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AmyAnn's Watch List
SLUMLOVE SWEATER COMPANY
Slumlove Sweater Company is a fashion brand made with love in Nairobi, Kenya with natural and organic materials, employing over 20 women with fair wages for their work. The brand also gives back to a non-profit providing scholarships to children living in one of the world's largest slums. I'm loving their staple sweater line for both men and women.
WHITE WITCH COSMETICS
While the beauty industry is rightfully criticized for lack of concern when it comes to the environment and hurting animals, some companies are going above and beyond to operate in a more positive way. I recently found White Witch while hunting for ethical skincare lines on instagram. The Organic Natural Skincare Line from the west of Ireland offers a complete line of ethical, natural and safe skincare choices.
A few weeks ago I realized that although I've largely switched over to more eco-friendly brands for our personal care items, there are still a few products I buy in bulk that are made of pure plastic (like my razors and toothbrushes). And then, ta-da I got an email from Plus Ultra, an sustainable bamboo toothbrush company based in CA. Their toothbrushes are biodegradable, come with the most adorable affirmations on the handles, and are made in 100% sustainable packaging.
Blake's Watch List
THE KIND FOODIST
The Kind Foodist is a new LA based travel company that leverages people's passion for food and travel as agents for good. By offering both culinary travel and community service thier international trips, their goal is to ensure that foodists + travelers + volunteers receive just as much, if not more, of what they give back. The Kind Foodist is planning a launch event in Los Angeles in March, 2016 that will integrate a community service opportunity, followed by an adventure activity, and finish with a culinary feast and extravaganza. If you're in the LA area this one of a kind event is sure to be a great experience!
Always on the lookout for artisan crafted goods, we recently learned of Portland based Parekh Bugbee. Their scarves, shawls and pocket squares are made by a small community of craftspersons who've spent years perfecting the meticulous art of textile printing on the finest silks, cottons, and wools. The family-run factory produces each silk by hand the oldschool way using silkscreens on steam wax tables. It's slow fashion at its best!