This collaboration between Ugmonk and Verde Styles makes me quiver. I love it. I’ve always been a fan of wayfarer style sunglasses and so these bamboo frames will fit right in with my collection of multi-colored Ray Ban Wayfarers.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and is eco-friendly, durable and lightweight. We’ve teamed up with Verde Styles for a special collaboration on our latest product: handcrafted bamboo sunglasses.
A small Ugmonk ampersand has been engraved on each side and the distinct bamboo texture makes each pair truly unique. 1.1 polarized lenses make these glasses not only stylish but a solid pair of shades. Also, each pair comes in a custom bamboo case and a microfiber pouch to keep the shades safe when they’re not on your head.
The sunglasses are available in two color options: natural and brown.
What would you do if you won $25,000 to to help fun your great idea? Well, luckily Verde Styles doesn’t have to worry about what they’ll do with $25,000 because they came up with a succinct plan that actually won them that exact amount from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Yes, that huge corporation that makes that very popular soft drink that you love to drink gave an independent T-Shirt company $25,000.
So what did CEO and Founder of Verde Styles, Nish Patel, and the rest of the Verde Styles team plan to do with the money? Read on and find out!
Coty: Tell us a little about the Pepsi Refresh Project and how you found out about it.
Nish: I found out about the Pepsi Refresh Project luckily through MTV considering I hardly every watch it. The Pepsi Refresh Project provides grants to individuals, organizations, and businesses to make the world a better place by giving back. The categories of ideas range include health, culture, education, neighborhoods, and the planet. Thanks to our friends and family religiously voting every day, Verde Styles to 8th for The Planet and won a $25,000 grant.
Coty: Why did you think Verde Style was a perfect fit for the Pepsi Refresh Project?
Nish: Verde Styles was founded on the basis of becoming a business with a major social impact. By not only being profitable, but also helping the community at the same time. We make sure all of our products are made ethically and within the United States. Refreshing is a word which I think describes Verde Styles. Our hip and artistic approach to environmental problems is a refreshing outlook in our world today.
Coty: What were some of the ideas/goals that Verde Styles put forth for the Pepsi Refresh Project?
Nish: Verde Styles main goal is to spread awareness about the environment through our tees. With the grant money, we can now travel to other locations around the country to make our nation a “Verde Nation.” Another idea that we can now fund is a “Zero Carbon Footprint” event planned for Earth Day 2011. The event will be powered by energy generated from people pedaling bicycles.
Coty: Some of your ideas are pretty ambitious, like “Host 20 recycling drives around the nation.” Has it been tough trying to accomplish everything you said that you would do?
Nish: As a small company, it is always tough to organize and plan events while taking care of other things. Luckily, we have many of our friends helping us get the job done, from helping us organize recycling drives at college campuses to thinking of new designs for tees and products. We continue to stay ambitious by keeping our website fresh with a new tee every Wednesday along with a fun interactive Blog.
Coty: Verde Styles was awarded a $25,000 grant last August, what’s your progress been like so far?
Nish: We have been working hard to keep the ball rolling. Just this past October, we traveled to West Chester University and University of Pittsburg for two amazing events. Also, we participated in Sustainability Day on Temple University’s campus. For the future, we have started to plan events at music festivals around the country.
Coty: You guys set out to plant 3,000 brand new trees. How close are you to that number?
Nish: After our successful events this past October, we have reached 2000 trees planted. After we have reached our goal, we will continue to plant trees as well as help other causes that Verde Styles believes in.
Thanks again to Nish Patel for stopping by and sharing his story of how Verde Styles was able to accomplish something pretty amazing. For more information on Verde Styles, please visit their website, you can also purchase their T-Shirts there as well!
Verde Styles is also in the running for a huge $25,000 prize in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Good Idea campaign. You can help out Verde Styles by Liking their idea here. They are currently ranked #11 Their goals are:
Have an apparel line of over 25 environmentally friendly products
Plant 3,000 more trees through our current partner – American Forests
Host 20 recycling drives around the nation
Initiate 5 park and beach clean-ups
Partner with multiple charities that represent various causes
Fur Face Boy sent me an insane amount of T-Shirts from their Series 3 Line. I will be featuring the shirts throughout Co-Tee TV Episodes 70-79 so definitely keep an eye out for even more Fur Face Boy in the coming weeks! See Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV for the Fur Face Boy full review.
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The Last Flight by Verde Styles.Pros: Each T-Shirt from Verde Style is environmentally conscious and tells the story of a specific environmental cause. This tee specifically brings to light the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on ocean animals. The design is printed on an American Apparel tee, mainly because Verde Styles appreciates that it is made sweat shop free. T-Shirt is available in both mens and womens fitted styles so that means girls aren’t left with a unisex tee intended for guys. The best part about Verde Styles is that for each T-Shirt sold, a tree is planted via American Forests. Great T-Shirt for anyone that is concerned about the environment and would like to help out while receiving an awesome shirt at the same time.Cons: I think that Verde Styles could do a little more to make the packaging a little more presentable. Maybe get a little creative with the packaging and run with the recycling theme somehow. Price: $15.99.
“Verde Styles is a clothing line centered on the idea of improving our living environment. The approach that we take as a clothing line is to produce visually appealing apparel by way of artistic design. All of our designs are meant to inspire growth as a society. The designs all stand for growing issues in the world today, whether it is global warming or deforestation. All of the global issues rest in the back of our mind when making a decision that will affect Verde Styles.”
FFBÂ Play Ball by Fur Face Boy. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, so this Fur Face Boy tee doesn’t scream to me like the previous FFB tees reviewed here. However, it does come with all of the bells and whistles as the other tees in the Fur Face Boy Series III line – custom hang tags, custom neck and lower seam labels, printed on a comfy American Apparel tee, individually packaged with sexy FFB stickers. For more Fur Face Boy goodness, check out Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV. Price: $32.
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