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We cannot let the beautiful traditions of the world pass on without acknowledging them and lifting them into view.
We’ve dedicated the holidays at Eighteen B to gratitude and the joy of paying it forward. In that spirit, we’ve teamed up with The House That Lars Built, the design team behind our beautiful holiday sets, to support Nest, a nonprofit that supports the handworker economy. Here’s why.
Founded in 2006, Nest is a nonprofit dedicated to building a new handworker economy to generate global workforce inclusivity, improve women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and preserve cultural traditions.
Nest works closely with brands, philanthropists, and artisan businesses to promote handworkers. With radical transparency, data-driven development, and fair market access, they connect craftspeople, brands, and consumers in a value chain that creates beautiful things and improves workers’ lives.
We at Eighteen B, a woman-founded business, believe in building up women in business. But it’s more than that: as scientists, we care deeply about taking the time to create a product with care. As a sustainable business, we care about keeping responsibility and ethics at the forefront.
The Nest cause is close Brittany Jepsen’s heart – our newest Eighteen B Woman – for these reasons and more. As the creative director of an award-winning DIY blog, Brittany Jepsen is a major proponent of the handmade. When she came across Nest, she knew is was the right fit.
As Brittany told us, “The moment I first heard about Nest, I knew it was an organization that I wanted to be affiliated with. My mission at The House That Lars Built is to provide tools to people to create a beautiful life. Nest aligns perfectly with that mission.”
She also believes in preserving crafts throughout the world. “I’ve had the chance myself to visit some beautiful places to help preserve such cherished identities. We cannot let the beautiful traditions of the world pass on without acknowledging them and lifting them into view,” she told us.
“I’m also a big supporter of highlighting working women and the improvement of their conditions and elevation of their status. Craft-based work is the second largest employer of women throughout the world, so it’s only right to highlight their great work. If I can be even a small voice in bringing awareness to this mission, then I will consider my work a success.”
Mark your calendars: on Giving Tuesday (December 3) we’re donating $5 from each order to the hardworking women of Nest. We’re grateful to Brittany for introducing us to the team at Nest and, above all, we’re grateful to you for paying it forward.
P.S. Do you have an incredible, inspiring friend in your life? We want to meet her. We’re taking nominations for our next Eighteen B Woman. Send us your nominations at this link through Friday, November 15.
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