Ways of Change is an ethical accessories line that was born during a family trip to Bali in 2013. With the goal of helping people affected by conflict and migration, cousins Cara Boccieri and Lauren Baird began working with refugees on the Thailand Burma border to create a collection of gorgeous brass jewelry. In addition to supporting the preservation of their traditional skills, Ways of Change offers fair wages to artisan refugees so that they may support and empower themselves through entrepreneurship. A portion of all Ways of Change’s profits are also used to support community projects that focus on empowerment and sustainable living, contributing to the positive change that the communities they work with wish to see.
The Ways of Change Summer 2015 debut collection includes bold rings, cuffs, chokers, belts and bracelets that fuse traditional Kayan craftsman with modern styles. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and made by hand with a hammer and machete. Partnering with Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center, Ways of Change uses recycled student’s notebooks and paper to protect the jewelry during postage, in addition to enclosing them in a 100% recycled and biodegradable mailer. Where possible, Ways of Change utilizes upcycled, organic, natural, cruelty-free, fairly traded and locally sourced materials.
For more info, check out bywaysofchange.com.