We all know that organic and environmentally friendly products abound these days, here are a few brands that make our style cut.
Sand Shack: Sand Shack is a Philadelphia based ocean-friendly brand of accessories founded on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Their jewelry is a reasonably priced eclectic mix of natural stones, pearls and Tibetan inspired metalwork details. From a young age, the owner and founder Brain Linton has been passionately committed to cleaning up the ocean environment. As a result Brian and all of the companies' employees and supporters have adopted a hands on approach to achieving their goals. Not only does Sand Shack donate 5% of all proceeds to ocean conservation but the company also regularly organizes and hosts beach and river cleanups. Want to volunteer? Check out this link to Sand Shack's affiliate United by Blue, http://unitedbyblue.org/get-involved/
Diane Kennedy: Diane Kennedy is a talented designer who chose from the inception of her company to work in renewable fibers. Her line of luxurious knits is made entirely of viscose from certified organic bamboo. Why is bamboo such a wonderful choice for the environment? Bamboo is 100% naturally grown, without assistance from man. A highly sustainable crop, bamboo does not require the use of pesticides and herbicides for crop production. As a result, plantations can easily be kept organic. Additionally, as the plant is flood and drought resistant, water irrigation is not necessary for production. …. Oh and did I mention that it is soft, breathable and feels wonderful to wear!
Jillery: Jillery designs began on a whim in a loft in Greenwich Village. Jill's jewelry line was advertised in the simplest of ways – her friends all wore it. Her designs quickly caught on and Jill began selling to stores and fashionable galleries in the New York area. What began as a hobby soon became a sensation. The thread that connects all of Jill's designs is the use of recycled aluminum throughout every piece. You don’t often think of aluminum as a component of sophisticated designer jewelry and it's hard to believe that your hand crafted beautiful new earrings, bracelet and necklace may once have been your diet coke can.
All of these companies prove that giving back and making money can go hand in hand!
*All jewelry styles seen here can be found at Kat Bradley Accessories, http://www.katbradley.com and now you can shop for Diane Kennedy at Fresh Ayer online, http://www.freshayer.com