In 2018, just days after Hurricane Florence, Adrian and his wife Katie left for a planned trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As they walked along the beach, they found a row of plastic bottle caps and small plastic bits as far as they could see. This was the moment that raised the question, how can we use our skills to do something about polluted waters? Not just for us, but for our children’s sake. And their passion grew into a goal, to clean our waterways.
Today Amabile Designs provides beautiful sustainable bracelets that create awareness, funds, and connections for local people and the organizations focused on cleaning waters.The purchase of each bracelet , in fact, provides support to local water cleaning efforts.
The nylon thread used in the bracelets is ECONYL® regenerated nylon, made by recovering nylon waste – such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfill – and turning it into virgin quality nylon yarn.
The beads come from the unique technique of “African Recycled Glass Beads”. The Krobo Tribe in Ghana, Africa has perfected the glass bead making process over the centuries. Their technique is unique to their area and has become a worldwide fashion trend known as “African Recycled Glass Beads”. Glass waste is collected that would have otherwise been bound for the landfill.
The Krobo people then use this collected glass and press it into a powder. The powder is then melted and placed in bead molds. Once the beads have been formed, the stem of a cassava leaf is placed in the the bead to form the hole. The heat from the furnace consumes the leaf.
The handmade nature of the beads contributes to the uniqueness of each individual bead. Giving you a truly one of a kind bracelet. Upon close examination of your bead, you may be lucky enough to find the black flakes left by the leaf!
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”