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 If you are fortunate enough to have a pool or have unlimited access to one, you will know that having a summer gathering with your best mates is much more enjoyable in the water. You probably already know that pool parties require the right amount of space, delicious cocktails, trendy swimsuits, and of course, the cutest pool floats. You know exactly what I am talking about. The ones that not only manage to gain a ton of likes on Instagram but also help you relax and have fun in the water.

What if I told you that you can impress your friends (and neighbors!) and support the first black-owned pool inflatable startup at the same time? Keep on reading.

I have lived my whole life close to the sea, cute pool floats were a must amongst us kids. Later on, we kept this tradition going ( yes, we still hunt down the most unique designs every spring and summer). Let's not forget that one time we decided to place an actual floating pool in our living room and almost ruined half of our furniture after a few not-so-careful attempts to have fun in it. The point is I am obsessed with these adorable floats and when it comes to pool parties - not during the pandemic of course- I am more than ready to recreate the best moments of my childhood with some unique inflatable floats.


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Pool floats have been a huge Instagram trend for years, and they aren't going out of style any time soon. But we are not kids anymore. There are many more factors we should consider before making our decision. You all know how huge I am on sustainability, upcycling, and supporting small businesses. I highly encourage you to stock up on the Alma Ocean floats so you can rock this summer and still support the cultural-inspired styles made for you to tap into a new look and mood. I rounded up all the info for you.

Sustainability, Diversity & Creativity

Danielle Hodge, the founder of Alma Ocean, enjoys pool floats so much she decided to create her own. "I searched high and low, extensively, without success and couldn’t find any floats that appealed to my personal taste" she mentioned. "I wanted a product that spoke to my culture. I wanted to see and feel inspired by the inflatable designs, so I created my own!”. So in 2020, during the global pandemic, she decided to create her own line, aiming to inspire women -and men- of color to enjoy their time in the water and celebrate their culture at the same time. Sounds great, right? Well, there is more.

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She offers upcycling services to transform your old products into one-of-a-kind accessories. You are not confident enough in the water? No prob, you can find many resources to help you enjoy your days at the ocean -or pool- in the safest way possible.

How can you support this black-owned business?

Danielle Hodge is crowdfunding with IFUNDWOMEN the entire month of November to raise funds before her launch in summer 2021. Let's all honor creativity and diversity- You can thank me later after you have the most trendy pool party of all times.
In today's day and age, more and more people are becoming aware of the fashion industry's twisted and cruel reality. It's tough to know where fabrics and materials come from, and when you do, it's even harder to determine whether these materials are ethically obtained or not. 

Is there truly a way to shop sustainable, Eco-Friendly luxury wool? And if so, what is the best type of fabric to buy? Is there a yarn that can easily replace the soft and warm feeling cashmere offers? The short answer is yes.
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Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?

Eco-friendly and ethical practices

I spent my last year of college researching the environmental and humanitarian impacts of fast fashion. I became obsessed with the best ways to determine whether a product is eco-friendly, ethically produced, and with the overall idea of living more sustainably. 

It may come as a surprise, but Alpaca wool is one of the most ethical products available on the luxury market. This eco-friendly and cruelty-free yarn, worn by Peruvians for centuries, leads to the rise of the thriving textile industry. It is now known worldwide as a more luxurious, warmer, and lighter alternative to Cashmere.
 
How is Alpaca wool obtained?

Alpacas, South American camellias, can move relatively freely in large enclosures in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. They are not killed so that the farmers receive their wool; they are carefully shorn to be released into the wild a few hours later. 

Alpaca wool does not need strong chemicals to be cleaned, which makes it an environmentally friendly fiber. It is also important to mention that alpacas are naturally available in 24 different colors, from all-black to white and an abundance of gray and brown tones. This variety of colors makes it easier for manufacturers to limit the process of dying.

Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?

CashmereVS Alpaca wool

Cashmere became popular in the 1980s, and for many years it was considered one of the most luxurious wools on the market. Due to its strong but very soft and lightweight consistency, it quickly became popular amongst female and male luxury fashion enthusiasts alike and has been used by designers for decades. 

Its high popularity has led to some animal welfare, and environmental problems as the primary producers in China and Mongolia are forced to overgraze in the face of growing demand. Apart from the threat to the animals, the constant counterfeiting of cashmere products is also a cause for concern. 

Alpaca wool is a fantastic alternative to Cashmere, and some may even think it is the better choice for various reasons. One is that it is shinier than Cashmere, and pilling is not a real issue with Alpaca. 
Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic as it contains no lanolin, the perfect solution for those who are sensitive to wool.

Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?
 
Supporting the indigenous communities 

Alpacas live freely in the Peruvian Andes, peacefully co-existing with thousands of indigenous communities. These families rely on breading as their primary source of income. 

Every year these communities come together to breed, shear and then turn the high-value fiber into luxurious yarn. 

The traditional way of life continues to this day, with many family farms supported by the Fair Trade movement.

By choosing Products from a Peruvian Alpaca Fashion line, you actively contribute to these small communities' prosperity and the continuation of their weaving traditions.

 


 
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