the products, the partners, the impact
Summer's officially here and we only want to be outside! Here, indoor and outdoor finds to keep your hostessing game top-notch.
Oasis Coasters ::: SoloHope
We couldn't resist this combo of natural materials and bright threads. We're picturing this at home inside or out, or as a perfectly thoughtful gift for the hostess with the mostest. They're handcrafted in Honduras of pine straw and thread!
IMPACT: SoloHope is a nonprofit committed to a story of hope. You can read more on what they're about in our interview with Emilee on the blog.
Tip from Emilee, SoloHope founder: "...with hot summer months, you’re always going to have something cold in your hands to drink. If you’re in the South, like I am, that’s probably sweet tea but no one wants water circles all over their furniture so these coasters are a perfect solution for that. They’re practical, beautiful, and even have a story of hope that comes with them. Best coasters ever!!"
Tea Towel ::: Sustainable Threads
We wanted to get a pop of textile in this box, and voila! A light, soft, and summery tea towel (fair trade, of course) is just the trick for freshening up the kitchen or decorating the trays you tote back and forth from the patio. The highly absorbent, 100% cotton material makes this towel a must for your stack.
IMPACT: Their Fair Trade artisans (many indigenous weavers) earn a fair, steady income and are able to work from home. Sustainable Threads provides medical coverage and annual bonuses. Here's a really neat video of how these fabrics are woven using traditional bamboo looms! They use low-impact dyes and claim minimal fabric waste for an added bonus.
Stylist tip: Did you know tea towels have, like, a bazillion uses? Not just for drying hands, you can use them to wrap freshly washed greens, tie a bow on a wine bottle, decorate the table, and even, with a little twine, wrap presents.
Rose Geranium Insect Repellent ::: Thistle Farms
A bug spray that smells good? We're hooking you up right here. Safe, natural, and DEET-free, a spritz or two means you can linger longer outside without harm to your body.
Active Ingredients: Organic Rose Geranium Oil (5.0%), Spearmint Oil (4.0%), Lemongrass Oil (3.0%), Geraniol (2.0%), Peppermint Oil (2.0%), Citronella (1.0%)
IMPACT: The rose geranium oil comes from a Thistle Farms partner in Rwanda, and production helps rebuild a community affected by the 1994 genocide. Once purchased, the oil is blended with the other ingredients by women healing from trafficking at Thistle Farms' community.
Bug-free tip: Apply often to keep mosquitoes at bay! Keep the bottle by the door so you don't forget and can offer a misting to guests.
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