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2016 Gifts That Give Series: True Moringa

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. moringa-shelf-oil-butter Introducing True Moringa : Nature’s best kept secret – anti-aging, deeply nourishing moringa oil for natural skin and hair care. 100% vegan, paraben free and sulfate free. moringa-peacockmoringa_oil_holiday_gift_box_ayurveda_chocolate_1024x1024   True Moringa oil is cold-pressed using proprietary technologies developed to bring you the best natural beauty products for hair and skin that looks and feels youthful and beautiful. Lightweight and easily absorbed, True Moringa oil will not clog pores. Rich in unique moisturizing agents and high in antioxidants, True Moringa minimizes scars, stretch marks and signs of aging while replenishing essential fatty acids to the skin and preventing long term damage. mothers-day-2016-web_1024x1024 The True Moringa Story: Kwami and Emily, Co-Founders of True Moringa, came from different backgrounds (MIT Aerospace and Harvard Economics) and both ended up at the right place, at the right time. They traveled to northern Ghana together with MIT’s D-Lab. There, they were united by a desire to take on the challenges smallholder farmers face daily without access to patient capital, quality inputs, technical training, or guaranteed markets. upper_108_dasablego_yampoka While they were there they were introduced to what was known locally as “the miracle tree.” The tree thrives in arid climates. It helps the crops around it grown better. It can be intercropped with subsistence crops mitigating risk to farmers. The leaves, with more vitamin A than carrots, more protein than eggs, more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach have the potential to end malnutrition and provide a stable food source to farmers. neroli-1oz-crop-moringa The oil seeds, rich in anti-oxidants and moisturizing agents produce one of nature’s finest cosmetic oils for hair and skin care. seed-pods-harvesting The solution to poverty, malnutrition, and hunger was growing in their own backyards. screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-10-12-13-pm Putting their engineering and business acumen to work, they went back to Cambridge to devise a proprietary extraction system that could be brought closer to the farmers, adding value and jobs on the ground, and producing the highest quality natural oil nature has to offer. Today they serve over 1,600 small farming families. They have planted over 250,000 trees. And they have increased farmer incomes by 10x. The best part about purchasing from their awesome line of natural/vegan skin and hair care products is you even have the option to plant a tree in your name, or in the name of a loved one. These donated trees are added to their nucleus farm (which will soon be the largest organic certified moringa farm in Africa). This makes a great addition to your holiday beauty gift! atofuo-aziya-preparing-moringa-seed-for-storage-in-dasabligo-village-copy moringa-lotion-bar-best   For more information about grabbing a True Moringa Gift Set for your special someone for the holidays, visit the True Moringa website HERE!

Bridal Party Gifts that Give Back – Featured Social Enterprise: Latch Co.

Continuing with our Sustainable Summer Series, we wanted to share an awesome social enterprise company called LatchCo. They have all the goods to help make your sustainable bridal party gift giving complete! LatchCo is a one stop shop for all things socially responsible. Each item has a story and helps a specific cause. The idea for the site came when Founder, Jenny Long was traveling abroad assisting with humanitarian causes. Realizing just how many socially responsible companies and products were out there, she wanted to not only help promote these great companies that are giving back, but make it easier for the socially responsible shopper to find great products. Each product at LatchCo has a story; bags that give to education, eco-friendly eyewear that plants trees, jewelry made by women that have escaped human trafficking, coffee that funds adoption projects.. and much more. In addition to searching the site by product categories, shoppers can search by region benefiting from the purchase or initiative benefiting from the purchase. Here are a few LatchCo gift ideas for your wedding day pose: The Bridesmaid Gift: Brave Collection (multiple colors)
This delicate, handcrafted cotton and brass bracelet  says “Brave” (Klaa-han) in Khmer and was handmade in Cambodia by a local artisan to empower women across the globe. 10% of their profits are donated to fight human trafficking in Cambodia.
Brave Bracelet
The Groomsman Gift: Socks to Give Clean Water
The purchase of these unique and ethically made socks provides 18 months of clean water to someone in need through water.org.
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This elegant, white beaded drop necklace is made by women in Uganda. Giving them employment enables them to provide food and education for their children.
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Proceeds from the purchase of this handmade, cotton linen necktie go towards building water wells in Nicaragua.
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Proceeds from these handmade leather sandals support clean water efforts in Guatemala. Bonus – they come in just about any color you want. Sandals
If you would like to see more socially responsible gift and bridal products, check out LatchCo.