair Trade Federation members who are equally passionate about creating beautiful products while raising the quality of lives of their artisans. Our hope is that more people will think about the impact that their purchases can have on the lives of others.

If you participated in our Instagram or Facebook Giveaways and fell in love with the prizes but didn’t win, a purchase today would not only support fair-trade but you can also take advantage of several promotions!

  • The Leakey Collection will be offering 25% off their entire site.  Discount is automatic upon checkout!
  • Global Goods Partners is also offering 25% off their entire site with code “Celebrate Fair Trade”.
  • To receive FREE shipping on orders $30 or more from Mata Traders, use code MATAMOM.  It is good thru Sunday, the 9th.
  • WorldFinds is doing a social media giveaway, perfect for moms.  Look for hashtag #ByMoms4Moms to participate.

Katie Gavenda, from Mata Traders, gives a great definition of fair-trade, ”To us, fair trade is most importantly a connection. Being connected to the makers and knowing how things are made, while being able to provide opportunities for women empowerment is what we love about being involved in fair trade.”

Enjoy World Fair Trade Day and do your part to Make a Better World!


29
Apr 15

Shine a Little Hope on Depression

The light bulb has long been a symbol of understanding or an “Ah ha” moment.  For Kathryn Goetzke, it’s been the inception of a program designed to bring more happiness to the world.

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Kathryn realized individuals can impact their own moods and she set out to develop products to make it easier for people.  Colored light bulbs were the first step.  These Mood-lites ™ were developed based on research about how color affects mood.  They are meant to teach consumers how to engage their senses and can be purchased in eight different colors, ranging from Happy (yellow) to Serenity (turquoise).

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She also started iFred, a nonprofit whose mission is “to shine a positive light on depression and eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research and education.  Its goal is to ensure 100% of the 350 million people affected by depression seek and receive treatment.” Kathryn has become an expert on mood and depression, speaking at the United Nations, the Global Mental Health Movement Athens Conference, and more.

The Leakey Collection has pioneered Kathryn’s efforts from the beginning, and the two companies have crossed paths often as both are dedicated to making a better world.  We recently caught up with her for breakfast to discuss a possible collaboration.

TLC:  It’s been a few years since we’ve connected.  What has been going on with you?

Kathryn:  Wow! So much! Where do I begin?  We have been very busy, developing new, exciting products to engage the senses. These include Mood-oils ™, Mood-candles™, Mood-deodorants ™, Mood-butter ™, and more!  I’ve also been working on our new Schools for Hope initiative that strives to teach 5th graders around the world that hope is a teachable skill.  Finally, we are getting ready for a Global Day of Hope, which celebrates all things HOPE!

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TLC: Tell us more about a Global Day of Hope.

Kathryn:  It is Saturday, May 2nd and it is a day to share support and help raise awareness to remove the stigma regarding depression treatment.  This can be done by planting sunflowers, our symbol of hope, wearing yellow, and by sharing what brings you hope via social media.  Use hashtag #Hope2015 on all posts!

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TLC:  We plan to support a Global Day of Hope so look for our posts from Kenya on the 2nd.  What is the biggest reward for you in all of your hard work?

Kathryn:  Without a doubt, it’s helping other people.  It’s what keeps me going.  I receive letters from people all over the world sharing how their lives have been improved.  Individuals are becoming aware of their moods and realizing that they have control over them.  They are choosing to improve their moods and are happier as a result.

TLC:  What’s your favorite color?

Kathryn:  It depends on my mood or what mood I’m trying to achieve!

TLC:  What’s in store for you and the Mood-factory?

Kathryn:  I hope we can collaborate with The Leakey Collection and bring Mood-jewelry to market!

TLC:  We’d love that too.  Stay tuned…..

Share your stories of hope with the world this Saturday.  Post, tweet or share a photo on social media.  Shine your light and use hashtag #HOPE2015.  Make sure to connect with iFred on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest and Get Your Mood On here: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 


24
Apr 15

A Gift for Mom and One for You

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and is a time for memories: either reliving the sweet moments of the past or making new ones.

Philip Leakey remembering a special bond with his mother: “From age 12 or so, I would explore our surroundings to find new sites for mom’s anthropology digs.”

Katy Leakey recalling a sweet memory about her mother: “I smell the coming rain and think of how I had to describe it to her, with her birth defect being born without a sense of smell.”

That’s why our Celebration Bracelets honor very special occasions and on this day, perhaps the ones that made her a mother!  The Leakey Collection’s interpretation of each month’s color will commemorate children’s birthdays or other special times in her life, and they are meant to stack and mix & match.

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In addition, from now till May 8th, with each order over $25, we will give you a GIFT WITH PURCHASE!  One Zulusport 7″ Bracelet with a heart charm to keep for yourself or giveaway. You can choose from one of these 5 colors below (blue, pink, orange, turquoise or lime) – just type in your preference in the “gift message” box at checkout.

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16
Apr 15

Is It Your Turn to Lead?

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Earth Day is April 22nd.  This year marks the 45th anniversary of a movement that started in America and has grown to include 192 countries! According to Earthday.org, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

This year’s theme is “It’s our turn to lead.”  To symbolize this theme, our Earth Day 2015 bracelet  features 4 Zulugrass strands, one for the earth, one for the sky, one for the waterways, and the last strand represents the individual that is wearing it, one who is “taking the lead”.!  You can purchase yours this week for $31.95, a savings of $20, to show your commitment to our planet.

Check out earthday.org to find out more ways YOU can get involved. Wearing Zulugrass is just the start!


06
Apr 15

Discover Manos Zapotecas

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This week, we are teaming up with fellow Fair Trade Federation member Manos Zapotecas in our “Celebrate Fair Trade Giveaway,” and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Manos Zapotecas produces gorgeous hand woven bags, rugs and pillows.

Besides our obvious connection in fair trade principles, there are many similarities between the two companies. Like The Leakey Collection, the designs of Manos Zapotecas are modern, yet utilize an age old skill of the region. Manos Zapotecas employs men and women in Oaxaca, Mexico to weave, an art that has been a part of their culture since 500 BC.  Expert weaver Malena says that part of her motivation is “to make sure that the old designs never die”.  She was taught to weave by her mother when she was just 10 years old, and you can see her gorgeous designs here.

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Additionally, the designs from both companies are very colorful and full of life. The Spring 2015 Collection of Manos Zapotecas was inspired by the vibrant colors and energy of springtime in Oaxaca, Mexico. Their products hold an element of discovery, from the significance of each Zapotec design, to the bold color combinations, and most importantly, of the hands from which they come. Each beautiful handbag provokes images of the charming, tree lined, colonial streets of one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. and

Finally, both companies also have close ties to San Diego.  The founder and CEO of Manos Zapotecas, Shelley Tennyson, lives there as do most of the US based employees from The Leakey Collection.

We are kicking off our Fabulous Fair Trade Celebration Giveaway today with a prize package that includes a stylish handbag from Manos Zapotecas with arm candy from The Leakey Collection to match!  Check for announcements this week on Instagram and Facebook!


03
Apr 15

Be an Agent for Change and Everyone Wins!

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Created by the World Fair Trade Organization, World Fair Trade Day is May 9th this year. Held annually on the second Saturday of May, it’s a worldwide celebration of the benefits of fair-trade “as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation…that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.”

The theme for 2015 is “Be an Agent for Change!”  From head to toe, it is a lot easier than you think to support fair trade.  Fair trade options are growing and more accessible, making it easier to impact a broader range of individuals on a regular basis. Here are 4 suggestions to live fair trade values:

1) Start each day by enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or tea, one of the most popular fair trade items, with the knowledge that your support directly impacts small scale farmers in developing countries.

2) Wear stylish clothing and accessories, such as jewelry, scarves, and handbags, appreciating that there is an individual behind each product that has been given an opportunity to improve his or her family’s well being.

3) Your house can also reflect the Fair Trade Federation’s principles with baskets, blankets, salad tongs, toys, soap, keychains, and other home décor items. There is even a children’s book entitled Think Fair Trade First, teaching our future world-caretakers that a fair trade store is one “where good things happen when you make a purchase.”

4) Participate and promote the most EXCITING fair trade giveaway of the year! Every week from now until May 9th, the following 6 AMAZING companies (all Fair Trade Federation members!) will host a giveaway on Facebook and another on Instagram. The giveaways (totaling over $700!) begin each Monday, with multiple ways to enter, and the winners will be announced every “Fair Trade Friday!” Simply like each company on both social media sites and look for the weekly announcements on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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The Leakey Collection  

Thanks for being an agent for change!  #celebratefairtrade

 


20
Mar 15

WATER IS…

That is the intriguing catch phrase for World Water Day, celebrated on March 22nd. You can read all about what “WATER IS”  here at the World Water Day website.

This year The Leakey Collection is focusing on one of those: WATER IS HEALTH with our new Beads for Clean Water initiative.

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The Leakey Collection will dedicate proceeds from each Beads for Clean Water Bracelet sold to our “Clean Water for Every Home” project. Our goal is to put a water dispensing unit, locally called a “leak-tin” in every home, so that clean water for drinking and washing is easily accessible.  This will help stop the spread of life threatening disease and illness. This program also teaches children the importance hygiene plays in staying healthy.

 


14
Mar 15

Bit of Ireland in Kenya

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Across the globe, folks are dusting off their green clothing, preparing to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish.

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Even in Kenya, there is an enthusiasm unlike past years.  This Sunday, the first ever Irish Kenya Film Festival will be held at Louis Leakey Auditorium (yes, it’s named after Philip’s dad!) at the Nairobi National Museum. The festival will feature 3 Irish films and will end with a concert by Irish musicians.  Feature films include Ken Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Cartoon Saloon’s The Secret of Kells, and John Carney’s Once. The schedule and ticket information can be found here.

Kenya is the latest of more than 16 countries that are promoting Irish films for St. Patrick’s Day. Screenings of various Irish made movies will also take place in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA. So, wherever you are, there could be an opportunity to see great Irish films brought to you courtesy of IFI International and its world-wide network of exhibition partners.

More details can be found here.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from everyone at The Leakey Collection!