Hope everyone's been having a glorious, sun soaked summer so far!
Here are the latest impact updates and orgs/ wonderful people we were able to help out this quarter:
1. Girls Inc.: A nonprofit near and dear to us (we used to volunteer for this nonprofit in college!), Girls Inc. focuses on "the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and evidence-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls."
2. Tahanan Sta. Luisa: we've mentioned them before, but worth mentioning it again! Tahanan Sta. Luisa helps street girls/ women return to education, work on developing vocational skills, therapy and mental health support (many have experienced trauma on many levels) and helps provide basic needs (shelter, food and clothing) for women in need.
3. Women's Global Empowerment Fund: like Tahanan Sta. Luisa, we've mentioned them before, and will keep on bringing it up because the work they do is so important! They help impoverished girls and women go to school, get their education or job training, microfinance their own businesses, and become leaders in their communities.
4. Coral Gardeners: Coral Gardeners grows and plants resilient corals to help restore dying reefs and bring life back to the ocean, which is often disturbed by humans! Fun fact: Fiji's coral gardeners, who are fishermen trained by biologists, collect small corals that are struggling to grow because they have little space, and bring them to a raised platform that gets good sunlight, nutrients, food and is a good temperature—kind of like a coral greenhouse. You can sponsor a coral(s) to help their efforts!
5. Surfrider Foundation: We support Surfrider Foundation through donation and by volunteering in beach clean ups with our local chapter. Surfrider helps push ocean conservation with beach clean ups, preservation efforts, and getting the word out regarding legislature and reform to better the use and care of the ocean, locally and globally.
Look at you, doing good!
We've got some new products on the site! We know that even though we use recycled materials, those materials still get washed and have the potential to contribute to microfibers in the waterways. To combat this problem, we recommend washing your suits in a Guppybag or with a Cora Ball, which we've started carrying on the site! Cora Balls are an easy-to-use laundry ball that catches microfibers that shed off your clothing in the washing machine. All you have to do is toss the ball into your washing machine each time you wash your clothes. The stalks of the ball will then catch those tiny microfibers floating in the water.
Besides the Cora Balls, we've got some cute new suits and styles (did anyone say... Flower Power?!). Scope out the site and check them out! We are also working on getting some photos of our new men's boardshorts, women's rashguard suits, and curve suits which will be released VERY soon. Woohoo!
That's all for now, you all stay safe and healthy out there!