Skip to main content

Undershirts, Bags, and Sheets That’ll Do You (And the World) Good

selective shirts
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Here’s a roundup of our favorite feel-good options for some of life’s necessities. These bags, undershirts, and sheets are ethically-made, sustainable, and, frankly, just cool. Have you ever slept on silver-infused sheets?

Joggo Bags

joggo bags
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Everything you need to know about Joggo Bags is in the name. It stands for Journey to Great Good, and their Fair Trade bags provide women with opportunity, displaced children with education, and you with a stylish, highly functional bag.

Let’s start with the bad news: Over half of the world’s 59 million refugees are children. Education becomes difficult to come by as a displaced child. Only 50 percent have access to a primary education — compared with a global average of 90 percent — and only 22percent of displaced teens receive secondary education. Based on those numbers, it’s unsurprising only about one percent of refugees go to college. That’s bad news for all of us. For healthy economies and peaceful societies, we need an educated population.

Okay, some good news: Organizations like CARE Canada exist, and Joggo partners with them to provide education and training opportunities for refugees. For every bag sold, Joggo donates 10 percent of the proceeds to CARE Canada. In a single year, CARE Canada helped over 161,000 people in 21 countries struggling with armed conflict or natural disasters. You can actually read about some of Joggo’s collaborators and change makers — like Loizza Aquino, who founded Peace of Mind 204 — on their blog.

Joggo’s quest for a greater good doesn’t just start when a bag is purchased. Each bag is exceptionally well crafted by a co-op in Nepal, offering a safe work environment, fair wages, and the opportunity for a better life to women. The messenger bags are thoughtfully designed to carry all our modern gadgets and goods, like a 13-inch laptop sleeve and plenty of pockets. The backpacks offer a 15”-inch laptop sleeve, a padded back to keep you comfortable, a pocket specifically for your wallet, and a reversible front flap. Plus, all their bags come with a money-back guarantee — but with all the good this bag does for you and people around the world, we’re pretty sure you’ll love it.

Selective Shirts

Selective Shirts
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Not much thought is given to your undershirt until you’re soaked in sweat or trying to wrangle its now-stretched and malformed shape into something that won’t ruin your look. Selective has an answer: an ethically made bamboo undershirt.

The San Francisco-based company is offering what will probably be the softest, most comfortable undershirt you’ll ever own — making it perfect for underneath a suit or center stage (perhaps with a distressed leather jacket). It’s 95-percent bamboo and 5-percent Spandex, which ensures the shirt will never stretch out, wrinkle, or lose its shape. Bamboo is an ideal fiber for a number of reasons: it’s way softer than cotton, it’s three times more breathable than cotton, and it wicks away moisture. This translates into less sweat and a three-degree cooler difference in temperature than a traditional cotton tee.

Bamboo is also far more earth-friendly. Cotton is a thirsty plant, requiring massive amounts of water, whereas bamboo grows incredibly fast with little water and no pesticides needed. It naturally regenerates and allows any product it makes to decompose into nutrient-rich soil.

The guys at Selective were also highly selective about the factory they chose for manufacturing. Ultimately, they landed on one in China, a favorite of high-end designers that is Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified. WRAP is an organization that audits companies based on 12 principles, including high standards of employment and living wages. With this accreditation, you can rest assured the garment you’re wearing was made ethically and humanely.

Selective is also completely transparent, offering the breakdown of their costs and an honest look at the mark-up. For example, materials and labor per shirt costs them $6.90. Tack on $4.10 for duties and shipping, and you’ve got an eco-friendly, humanely made, ridiculously comfortable $11 undershirt. Because Selective is selling directly to you, they only charge $15 for this miracle tee. Get Selective, gents.

SilverBorn Bedding

SilverBorn Bedding
SilverBorn/Facebook SilverBorn/Facebook

So, now that we’ve got you into bamboo shirts, we suggest you sleep in corn sheets.

It’s going to get a little upsetting for a moment here, but remember there’s a silver lining. As inviting as your bed might look, it’s actually capable of making you sick and your skin break out. On average, a person sweats out about a liter of fluid each night. Traditional bedding, filled with your dead skin cells, sweat, and oils, is the ideal home for bacteria, yeast and mold, leading to acne, bronchitis, diarrhea, even asthma. If you’d like to pause to go wash your sheets and pillows, we’re happy to wait. I certainly did …

SilverBorn will make you feel safe in your bed again. This company makes sheets and pillows that naturally resist all that gross stuff, allowing them to stay clean for longer. The magic is all in the corn fibers and silver-infusion. They use sustainably-sourced corn fibers, which are hypoallergenic and, according to the Hohenstein Institute, outperform both soy and bamboo in comfort. Corn fiber gets better with washes, resists piling,  wicks away moisture, takes less time to dry, and doesn’t shrink in the wash. The silver is antimicrobial, which helps prevent you spending eight hours nestled among harmful bacteria.

Because these EPA-approved sheets are more durable, clean, and order-resistant than traditional fabrics like cotton, you don’t have to wash them quite as much, cutting down on the water used. Once you’re done with them, after years and years of blissful sleep, the fabric and fillings can be composted. With SilverBorn bedding, you can truly sleep easy.

Topics
Elizabeth Dahl
Elizabeth Dahl is a southern girl in the heart of Los Angeles who lived far too long before learning what an incredible food…
You can now get the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra with a glossy, elegant black dial
Check out this classy Omega Seamaster
black dial Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

 

Although the Seamaster Aqua Terra collection might not be the most flashy statement line under Omega’s belt, it’s surely one of the most elegant and sleek lines available. While this collection already carries various colorways, Omega has recently released a new elegant option for those looking for the perfect dressy timepiece. For Omega’s latest addition, the company has turned to a rich noir hue to further cement the Aqua Terra collection as a must-have for all formal events. While a simpler piece, the newest Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watch doubles down on the quiet luxury style while giving users all of the quality features known to Omega. The perfect formal watch or gift for the person who loves to dress up, the new black glossy dial is an elegant add-on for any collection.  
Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra in Black

Read more
Wearing a piece of history: The Praesidus watches you need to know
Rewind the clock with these vintage recreations
Praesidus Watch

The United States of America has a history stuffed full of heroes. From George Washington to Audie Murphy and General George S. Patton to Pat Tillman, this country wouldn't be what it is today without the sacrifice and service of countless men and women across two and a half centuries. But for every story of bravery and sacrifice, there are a dozen lost tales of true heroism and steadfast determination from veterans seemingly forgotten by the masses. Praesidus Watches endeavors to change that for as many as possible through epic storytelling watches.
Driven by the desire to tell stories of military courage and grit and aided by their superior watchmaking, Praesidus has solidified itself as one of the premier unique "storywatch" producers in the world. Why do we call them storywatches? Because every single one of these timepieces holds a story you won't be able to wait to tell when someone notices it. There are dozens of options and tales of heroic exploits to choose from, but these are our favorites and will serve as a buying guide for you. Choose the story that speaks to you, and wear the watch that represents the tale you can't wait to regale others with.

The Rec Spec

Read more
Everything you need to know about the Rolex Pepsi
The Rolex Pepsi is an iconic watch
Rolex Pepsi Watch

Although everyone knows Pepsi as a refreshing soda drink, Rolex and watch lovers know it as one of the most iconic wristwatches on the market. While Rolex Pepsi might sound like it, this nickname doesn’t indicate a collaboration between the luxury watch brand and the soft soda company. This nickname, given to the Rolex GMT-Master wristwatch, is simply an ode to the iconic colors of the company that highlight one of Rolex’s most identifiable pieces. With a bi-colored bezel, the Rolex Pepsi is a small pop of color for a company otherwise known for its sleek and subtle colorways. When expanding your watch collection or opting for a reliable luxury piece, there’s no doubt that the Rolex Pepsi should rank high on your list. However, before setting off for your piece of luxury, there’s plenty to know about the Rolex Pepsi. 
The history behind the Rolex “Pepsi”

Like most of Rolex’s designs, the Pepsi watch has an interesting history, making this piece an iconic must-have. First launched in 1954, the original Rolex GMT-Master (with the reference number 6542) was marketed towards pilots, as the watch’s ability to track two time zones was a handy resource for those piloting long-haul flights. At the time, the longer flight times meant that pilots could use Pepsi’s dual-time function to track the time at home and destination. Unlike today’s version, the initial version was released with a blue and red Bakelite bezel. The usage of Bakelite wasn’t for long, as this material tended to crack and was proven to be a radiation hazard. Towards the end of the production of the Rolex Pepsi 6542, the Bakelite was replaced with an aluminum bezel insert. 

Read more