EarthDivas Jewelry

There are a lot of ways to accessorize your look from bags to scarves and more. One of the easiest ways to jazz up an outfit is with jewelry. Jewelry is not just a way to accessorize but it can allow you to put your own stamp on your look. You can choose a piece that is your favourite color or beads that you like the look of. We have a beautiful selection of jewelry available at EarthDivas and would like to share it with you.

Tegua Jewelry – Red Beaded Necklace with Natural Center

First up we have this stunning statement necklace. The necklace features two strands of stylish red beads with a gorgeous natural stone in the centre. Red is a big trend for 2017 so this necklace is a must have. A necklace like this will add a flash of color to any outfit and it can be worn for any occasion.

Tegua Jewelry – Natural, Round, 4 Seeds

Our next piece uses natural looking beads and has a bohemian style vibe. The necklace has 8 small beads, one natural circle style feature and 4 natural beads at the bottom. We love this necklace because it is stylish and unique. A necklace like this will look gorgeous with any outfit. It would look awesome on beach vacations to.

Tegua Jewelry – Multicolor Seeds

Next, we have a necklace that be will a glamorous finishing touch to any outfit. The necklace features a variety of coloured beads with one statement bead in the centre. We like this necklace because the beads do not go all the way to the ends so there is some of the natural rope seen. You could wear a necklace like this for any occasion from a causal day out to a night out on the town.

Tegua Jewelry – Black Large Round

Like chunky jewelry that makes a statement? Then this next necklace is for you. The necklace has 7 large black beads with small ones in between and on the ends of the necklace. A necklace like this is a chic and stylish. Black is a timeless color that goes with everything. This necklace is a must have for any jewelry box.

Tegua Jewelry – Black 4 Strands

Our next pick of our collection is a four-strand beaded necklace. The necklace is a natural rope style with a unique beaded feature at the bottom. There is a big black bead with two small black beads, there is also four strands coming from the bead design. We love this bold piece.

Flower Brooch

The last piece of our collection is this flower brooch. The brooch is made of felt in fresh green and a soft yellow. A cute brooch like this will suit any age and any style. It will add a pop of color to your winter coat.

We hope you love our jewelry collection as much as we do. Each piece is handmade so is unique. Go over to the website to order and have a look at our other ranges while you are there. We have scarves, bags and more. Christmas is just around the corner and of these would make great gift ideas to!

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Fair Trade

We are proud to say that EarthDivas is a fair trade company. As we are fair trade it means that the purchases made benefit the artisans who make our products. If you aren’t familiar with what fair trade means then you are not alone. Many are not fully aware of the amazing benefits that come from fair trade. We are here to help. Today’s blog post is all about the meaning of fair trade and why you should buy fair trade in the future.

What is Fair Trade?

When a product is fair trade it means that whoever produced the item gets paid fairly for the work they did. This is used in developing countries to ensure that the workers have enough money for food, healthcare and more. The idea is to work together with other countries to create thriving businesses that are successful for everyone. This works towards putting an end to poverty and gives room for development.

Fair trade sets fair standards so that workers are protected. This means their rights, their work conditions and that they will need to be paid at least the minimum price. Fair trade also ensures that the standards are being kept. Businesses that are fair trade are also working towards sustainability.

Why Should You Buy Fair Trade?

Now you know more about fair trade, the question is why should you buy? Here are some of the top reasons to buy fair trade.

  1. Fair trade businesses are sustainable or working towards it. This means that these businesses and the products they make are better for the environment.
  2. Workers get fair pay and work in a safe place.
  3. Fair trade products like the ones by EarthDivas are made by artisans. As the products are handmade it means the products are high quality and each piece has been worked on with pride.
  4. Fair trade offers workers the chance to improve their lives by earning their own wage.
  5. When products are made in other countries it connects the artisan and the buyer. The buyer can have a one of a kind piece made from somewhere else in the world.
  6. Workers can build businesses to create thriving communities.
  7. When you buy fair trade products, you are buying something that matters. You are making a difference to workers lives.

Fair Trade at EarthDivas

EarthDivas are members of the Fair Trade Federation. This organization is part of the global fair trade and works with North American businesses. The aim is to create sustainable businesses that end poverty.

At EarthDivas we work with factories and artisans in Nepal. Our products are handmade mostly by women. We teach women new skills in our tailoring school and empower them to work, learn new skills, gain confidence and earn extra money to support their families. You can read more about the work we do in Nepal on our blog and Facebook page. We have a variety of images and videos from the creation of our products to when the workers get paid. Thank you to everyone that supports EarthDivas and to anyone who supports in the future. Together we are changing lives.

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Hemp Pet Accessories

Got a four-legged friend? Then this blog post is for you. At EarthDivas we have a cute small collection of dog leashes and collars. All of them are made from natural materials and your dog can go out for a walk in style.

Why Choose Natural Hemp Pet Accessories?

Our pet accessories are made from hemp. Hemp is a brilliant natural material that has a lot of benefits. It is strong and durable which means it will last a long time. The material is very absorbent and it is mildew resistant, much more so than synthetic materials. Hemp is also naturally hypoallergenic. There is an advantage for owners to as hemp is odour resistant and anti-bacterial so your collar and leash won’t smell like wet dog. The good news for dogs is that it provides UV protection and it is very comfortable to wear around the neck.

All these benefits make a hemp collar and leash a must have! Not only do natural hemp products benefit you in all the ways mentioned above but it is also biodegradable. This means that it will naturally decompose so it is a lot better for the environment. Hemp is a solution to much bigger issues to such as deforestation and pollution. Your dog can have a comfortable and cute collar that is green and good for the planet. It is a win-win.

We all want the best for our pets and natural products like these are the way forward.

Hemp Collars and Leashes at EarthDivas

We have a small range of dog collars and leashes at EarthDivas. There are two dog collar and leash sets and one dog collar available on its own. The collar and leashes are available in two colors. Have a look at the pet accessories to find your favourite.

Your dog will look super cute in either of these collars and leashes. You could buy a set or even mix and match the colors. These would also make great gifts for other dog owners especially now that Christmas is on the way.

Hemp for Humans

Hemp is also used in clothing and accessories for humans to! We have a wide range of hemp items on our website. If you are interested in this natural, awesome material you can read more about it on our blog. You can find out about its properties and why we should be buying it more often.

Why Buy from EarthDivas?

At EarthDivas all our products are natural, green and fair-trade. Our products are made by artisans who receive 100% of profit made. You can read more about our work in Nepal and artisans on our blog.

You can purchase a dog leash and collar on the website. Make sure you take a look at our other products while you are there. Follow our blog for more articles on being green, our products, fair-trade and more. You can also check out our Facebook page. Thanks for supporting us and the small businesses in Nepal who make our products.

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Natural Fiber Head Wear

Hats and headbands are a great way to accessorize. Not only is head wear functional and practical but also super stylish. You can add some of the seasons latest colors, prints and patterns to your look without splashing out on a whole new outfit. At EarthDivas we have beautiful collections of hats and headbands that are all made from natural fibers.

EarthDivas Headbands

Headbands are trendy and also keep hair out of the eyes. A headband is great for the ladies who want to keep their hair looking tidy, stylish and out of the way. We have a selection of vibrant headbands, tie-dye, striped and wool knit headbands. The wool knit in particular are perfect for this time of year as it will keep you cozy in the colder weather.

Take a look at some of our favourite headbands that are a must have accessory. We have a headband for everyone from warm wool to bold and statement making pieces.

EarthDivas Hats

Now the weather is getting colder it is the perfect time to think about wearing a hat. A hat can keep you warm during the winter months. Not only that but hats look very stylish. We have a wide selection of hats to choose from including kids hats and knitted caps.

Have a look at some of the cool hats we have available. There is a hat for everyone no matter what your style.

Inspiration for Today’s Blog

At EarthDivas we find inspiration for designs all over the world. We are always on the lookout for new shapes, colors and patterns. Recently we came across a blog called Africa Ranking which features all wonderful articles about Africa. It includes information about nature parks, fashion and more. We particularly liked a post called “10 Most Beautiful Traditional African Fashion”. It features stunning, vibrant pieces. We loved a section on the different head ties that are worn in different places around Africa. Here is the head tie we love!

The post has inspired us for the future. We hope to use styles from around the world in our new designs. With our pieces we want to bring different parts of the world to our customer. From the place it was inspired by to the artisans who make our products in Nepal. It has also inspired today’s blog post as we love hats and head wear and wanted to share our favourite pieces with all our readers.

You can take a look at the blog by clicking the title or by clicking the image. If you loved any of our headbands or hats featured then go over to the website. You can order or have a look at the rest of our collections. A purchase through EarthDivas improves the life of artisans who make our products as well as the planet as all our products are natural and green. Any of our pieces would make perfect gifts for Christmas to. Also check out our Facebook page where you can keep updated, you can hear about our trips to Nepal and much more.

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Stylish Scarves

Now we are in the fall and winter is around the corner it is time to start thinking about a warmer wardrobe. One of the must have items for the colder seasons is a scarf. Scarves keep you warm and cozy but also make a chic fashion accessory. A scarf can transform your simple outfits into stylish ones. We have a beautiful collection of wool scarves available at EarthDivas. Take look to find your favourite.

Wool Infinity Loop Scarves

Infinity scarves are great to have in the closet. These can be worn in a few different ways and do not have dangling ends. Scarves can be too long and the ends can drag on the floor but this isn’t a problem with an infinity scarf. Just loop and you’re good to go. You can wear an infinity scarf double looped, as one loop or you could even wear it as a hood. We have a couple of wool infinity scarves in warm autumnal colors. Each one is handmade in soft wool. Scarves like these will suit all your outfits.

Colorful Chunky Scarves

If you prefer the traditional scarf style with the ends then these colorful scarves are for you. These have the similar chunky knit look but are not in the infinity style. We have two of these scarves available one in neutral white, black and grey and one in bright colors. Both scarves are chic and will add cozy elegance to any outfit.  These scarves are handmade out of soft wool, both are comfortable and light. You could wear any of the colors with any outfit for any occasion. From casual days to work to a night out and more. The chunky scarves will become your go to item.

Wool Scarves

We have a collection of wool scarves that are simple, classic and timeless. These scarves are loomed by artisans in Nepal and are made from a very soft wool blend. We have a variety of colors available from dark tones to fall colors to pretty, light colors. These will suit any age and any occasion. There are a few ways to wear these scarves. You could wear simply around the neck, wrapped once around the neck, looped around the neck, as a hood or even as a shawl. Any of the scarves are a practical must have that is stylish to.

Small Scarves

If you prefer shorter scarves to the longer ones then these scarves are for you. We have the colors from the collection above only these are smaller. These are made from the same super soft wool. Shorter scarves are great for the more petite lady as there won’t be long dangling scarf ends. Any of these scarves will jazz up your simple outfits. All of them have been loomed by artisans in Nepal.

Print Wool Scarves

Scarves don’t have to be in a block color you could go for a stylish print. We have a beautiful collection of wool scarves with prints including stripes, checks and more. You could wear the plainest outfit but it will look very stylish with scarves like these.

Go over to the website today to order your must have scarf. Make sure you check out our other scarves, bags and accessories we have available. Treat yourself or maybe a loved one. Christmas is around the corner and any of these would make a great gift.

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Fast Fashion

Fashion today is faster than ever. As customers, we want all the latest trends now and the stores want you to buy their collections as fast as possible. No longer is fashion about buying quality items for the new season. This careless way of manufacturing and purchasing is costing us in more than money. It is effecting the planet, the workers who make the clothing and ultimately you the customer.

What is Fast Fashion?

Some of the biggest clothing labels you can buy from create fast fashion collections. These collections are made cheaply and are designed to be sold quickly. The industry does not have two simple seasons of clothing anymore. Now we have new trends and styles coming out every week. Gone are the days of buying for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. This constant change makes customers feel the need to constantly shop for new clothing. Now customers will buy cheaper and lower quality to have the latest style now.

These clothes are not designed to last. After all a new collection will be out next week. This means after a few washes some clothing can be ready for the trash. When clothing goes in the trash it ends up in landfill. Fabrics can last on a landfill for hundreds of years. During this time chemicals and dyes used in clothing can affect the environment around it. When majority of the planet is going through clothing this quickly it adds up to a lot of landfill and a lot of environmental contamination.

Fast Fashion Workers

It is not just the earth that is paying a heavy price for fast fashion but it’s workers to. Many labels manufacture their clothing in countries where labor is cheap. According to Forbes “It takes a garment worker 18 months to earn what a fashion brand CEO makes on their lunch break.” Many workers in these countries can earn as little as $3 a day. A lot of these workers are young women who work long hours in poor conditions for extremely low wages.

Instead of using factories in other countries as way to make the industry better it has been used to make it worse. It could be an opportunity to spread the wealth of the fashion industry in other countries but sadly this not the case.

What Can We Do?

While customers cannot control how stores make their clothing you can control where you buy from. Research some of your clothing brands, find out where the clothing was made.

You can also start to look for more ethical brands. Clothing stores that manufacture in a positive way will tell you about it. Not only that but you can start to pay a little more for clothing that is better quality and that will last. It is easier to buy the cheaper option but it will cost you in the long run. Start to make better choices and the industry will have to follow.

Fashion at EarthDivas

We have written about this today because we feel strongly about creating a brand that tackles some of these issues. At EarthDivas we use fabrics and dyes that are better for the planet. We use durable fabrics that are made to last. One of the biggest things we are proud to share is our work in Nepal. We are a fair-trade business and work with factories and tailors in Nepal to create better working conditions and to give the artisans the payment they deserve. We teach women in tailoring school and 100% of profits made by EarthDivas go right back to the women who made our products.  You can read all about the work we do on our other blogs and Facebook page.

Together we can make a change. Choose quality no quantity.

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Behind the Scenes

Think about where you shop. Do you know where the items were manufactured? Do you know who made them? Were they made in a safe and fairly payed environment? Many may not know the answers to these questions, whether because it hasn’t been thought about or because stores do not tell you. At EarthDivas we can answer these questions.

Where are items from EarthDivas manufactured?

The bags and accessories sold from EarthDivas are made by women in Nepal. Our work is focused in Nepal so that women can earn a fair wage. In countries like these most men can earn up to ten times more than women for their sewing work. We want to change this. At EarthDivas we want to empower women and give them the opportunity to learn new skills.

Who Makes Our Bags and Accessories?

We work with artisans and manufacturers in Nepal. Together we can create thriving businesses. This improves lives financially and gives women the opportunity to make extra money. You can read more about some of our artisans and manufacturers here.

Here are some images of the women working on hemp and cotton bags that have been recently uploaded onto the website. You can read more about this new collection here.

Do Our Artisans Work in a Safe and Fairly Payed Environment?

EarthDivas ensure the artisans work in a positive and safe environment. We check materials and work directly with the manufacturers and artisans on new designs. We have worked with some of the same small businesses in Nepal for over ten years. We make EarthDivas thrive and last by ensuring our standards never slip and that everyone works safely and are payed fairly.

Do not just take our word from it. Ed the CEO and founder of EarthDivas recently visited one of the factories just outside Kathmandu. This factory is owned by Ganesh who we have worked with for many years. This factory only hires women tailors. During the visit one of the artisans was interviewed. The lady is called Ganga Bista and she talks about her work and how the money she earns helps her and her children. Jobs like these are creating a better future. You can watch the interview here Artisan Interview

Ed also goes on trips to see the women that have made our products such as knitted items like mittens. These trips are to give them money they have earned. This is a big moment for many of the women. They are getting the money and recognition they deserve for the work they have completed. Having extra money gives the women empowerment. Take a look at one of the videos Earth Divas Fair Trade Cash Payments.

Now you know where our products come from and who makes them, have a look at some of the knitted, hemp and cotton items that were created by the working women.

You can order on the website. Also take a look at our Facebook page where you can keep up to date with all the latest news and more. Every purchase you make creates a bright future for the workers in Nepal. Thank you for supporting EarthDivas.

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Hemp and Cotton

As you may have read in our previous blog post we have added a trendy new autumn collection to our website. The new range features many must haves from handwarmers to bags. Many of our new items are made from cotton and hemp. These two fabrics have many advantages not just in style but also in durability, green properties and more. Today we want to share with you these amazing fabrics and why you need hemp and cotton items.

Hemp

Hemp crops need little water to grow and do not need pesticides. This crop is great for the planet and has many uses. The use of hemp to manufacture clothing and accessories is on the rise because hemp has many benefits and these include:

  • Hemp dyes easily and holds colored dye very well
  • Clothing made from help is breathable. Hemp can release perspiration
  • Hemp will resist mildew and mold
  • As it gets washed and worn the hemp fabric gets softer
  • Hemp clothing does not need dry cleaning

Cotton

Cotton can be grown without pesticides and fertilizers. Organic cotton uses less water and is better for the people working with it.  Cotton is a very popular fabric for clothing and more. Many stores are now using organic cotton so the shoppers get the fabric they want while the farmers, manufactures and more work with safer and more cost effective material. The benefits of cotton include:

  • Cotton controls moisture well. It is absorbent and takes moisture away from the skin. It can absorb a lot of liquid before it begins to feel damp.
  • Cotton is good for all weather and seasons. It will keep you warm in the cold and cool in the warm weather. It is a fabric that insulates well.
  • Cotton is great for people with skin allergies. It is hypoallergenic and will not cause any irritation to the skin.
  • Many people who wear cotton love how soft and comfortable it is.
  • The fabric is very strong, durable and will last through lots of hot washes.

Now you know the benefits to each fabric. If you are looking for new autumn pieces that are stylish, long lasting and eco-friendly then hemp and cotton is what you should look for. At EarthDivas we have an awesome new collection of products featuring these fabrics. Take a look at some of our favourites.

Go to the website to order and to see the rest of our new collection. Not only will you get a fall essential you will also be helping small businesses thrive. As you may know EarthDivas works with artisans in Nepal who make these products. All profits on the products go straight back to the hardworking crafters and will help them create a long-lasting business.

If you would like to hear more about the work in Nepal you can go to our Facebook page or you can read about some of the artisans we work with on the blog. Thank you for the continued support. Together we can make a difference

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New Autumn and Winter Collection

Autumn has arrived! It is not just the season that has changed but the fashion to. This season is all about warmer fabrics and earthier colors. If you are looking for your new autumnal key pieces then you are in the right place! At EarthDivas we have added a new stylish, Fairtrade autumn collection to our website. We are very excited about this new range and think you will be to. Here is how founder and CEO Ed Edmundson has described the new collection.

“Clean & Modern For our Fall/Winter 2017 line we went back to the basics. Over the last few years we have explored intricate handwork stitching and textured patterns with a young and fun feel — lots of fringe, razor cuts and floral patterns. This season, we simplified our look, but expanded our designs, especially with hemp and cotton fabrics. Complementary color tones and simple, conservative shapes define our design direction. It’s a comfortable and informal look, with a contemporary, modern feel. We love all our designs, but are really jazzed about the hemp and cotton bags. This fabric lends itself to a clean, structured design that holds its shape. We hope you love our new designs and we thank you for your continued support as we continue to help the artisans of Nepal. Sincerely, Ed Edmundson Founder & CEO”

Take a look at some of the must haves for the new season.

Hemp and Cotton Bags

We have a trendy new collection of hemp and cotton bags. There are a variety of colors, prints and bag styles available. So if you are looking for a new handbag, purse, makeup bag, wristlet and more we have you covered. Here are some of our favorites.

Scarves

The weather is getting colder so wrap up warm with a cozy scarf.

Handwarmers

Handwarmers are  stylish and practical. These are like gloves except there are no fingers. This feature makes handwarmers great for people on the go. You can text and use your phone while wearing these to! As the temperature drops you will be glad you have a pair of these. We have a variety of colors available to suit every style.

Winter Knit

Now autumn has begun the weather is only going to get colder. So be prepared for the colder wintery weather with some of out winter knit pieces. We have a variety of hats, scarves, gloves and more for the whole family.

You can go over to the website to see the whole autumn collection, you can see the other cool pieces we have available to. Treat yourself this autumn to a new bag or scarf, you could even get a gift for a loved one. Christmas is just around the corner! You can also visit out Facebook page to see more of the latest news and you can also keep updated with the great work we are doing in Nepal. Thanks for your continued support as all the profits go to the artisans who make the products. A purchase with us is a purchase that matters.

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The Symbol OM

You may have seen the symbol OM or you may have chanted it in your yoga class but what does it mean? Our customers have been asking that very question so today we are going to find out.

The Symbol

OM is spiritual and religious symbol and is also a sound. The symbol and sound is used across a variety of religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and more. Visually you will see OM with a few curves with a small semi-circle with a dot over the top. The design has a purpose it is not just about the way it looks. The curves that look like a sideways M or a number three shape represent two things. The top curve symbolizes the deep sleep state and the bottom curve is a symbol of the waking state. The curve next to those two is a symbol of the dream state. While the semi-circle near the top is symbol of illusion and the dot at the top is a symbol of consciousness.

So, what does that all mean? Well the symbol of OM signifies the four states of human awareness. The waking state, deep sleep, the dream state and the state of conscience. It is a representation of the universe and our connection to it. OM can also be a symbol of our existence birth, life and death.

The Sound

OM is not just a symbol but a sound to. It is believed to be the sound of our creation. OM is a chant that is used daily in a variety of religions and is also used in spiritual yoga classes. The frequency of the chant is the same as the frequency found throughout nature. By chanting it you are tuning in to the universe and everything in it. Not only that but the chant calms the mind and relaxes you which is why it is often used in yoga and meditation.

Wearing OM

It is believed that OM can bring peace to someone who wears it. OM is said to also bring good fortune and luck. The symbol is also believed to empower you and to build inner strength. Whether you believe this or not it is still a beautiful symbol with a lot of history and a deep spiritual meaning.

OM at EarthDivas

If you like the look and sound of the OM symbol why not wear it! We have a couple of stylish bags that feature the OM symbol. Take a look.

Maroon OM Bag

Om Cross-Body Bag Red

You can order the OM pieces on our website. Don’t forget that our products not only look good but are also fair-trade and green. You can read more about EarthDivas and our work on our previous blog posts. If you have any more questions or thoughts on symbols, fair-trade and more get in touch. We love hearing from you and your thoughts and ideas could be featured on our blog. You can also like us on Facebook to hear all our latest news.

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