emPower People Bandanas | Hand Dyed Yarn & Fiber

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emPower People Bandanas | Hand Dyed Yarn & Fiber

Coupeville, Washington | 932 Sales

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Last updated on Jul 4, 2020

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About WillowontheWater

Sales 932
On Etsy since 2010

Mottainai (waste not - want not)

One can't help but be changed by travel. And living abroad allows one the opportunity to absorb even more of the culture in which they are living.

Our family was fortunate to live in Japan for two years. And one of the first skills we had to learn was how to take out our rubbish and recycling. No exaggeration - in our town - the pickup directions were printed on a two sided 11x17 sheet of paper. Each and every type of item needed to be separated and bagged in clear plastic bags, to be placed in the appropriate pick up spot on very specific days of the week/month. A far cry from the massive rubbish bins the average American home brings to the curb once a week! It made us think about what we were consuming, and where the waste goes. On an island nation, one simply cannot utilize massive amounts of land simply to store waste.

As a child, waste not - want not, was a concept that was widely implemented in our family. With limited financial resources, it was necessary. But as an adult, and with greater resources, I found myself purchasing disposable items with greater frequency. I never completely lost my reduce/reuse/recycle ways, but living in Japan showed me very clearly how much more I could be doing.

I've always been drawn to "old" items - items with a history, a story to tell. So it surprises no one that I spent a great deal of time finding and exploring flea markets and thrift stores (recycle shops) in Japan. But I may have found too many treasures.

So now I'm reusing objects in new ways to breathe new life into old. Kimono that were too badly damaged to be worn, have been recycled into lengths of fabric or used to create pincushions. The bases of the pincushions are tea or sake tumblers. The filling of the pincushions is 100% wool yarn that had been dyed an unfortunate colour and probably would never be used for a project.

The aprons are made from all new materials, but they are definitely earth friendly. Made from 100% natural linen (flax), which requires virtually no pesticides or herbicides to grow. The company from which I source the linen is committed to protecting the environment (air, noise or water) in every step of the production. Wearing an apron will protect your other garments - helping them to last longer! And linen just gets better with age. Softer and more luxurious with every use.

I ship using biodegradable mailers made from recycled content. And they are reusable at least once (pull the tabs carefully, you'll find a second one inside for resealing and reusing!)

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Shop policies

Last updated on June 25, 2017
I'm so glad you found my little corner of the Etsy Universe. I enjoy creating both useful items as well as decorative objects. Whenever possible, I source local supplies as I believe that supporting our local businesses is paramount to sustaining our communities. But living in a tiny town - on a small island - requires me to shop online at times. I am always looking for "green" or environmentally friendly supplies. Whether recycled, organic or fair trade. I want to create a better life, not only for my own family but for all those whom I engage with.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be THRILLED with your purchase. If you should ever be less than thrilled, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can determine the best coarse of action, whether it be a return or exchange. Items must be in the condition that they were received for refund or exchange. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer unless I've made a grave error (heaven forbid - send the wrong item for example... hasn't happened yet, knock on wood!).
Payment through PayPal, personal check, or credit cards are all welcome. Personal checks will need to clear before items ship.
All items will ship via the USPS and most are shipped same or next business day. International orders are welcome, but the buyer is responsible for all duties and customs fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
I use recycled shipping materials when appropriate and when available.

All poly bags, both packaging and shipping - are BIODEGRADABLE in normal landfill operations! So, you may notice that they make some strange and rather loud crinkling noises. My best guess it's unavoidable when making the plant matter strong enough. But it's worth it to me, knowing we are not adding more plastic to the planet.