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Coopita Behind one brand’s plan to save craft skills by innovating with artisans

Coopita barkcloth clutch

Secondsguru in conversation with Naomi Jacob, co-founder of Coopita. Originally posted on Coopita.com. Have you ever walked down roads lined with colonial buildings and marvelled at their grandeur? Been awed by the medieval churches and their splendour? Given yourself a neck-sprain by gazing too long at Michelangelo’s ceiling at Sistine Chapel? Had a jaw drop when face-to-face with the pristine beauty of Taj Mahal? We all have our favourite relics, and need little convincing to …[Read more]

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Christmas Gifts Under 100 dollars eco-friendly gift ideas for all ages

secondsguru eco friendly christmas gift list for kids babies teenager men women couple

With Christmas around the corner and over a dozen matters to attend to before the end of the year, should you spend time reading yet another guide for gifts where the ideas are [most likely] wasteful, tacky and overpriced! Yes, THIS ONE you absolutely must- for 2 key reasons. Firstly, this Christmas gift ideas list has been created using powerful green-o-meters [my eyes :-)] from a multitude of options in the world of eco-friendly lifestyle products. …[Read more]

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EcoBrands Purnama, a brand for sustainable accessories

rae amarullah co founder of purnama outreach

We sat down for an inspiring conversation with Rae Amarullah, the co-founder of Purnama,  an artisanal bags and accessories brand in Singapore. The business is a social enterprise, geared to make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of women and children in Asia, by creating quality products that can be marketed to create livelihoods. We met her at her Haji Lane pop-up store, and as we surveyed the beautiful handicrafts on display, we …[Read more]

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Back to school 9 ways to be more eco-friendly

back to school 9 eco ideas

New grade, new teachers, new classmates…. Are you off to match it with new supplies too? Before you head to the stores, use our 9 tips as a guideline on what to buy, and what not to buy. After all, the cost of anything we purchase isn’t borne not just by our wallet, but also the environment. #1 TOSS THE TISSUES Carry a cloth napkin instead of tissues with lunch; carry handkerchiefs instead of wipes. …[Read more]