Indonesia is a collection of over 17,000 tropical islands in Southeast Asia.
We love Indonesia - actually most of our team has spent significant time there. I think Bali is one of the easiest places to be super healthy - yoga and surf culture, plenty of beach to run and ocean to swim, and lots of healthy food options.
Something else cool about Bali, that I saw everywhere in Canggu, is the #iamnotplastic movement.
If you've been to Canggu, you've seen it - paper straws and non-plastic straws (and bags and ponchos) that are actually plant based and biodegradable. You can identify the restaurants and cafes serving them because #iamnotplastic is branded on the straw.
They're typically made from root vegetable Cassava (similar to Yuca).
Indonesia has a pretty bad ocean trash problem, so seeing the community and businesses working to make biodegradable straws and bags is really cool that awareness and action are taking place.
Our tree planting partner Eden Projects has expanded to Indonesia! And a portion of our donations to plant trees contribute to the Indo projects.
Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local villagers on Biak Island and West Java to reforest mangrove ecosystems and help restore, replant and protect the environment.
With these initiatives, we're also providing a better livelihood for villagers that depend on the environment for survival - food and resources.
It's estimated that 80% of Indonesia's original forest habitat has been lost, and is still losing 6.2 million acres per year.
This is why we give back to the Earth, and why we partner with organizations making positive impacts on the planet. We want to protect and restore our beautiful home planet.
Thanks to our customers, community, and partners, we've now collectively planted over 200,000 trees in 12 different countries!
If you want to learn more about Eden Projects and this project, check em out at edenprojects.org/indonesia
Plastic Free July is a social movement to challenge ourselves to be more environmentally responsible by cutting out single use plastic.
It's a fun exercise to bring awareness at how much single use plastic we use every day, and think about where it goes.
You'll find yourself being more mindful and creative in your daily life
We added some new gear to our hand made leaf leather collection - a couple new women's wallets and a travel kit / toiletry bag / overnight bag however you want to call it :)
I worked on these while in Thailand earlier this year visiting our leaf leather partners - it's always cool to reconnect and trade creative ideas... and that Thailand heat I'm all about it!