Freestate would not be what it is without our contributors. So we're excited to sit down for a Q&A with Cristina Rose, an artist, environmentalist, and zero-waste champion to find out more about her journey to sustainable living, where she finds her inspiration, and more.
The Leakey Collection provides people of the Maasai Community in East Africa with opportunity for work using their magnificent beading abilities, which allows them to gain financial independence and transform entire communities.
How do you even begin to know if something was made ethically, under circumstances that are good for you, good for the earth, and good for the people who made that product? It’s difficult to research every company and every product you buy, and what if the information you’re looking for isn’t even available?
Hope Mills, Creator of Hem + Haw, first decided she wanted to come up with a way to upcycle denim jeans when an old of hers ripped on a hike. Read on to find out more about the brand, its origins and inspirations, and how you can get rid of YOUR old denim the right way!
For most of my life, I’ve had no idea where I was headed, but I knew I was on some predetermined path. I say path but it’s probably more like a bunch of guideposts seemingly placed at random that lead me in some mostly unidentifiable direction. These guideposts, I have always thought, were composed of the things I believed in, the things I’ve loved, and the things I’ve been passionate about.
Jeremy Cowart is on a mission to build a hotel (and then a hotel chain) that will change the world just by being in business, with every single piece of the hotel contributing to social good in some way. By staying there, you will literally be able to change the world in your sleep.
In June, I went to Norway for an intensive international course on social entrepreneurship called SPARK, with DRH Norway School. I was very excited to learn more about this topic since it's an important part of my life now (and my future too I believe). Little did I know that the most important thing I would learn there went so far beyond anything I could read in a book or article.
For those of you in the throes of wedding planning, we want to help - one step at a time. Here are some helpful brands and resources when it comes time to send invitations and buy gifts for your guests and bridal party:
I am SO excited to share with you today about Refined Design. This husband and wife duo are in the business of taking old pieces of furniture and home goods and restoring them into beautiful new pieces.
Krochet Kids Intl. is a non-profit that teaches women in third world countries how to crochet and earn a living from the products they make. In only a few years, the company has become one of the top five NGOs in the town of Uganda in which they serve.