The People Behind Beastly

The People Behind Beastly

August 14, 2018

Simply put, Beastly Threads exists thanks to the extraordinary talent and effort of many people, several of whom live in Jaipur, India. A few years ago, I started working with Sonia Jain who helps brands like Beastly get their products developed by the amazing artisans in India. Along with being a wonderful person, Sonia's help in coordinating the block-printing and sewing of the latest Beastly sarongs was invaluable. And wow are those sarongs beautiful! I recently asked Sonia to give us a better sense of the block-printing community in India. Enjoy!

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Why 2017 Was the Worst and Best Year Yet

Why 2017 Was the Worst and Best Year Yet

December 22, 2017

2017 was a year of extraordinary challenges, to put it mildly. Looking back and surveying the damage leaves you queasy and certainly questioning whether this is a hole without a bottom. From the senseless violence in Las Vegas to the hatred in Charlottesville to the state-mandated discrimination at the airports to the collapse of American leadership in the fight to save our planet to the abandonment of Puerto Rican citizens in their time of need to the attack on transgender members of the military to the pathetic sparring of two nuclear-armed frontal-lobe-deficient adolescents should be enough to make anyone start drinking heavily to numb the pain. Then you add Mother Nature’s fury in the form of wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes and one really wonders if this is actually the beginning of the end.

I have certainly found 2017 to be brutal, disheartening, and relentless in its continuous blows against all that I value as a woman, a mom, an American, and a member of humanity.

BUT it has also been a year of amazing accomplishments, resistance, and hope. The lows of 2017 were really, really low but wow, were the highs high!

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Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration

November 14, 2017

Finding inspiration while running on the hamster wheel of life – going from one task to the next, always in a rush, never with enough time to stop and see all of the amazing things happening around the world - is tough.

Or is it?

Maybe we are just looking in the wrong places. Maybe we don’t need TEDTalks, Instagram, and Anderson Cooper to find the energy and hope we are seeking. Because really, the greatest place to find inspiration is in the brilliance and creativity and generosity of our friends. When I take the time to look, I find that I am utterly surrounded by awesomeness.

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Will your grandkids live in a world without rhinos??

Will your grandkids live in a world without rhinos??

September 26, 2017

Sadly, if things don't change soon, the answer will be yes. Rhino populations are being decimated by poachers looking to make big profits on the sale of rhino horn. The small but mighty organization Saving the Survivors (STS) is doing everything in its power to save those rhinos that have somehow survived a poachers attack. We spoke with Dr. Zoe Glyphis, one of the Saving the Survivors veterinarians, about her work with STS and what it will take to ensure the existence of rhinos for generations to come.

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How to Save an Amazing Fish (and the Golden State!)

How to Save an Amazing Fish (and the Golden State!)

October 19, 2016

One of the extraordinary non-profits that Beastly Threads supports, The Bay Institute (TBI), is a leading conservation and restoration organization focusing on increasing chinook salmon populations in California. I got the chance to ask Gary Bobker, TBI Program Director, some questions about why the chinook struggles to survive, how The Bay Institute is helping restore chinook populations, and what state leaders and every day people can do to save the chinook and California as a whole from the current drought and global warming.

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We Can Save the Coral

We Can Save the Coral

June 03, 2016

One of the amazing organizations that Beastly Threads supports, Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), is doing everything in its power to restore coral reefs in the Florida Keys and Caribbean. I got the chance to ask Ashley Hill of CRF some questions about their work, the sunscreen vs. coral controversy, and what global leaders need to do before the planet's reefs are gone forever.

Beastly Threads (BT): The global decline of coral reefs is really scary.  What makes you hopeful that the reefs can be saved?
 Ashley Hill (AH): The work being done at Coral Restoration Foundation gives me hope. Our organization is working diligently to understand causes of not only local, but global coral reef decline. Over the next few years, CRF is honing our efforts to fully restore several reefs throughout the Florida Keys. The reefs of the keys were once iconic dive sites with impressive stands of elkhorn and staghorn coral. Due to warming waters, increased pollution, and physical damage, the reefs have experienced dramatic declines and are now ideal candidates for our restoration efforts. Working with NOAA and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, CRF will begin to fully restore several reefs. This type of effort informs international projects. Criteria for reef restoration can transcend a singular area to be useful across the globe.

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How Running a Business Can Provide the Best (or Worst) Lessons for Our Kids

How Running a Business Can Provide the Best (or Worst) Lessons for Our Kids

April 18, 2016

Every once in a while I am reminded that my kids are hearing, digesting, and filing away every single word I say.

 At dinner a few weeks back, my 8-year-old son Nathaniel told me about his “Minipreneur” class, an after-school enrichment program where 3rd to 5th graders are taken through the step-by-step process of starting a business. This being the first day, the teacher had asked the kids to share and discuss businesses and business owners they know.

“Mommy, I told them all about you and Beastly Threads! I told them about why you chose your company’s name and how you want to save endangered species and block printing in India and how long it took you to find the right people to do it and how hard it is being eco-friendly cause it just makes things harder and how you don’t want to just have everything made by a factory in China even though it sure would be easier and how you thought you had a great first year until you calculated all the darn costs and…”

I listened with mouth agape. This kid had been listening to literally every word I said and was now reciting it all back to me. He remembered the tough vendor decisions I had made, the joy of my first sales, the incredible frustration that had accompanied disappointing production results, my goofy pride in a great Instagram post, and even the tears associated with the realization that I might need to start all over.

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Win 3 Beastly Threads Scarves!

Win 3 Beastly Threads Scarves!

February 08, 2016

We are holding our very first Beastly contest! This is your chance to win three Beastly Threads scarves of your choice!  Will it be the Polar Bear, Black Big Horn, and Green Faux Bois or the Staghorn, Chinook, and Cerulean?  You choose!  All are eco-ethical, hand block printed by artisans, and supportive of wildlife and habitat preservation. Contest ends on Thursday, February 11th at midnight.

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Why Packaging Matters

Why Packaging Matters

November 10, 2015

Check out the blog post I wrote about product packaging for Maker's Row, an amazing network of American manufacturers and suppliers. The post is about how packaging should align with a company's mission and elevate, not cheapen, the product. Happy reading!

http://makersrow.com/…/why-packaging-matters-thinking-beyo…/

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The Faux Bois is here!

The Faux Bois is here!

September 04, 2015

Our Faux Bois scarves, available in rust/natural and green/natural, are beautiful, modern, and perfect for fall. Both scarves support the work of Amphibian Ark, an organization that works to ensure the survival of amphibian species, focusing on those that cannot currently be safe-guarded in nature. Tree frogs, and amphibians in general, are experiencing rapid decline on a global scale. Habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, and disease are threatening their very existence. Amphibian Ark is attempting to save these important creatures before it is too late. When you buy/gift a Faux Bois scarf, Beastly Threads will donate $10 to Amphibian Ark in support of its important work.

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Infinity Scarf 101

July 15, 2015

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Beastly Threads is finally here!

June 10, 2015

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