I'm sure many of you spent yesterday thinking about your mothers; how they've cared for you all your life and the many ways you're grateful for them. Every little thing they do for us is in some way an act of love, even if at the time they seem like the most irritating and irrational things to do!
For many of us, we are grateful for the lessons our mothers have taught us as well as more practical caring, such as buying us gifts and feeding us. Perhaps take a minute to think about the mothers in countries less fortunate than our own, where mothers can walk for hours every single day just to collect fresh water, suffer violence for trying to have a job and risk their lives every time they have another child due to high maternal fatality rates.
UNICEF work tirelessly in developing and politically challenged countries to provide essentials to the people who need them most. Clean water, essential medication and shelter for those who are homeless seem like such basic things to us, but can be life or death for those in need.
UNICEF have created a hamper which contains some of the most essential items a mother may need, such as high energy food rations, medication and school equipment so her children can learn and have a chance at a better future. Perhaps consider the other mothers in the world, and think how £22 to us (perhaps a meal out or night at the pub) could change another mother's life.
Take a look at the UNICEF website, and the hamper in particular here.
I'm currently trapped in my room/the library finishing off my thesis. Frustratingly, being stuck inside always makes me dream of being on holiday, and at the moment that particular dream is focussed on a beautiful beach with some waves to surf on.
So, instead of booking a holiday (hello overdraft) I treated myself to some cute t-shirts from Rapanui, whose surf style always makes me think of BBQs on the beach and messing about in the waves.
Rapanui are an eco friendly fashion company based on the Isle of Wight, and produce their t-shirts with eco-friendly materials like Bamboo and organic cotton and use wind power in their factories.
(I love the nautical theme)
They also have really awesome labels that tell you about your product's eco-credentials. You can go on the 'traceability' section of their site to see where your product was made and what sort of carbon footprint it has. The packaging they are posted in is even biodegradable.... awesome.
(Son of a beach .... my favourite!)
I will be putting up a post shortly about how I've styled them, but for now why not read a bit more about them here!
P.S. They look awesome with a pair of MonkeeGenes and some Converse!
Sometimes the hardest part of trying to be sustainable is accessories. While clothing and beauty companies are slowly but surely changing their ways, accessories companies are still a way behind.
Therefore, I was super please to be contacted by Bamboo Revolution, who produce stylish watches in South Africa with bamboo and locally sourced leather. The company was a micro-financed start up, founded by university students in Cape Town, South Africa, and has grown and grown since 2012. In November last year they hit London, where you can now find them stocked in a range of places - in particular, hipsters paradise Shoreditch.
The watches retail at £69.95, which is a steal when you consider they are hand made and real leather.
The watches are not only made from eco friendly materials (bamboo is fab for the environment) but their production provides employment for artisans in Cape Town, which suffers from high levels of HIV, poverty and racial violence. Bamboo Revolution also gives a percentage of their profits to charity - what generous guys!