Our Incredible Planet

“The earth is what we all have in common.”
-Wendell Berry

I’ve traveled many places and seen many cultures around the world, and the one thing that always inspires and at times perplexes me is how we are all connected by the earth we live on.  Growing up in the southwestern United States, I was used to open spaces with a unique mix of orange desert sand and hillsides of mountains covered with pine trees.  I was always eager to venture to the city and feel its bustling energy and variety of culture and people.  Eventually, I was able to experience what I wanted by traveling to cities like London, Shanghai, Milan, and Paris.  Although I still love visiting a city, I began to wish for a moment in the wide open spaces I had grown up in.  Encompassed by the clouds of pollution while visiting China and recalling the skyscrapers and flashing billboards of Times Square in New York City, I often wondered if the planet would soon become one giant city of smog with advertisements of franchises and corporations.  Cities can give us great opportunity, but I find my creativity and inspiration can flourish just as much in the natural beauty of the outdoors.  If you don’t understand what I mean, take a look at these photos from my travels around the world to inspire you to enjoy and preserve nature for future generations: Continue Reading ›

Colorado Inspirations

Hello, my name is Brooke, and I’m a Polyvore addict.  It’s true.  I find myself clipping numerous items and finding ideas for inspiration everywhere.  At first, finding sustainable and eco-fashion companies seemed to be incredibly difficult, but now I’ve discovered lots of opportunities and I’m excited to share them with my readers.  As I continue bringing these companies to the conscience of consumers, I began to realize that just walking outside my front door brought me ideas.  Fall in Colorado brings new colors, new images, and new ideas to mind.  To see what I’ve discovered here in Denver and nearby, take a look below:

Hanging Lake Inspiration

 


Crop top
maiyet.com

Maiyet is luxury fashion brand that partners with local artisans to maintain ancient crafting techniques and promote prosperity and stability within the artisan’s community.  Maiyet has also partnered with Nest, a non-profit organization, to help train and develop artisan businesses and entrepreneurship.

High rise jeans
maiyet.com

High rise jeans
maiyet.com

Beyond skin shoes
$110 – beyondskin.co.uk

A vegan footwear line, this Brighton-based company has it’s shoes made in Alicante, Spain and has styles from sandals to heels to boots.

Engraved jewelry
noondaycollection.com

Noonday Collection assists in developing countries to provide employment, fair wages, no-interest loans, scholarship programs, emergency assistance, and long-term trade to their artisans.  Noonday Collection also hires Ambassadors to host trunk shows to sell to friends and family.

Brown earrings
shopfaire.com
Founded in 2008, Faire Collection assists artisans in Ecuador, Swaziland, and Vietnam by providing them access to international markets, no-interest loans, scholarship opportunities, and education and training programs.  CEO Amanda Judge was just awarded The Story Exchange’s “2014 Young Women to Watch” for her innovative entrepreneurship.

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