Recently, we were contacted by a first grade class at The Manhattan New School, PS 290 for a donation. They were learning about child labor and planned to culminate the project with a Fair Trade Sale.Not only were we proud to hear that such young people were so motivated to help others by donating the proceeds to help workers around the world, but we were DELIGHTED to receive a letter of thanks, along with their newsletter entitled PLEASE, MAKE IT FAIR in which the children explained what was “BAD” about what they learned. Please watch our Facebook page and Twitter over the next couple of weeks as we share with you words of wisdom from our young friends. Here’s a little preview of what one of those sweet children thought about child labor:
Kids sewing 14 hours a day, that’s so terrible. They want to run away, but the bosses would give them a beating. Waaaaaa!
And now, read portions of the introduction from their teacher and a note from a parent helper:
Introduction As we learned how cupcakes are made for restaurants, we found out that there is a lot of child labor in the production of vanilla. When we did research about chocolate, we found out that most cacao for chocolate sold in the USA was produced in Cote d’Ivoire, where 200,000 children do the work. At least 12,000 of those children are trafficked…….
Note from Newsletter Parent All proceeds from our Fair Trade sale & raffle will be donated to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights.…..(it) strives to end child labor which, as you can tell by our words and pictures, we feel VERY strongly about! (these words & pictures will be what The Leakey Collection will be posting on social media)….we hope the next time you visit a grocery store, you will look for Fair Trade items like bananas, and of course, chocolate. Here are some of the Fair Trade labels you might see…And of course, we at The Leakey Collection also encourage you to look for these Fair Trade labels wherever you shop!
Zulugrass is as versatile as the individual who wears it! And it can fit any wardrobe! That’s why our signature Zulugrass Single Strands have proven over and over that they are the “go-to” accessory for every eco-fashionista.
The photo above of our newest Set of 6 Zulugrass Single Strands (Autumn’s Symphony) shows just a few of the different combinations you can achieve. In addition, each one of these strands can be worn alone, giving you an additional 6 looks!
To add to the versatility, Zulugrass Single Strands can be worn in many different ways: worn long as a necklace, shortened with our necklace clasp or wood hoops, wound 3-4 times around your wrist as a bracelet, twisted, layered with our Zuluwood necklaces or bracelets, with one of our pendants or charms or more. See our Ways to Wear Video on our home page for even more ideas.
How do YOU wear your Zulugrass? Show us by posting photos on our Facebook page.
Today, August 26th, marks the 93rd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard. The Amendment begins: “WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens…”
Today we honor all those who fought so tirelessly then and to those who continue to fight to ensure that women across the globe are not treated as second-class citizens.
We offer our brand new Words to Live By jewelry collection to remind us that “Women Helping Women” will always “Make a Better World.”
Please enjoy this video of the beautiful and joyful Maasai women singing as they work.
True friends hard to find, but we know you value those relationships as much as we do. We’re having a social media contest to help you show a friend or two just how much they mean to you as we celebrate Friendship Day.
Friendship Day is dedicated to the bond of friendship and companionship, and this year it’s celebrated on August 4th. The idea of honoring friendships has been appreciated by people in many countries of the world.
Here’s how to play:
- Follow The Leakey Collection on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
- Post a picture of yourself with friends on one or all of these social media sites.
- Use the hashtag #tlcfriends to be entered into the contest, no matter which social media you are using.
- These additional hashtags will each earn you an extra entry: #theleakeycollection and #zulugrass or you can tag @theleakeycollection.
- We will be announcing winners weekly so follow us for updates. Each winner will receive a pair of Friendship Bracelets - one to keep and one to give to a friend.
- We will be looking for photos that truly express the wonderful bond of friendship. We encourage your creativity and uniqueness!
- Photos must be your own featuring you and your friends and can be submitted now through August 4th.
Happy Friendship Day!
Do you love the color-blocking trend but just not sure how to pull it off? You can achieve the latest look just by accessorizing. Choose an Eco-Chic Zulugrass Set with 2 strands or by using a combination of 6 strands in a Zulugrass Special Set, make a number of color-blocking combos. YOU are the design stylist!
One hundred and thirty-three years ago, an incredible woman was born. Her name was Helen Keller, and soon that very name would be recognizable in most households. Her ability to overcome obstacles has inspired generations.
Of course you all know her story. Today, we would like to celebrate her life. She was a remarkable woman who stood as a powerful example of how determination, hard work, and imagination can enable an individual to triumph over adversity. She not only learned how to communicate with others, she blossomed into a well respected, world-renowned activist who actively campaigned for the betterment of others.
We honor a woman who showed us how much an individual can accomplish even with severe handicaps. She was clearly a woman who helped to Make a Better World!
Summer is officially here this Friday, and we need some help from you to name some new Zulugrass Special Sets that are perfect for this time of the year. Starting today through Wednesday, we will be introducing FOUR new collections and each one needs a name. If you come up with the name we select, you will WIN that set. This is a social media contest, so make sure that you have “liked” us or Facebook or follow us on Instagram and check in every day to see what set is added. PLUS make sure you check our page on Friday for a special promotion!
We always love reading the creative names that YOU imagine! But each individual strand in each set also has a name. Have you ever wondered where those names come from? We’d like to share a few with you.
Some names come directly from the environment where Katy & Philip live among the Maasai. For instance, this blue colorway – Agama Esoit – is named for the beautifully colored reptile, genus Agama, that the Leakeys see around the Esoit Escarpment.
Or this strand – Watamu Sands – named after a place that is close to the Leakeys’ hearts, Watamu.
Don’t forget to check our social media this week and join us in celebrating summer!
Wedding season is quickly approaching. It is a day when young couples commit themselves to a partnership with the intention of happily ever after. It is also a time when a couple can illustrate their personalities and values. With the growing awareness of fair trade, it is without a doubt that fair trade weddings will be a theme in the upcoming years. Here is a resource to help brides and grooms execute the perfect fair trade wedding:
Celia Grace has a mission to provide brides with a gorgeous wedding dress that matches their values of human rights, environmental sustainability, and empowering women. Their wedding gowns are made by women’s cooperatives, fair trade producers, and refugees rebuilding their lives in the United States. Celia Grace provides their producers with safe, fair, and empowering work so that they can invest in themselves, their families, and their communities.
Store located in Amherst, MA
A consignment and resale bridal e-Boutique, Encore Bridal offers new, sample, and nearly-new couture. Encore offers eco-conscious and affordable bridal couture. Their collection includes dresses and bridal accessories from today’s most well known designers at 30-70% below retail. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to help cure cervical cancer and HPV.
1288 Columbus Ave. #133, San Francisco, CA
Here are just two of their many wonderful beliefs. These really speak to us:
- We believe choosing to re-cycle and re-use is just good karma.
- We believe in serving women’s causes as much as serving women.
The Bridal Garden
The Bridal Garden is a not-for-profit resale bridal boutique run by Geraldine Brower benefiting children’s charities. They showcase stunning designer and couture wedding gowns at up to 75% off retail prices.
54 West 21st St. Suite 901, New York, NY 10010
Some of our friends offer wonderful fair trade options. Check out these:
These guys even have a fair trade gift registry. We love that!
Gifts for the Wedding Party:
Here’s where we need to shamelessly plug ourselves. We have many options for both women and men that are sure to please your entire party. For the special ladies that are standing up for you, why not get each one a unique mix of Zulugrass jewelry? Select a personalized color combination for each bridesmaid, and then she can wear it as a bracelet or necklace, depending on her preference.
For the men of the group, how about a sustainable place to keep organized at home? Each man needs a place to empty the contents of his pockets when he gets home. This tray is made from fallen wood and adds beauty, and organization to any room.
Look for flowers that are grown locally, are in season, and come from farmers that care about the environment. Farmers markets are a great resource for organic, fair trade farms.
This is an ideal opportunity for a couple to show their personalities. Centerpieces, napkin ring holders, guest gifts are all ways to show off individuality, values, and character.
There are many DIY ideas for centerpieces and guest gifts. Some of these include painted stones, with either hearts or messages, a sea theme, or even just lovely sustainable plants, creatively potted. We love this pinterest page for more ideas:
We also must note that Zulugrass makes an ideal napkin ring holder, which would brighten any table setting and then serve as a perfect take away gift for each guest.
Coffee and Tea:
You should definitely serve fair trade coffee and tea at the reception. That’s an easy one. Although we are working on our own unique blend, it’s not quite ready so here are some other good options thru the Fair Trade Federation:
If you attend a fair trade wedding this summer, we’d love to hear about it. Send us your ideas and photos, and we will certainly share them to help create more awareness about the power of fair trade.