Sep 15

Zulugrass “Journeys” to a Movie Set in South Africa

Zulugrass has traveled from Beverly Hills (in a previous post) back to Africa – this time to South Africa.

The Journey Is the Destination,” based on the critically acclaimed bestseller, is also the name of a film in production in South Africa, chronicling the life of photojournalist and creative activist, Dan Eldon. On July 12, 1993, Dan and three of his colleagues were beaten, clubbed and stoned to death by an angry mob in Mogadishu during a violent time of upheaval.

Growing up in Kenya, Dan became friends with Philip’s daughter, Lara, forging a long history of friendship and support between the Leakeys and the Eldons. “The Journey” features a talented cast, among them Ben Schnetzer as Dan and Ella Purnell as Dan’s sister Amy. Maria Bello, star of the 1990′s TV series “ER” and movies such as the recent “McFarland USA,” plays Dan’s mother, Kathy Eldon, a best-selling author and visionary in her own right. Los Angeles Confidential Magazine named Kathy one of Los Angeles’ Most Influential Female Power Duos with activist Maria Bello.

Maria Bello

Maria Bello

It is such fun to see Maria wearing Zulugrass on the set, along with actor Mika Basson, as Elinor Tatum who participated in the Student Transport Aid Safari that Dan led across Africa to deliver aid to a Refugee camp in Malawi.

Mika Basson

Mika Basson

You can follow the progress of this film right along with us here or here. We look forward to seeing this in theaters!

Sep 15

Zulugrass Helps Call Attention to End Domestic Violence

The Leakey Collection was honored to be a part of this past weekend’s charity event Accelerate 4 Change at the Warner Brothers Estate in Beverly Hills, benefiting Children Uniting Nations and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Hosted by Ben Talei, M.D. & Cinemoi Studios, the evening included special performers, a silent auction, guest DJ, and a fashion show featuring designs from Brian Lichtenberg.

Celebrities and other attendees were given TLC’s purple “End Domestic Violence” Zulugrass bracelets as their entry into the event, as well as being included in the gift bags. We were grateful to see so many of them immediately adorn their wrist or neck with the purple strands to show their commitment to this cause.  It was a fantastic night of coming together, supporting two at-risk groups, and getting the word out to help put an end to domestic violence!




Jun 15

Spread Love



This is a quote taken from Deap in Love’s website.  The Leakey Collection has collaborated with them to do just that in the #30Ways30Days Challenge.  What exactly does that mean?

The Challenge:

30 Ways, 30 People, 30 Days to spread awareness starting May 18th through June 18th. Each day will represent a new awesome person/organization and their way to spread love for the day. The 30 day challenge will be contingent on everyone completing their tasks. Our goal is to spread love in all corners of the world and raise $35,000 for suicide, depression, mental illness, and homelessness prevention.

Who is Deap in Love?:

DEAP in Love is an organization dedicated to offering support and hope to teens and adults struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide. Our goal is to direct them to the support they need in order to make the necessary transformation in their lives. We offer a 24/7 online chat room with a certified suicide intervention coach. There is also an in-person support group available for those living in the Los Angeles area free of no charge as well as a virtual support group.

Let’s Do This!:

The Leakey Collection jumped on the opportunity to be involved with spreading love and empowering others.  After all, this is the core of our mission statement.  We’re handing out Zulugrass heart bracelets to complete strangers across the globe.  From locations in Kenya, California, Connecticut and Nebraska, we hope to start a chain reaction of spreading love.  You can read more about our company at www.leakeycollection.com.

We hope you too will get involved and spread love in your community!

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.


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


May 15

World Fair Trade Day: Celebrate Fair Trade


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!

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.

Laughter between friends

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).


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!

Joy and hope

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.


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.

Celebration Bracelets

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.


Apr 15

Is It Your Turn to Lead?

Colors of the Earth

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!

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!

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.

Faire Collection
Global Goods
Greenola Style
Manos Zapotecas
Mata Traders
The Leakey Collection  

Thanks for being an agent for change!  #celebratefairtrade