"The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means "pure life" in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embodies the Pura Vida Lifestyle. It's about being free and living life to it's fullest with no regrets or taking anything for granted; it's an attitude."
Each hand crafted bracelet helps provide full time jobs for artisans in Costa Rica. Pura Vida also has a Charity Collection line of bracelets, where you can choose a bracelet that donates directly to a charity you're passionate about. You can also submit your own charity! I plan to order the "Not For Sale" bracelet, which donates to the Not For Sale campaign that is dedicated to stop human trafficking. Not For Sale originated in the Bay Area - that's where I live!
A small detail I love about Pura Vida Bracelets is that they're wax coated, making them waterproof! Go swimming, take a shower, do whatever you want, they'll be fine! When I was a teenager my friends and I had this weird thing about never taking our bracelets off, and it reminded me of those years. I'm not really sure why we did that, though? Hahah. Above are the two bracelets I have; I decided not to get any with beads or charms since I do a lot of heavy lifting at work. The purple one is from their regular line, the red and white one is from the Charity Line, and donates to the Japan Tsunami Relief :)
What do you think? I love being able to support a cause, and I think aside from directly donating, one of the best ways is to "buy for good," which is buying products that donate to a cause. When I'm wearing something like Pura Vida bracelets, sometimes people will say something like, "Hey, I love your bracelets!" After thanking them, I use it as an opportunity to tell them (hopefully without talking their ears off) where I got them, and what they mean. Who knows, maybe they'll feel inspired and buy some too?
I hope you enjoyed this post. Buying for good and shopping ethically is something I've always cared about, but recently it's something I've been trying to become a lot more involved in. I even have another post similar to this one, with a different organization, coming up soon! If this is something that interests you guys as well, I'm thinking of starting an ongoing series of posts on the subject, so I'd love your input!
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