Acacia Creations are a fantastic example of Style That Gives Back. Their vibrantly colored bracelets featured in this next post are not just made from recycled materials – their proceeds directly benefit the artisans and their families. All artists are paid a monthly
salary in addition to a percentage of what they make, allowing all Acacia employees to earn five times the Kenyan national average. The Healing Hearts Collection focuses specifically on child healthcare – the sale of 10 bracelets can provide treatment for a child with malaria and the sale of 20 can cover all childhood immunizations.
Acacia, located in Nairobi, Kenya, has been making their jewelry creations since 2007. They follow Fair Trade practices
and focus on giving directly to families and communities. For each piece of jewelry sold, 15-35% is given back to Kenyan Communities. We’re happy to carry their Healing Hearts Bracelet Collection at our campus bookstores.
These bracelets are the perfect complement to any summer outfit. When paired with an outfit of neutral colors, the bright beads won’t just have you looking good…you’ll feel good too!
We’re very happy to be back again this week with another exciting addition to our Style That Gives Back series. This post will focus on Global Handmade Hope’s Cana Flecha Cuffs, coming to us from the Zenú Indians of Colombia. These bracelets are carefully hand-woven from pieces of Cana Flecha, a palm tree indigenous to South America. The leaves are sun-dried and then cut into strips for tinting and weaving. The result is a vibrant cuff, perfect for adding a pop of color to any ensemble.
The Zenú have a riveting history. During their peak, they were known for their construction of major waterworks and production of stunning gold ornaments. However, with the arrival of the conquistadors, the Zenú people faced oppression and foreign diseases, resulting in a steady population decrease ever since. Despite all of this, they continue to create and weave beautiful products.
Global Handmade Hope ensures that all workers receive a fair and living wage, while connecting the talented Zenú artisans with larger markets. In addition, they aim to promote sustainability throughout Colombia and operate using a Fair Trade business model.
Style that gives back is our favorite fashion statement. What do you think of these beautiful bracelets?