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December Special: 10% to Charities

eThreads is a socially-responsible custom-made handbag business. We use eco-friendly fabrics, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, use recycled packaging and all products are handmade in Boston, MA. To further our mission, we are thrilled to announce our December Special in which we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations!

Every organization has a referral code, and for every order using the code, we’ll donate 10% of the sale to that organization. We have many wonderful organizations participating in the December Special and we urge you to use one of these referral codes with your next purchase!

View the list of organizations below and click their links to read more about the groups and their mission. If you wish to support the group, place an order, checkout with Google Checkout, and use the referral code. You can design your own bag or choose something from our Blog Shop. You get a fun new accessory, the charity gets a donation. Everybody wins!

Do you know of an organization that would like to receive donations?  Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com and we’ll be glad to help!

Amnesty International/Boston College Chapter: Code: BCAmnesty. Amnesty International is a non-profit, grassroots activist organization that seeks to protect the human rights of all people in all places at all times. BC’s Amnesty chapter seeks to make students aware of the power they have to influence world events – and protect human rights – through political activism. Click here to read more…

Brady’s Smile: Code: BradysSmile. Brady’s Smile, Inc. was created by Annie and Matt Hinton in memory, love and honor of their son, Brady. It is their mission to help make life easier in the newborn and pediatric intensive care facilities for patients and their families. Click here to read more…

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Northern Essex County/Kappa Alpha Theta Boston Metro Alumnae Chapter: Code: CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national organization that trains and supervises community volunteers who are appointed by court judges to represent the best interest of children who have been abused and neglected. Click here to read more…

Deviated Theatre: Code: DeviatedTheatre.  Deviated Theatre is a dance/theatre company founded in 2008 in the Washington DC metro area by Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan.  The company performs all original works, created and choreographed by the Chans, which have been described as “operas of movement, rather than song.”  Click here to read more…

E The Environmental Magazine: Code: EMagazine. E Magazine, the Nation’s only independent, non-profit environmental publication, was founded in 1989, with the goal of educating and inspiring individuals who want to know how they can make a difference. Click here to read more…

Friends of El Faro/Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage: Code: FriendsofElFaro. Founded in 2000, Friends of El Faro visit and support the Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected have found a home here, a place where they are safe and cared for, nourished and loved. Click here to read more…

GENAustin (Girls Empowerment Network): Code: GENAustin. GENaustin (Girls Empowerment Network) is a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX that equips teen girls with the skills to navigate growing up female and to make wise choices. They don’t just build strong girls, they build girls of influence! Click here to read more…

Greater Boston Kappa Delta/Mary’s House Family Shelter: Code: GreaterBostonKD. Kappa Delta Sorority, founded in 1897, is a national organization for women committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness. They support Mary’s House Family Shelter, which provides temporary housing in central Waltham, MA for up to one year for eight homeless families. Click here to read more…

Health Awareness Services of Central MA: Code: CURE. Since 1976 Health Awareness Services has been providing health care and social support to the people of Worcester County and the Metrowest Region. All services are accessible, affordable (in most cases, free) and client-centered. Click here to read more…

The Lesley Environmental Club: Code: LesleyEnviroClub. The Environmental Club at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, was started in 2006 when students wanted an organized way to encourage the campus and community to become more aware and active in our growing environmental issues. Click here to read more…

The Lesley Running Club/Margaret Fuller House: Code: LesleyRunningClub. The club’s mission is to motivate students and faculty from the community to train for local 5k races that support charitable causes. This year the club is working with the Margaret Fuller House in Area IV of Cambridge, MA an inclusive community house that hosts many local events like community breakfasts and a tri-weekly food pantry. Click here to read more…


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November Special: 10% to Charities

eThreads is a socially-responsible custom-made handbag business.  We use eco-friendly fabrics, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, use recycled packaging and all products are handmade in Boston, MA. To further our mission, we are thrilled to announce our November Special in which we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations!

Every organization has a referral code, and for every order using the code, we’ll donate 10% of the sale to that organization. We have many wonderful organizations participating in the November Special and we urge you to use one of these referral codes with your next purchase!

View the list of organizations below and click their links to read more about the groups and their mission. If you wish to support the group, place an order, checkout with Google Checkout, and use the referral code!  You can design your own bag or choose something from our Blog Shop. You get a fun new accessory, the charity gets a donation. Everybody wins!

Amnesty International/Boston College Chapter: Code: BCAmnesty.  Amnesty International is a non-profit, grassroots activist organization that seeks to protect the human rights of all people in all places at all times.  BC’s Amnesty chapter seeks to make students aware of the power they have to influence world events – and protect human rights – through political activism.  Click here to read more…

Brady’s Smile: Code: BradysSmile.  Brady’s Smile, Inc. was created by Annie and Matt Hinton in memory, love and honor of their son, Brady. It is their mission to help make life easier in the newborn and pediatric intensive care facilities for patients and their families.  Click here to read more…

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Northern Essex County/Kappa Alpha Theta Boston Metro Alumnae Chapter: Code: CASA.  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national organization that trains and supervises community volunteers who are appointed by court judges to represent the best interest of children who have been abused and neglected.  Click here to read more…

E The Environmental Magazine: Code: EMagazine.  E Magazine, the Nation’s only independent, non-profit environmental publication, was founded in 1989, with the goal of educating and inspiring individuals who want to know how they can make a difference.  Click here to read more…

The Fashionable Gal/Breast Cancer Research Foundation:  Code: TFGBCRF.  The Fashionable Gal is a blog about beauty and has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to raise money for research.    Click here to read more…

Friends of El Faro/Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage: Code: FriendsofElFaro.  Founded in 2000, Friends of El Faro visit and support the Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.  It is here, where children, who have been abandoned or abused or neglected, have found a home, a place where they are safe and cared for, nourished and loved.  Click here to read more…

GENAustin (Girls Empowerment Network): Code: GENAustin.  GENaustin (Girls Empowerment Network) is a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX that equips teen girls with the skills to navigate growing up female and to make wise choices.  They don’t just build strong girls, they build girls of influence!  Click here to read more…

Greater Boston Kappa Delta/Mary’s House Family Shelter:  Code: GreaterBostonKD.  Kappa Delta Sorority, founded in 1897, is a national organization for women committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness.   They support Mary’s House Family Shelter, which provides temporary housing in central Waltham, MA for up to one year for eight homeless families. Click here to read more…

Health Awareness Services of Central MA: Code: CURE.  Since 1976 Health Awareness Services has been providing health care and social support to the people of Worcester County and the Metrowest Region. All services are accessible, affordable (in most cases, free) and client-centered.  Click here to read more…

The Lesley Environmental Club: Code: LesleyEnviroClub.  The Environmental Club at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, was started in 2006 when students wanted an organized way to encourage the campus and community to become more aware and active in our growing environmental issues.  Click here to read more…

The Lesley Running Club/Margaret Fuller House: Code: LesleyRunningClub.   The club’s mission is to motivate students and faculty from the community to train for local 5k races that support charitable causes.  This year the club is working with the Margaret Fuller House in Area IV of Cambridge, MA an inclusive community house that hosts many local events like community breakfasts and a tri-weekly food pantry.   Click here to read more…

Native American Student Organization, Wellesley College: Code: NASOWellesley.  NASO was first founded by Native students at Wellesley College in 1996.  NASO works to both support students entering Wellesley from reservations or other Native communities, as well as engage the campus in dialogue about contemporary Native issues.  Click here to read more…

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Just Arrived: Eco-Friendly Felt!

ecofelteThreads is a socially responsible business that strives for environmental sustainability.  We offer eco-friendly fabrics, use recycled packaging, introduced a reusable shopping tote, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, and now we use environmentally friendly felt in the construction of our bags!  This ecofelt is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and provides a wonderfully soft structure for your custom-made handbag.  We are proud to be using ecofelt and will continue to seek out environmentally friendly materials for eThreads’ custom-designed bags, jewelry and accessories.

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eThreads ecoTip #1: Keep that refrigerator closed!

I just introduced eThreads ecoTips as a way to provide easy and cheap ways to live more eco-friendly.  I like this first tip because it’s a simple thing to do that won’t require a complete rewiring of your habits.

How many of you get hangry (a hybrid of hungry and angry) and rip open the fridge, gazing over the array of food options while the cool frost whips over your shoulders?  I used to do this a lot, until I heard that it’s a big waste of energy leaving the refrigerator door open.

Your fridge’s compressor works to keep your food nice and cool.  This means that when you leave the door open while contemplating your next snack, cold air is rushing out and suddenly your fridge is working harder to keep the temperature cool.  This means a lot of wasted energy.  How much?  According to the good people at Ideal Bite, the average household wastes 50-120 kilowatt hours a year by opening the refrigerator door – that’s like leaving one to three 100-watt light bulbs on all year!  You could also be adding up to $20 on your utility bill.

So next time you’re hangry (which, if you’re like me, happens 5 times a day,) think about what you want to eat before opening the fridge.  Also, keep your foods in the same place so you know where to reach every time.  Additionally, let your foods cool before you put them in the refrigerator.  By adding hot objects to your fridge, you’re asking the compressor to work harder to cool the item, thus using more energy.  Finally, keep liquids and foods covered up — otherwise they can release moisture that makes the compressor work even harder.  Want more tips on keeping your fridge and other appliances efficient?  Click here for more info.

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ShopGreen! Accessorize your handbag with carbon offsets

Very cool news for you eco-minded fashionistas — now, when you purchase an Elemental Threads bag with Google Checkout, you can invest an additional 1% of your order to reduce the carbon footprint generated by the production of your handbag!  Also, you get to choose among eight different carbon offset projects —  like hydro, wind and geothermal power — and see the pounds of CO2 that will be offset.   You also get a tracking number to monitor the offsets you purchased, how cool is that?  Find more information about the carbon offset projects here.

Screenshot of ShopGreen on Elemental Threads checkout

Screenshot of ShopGreen on Elemental Threads checkout

ShopGreen™ is a new web application developed by the startup GreenWorld.  Launched in March 2009, GreenWorld’s mission is to become the leading carbon market web application solution for companies and their customers.

eThreads meeting ShopGreen was pure serendipity.  Our incredible web designer, Case Prince, also works for the award-winning RED Interactive Agency.  His colleague, Jason Sperling, is the driving force behind ShopGreen and a fan of Elemental Threads.  He suggested that we partner up to be among the first businesses to use ShopGreen.  We were thrilled about the opportunity because ShopGreen’s mission aligns perfectly with eThreads’ focus on social and environmental responsibilities.   We can’t wait to see how many carbon offsets our fabulous customers rack up!!

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