12.07.2010

Sustainable Style: Proxy

Last week I was perusing the Poppytalk Handmade shop, and came across some cute earrings made from soda can tabs. They came from an online store called Proxy, which partners with women-owned, fair trade cooperatives in developing countries, aiming to empower and employ women in a sweatshop-free, sustainable world.

According to their website, the founder, Heatherjean, "spent her twenties working with women's groups to start small businesses in rural Latin America, and was continually moved by their will and ability to build something from nothing. Most of the groups she worked with started small agricultural businesses, but during a long bus ride through the Peruvian mountains, she observed local people raising and sheering llamas and spinning wool. She realized that the apparel supply chain — from fiber, to knit, to dye, to cut and sew — offered ample opportunities for job creation and community development. Her dream crystallized when she discovered she could merge her passion for fashion and social entrepreneurship. To foster her vision, Heatherjean headed to business school in Boston and has been building the company since 2007."

Here are some of my favorite items from the shop, but be sure and check it out for yourself. You can also follow them on Twitter and stay up to date on the holiday deals going on now!

The Hera Bag

Hipster Glass Disco Ring

Recycled Mayan Basket

The Very Verano Shawl

Silver Recycled Table Cloth Necklace

Tres Hermanas Necklace


{Images courtesy of Proxy}

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