Sunday, May 29, 2016


Handmade Shoes
from Unmarked


Ah! Nothing like a favorite pair of well-made kicks.
Handmade shoes cost a bit more than factory made, mass-produced shoes, but they’re entirely worth it. A brand to add to your wish list: Unmarked well-made shoes.

Started by Claribel Perez and Hugo Fonce, whose ethos is simply, "attention to detail":

“The production process for each pair of shoes or boots requires more than 200 steps and two days of intense labor from the hands of the best craftsmen.”

Utilizing the talents of local craftsman for their collection, Claribel and Hugo are blending a love of tradition with great modern design. I’m sure these feel as good on your feet as they look.

All of our products are made using heritage
machinery and techniques from early 1900's.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Schier Shoes ~ Swakopmund, Namibia ~ Est. 1938

Schier Shoes ~ Swakopmund, Namibia ~ Est. 1938:

Individually crafted from wild kudu leather, 
each shoe is one of a kind and made to last.
The Erongo consists of two cuts of skin: the Hakkie, 
and the front which are sewn together. No nails are 
used in the process. A simple sole is added in the end. 
The shoes are then finished by hand, using a knife
to perfect the outer texture of the leather.
Schier Shoes are handmade in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Velskoen, pronounced "fell-skoon" and known colloquially as "vellies," 
are the ancestor of the modern-day desert boot. Vellies were first made
in the 1600s, inspired by the footwear of the Khoikhoi tribe and crafted
using raw materials. Later, our vellies were adapted by British travellers,
packaged and renamed to be what we now know as desert boots.
Our velskoen are made in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia.
There, a small group of eight Damara gentlemen assemble every
shoe by hand, turning out just 20 pairs an afternoon.
These Vellies are made of vegetable-dyed Kudu leather. The Namibian
government mandates the culling of these large native antelope
to control their population. Kudu skin yields amazingly durable leather
and suede that ages exceptionally well. Because these hides
are taken from wild animals they often show scars or other
"imperfections" that domesticated hides do not.

Stanley + Sons

Stanley + Sons
Homegrown Quality  | American Craftsmanship and Legacy

Stanley & Sons Apron and Bag Company

The original Apron and Bag Company was a manufacturer of factory aprons
and bags owned and operated by Stanley Grodzki in New York City. In 2008,
Chris Grodzki, inspired by his grandfather and the products he made, re-established
Stanley & Sons Apron and Bag Company. With close attention to detail and
construction of an American made product, every apron and bag is built to last!








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Friday, January 8, 2016

Trash is for Tossers + The Simply Co.

The zero-waste lifestyle blogger Lauren Singer has built a brand!

The Simply Co., is now offering its first product! Addressing our post-industrial concerns are the catalyst for Singer (of Trash is for Tossers blog) and The Simply Co. brand; with the mantra of co-creating simple, healthy, useful products for our collective expression on this, yet still green, planet.
There are many zeitgeist touchstones at play here in this call to zero waste and eco-friendly lifestyle choices and the blogger's many followers are a bell weather for a growing community of like-minded consumers, with a collective interest in the urban homesteading 
movement; repleat with bees, chickens and rooftop gardens, anti-"BIG" (big-Agra, big-box store, big pharma, big-chemical corp.s),  an appreciation of the artisan and the craftsman, sourcing, "quality" and the irony that the best of the better good is perhaps the simplest expression of the purest ingredients, packaging--or sans-package--an eco-awareness, and Boho chic have blossomed and fruited at the farmer's market all things local, organic and industrial filler free! 
Here is a bit of her story! A folk story many are finding we rhyme with.


thesimplyco.com



Why are there so many chemicals in everything?

When did this become okay?

Are they even necessary?


Founder Lauren Singer lives a Zero Waste lifestyle and hasn’t sent any trash to a landfill since 2012 which she documents through her blog, Trash is for Tossers. Since its inception, it has helped people across the globe to learn how to live without waste.
About a year into blogging, she noticed a trend.
Many of her readers were writing to her saying that they loved the idea of her toxic free and sustainable cleaning products, but they didn’t have the time to make them themselves. They wanted to know what cleaning products they could buy in stores that were as sustainable as the ones they could make at home.
So Lauren searched high and low. She began reading the label of every cleaning product and researching all of their properties, and then she learned a few things that changed her life forever:
There are over 85,000 industrial chemicals out there and a majority of them are not even tested for safety and on top of that cleaning product manufacturers are not legally required to list their ingredients on their packaging.
Lauren knew that was not okay. Consumers, unquestionably, have a right to know what is in the products they are using in their homes and on their bodies, so she decided to do something about it. She quit her job as Sustainability Manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, launched a Kickstarter campaign, and The Simply Co. was born.
Here at The Simply Co. we strive to make the most sustainable cleaning products everAll of our ingredients will ALWAYS be listed on our packaging. On top of that, with every single decision we make we will consider the health of our homes, our bodies, and the environment.
Why is The Simply Co. different from any other company? Because we question everything. We are not just going to make a “less bad” product with fewer toxic chemicals or kind of sustainable packaging, we are going to make products that are truly good.  

Lauren Singer • Trash is for Tossers

The Zero Waste Movement, Environmentalism in Post Modernity.



ZERO WASTE GIFT GIVING GUIDE





In collaboration with Trash is for Tossers, Loam designed a zero waste gift guide to help you give generously without generating trash. We still contend that the most meaningful gift is an experience--tickets to a concert, a surprise dinner, a hike to your beloved's favorite destination--but we like to celebrate things of beauty too!
And so, herewith, nine things of beauty to relish in this holiday season. Almost all of these are gifts you can make yourself with stuff you likely have hanging around. And if not, we made sure to select goodies crafted by small-scale artisans with a whole lotta love. Because if you're going to shop, support local, support love, and support little!
Hope you enjoy and be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions for gorgeous, waste-free gifts.
COLLAGE JOURNAL
Sit yourself down with a stack of magazines, favorite record, and cuppa tea to craft a collage journal to give to the artists/writers/dreamers in your life.
HANGING PLANTER
A hanging planter is a burst of green that you can carry with you! Check out our How-To for making this lush present that is sure to brighten any room.
THE SIMPLY CO. DETERGENT
Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers recently launched this sustainable line of home good products. Detergent as a gift? When it is packaged this prettily--and made with so much heart--we say yes!
BIODEGRADABLE BEAUTY BAR
From our friends at Meow Meow Tweet, a beautiful shampoo bar wrapped in biodegradable paper. Just the right dose of TLC.
GRANOLA CARE PACKAGE
Homemade granola is the best. Seriously. Follow our recipe for whipping up custom-designed care packages of everyone's favorite energy snack.
EUREKA BATH SALTS
This luscious recipe comes courtesy of Ivy Chuang of Blendily. Her seed-to-skincare line of products is healing, handmade, and happy-making.
NATURALLY DYED LINENS
Adriana Moreno of Moonshadow Goods is all about working with what you have. Here's how to use some onions and old cloth to create something beautiful.
HANDMADE CARD
Have you seen Alison Znamierowski's guide to a waste free holiday? She has some great gift tips--my personal favorite is a card made from an old calendar--that will help you resee all the good stuff you already own.
POTTED SUCCULENT
Plants make perfect presents. Enough said.
ZERO WASTE TOOL KIT
Gift a friend a zero waste tool kit to help make living trash light sweet and simple. Searching for a spare reusable tote, container, and mug? Check out Life Without Plastic for a litany of sustainable alternatives.
BODY BUTTER
Lauren Singer's recipe for organic whipped body butter is pure heaven. Package in a reusable jar and be sure to save a little extra for yourself.
BRUSH WITH BAMBOO + TOOTHPASTE
These sustainable toothbrushes are (1) beautiful and (2) almost 100% biodegradable. (P.S. peep Lauren's recipe for DIY toothpaste!)
SEEDS
A package of heirloom seeds from Seed Savors is an assurance of spring and a reminder that you don't need a whole lot to get a little garden going. Plus isn't it cool to give a gift that grows?!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Best Baby Shower Gift

Fantastic baby shower gift from a sister. Beautifully inspired by a children's book illustration.  Friends and family sent a sentiment for the baby; something they want to share with the child as a first experience – first lake kayaking trip, first baseball game, riding the subway – they were then sweetly printed on leaves and fashioned into this wall hanging!
A meaningful gift with years of treasure in the making! I could see a follow-up pictorial collage for the older child...



{via The Indigo Bunting; photos by Erin Jang and Won Jang}