How To Care for Bamboo Products

How To Care for Bamboo Products

Swell Vision products are handcrafted with the highest quality bamboo, strongest plant-based acetate, and most precise workings.

In order to keep your products at their best condition, make sure you care for them in the right way.

November 13, 2018 by Laura Saum
Why Buy Bamboo Sunglasses, Watches, Apparel, or Anything for That Matter?

Why Buy Bamboo Sunglasses, Watches, Apparel, or Anything for That Matter?

For gifts, for personal use, to add a unique aesthetic to your look - the list of all different reasons why you should buy bamboo products can be long, but there are more to say about its positive impact on the environment that will also make you look nice. Though bamboo sunglasses and watches do make great gifts, when you are gift giving you may want to be able to tell the receiver some of the benefits of the product you chose.

Sustainability Series: Meatless Mondays, Vegan Tuna

Sustainability Series: Meatless Mondays, Vegan Tuna

There are many ways to be kind to the environment, but not all of them are only about recycling, reducing waste, and reusing. Did you know that one way to reduce your carbon footprint is by reducing the amount of meat you consume? By eliminating meat just one day per week, we all can reduce the demand, the pollution, and methane emissions produced by livestock.
November 06, 2017 by Laura Saum
The Climate Change Stories You Didn't Hear

The Climate Change Stories You Didn't Hear

If you are an everyday reader of the news, it may surprise you to know that some important climate change stories came out over the past week, that never made their way to the front page of newspapers. There were three notable news items that we at Swell Vision want to share to promote education about sustainability.

Sustainability Series: Stella McCartney

Sustainability Series: Stella McCartney

At Swell Vision we are not the only ones who have the idea that our fashion can be environmentally friendly.  Recently at Vogue's Forces of Fashion conference Stella McCartney shared her thoughts with a grin.

"Technology is really sexy! For me it's better than a thigh-high split in a skirt." 

- Stella McCartney

Whitney Bauk at Fashionista.com talks about the designer, technology, and sustainability in an article published yesterday.  She writes --

The British designer was onstage speaking about ethical and sustainable fashion, and she quickly drew a connection between treating the planet well and updating the industry's old-fashioned — and incredibly wasteful, toxic and polluting — production methods. To her, incorporating new technology into that equation is an obvious choice. 

"The younger generations, this is like a no-brainer for them," she said. "If you're lucky enough to have a business, I think you have to approach it this way."

McCartney's not the only one looking to Silicon Valley for ideas that could help catapult her company to the cutting edge of both design and environmental preservation efforts. From startups using bacteria to naturally dye fabric to established industry players using chemistry to close the recycling loop, a whole host of new discoveries are cropping up. Read on to learn about some of the most exciting developments that have the potential to change the future of fashion.

Over the coming weeks we will delve deeper into the following ways technology is changing the materials and processes used to create fashion.

  • BACTERIA-PRODUCED DYES
  • LAB-GROWN LEATHER
  • KELP-BASED TEXTILES
  • SYNTHETIC SPIDER SILK
  • CHEMISTRY-DRIVEN RECYCLING

Please comment below to share your thoughts on how we can use technology to improve inefficiencies in the fashion industry, promoting sustainability and a greener future.

October 25, 2017 by Laura Saum
BOO: Go Green this Halloween

BOO: Go Green this Halloween

Four Ways to Go Green this Halloween

1. Make reusable treat bags for the younger crowd in your family.Treat bags can made from old pillowcases, fabric or gallon-size ice cream buckets. Decorate them with reflective tape, fabric paint, glitter, or felt cutout shapes. These can be reused and redecorated for years to come.

2. Instead of purchasing overpriced plastic and rubber masks, utilize makeup and face paint that you may already have around the house. You can even make your own face paint by combining cornstarch, solid shortening, and food color (optional). With a little time and patience, the perfect faux mask can be created.

3. Organize a costume swap with a group of people. Invite friends, family, and coworkers to a “costume swap” party night. Send invitations that include details to bring any old costumes they might have stashed around their house. Spend an evening mixing and matching costumes until everyone is geared up and ready for the holiday season.

4. Go to a local thrift store with a huge selection of not-so-fashionable clothing and see if anything jumps out at you. If you're totally stuck for ideas, time, or money and you have a friend who has a job with a very recognizable uniform such as fast food cashier or delivery person, ask to borrow their uniform. People will be doing double-takes all night!

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prize via TIME

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prize via TIME

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2017.  ICAN was a vital actor in bringing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to the United Nations, where it was signed by 122 countries. The accord was largely symbolic as none of the world's nuclear-armed nations signed it. The Oslo-based Nobel committee said on Friday that ICAN "is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons," as it warned of the current increased risk of a nuclear conflict.

"The next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states," it continued. "This year’s Peace Prize is therefore also a call upon these states to initiate serious negotiations with a view to the gradual, balanced and carefully monitored elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world."

In a Facebook post shortly after the announcement, ICAN said it was a "great honor" to receive the prize. "This is a time of great global tension, when fiery rhetoric could all too easily lead us, inexorably, to unspeakable horror. The spectre of nuclear conflict looms large once more. If ever there were a moment for nations to declare their unequivocal opposition to nuclear weapons, that moment is now."

"This award shines a needed light on the path the ban treaty provides towards a world free of nuclear weapons," they concluded. "Before it is too late, we must take that path."

The prize, established in 1901, is awarded annually to the person or organisation that has "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses," according to the will of its founder, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.

Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, for his role in bringing to an end the country's 50-year war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgency.

via Billy Perrigo, TIME Magazine
Oct 06, 2017 5:21 AM ET

October 11, 2017 by Laura Saum
World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day

grat·i·tude -ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    "she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support"
    synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, indebtedness; etc.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September, so let me first say thank you for reading and thank you for your interest in Swell. According to gratitude researcher Robert Emmons, gratitude is just happiness that we recognize after-the fact to have been caused by the kindness of others. Multiple studies have shown that gratitude induces pro-social behavior. Surprise, surprise: gratitude actually feels good. Yet only 20% of Americans rate gratitude as a positive and constructive emotion (compared to 50% of Europeans). Positive emotion improves health. The details are complicated, but the overall picture is not – if you want to improve your health, improve your mind. Not only that, but gratitude also increases sleep quality, reduces the time required to fall asleep, and increases sleep duration. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for more effective ways to get to sleep at night. Though this is not an advertisement for showing thanks, I feel a bit like an infomercial -- but wait, there's more! Gratitude generates social capital – in two studies with 243 total participants, those who were 10% more grateful than average had 17.5% more social capital. Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage.  So take today to thank those you encounter, for anything and everything.  We could all use a little more thanks in life -- that's our Swell Vision.

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama

September 21, 2017 by Laura Saum
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