I love new designers. I love eco friendly designs. I love people that are about helping other people express their talents and share with others across the world. Thus, I am excited to share with you The IOU Project. They are officially up and running on line and it is so exciting. When asked what makes IOU different, they answered, “The IOU Project makes unique, handmade, traceable apparel. That alone is exciting. But the real difference lies deeper. Because each fabric is unique, we provide end buyers with the ability to trace the process from finished item right down to the weaver that hand-wove the fabric. The stories of how that item was created, of the people involved, of the customers who purchased them, are the essence of the e-commerce social network which The IOU Project has built as a meeting place for a community that shares our brand values of authenticity, transparency, uniqueness and both social and environmental responsibility.” There are some great finds – and I love that each is unique. Plus, I love spending my money towards a good cause – and this is a great movement in the fashion world, so I am all about it.
Are you willing to spend more on something that is more eco friendly and unique for the support of the artist? Is there one item you are willing to splurge a little more on? Go check out The IOU Project and share the love!
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What happened in Japan is a great tragedy. I am not one of the official bloggers involved in this campaign, but that doesn’t keep me from being a part of it. So today, there will be no further posts from me as I take part in the day of silence. You can get involved too. There are three ways:
Go to for japan with love and donate today. And if you feel led, give again tomorrow. Share with others. Here’s a bit more about Shelterbox from Utterly Engaged: ”Shelterbox was one of the first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. each large, green Shelterbox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.”
This Friday, March 18th, join in a bloggers day of silence. No posts of any kind to acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.
Tell others – spread the word. Tweet. Tell your blogger friends and to the rest of your friends – no matter how far removed you are from the devastation you can help. Every little bit from of it, from a dollar to a healing thought can make an actual difference. No matter where you choose to donate, here, the Red Cross or with a local restuarant or store that is donating its sales, every little bit helps.
Click here for more information on the bloggers day of silence.
I’ll be giving as well as going silent on Friday – and I hope you will too.
Do you love music? Do you love giving to a good cause? Do you love seeing the charities you love make a difference? Now, how about you mix all that together. What do you get? You get the Yellow Bird Project. They started back in 2006 because they wanted to make a difference – and they are. You should head over and see what great indie musicians are on board and doing more than just making wonderful music for our ears to enjoy, but also living on mission. And one of the best parts – to support the mission you can buy some really sweet t-shirts (or scarves…that’s right, they have Yellow Bird scarves!) that are designed by the bands themselves – and then support both the band you love and a good cause. How great is that. And, with the holidays of gift giving right around the corner – you could get them as a gift, but really the gift goes further than the back the t-shirt will end up on. I know this is a different take on fashion than what I normally take – but there is something about a wonderfully soft t-shirt that let’s me rep one of my favorite bands that I cannot resist from time to time. Here are a few of my favorites…
They are not just for the ladies…
Yellow Bird also has Yellow Bird Project merchandise…like this super sweet scarf…
Can never go wrong with a scarf...
How do you feel about donating to a charity in honor of someone for a gift? How about making a donation and you still get a sweet shirt out of the deal?
Enjoy the long holiday weekend (well at least those in the States…)!