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Both products we looked at are nicely designed, but it’s the sustainable focus of Fierce Hazel that really has us frothing. Both the wallet and the pouch are made entirely from deadstock – specifically, unused material left over at the factory by bigger clients who overestimated the amount required for production. Which is pretty flippin’ awesome.
Add to this the fact that they’re ethically produced by hand at a factory that pays a living wage, has reasonable working hours, and a good work environment, and Fierce Hazel are ticking a whole lot of incredible boxes.
The Future of Farming
Simply put, farming sustainably means producing more with less. As the populations grow and driving up the demand for food, we need to develop an integrated approach to managing landscapes—farmland, livestock, forests, and fisheries--that address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change. We need to meet the current global need for food without compromising future generations' ability to meet their needs
Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) aims to increase food production, increase farming systems' resilience to environmental change, and increase agricultural systems sustainability through reduced Green House Gases (GHGs) and environmental footprints emanating from agriculture.
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The exterior fabric of our Evolution Convertible Backpack is Upcycled! Made from remnants that otherwise would be discarded. We use scraps cutaway in the construction of another product that, in the past, were too small to use and were sent to the landfill. We rescue those pieces and repurpose them for the exterior, main fabric. The material, Olefin, is lightweight, strong, and highly stain-resistant making it an ideal fabric for our gear.
Pam Longobardi: Coastal Trash Hero
Like Fierce Hazel, Longobardi is a passionate lover of nature and the outdoors and protecting and preserving it. She learned her love of the world’s ocean from her parents—one an ocean lifeguard and the other a state diving champ. From a young age, she became aware of the use and misuse of natural resources. As a girl she watched a neighborhood pond drained to make the high school she would later attend, making a lasting impression. Reducing excessive consumption and waste is a motivating factor in both Fierce Hazel’s sustainable bags and Longobardi’s eco-art. Fierce Hazel rescues material from the factory floor while Longobardi salvages plastic debris from the coastal and marine shores.
Plastics are the problem, the alarm, and the messenger in all of Longobardi’s conceptual art installations, paintings, photography, and sculptures. Plastics pervade our lives. Imagine your daily routine: hair combs, toothbrushes, gym equipment, sports balls, water bottles, satellite dishes, flip flops, Mardi Gras beads, and car parts. They are harmful to humans and animals from toxic pollutants. They destroy natural habitats and are often found in the stomachs of sea birds, turtles, and whales. It’s predicted that plastics are accumulating so fast that they will exceed the mass of all fish in the ocean by 2050. Plastics do not biodegrade, aren’t digestible, and can take hundreds of years to break down. Once found discarded from the ocean, they are evidence of crimes against nature, according to Longobardi. She aims to reduce the use of plastics and increase conservation.