2016 Gifts that Give Series: Oliberté

Editor Note: Black Sheep Bride is excited to continue our 2016 Holiday – Gifts That Give Series devoted to sustainable, charitable, eco friendly and/or artisan made products to gift your friends and family this holiday season! This December we will be sharing various product sponsored features devoted to products that value supporting others and/or the environment. (BONUS: COUPON CODE AT THE BOTTOM)

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Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. They believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all. This means making premium quality products with a lifetime warranty, and it means treating every employee, everywhere in the world, with respect. In 2009, Oliberté started off as a small footwear company partnering with factories and suppliers in Africa. Since then, they gained enough momentum to launch their very own factory in 2012. They make every single pair of Oliberté shoes at this factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September 2013, they also became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory.

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In 2016, Oliberté embarked on a project to combat the debilitating disease Podoconiosis, a condition that causes swelling and extreme discomfort to the lower extremities due to constant exposure to irritating dirt. This condition is very widespread in areas with volcanic soil such as Northern Ethiopia. Treatment is as simple as covering your feet to limit exposure to these soils, so they took their successful factory model to a small town 300 km north of Addis Ababa in the hopes of strengthening a local economy, and providing a steady supply of reliable shoes to limit the spread of this terrible condition. Oliberté is still very early in this project, but they are proud to say this project currently employs 10 workers from the area and creates 900 shoes a month for local distribution.

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And they don’t just offer gnarly leather shoes, they also make leather bags, purses and wallets for everyone in your inner circle! 15369204_10154791639898624_8667466310308272519_o

They even have your baby covered with a selection of colorful moccasins and artisan made toys too.

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Go grab some sustainable kicks today and make sure to use the code: ‘holiday15′ to save 15% off your order! VISIT THEIR SHOP and you will be blown away with all of the amazing options to choose from! They would be even be the perfect addition to your engagement photo outfits or wedding day style planning!

2016 Gifts that Give Series: New Wash by Hairstory

Editor Note: Black Sheep Bride is excited to continue our 2016 Holiday – Gifts That Give Series devoted to sustainable, charitable, eco friendly and/or artisan made products to gift your friends and family this holiday season! From now throughout Mid December we will be sharing various product sponsored features devoted to products that value supporting others and/or the environment.
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Little known fact: I am the daughter of a hair dresser. The picture above is of me and my, beautiful, hard working, kind-hearted, Momma, you just can’t see me yet, cause she is pregnant (this was taken in 1985). I was also practically raised in a hair salon from birth till early adulthood. Folding towels, sweeping up hair, cleaning color bowls, and chatting with older ladies as they waited for their perms to set is large part of my work ethic and personal development. I’ve watched women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds walk into those salon doors with one thing in common: They want to be understood and they want to look nice. Something I noticed early on was how each person’s hair experience was different. Some had long, thin, oily straight hair and they were shampooed with this product, some had course thick, dry, kinky hair textures and they received another product, and that was the way I assumed it had to be, up until now. We’re really excited to share today’s highlighted Gifts That Give feature product, New Wash by Hairstory.
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Hairstory.com is a new way to see hair. New Wash is a new way to clean hair. It allows people (with all types of hair) to discover their hair for the first time – probably since childhood. Hairstory designed their three styling products to encourage hair to do what it wants to do, not force it. They make one New Wash instead of dozens of shampoos, and they make no conditioners. Less is More.  13735607_1723617927654854_1592462320412699838_o
Did you know: Shampoo can contain the same detergent found in industrial cleansers. When you put it on your head, what happens (aside from sudsing up)? Do you break out? Perhaps. Do you itch? Quite likely. Does your hair get dry and frizzy? Of course. Does the color that you just spent a lot of money on wash out? Absolutely. Your scalp feels under attack because it is, and it pumps out oil to protect itself, and your hair doesn’t behave well. It’s no big mystery why hairdressers advise their clients to wash less often.The evolution of shampoo and hair products in general has been so painfully slow that Hairstory decided to launch a full-scale revolution.10557505_1239815052701813_2021997801536095477_oSay no to shampoo. New Wash is the new way to clean hair with aloe and essential oils – instead of detergent – to respect the natural moisture barrier. New Wash works on EVERY type of hair, and you’ll never need conditioner again to mask the damage that shampoo and detergent cause. Rediscover your hair, restore its vitality, and prepare to be amazed.1473873421986 1473948318528

The best part about buying Hairstory goodies for the holidays, aside from giving your hair a new life and purpose, is their devotion to giving back. When you add a second bottle of New Wash to your order through December 18th, Hairstory will be contributing half of the proceeds of the second bottle to three organizations: The American Civil Liberties Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Human Rights Campaign. They also have some fun plans and future involvement in place to work with 1% for the Planet.

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For those who are fans of New Wash, they even offer a re-fillable subscription service (called the New Wash Club) that delivers the product in a much larger quantity (20oz vs 8oz). You can set the frequency at which the product is auto-shipped to you and it includes a 20oz Aluminum New Wash Bottle, so you that is less shipping and more awesome. This program is offered in an attempt to lower the carbon footprint of the brand and consumer, by decreasing the frequency of shipping.
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For more information about purchasing New Wash and other Hairstory products, visit their shop HERE.

Introducing the Largest Grown-in-the-United States Lab Created Diamond, by MiaDonna

Ethical Fashion gets even bigger!

Today we are excited to announce something huge! Ethical and eco-friendly jewelry company, MiaDonna, celebrates the announcement of a modern-day scientific breakthrough: The unveiling of the Largest Grown-in-the-USA Laboratory Diamond at 6.28 carats! Humanitarian Ambassador and Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Khaliah, along with MiaDonna & Company and The Greener Diamond CEO, Anna-Mieke Anderson, launched the 6.28 carat laboratory-grown diamond at the company’s Portland, Oregon showroom along with a global initiative to give back to those negatively impacted by the blood diamond industry.

Five percent of all sales fund educational, mentoring and agricultural programs in diamond-mining communities with the goal of preventing blood diamond orphan-victims from living a life of poverty.

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MiaDonna offers a large variety of conflict-free diamond engagement rings and accessories that make the perfect gift for this holiday season. Their lab-grown diamonds are not only socially conscious, they are also amazingly affordable–especially in comparison to earth mined diamonds! This 6.28ct, J-Color, VS2 clarity, cushion-cut diamond costs just $52,000 while an earth-mined equivalent can cost upwards of $100,000.

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In lieu of this groundbreaking news, we feel it’s only right to share some of our favorite MiaDonna lab-grown diamond engagement rings… just in time for engagement season!

Hope Accented Engagement Ring | $4,247

Diamond Specifications: Round cut, 1.07ct, K color, SI1 clarity

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Heroine Accented Engagement Ring | $6,276

Diamond Specifications: Pear cut, 1.20ct, I color, VS1 clarity

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Traditional Solitaire Engagement Ring | Cost: $4,910

Diamond Specifications: Oval cut, 1.0ct, G color, SI1 clarity

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Grace Vintage Engagement Ring | Cost $2,151

Diamond Specifications: Round cut, 0.72ct, K color, SI1 clarity

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Frost Engagement Ring | $1,903

Diamond Specifications: Princess cut, 0.50ct, H color, SI2 clarity

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When you’re ready to find the ring of your dreams, visit miadonna.com and let your love be a part of the solution.

3 Gifts That Don’t Require Any Gift Wrapping and Give Back!

Sometimes you just have certain people (*cough, cough, my DAD, cough, cough*) on your Holiday Shopping Lists that are simply impossible to buy for. Why not go ALL IN this year and knock their socks off with a gift they weren’t expecting, but will appreciate greater than another obligatory coffee mug! Here are 3 awesome gift ideas that serve others and save you from paper cuts and gift wrap too!

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1. Heartful.ly Holidays, $25- $100

This holiday season, give a more meaningful gift. Purchase life-changing items for people in need and dedicate them to the people you love! From blankets for Syrian refugees to vaccinations for shelter pups, give hope, health and comfort to the people who gave them to you.

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2. Tribute, $25-125

A Tribute is “ the most meaningful gift on Earth.” It is a video montage of friends and family sharing their gratitude for someone they want to celebrate. Tribute’s collaborative video technology makes it easy to invite friends, collect videos and compile the final video. To date, 80% of Tribute recipients have reported crying “Tears of Joy.” Seriously, that is an actual statistic we track! They also give back to the community with giving tributes to various non-profits throughout the year! 

You can almost think of it as a “eulogy for the living.”  A much better time to receive a eulogy, amirite?

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The packages for building your own Tribute video for your loved ones range from $25-$125. Thanks to our friends at Tribute we have an awesome 25% off code for all Tribute packages (doesn’t include add-ons)! The code is “blacksheeprocks1231” !

Make your Tribute today! Visit them HERE to get started and don’t forget to add your ‘blacksheeprocks1231′ code to receive 25% off!

 

3. Basket of Hope, Heifer International, $50

The Hope Basket includes a gift of rabbits and a starter flock of chickens. The Hope Basket provides eggs and protein for nourishment, boosts income through sales of extra eggs and offspring, produces fertilizer for their crops, and passes on the gift to others, since livestock can multiple quickly.

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And if you are looking for more Non-Profit Donation Suggestions, we’ve recently compiled a list with some of our favorite organizations (constantly growing), you can check it out—>>> HERE!

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Deck The Halls with… these 10 Eco-Holiday-Goodies… Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La

The holiday season is upon us, friends, and what better way to get your dwelling Santa-Ready, than with these amazing eco-friendly, fair trade and artisan made holiday decorations! Here are our 10 top fav’s for decking the halls this season!

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1. Caroline Creates- Geo Tree Gift Wrap (set of 3 rolls), $12

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Take your packages up a notch with this unique eco-friendly Holiday gift wrap. This unique design features a modern geometric christmas tree. This gift wrap is perfect for wrapping presents, paper projects or scrapbooking.

 

2. Ten Thousand Villages – Bicycle Chain Menorah, $24

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Authentic Fair Trade Product, made by Noah’s Ark Int’l Exports. Ethically sourced and Handcrafted in India.

 

3. Ornaments for Orphans- Jacaranda Nativity Set, $75 

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Jacaranda Nativity carved in Rwanda. Wood with a mahogany stain. Nativity set includes 10 pieces: 3 wise men, 2 shepherds, 1 cow, 1 sheep, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

 

4. Ten Thousand Villages – New Leaf Garland, $18.99

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This adorable garland is green in more ways than one. Real recycled newspaper adds a fun texture to leaves that decorate any space for any occasion. Handcrafted by artisans from the Highland Women’s Multipurpose Co-op in the Philippines.

 

5. Trades of Hope – Noel Trio Ornaments, $28

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This set of 3 ornaments is handmade with Haitian clay have been hand-dipped in metallic gold and white paint. These will make a great Holiday decoration or gift!

 

6. Raven and Lily: Classic Afghan Table Runner, $108

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This amazing table runner has been screen printed and uniquely designed by the R&L partners in Pakistan. Use it all year round or for special occasions. This piece is empowering Afghan refugees to improve their livelihood.

 

7. Noonday Collection- Festive Paper Bead Garland, $36

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Trim your tree with this bright garland strung with vibrant paper beads, made by artisans in Uganda. Each garland represents the beauty of opportunity for the Artisans who make it.

 

8. Paper Culture- 6 Forest Bamboo Christmas Ornaments, $34.99 (40% off at checkout)

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These ornaments are all about the forest, not just because of the animal theme, but because they are made from sustainable bamboo, one of the most renewable resources in the world. On top of that, the packaging is made from recycled paper, and they offset the entire carbon footprint, and will plant a tree with every order placed.

 

9. Paper Culture- Cardboard Wreath, $31.99 (40% off at checkout)

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Each section of the wreath is made by assembling snowflakes in a spiral that creates a unique, modern look for any home. These stylish wreaths are made from recycled paper, can be built in minutes and can be reused and stored flat for the next holiday season. Paper Culture even plants a tree with every order placed.

10. Paper Culture- 14inch Desktop Cardboard Christmas Tree, $19.99 (40% off at checkout)

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Laser-cut on recycled cardboard, each branch of the tree is contructed from stylish snowflake shapes. Together, they create a modern Christmas tree that stands about 14 inches tall and is the perfect fit for any desk. You can even hang light paper ornaments form the branches. In the spirit of Christmas, they will plant a real tree with every order placed.

 

Happy shopping to you all!