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Earth Day

From recycled sculptures to sustainable shoppers, this Earth Day collection has it all. Whether you are looking for items made from repurposed materials, or ways to minimize your carbon footprint, this collection has options! 

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$8.00

Calabash gourds grow abundantly in Kenya, and when dried, they serve beautifully as rustic decorative objects. Every gourd is completely unique, some with curves long stems and others with small blunt tops.

Because each item is handcrafted from a natural material, variations in shape should be expected.

Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 3-5"H

Crafted from: Calabash gourds

Made in: Kenya

$12.00

Artisans in Kenya utilize dried gourds or calabash, to create this beautiful all natural birdhouse. Preserving the organic shape of each gourd, each birdhouse features a 2" diameter opening, and a leather hanging loop. 

Sold individually. Each measures approximately 4"L x 4"W x 6"H. Due to the organic material, each will vary in shape.

About the Artisans:

Gourds, also called calabash, are a sustainable, organic vessel made from the dried shells of squash or pumpkins. In Kenya, the dried gourds were traditionally used as a bowl for food or for storing water. Today, Kenyan artisans use gourds to craft beautiful works of art.

$18.00

This reusable shopper is made in Ghana from discarded water sachets. Each designed to zip into its base when not in use, these totes are both practical and eco-friendly. Perfect for on-the-go, these sustainably crafted, durable totes are a must-have!

Due to the handmade nature of these totes and the use of recycled materials, slight variation is expected.

Dimensions:
Unfolded- 16.5" x 12.5" x 6"
Folded- 8.5" x 6" x 1.5"

About the Artisans:

Trashy Bags Africa is a social enterprise making up-cycled eco-friendly products from discarded drinking water sachets that litter the streets of Accra, Ghana. Started in 2007, the organization has collected and recycled over 30 million plastic sachets since then. Each month nearly 200,000 sachets are collected and brought to Trashy Bags Africa, over forty local people are employed to collect, clean and stitch the sachets into durable, eco-friendly accessories. 


    $20.00

    This reusable shopper is made in Ghana from discarded water sachets. Designed to zip neatly into its base when not in use, these totes are both practical and eco-friendly. This style features a colorful patchwork of fabric forming the base, on display when the bag is folded & zipped.

    Due to the handmade nature of these totes and the use of recycled materials, slight variation is expected. Fabric selection varies.

    Dimensions:
    Unfolded- 16.5" x 12.5" x 6"
    Folded- 8.5" x 6" x 1.5"

    About the Artisans:

    Trashy Bags Africa is a social enterprise making up-cycled eco-friendly products from discarded drinking water sachets that litter the streets of Accra, Ghana. Started in 2007, the organization has collected and recycled over 30 million plastic sachets since then. Each month nearly 200,000 sachets are collected and brought to Trashy Bags Africa, over forty local people are employed to collect, clean and stitch the sachets into durable, eco-friendly accessories. 


      $9.00

      This sweet pair of earrings is handcrafted from recycled aluminum, so each pair varies with the can from which it was cut.

      Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item made from recycled materials, each will vary.

      Dimensions: 2"L x 2.5"H

      Crafted from: aluminum, steel wires

      Made in: Kenya

      About the Artisans:

      The artisans of Jarida Crafts in Kenya work hard to rise above challenging circumstances. Comprised of at-risk teens, young mothers and individuals with disabilities, the Jarida team exemplifies the power of cottage industry as a vehicle for personal betterment.

      $9.00

      This playful pair of earrings is handcrafted from recycled aluminum, so each pair varies with the can from which it was cut.

      Because this is a handcrafted item made from recycled materials, each will vary.

      Dimensions: approx 1.25" T x 1" W

      Crafted from: aluminum, plastic beads, steel hooks

      Made in: Kenya

      About the Artisans:

      The artisans of Jarida Crafts in Kenya work hard to rise above challenging circumstances. Comprised of at-risk teens, young mothers and individuals with disabilities, the Jarida team exemplifies the power of cottage industry as a vehicle for personal betterment.

      $14.00

      The Jarida team explores a variety of recycled media in their handmade photo frames. Crafted from recycled paper and adorned with recycled aluminum butterflies in assorted colors, these unique decor accessories make sweet gifts.

      Sold singly, two sizes available. Because these are handcrafted items made from recycled materials, each will vary.

      Dimensions:
      Small:  4"L x 0.5"W x 4"H (Opening is 1.75" x 1.75"
      Large:  6.25"L x 0.5"W x 7.75"H (Opening is 4" x 5.5")

      Crafted from:  Recycled paper and aluminum

      Made in: Kenya

      About the Artisans:

      The artisans of Jarida Crafts in Kenya work hard to rise above challenging circumstances. Comprised of at-risk teens, young mothers and individuals with disabilities, the Jarida team exemplifies the power of cottage industry as a vehicle for personal betterment.

      $14.00

      The Jarida team explores a variety of recycled media in their handmade photo frames. Crafted from recycled paper and adorned with recycled aluminum flowers in assorted colors, these unique decor accessories make sweet gifts.

      Sold singly, two sizes available. Because these are handcrafted items made from recycled materials, each will vary.

      Dimensions:
      Small:  4"L x 0.5"W x 4"H (Opening is 1.75" x 1.75"
      Large:  6.25"L x 0.5"W x 7.75"H (Opening is 4" x 5.5")

      Crafted from:  Recycled paper and aluminum

      Made in: Kenya

      About the Artisans:

      The artisans of Jarida Crafts in Kenya work hard to rise above challenging circumstances. Comprised of at-risk teens, young mothers and individuals with disabilities, the Jarida team exemplifies the power of cottage industry as a vehicle for personal betterment.

      $10.00

      Nairobi artisans complement the organic shapes of dried gourds, which grow prolifically in Africa, with a beautiful dip-dyed finish.

      Because gourds are an organic item, each shape is completely one-of-a-kind, and gourds may feature small blemishes. See images for reference, each will vary.

      Sold individually. Size: approximately 3.5" - 4.5"D x 4.5" - 6"T.

      $10.00

      Nairobi artisans complement the organic shapes of dried gourds, which grow prolifically in Africa, with a beautiful dip-dyed finish.

      Because gourds are an organic item, each shape is completely one-of-a-kind, and gourds may feature small blemishes. See images for reference, each will vary.

      Sold singly. Because these are natural items, each shape will vary.

      Dimensions: 4-5"L x 4-5"W x 5"- 6"H (size and shape vary)

      Crafted from: Calabash gourds, natural dyes

      Made in: Kenya

      $10.00

      Nairobi artisans complement the organic shapes of dried gourds, which grow prolifically in Africa, with a beautiful dip-dyed finish.

      Because gourds are an organic item, each shape is completely one-of-a-kind, and gourds may feature small blemishes. See images for reference, each will vary.

      Sold singly. Because these are natural items, each shape will vary.

      Dimensions: 4-5"L x 4-5"W x 5"- 6"H (size and shape vary)

      Crafted from: Calabash gourds, natural dyes

      Made in: Kenya

      $10.00

      Nairobi artisans complement the organic shapes of dried gourds, which grow prolifically in Africa, with a beautiful dip-dyed finish.

      Because gourds are an organic item, each shape is completely one-of-a-kind, and gourds may feature small blemishes. See images for reference, each will vary.

      Sold singly. Because these are natural items, each shape will vary.

      Dimensions: 4-5"L x 4-5"W x 5"- 6"H (size and shape vary)

      Crafted from: Calabash gourds, natural dyes

      Made in: Kenya

      $15.00

      This sweet ornament features a hand carved and hand painted flamingo perched on a piece of jacaranda wood branch with a raffia tassel.

      Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

      Dimensions:  2.5"L x 2"W x 8"H

      Crafted from: Wood, paint

      Made in: Kenya

      About the Artisans:

      Kamau is a talented carver and painter who specializes in bird art.

      $19.00

      This swinging bird decoration makes a cheerful addition to the home. A pair of wooden birds with burned details adorn the jacaranda branch seat of the raffia-wrapped wire swing.

      Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

      Dimensions: 5.5"L x 2.5"W x 9"H

      Crafted from: Wood, paint, wire, raffia

      Made in: Kenya

      About the Artisans:

      Kamau is a talented carver and painter who specializes in bird art.

      $15.00

      The Leakey Collection dedicates proceeds from these specially designed 26" Zulugrass strands to their Girls Graduation program to counsel young rural girls and their families on the importance of staying in school. Each strand is packaged on a special tag, explaining how the proceeds will be allocated, and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace.

      Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

      $14.00

      Using proceeds from the sale of this Compassion Zulugrass bracelet, The Leakey Collection supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Give a gift to someone in your life who has or is going through a difficult time. Each 26" strand is packaged on a special tag--explaining how the proceeds will be allocated--and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace. 

      Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

      $15.00

      The Leakey Collection's goal has always been empowering women in East Africa through work opportunity and now is providing additional entrepreneurship support to help their female Maasai neighbors build businesses through the proceeds of this bracelet. They will begin with a high-yield, low-impact dairy cattle program.

      To wear, wrap the 26" Zulugrass strand, made from sustainable, natural grass beads, around your wrist 3-4 times. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

      $15.00

      Proceeds from 26" Beads for Healthy Gardens Zulugrass strands support the Leakey Collection's “Healthy Garden” project, which educates Maasai women to plant vitamin and mineral rich home gardens. Most rural pregnancy and birth issues, as well as child development problems, can be eradicated by eating a healthy diet. Each strand is packaged on a special tag—explaining how the proceeds will be allocated—and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace.

      Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass in a mix of garden greens, blues, and purplesÑeach bracelet is unique. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

      $15.00

      The Leakey Collection dedicates proceeds from each Beads for Clean Water Zulugrass strand to the “Clean Water for Every Home” project; the goal - put a water dispensing unit, locally called a “leak-tin” in every Maasai home in the area. Clean water for drinking and washing helps stop the spread of life threatening disease and illness. Each strand is packaged on a special tag--explaining how the proceeds will be allocated--and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace.

      Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

      $10.00

      Organic chamomile and lemongrass help cleanse your body of toxins and calm your mind of stress. JusTea 100% organic caffeine-free herbal blend aids digestion and enhances absorption of iron. Smooth and sweet with notes of honey and flower blossoms, Chamomile Dream is flavored with herbs grown and hand picked by members of a Kenyan women's cooperative.

      Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

      Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 205 degrees for 4 mins

      Meet JusTea's farmers

      Dimensions:  3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

      Crafted from: Organic chamomile, organic lemongrass, organic licorice root

      Made in: Kenya

      See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

      Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

      The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

      $10.00

      JusTea cold-pressed bergamot oil will brighten your Earl Grey experience! Grown under the Mediterranean sun, organic bergamot oranges marry perfectly with the natural fruity notes of whole leaf Kenyan tea, grown pesticide-free on small Kenyan farms. Aromatic and rich, with notes of bright citrus and wildflowers, JusTea high-caffeine Earl Grey is unlike any other you have tasted.

      Sold as 12 tea bags in a tin. JusTea's Zero-Waste Pyramid Tea Bags are the most earth-friendly pyramid tea bags available, 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

      Steeping Instructions: 1 tea bag at 205 degrees for 3 mins

      Meet JusTea's farmers

      Dimensions: 3"L x 3"W x 4.75"H

      Crafted from: Rainforest Alliance Kenyan Black tea, organic cold-pressed bergamot oil

      Made in: Kenya

      See all teas in our African Coffee & Tea Collection.

      Tea farmer in Kenya wears a backpack basket full of tea leaves in a field of tea

      The Bain family from Canada partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community in Kenya to establish JusTea®, Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. Fully staffed, managed, and owned by small-scale Kenyan tea farmers, JustTea was granted one of the first tea processing licenses to produce these artisanal, direct-from-farm teas by The Tea Board of Kenya. The tea farm is nestled in the rolling green Nandi Hills where its volcanic soil naturally produces some of the world’s most flavourful tea. This small specialty factory processes a rainbow of teas: Purple, Green, Oolong and Black artisanal teas.

      $68.00

      Using copper recycled from used water heaters or wire, along with silver mined by small scale miners from an old silver mine in Kabwe, young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) are defying gender norms becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making. F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry showcases modern Zambian skill in eye-catching wearable art such as this copper and silver disc necklace, hung from a leather cord with a hook clasp.

      Measures 2.5"W x 15"L (total length), 10" drop. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Matching earrings are available.

      About the Artisans:

      F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

      $34.00

      These beautiful hammered copper earrings are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

      When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

      Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

      About the Artisans:

      F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

      $48.00

      These beautiful hammered copper bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

      When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

      Width can be adjusted. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

      About the Artisans:

      F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

      $32.00

      Bring the majestic beauty of the baobab tree into the home with this all-natural banana fiber sculpture with malleable branches that are perfect for hanging ornaments or jewelry.

      Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

      Dimensions: 8"L x 8"W x 11"-12"H

      Crafted from: Banana fiber

      Made in: Kenya

      About the Artisans:

      In Nairobi's Banana Hill suburb, artisans utilize the fiber of banana palm trees, which grow prolifically in East Africa, to create whimsical gifts for local sale and export.

      $32.00

      This eye-catching copper disc bracelet is handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

      Sold singly. A matching necklace and earrings are available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

      Dimensions: 1"W x 9"L (from end to end, unclasped). Length can be adjusted at closure.

      Crafted from: Copper

      Made in: Zambia

      About the Artisans:

      F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

      $16.00

      These gecko drummer sculptures are handcrafted using up-cycled aluminum cans. Because each sculpture is crafted using recycled materials, each is unique!

      Sold singly in assorted colors. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary.

      Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 9"H

      Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

      Made in: Zimbabwe and South Africa

      About the Artisans:

      Zimbabwean and South African artisans up-cycle discarded aluminum cans into these playful gecko musician sculptures.

      $38.00

      This cute little "weiner dog" is handcrafted by artisans in Kenya using discarded flip flops that have been washed, sanitized, glued, and carved.

      Size: 10"L x 2.5"W x 6"T. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary.

      These friendly pup sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

      About the Artisans:

      In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

      Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

      $12.00

      Make clean up a breeze and cut down on waste with JusTea's stainless steel infuser with a dual-use coaster lid. The large capacity of the steeping basket gives your tea leaves plenty of room to circulate and expand, releasing more flavor. With 10,000 micron holes that allow water to flow freely, this extra-fine infuser allows you to steep any size tea leaf.

      Each infuser is manufactured from 100% food-grade stainless steel, so you can enjoy your tea without any unwanted flavors. It’s also rust-proof, easy to clean, and dishwasher safe. The double-sided handle design fits most mug sizes. The infuser lid locks in the flavor while your tea steeps then doubles as a no-mess infuser coaster while you sip. It also saves your tea to re-steep for a second cup.

      Dimensions: Infuser 5” handle width, 2.5” basket diameter, 3” height
      Coaster Lid 3” diameter, 0.75” height

      Crafted from: 100% food-grade stainless steel

      Made in: China

      $16.00

      These saxophone playing gecko sculptures are handcrafted using up-cycled aluminum cans. Because each sculpture is crafted using recycled materials, each is unique!

      Sold singly in assorted colors. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary.

      Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 9"H

      Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

      Made in: Zimbabwe and South Africa

      About the Artisans:

      Zimbabwean and South African artisans up-cycle discarded aluminum cans into these playful gecko musician sculptures.

      $16.00

      These banjo-playing gecko sculptures are handcrafted using up-cycled aluminum cans. Because each sculpture is crafted using recycled materials, each is unique!

      Sold singly in assorted colors. Because these are handcrafted items, each will vary.

      Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 9"H

      Crafted from: Aluminum, wire

      Made in: Zimbabwe and South Africa

      About the Artisans:

      Zimbabwean and South African artisans up-cycle discarded aluminum cans into these playful gecko musician sculptures.

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