The Leakey Collection Zulugrass Jewelry Review

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I am a big supporter of businesses that give back to others; I believe this day and age we all need to help each other out. I came across The Leaky Collection and was impressed with the product and the efforts to help the people of Kenya. Here is some important information you should know about The Leakey Collection:
The Leakey Collection was founded in 2002 by husband and wife team Philip and Katy Leakey. Their work includes the design and manufacture of contemporary jewelry that is hand made by the Maasai women and men of Kenya from environmentally sustainable materials. Zulugrass concept was born out of need. A devastating drought in Kenya in 2001 forced the men to leave behind the women and children, so they could take the surviving cattle far up country in search of grazing land. As a result, the Leakey’s found themselves supporting as many as 100 Maasai families by giving them money for food, school fees, medical expenses and housing. This was not sustainable for either party and the Leakeys knew they had to find another way.

What transpired has become a successful business and philanthropic endeavor for the Leakeys and the Massai people. Distributed to over 1200 retail outlets and available for purchase online, the Leakey Collection’s Zulugrass jewelry provides beautiful, handmade accessories to brighten a woman’s look and offers a sustainable way of life for the nomadic people of Kenya. Not only are the Massai women paid for their work and given the flexibility they need to maintain their jobs, 5% of profits go back to supporting infrastructure in the Rift Valley of Kenya.

For review purposes I received 3 strands of Zulugrass seen here: 
 At first glance I couldn’t tell the beads were made from grass. I just thought the jewelry was beautiful. I love the versatility of the jewelry it can be worn several different ways. It is strung on durable elastic so you can even wrap it up as a hair tie. The grass is dyed with low-impact dye and is waterproof and color fast. It is true I wore them as a bracelet on a hot day and the color didn’t bled or come off even on my sweaty arm. I also want to mention because the beads are grass they are extremely light weight and comfortable. The Leaky Collection offers a wide variety of items including items for your home. They are also a proud member of Green America and the Fair Trade Federation.
Finally, I want to mention The Leaky Collection has joined forces with Freedom Is Not Free which is very dear to my heart. Freedom Is Not Free, is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting wounded service members and their families, and the families of the fallen. From now until Labor Day, when you purchase their special I AM Veterans Support Yellow Ribbon Bracelet, The Leakey Collection will donate 5% to Freedom Is Not Free. Buy two bracelets and get the third one free. A full circle of love that supports the women in Kenya and our wonderful men and women who serve in the armed forces. Please go here to view the bracelet information. You can also view their products on their website, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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