We embarked on our PURpose Driven journey in 2018, crafting jewelry from recycled materials collected from other local businesses. When we started creating jewelry from recycled materials, the intention was twofold.
One: to offer one-of-a-kind pieces that would stand out. Each item telling a story, incorporating plastic containers from the pharmaceutical industry as well as the cannabis industry and beyond. Recycled materials can possess a unique charm and by breathing new life into discarded objects, we celebrate their history and contribute to a sustainable future. By wearing these treasures, individuals become ambassadors for positive change, sparking conversations about plastic waste reduction and sustainable living.
Two: to promote environmentally conscious practices. We not only aim to create unique and beautiful pieces but also inspire others to explore innovative ways to reduce plastic waste in their communities. The true power of purpose-driven arts and goods lies in their ability to inspire change in communities. As a small business, we strongly believe that every individual can make a difference. Through our work, we strive to motivate others to explore creative ways to reduce plastic waste in their own neighborhoods. By fostering a sense of community, we can collectively tackle the plastic pollution crisis that affects our planet.
One of the most fulfilling aspects of our journey as a small business has been the connections we have established with other like-minded businesses. Among them, Seaside Weavers, who creates beautiful handwoven door mats and baskets out of recycled crab rope. Our shared commitment to sustainability has brought us together, allowing us to exchange ideas, resources, and support. They have brought Plastic Uniquely Recycled on the road with them to festivals and fairs all over California, showcasing our creations along side their own, and educating the public about the importance of conscious consumption. Here is a list of where they are headed next.
Every Friday July and August 25th: Eureka Friday Nights
July 11th: Fortuna Farmers Market off Main Street
July 29th: Almquist Lumber Fair in Arcata
Aug 19th: Yurok Klamath Salmon Fest
The support from other small businesses willing to not only collect their plastic waste for me to make beautiful jewelry out of but also buy Plastic Uniquely Recycled products to sell at their stores, like Eureka Florist and Lima’s Pharmacy, has become the foundation for a strong network that empowers and uplifts each other.
As individuals, we all have a part to play in reducing plastic waste. By getting involved in our communities, we can drive change and make a lasting impact. I encourage everyone to seek out local initiatives, collaborate with small businesses, and discover creative outlets for plastic waste reduction. Support non profits like Zero Waste Humboldt, volunteer for clean-up drives, support artisans who use recycled materials, or simply spread awareness through social media, every action counts.
Embracing the power of PURpose Driven Arts and Goods and engaging our communities in the pursuit of plastic waste reduction will help bring about positive change and build a better world for future generations.