Plastic Ain’t so Fantastic
"It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea.
Shoppers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.
This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth. And the number is rising."
This information, found on OceanCrusaders.org , gives insight to the enormous devastation caused by our consumer driven, convenience culture. It's hard to get through a single day without amassing plastic waste in some shape or form. Grabbing a bite or a drink on the go involves to-go containers, plastic cups, straws, utensils, and condiment packets. All this is wrapped up for your convenience in a carry out plastic bag, and that's just ONE meal.
To help in the fight against plastic waste we've compiled a list of some of our favorite everyday reusable items that are easy on the eyes, your conscience, and most of all the planet.
The S'well bottle tops our list for multiple reasons. First and foremost, style factor ;) These sleek canteens come in a variety of colors and patterns so you can pick a flavor that perfectly suits you. Secondly, its cold capability; as claimed, these babies will keep your H2O cold all damn day and well into the next. Finally, durability; trust that this bottle has been dropped more than a few many times, still, the finish holds fast. We are suckers for the elements collection, and basically anything that looks quarried.
Water may be the most necessary liquid to sustaining life, but let's be real, coffee gives water a run for its money. When it comes to travel mugs, the options are plenty, but we are hopelessly devoted to this Intelligentsia tumbler. For starters, at 8 ounces it's the perfect size; no coffee OD jitters and no precious coffee wasted here. Just a beautiful cuppa-joe that stays perfectly hot inside double stainless steel walls for your enjoyment. It's comfortable to hold and has never, not even once, leaked onto a white button down.
This light weight lil' set of utensils comes with a nifty carrying pouch that's easy to toss in your bag or stow in a glove box. We took ours up a notch by adding a reusable stainless steel straw to the mix. Next time you are eating on the go, or at a profusely plastic event, having this set on hand makes avoiding waste easy-peasy. We've found that it peaks curiosities for a non-obnoxious conversation starter about why one use plastic is such a drag. Also, the chopsticks are just the cutest.
For hydration snobs, like ourselves, these natural charcoal filtering sticks are a godsend. On especially hot days (or when nursing a slight hangover) knocking back your canteen before 10am is not uncommon. Instead of defeating your plastic avoidance efforts by breaking down and buying a Smart Water, be EVEN SMARTER by tossing one of these in your bottle and refilling any ole place. Questionable water fountains, your friend's greenish looking Brita pitcher, or the ancient office water cooler won't seem so scary when you are armed with your own on the go purification system.
5. Planet Box
Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, Planet Box is the perfect on the go meal container. For carrying a snack in the car or packing your lunch daily, Planet Box offers sturdy, perfectly portioned containers to fit your needs. Also great for packing up left-overs when out to eat, because the only thing worse than single use plastic is freaking STYROFOAM. Seriously, It's the Devil.
A cloth napkin is always a good thing to have on hand for use at meals or for cleaning up those inevitable small spills (or as a handkerchief in desperate times). You can find good quality cloth napkins most anywhere (like these from Target) but we are crushing on this sustainably made, naturally dyed, organic set by Somewares of Venice, California.
Now, we all know that shopping and good intentions aren't going to end plastic waste. To make real changes you have to put these items to use!!! We have found that keeping all your reusable items together in an attractive tote is a great way to ensure that they are always on hand when you need them. Baggu takes the cake when it comes to totes and their Duck Bag in rust had us at first sight. With two ways to carry ( hand or shoulder) this 16 inch tall 100% cotton tote has plenty of space for all your sustainable necessities and the durability to travel with you through each and every day. This tote comes in a variety of colors to fit your taste and at $30 is worth every penny and more.
We recommend stashing your "reusables tote" in your car or work desk and then washing and re-packing each evening so your items are ready to be used again and again.
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These days, with such abundance of visual stimulation, we often find ourselves swimming in a sea of inspiration. Not a bad problem to have, but with such volume its easy to overlook the artistry, dedication, and purpose of the makers and designers behind the work that we so admire.
One such talent that has continuously inspired us is the Portland, Maine based TAKEKO LINE. We just had to know more about the history of this brand and its creator, Laura Ker, was kind enough to share her story with us.
SP: When and where did Takeko Line begin?
LK: I have been running my secondhand clothing store, Find, since 2009. I have been hoarding denim since the shop started, particularly the minimal and oversized cuts from the 1990's. About a year ago I noticed that other people had started wearing that kind of thing too, so I thought it would be a good time to start TAKEKO.
SP: What is the meaning behind the Takeko Line name?
LK: TAKEKO is a Japanese woman's name that can be translated a few different ways, one of which is "bamboo child". I spent time in Japan as a teenager, and have since been obsessed with Japanese culture, language and style. I liked the sound of the word, and the translation, so I picked it for that. Later I looked it up and discovered a famous Samurai warrior woman named Nakano Takeko, who lived in the mid 1800's. So she is our first muse!
SP: From where do you draw inspiration for your cuts and patterns (patterns referring to the painted patterns applied to your pieces)?
LK: It's very intuitive. I pick a vintage piece, and cut it to where the proportions feel right for it. I think of it as freeing the energy of the garment. As for the bleach painted patterns, I would say I'm most inspired by patterns from African mudcloth. Also the security patterns on the inside of envelopes.
SP: What is your motivation for using “found” or secondhand fabric for your designs?
LK: Trying to save clothes from landfills! For me it's a natural choice.
SP: Denim is the primary fabric used in your line, what attracts you to working with denim?
LK: I have been obsessed with denim since I was a small kid. It's such a great fabric, the way it changes and improves with age; the beautiful variations of the indigo; the way it can be frayed without destroying the garment. It looks great on almost everyone.
SP: How would you describe your personal style?
LK: Ha ha, very minimalist and sometimes frumpy! I wear lots of oversized clothes, clogs every day. When I'm working at the shop I wear my indie designer stuff from Black Crane, Ilana Kohn, Ace & Jig. I have about 6 pairs of overalls I think, and I wear something from TAKEKO almost every day.
SP: What is something you enjoy about the city where you live?
LK: I live in Portland Maine, and I love it. One thing I love is simply the view of the city while I'm driving into town. It looks like the Goblin City from Labyrinth when the sun is shining just right.
SP: What is your favorite clothing brand or designer? (this can be vintage or non-vintage)
LK: Ooh tough call! There is so much great stuff being made right now. Can't pick one so I will say 69, Ilana Kohn, and vintage Issey Miyake.
SP: What are your hopes for the future of fashion? What would you like to see more or less of?
LK: It's obvious, but hopefully we can give up our obsession with fast fashion that's so damaging to the world. I hope people will go back to buying fewer items, but of higher quality. And of course it's awesome when you make your own clothes! That's my favorite thing; when I meet a customer who has made his or her outfit. Also I LOVE that there are so many unisex lines coming out these days (including TAKEKO) More of that please!!
SP: And lastly, because we are big music lovers around here, what are you listening to these days?
LK: Well.... I have to admit I am obsessed with Miranda Lambert's new album; guess I am a country girl at heart!
You can shop Laura's vintage selection and Takeko Line at her brick and mortar, Find, in Portland, Maine and also online through her Instagram account @TAKEKOLINE . Her original line was recently picked up by Found Company, offering vintage, organic, and handmade goods. We can't wait to see what good things are to come from Laura and TAKEKO LINE!
Disclaimer: All images are sourced from Takeko Line social media accounts or google images where noted. Images do not belong to SisterPetra.com
Today I want to spotlight a company that I recently discovered called Raven & Lily. Founded by Stylist/ Humanitarian Kristen Dickerson, Raven & Lily "employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families."
As if their mission alone wasn't enough to inspire, Raven & Lily's products are thoughtfully luxurious, composing quality materials with a minimal design aesthetic. The shopping experience is further enhanced by the simple elegance of their interiors. These images were taken in the newly opened flagship store in Austin, Texas.
Offering hand crafted jewelry, sustainable apparel, and quality home goods, Raven & Lily are fully transparent in every step of their manufacturing process, so you can walk out knowing that your purchase is contributing to a cause greater than just looking amazing in your new threads, (although, trust me you will.)
Alongside their own beautiful products, Raven & Lily collaborate with vintage retailer Whiskey & Honey , offering one of a kind pieces that are a vintage lovers dream come true. Of course I couldn't help myself.
To learn more about this amazing company and the good work they are doing, follow the link below.