The Pinky Promise: Recycled Eco-Hip Jewelry

Tired of dull jewelry from China? I was. Check out my unique, vibrant recycled jewelry produced by wonderful & talented women from Mali.
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Brooke Hauser
Fashion
San Diego
United States
1 Team Member

WE HIT OUR GOAL!!! 

Thank you to EVERYONE for your support. For new purchases, please go to my website: www.ThePinkyPromise.com
THANKS AGAIN!!!!

The Pinky Promise: Eco-Friendly Jewelry with a social cause

Beautiful Jewelry - Good Karma

Thank you for your interest in the start of my new company. To my "new friends," my name is Brooke Hauser. I have always wanted to start a sustainable business that would have a social and environmental impact, while making a fair profit. My inspiration came from my background in art and design and working at a fair-trade wholesale company that worked with at-risk Artisans. My life changed when I went on a four month volunteer trip to Africa where I saw the big impact that a few dollars a day can make to the less fortunate of the world.

But I need your help to make this a reality...

       Please join me and be a part of this exciting venture

3 NEWLY ADDED PERKS!


NEW PERK A: "Twist and Shout (Girls)"

Pledge $20 or more...

...and you will receive 4 braided bracelets. 3 solid colored bracelets with recycled African metal beads and 1 multicolored bracelet decorated with a traditional Ethiopian metal trade bead. Color choices for the small, three bead bracelets are: pink, turquoise, olive green, orange, red, navy and black.

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NEW PERK B: "Twist and Shout (Guys)"

Pledge $25 or more...

...and you will receive 3 braided bracelets. 1 wide, 1 with a metal bar bead and 1 with a recycled African glass bead. 
Color choices:
wide braided bracelet: black/olive, navy/olive or red/olive
braided bracelet with metal bar: black, navy, red, or olive
braided bracelet with recycled glass: black/olive, navy/olive or red/olive

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NEW PERK C: "A Bit Of Everything"

Pledge $95 or more...

...and you will receive a lavish necklace from Mali, decorated with beautiful traditional glass trading beads, cowrie shells and metal African adornments. Braided leather cord with loop closure. Guaranteed to get a second look from the hip, stylish crowd.

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My campaign goal is $8,000. It is expensive to start a new company. The money that I am raising will help cover the set-up costs, both locally and in Mali, promotion, design, product development and the initial inventory. As a huge THANK YOU for your pledges, you will receive my new, stylish, eco-hip jewelry produced by a wonderful at-risk women's group in the African nation of Mali.


Tired of the same old "factory made" jewelry from China?  I am!

So get ready for my initial line of vibrant, eco-hip jewelry made from recycled materials and unique African beads.

After Indiegogo - The good karma and The Pinky Promise continues...

This is the start of something big! After the completion of this campaign, I will have a sustainable company with a distribution network from Mali. I will add local team members and start selling online and wholesale to retail stores. I will continue to add new, exciting product lines. Where do we go next? Stay tuned. I will continue to work with talented, at-risk Artisans and as my business grows, so will social impact. Wow, am I excited!

The design and product evolution- not Made in China

I was tired of the generic designs coming out of factory shops in China. I wanted to provide modern, vibrant jewelry that not only looks great, but also has a positive social impact. GOOD KARMA...Pass it on. While in Africa, I saw firsthand what beautiful creations can come from recycled and other materials.

When USAID introduced me to this women's group that was creating jewelry from colorful recycled flip-flops, recycled plastic bags and African beads, the light bulb switched on. Eureka!!!

My art experience at Arizona State University required me to create jewelry and art from recycled materials. This inspired my first line. The Malian women originally sent me recycled flip-flops that were melted down then molded into vibrant, round strings. I also received samples of recycled plastic bag colors and unique African beads. It was fun designing with different color combinations and accents.

What is The Pinky Promise?

My promise is to offer products that fit within my mission and business model of supplying unique, handmade products produced by at-risk individuals. With every business decision I make, the social and environmental impact will be considered - including a fair and sustainable wage for the producers.   

Perks:

Perk #1: "Early Funder Special #1"

Limited to 50 - Pledge $18 or more...

...and you will receive 10 beautiful Recycled Rubber Bracelets. In addition to the discounted price, you will also receive a FREE Recycled Rubber Ring.

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Perk #2: "Early Funder Special #2"

Limited to 50 - Pledge $18 or more...

...and you will receive 2 Wide and 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets. In addition to the discounted price, you will also receive a FREE Recycled Rubber Ring.

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Perk #3: "I'm All Yours"

Pledge $20 or more...

  ...and you will receive 10 beautiful Recycled Rubber Bracelets!

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Perk #4: "Me Too"

Pledge $20 or more...

...and you will receive 2 Wide and 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets.

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Perk #5: "I Feel Pretty"

Pledge $20 or more...

...and you will receive 3 Recycled Rubber Bracelets and a pair of Recycled Rubber Dangle Earrings.

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Perk #6: "The Man Package"

Pledge $20 or more...

...due to popular demand from my Y-chromosome friends, I have developed a package with men in mind. You will receive 2 sets for a total of 2 Thick and 4 Thin Recycled Rubber Bracelets (one set includes 1 thick and 2 thin bracelets of the same color, except for Rainbow). Choose between Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Black, Coffee or Rainbow (which includes Purple, Sea and Coral).

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Perk #7: "His and Hers"

Pledge $40 or more...

...and you will receive perk #3 and #6. 10 beautiful Recycled Rubber Bracelets and 2 Thick and 4 Thin Recycled Rubber Bracelets.

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Perk #8: "Some for me, some for you"

Pledge $40 or more...

...and you will receive 20 Recycled Rubber Bracelets. Share some with a friend, or make a bold statement and wear them all yourself.

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Perk #9: "Combo Package"

Pledge $40 or more...

...and you will receive 10 Recycled Rubber Bracelets as well as 2 Wide and 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets.

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Perk #10: "It's Recycled, & Spectacular"

Pledge $45 or more...

...and you will receive a spectacular Recycled Rubber Multi-Strand Statement Necklace to spice up any outfit.

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Perk #11: "Ensemble Please"

Pledge $65 or more...

...and you will receive perk #3 and #10. 10 Recycled Rubber Bracelets and a Recycled Rubber Multi-Strand Statement Necklace.

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Perk #12: "Mali Wedding"

Pledge $65 or more...


...and you will receive a traditional Mali Wedding Glass Bead Necklace and a pair of matching Glass Earrings. The African tribal mothers present this necklace to their daughters on their wedding day.

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Perk #13: "Party Time"

Pledge $85 or more...

...and you will receive 50 Recycled Rubber Bracelets. Perfect for wedding party gifts, sharing with your friends and co-workers.

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Perk #14: "THE MOTHERLOAD"

Pledge $100 or more...

...and you will receive 10 Recycled Rubber Bracelets, 2 Wide Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets, 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets, 1 Recycled Rubber Multi-Strand Statement Necklace, 1 pair of Recycled Rubber Dangle Earrings AND a Recycled Rubber Ring.

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Perk #15: VIP "Lunch Break"

Limited to 3 - Pledge $250 or more...

...it's a bargain, at twice the price - Brooke will treat you to a lunch, chat about business, design, music, movies or even the weather! (Wait, not the weather, that would be boring.) In addition, you will receive any reward  #1 through #14. (Transportation to San Diego not included.)

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Perk #16: VIP "Put Your Name On It"

Limited to 2 - Pledge $500 or more...

...make your friends jealous, or as a special gift for someone - we will name a future jewelry line after you. Imagine people roaming around the planet in the hip “Venea” line, or possibly, the very cool men’s line named “Collin”. It will be named in perpetuity for you or a special person in your life. In addition, you will receive any reward  #1 through #14. (If you want to use a special nickname, please submit it for prior approval.)

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Social and Environmental Impact:

Social Impact:
An alarming percentage of the world goes to bed hungry and are forced to live on only a few dollars a day. With your support, we can provide economic support to the less fortunate by supplying them with work and improving their quality of life. Since most of the women Artisans work from their homes, they can care for their children while financially supporting their families.

Environmental Impact:
Recycling is cool; it's the new black. The majority of my jewelry is from recycled or upcycled materials, such as plastic bags and rubber flip-flop sandals. Every product has a carbon footprint and other environmental impacts. I will strive to minimize this impact in all aspects of my business. This includes packaging, shipping and the materials I use.

The Indiegogo campaign money will be used for:

It takes many resources and a lot of effort to launch an Indiegogo campaign and start a new business. I am also fortunate to have a close network of businesses and design mentors that assist me at a reasonable fee, or even free (thanks Mom and Dad!). If I do not reach the $8,000+ goal, you will still get 100% of your perks and I will reevaluate my growth plan.

You can make The Pinky Promise a reality!

Please consider making a pledge and spread the word to your friends and family by email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

Statistically, the first three days of the campaign are crucial to gain momentum and to have a successful project. THEREFORE, PLEASE PLEDGE EARLY.

To quote Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story:
         Together let’s take The Pinky Promiseto infinity and beyond!”

FREE ADDITIONAL GIFTS FOR MY FUNDERS

If you post my project on your Facebook or Twitter, etc. and send 10 personal referral emails - to thank you, I will send you a FREE Recycled Rubber Ring and Recycled Rubber Bracelet with your order. To receive the free gifts, just write, I gave The Pinky Promise a Shout Out on the email that will be sent to you at the end of the project and I will add the extra free gifts to your order.

My Heartfelt Thanks - I couldn’t have done it without you!

  • To all my great funders- Thank you for believing
  • To Indiegogo for offering this awesome platform – Keep it up
  • To all my great friends who gave me advice and encouragement - you rock!
  • To Bob and Julie for your insightful business and design advice

Finally, a gigantic Thank You and shout out to my awesome photographer Jessica, my Papa, my gorgeous models and friends Dana, Missy, Laura, Julie, Ali, Erik, Ben, Evangely, Kareen, Irit and their adorable children. Finally, to Mom and Dad who have helped me every step of the way (your check is in the mail).

YOU ALL HELPED MAKE THIS A REALITY!

Pick Your Colors

You will choose your colors once the campaign is over. I will send you an email at the end of the campaign, where you will verify your shipping address and choose your colors. The recycled rubber bracelets are packaged in groups of five. For example, if you purchase 20 bracelets, then you can choose up to four different color groups. For the recycled plastic bag bracelets, please choose one of the color groups below.

*Please Note: Recycled Rubber Multi-Strand Statement Necklace, Recycled Rubber Dangle Earrings and Mali Wedding Glass Bead Necklace and Earrings are multi-colored, similar to the photos. The free Recycled Rubber Rings are also multi-colored, and sizes will vary. Since these products are all handmade with recycled materials, the color and sizes may vary slightly.


FAQ's

When do I choose my colors?
I will send you an email at the end of the project time period requesting your color choice(s).

Will the colors and designs exactly match the pictures?
Since these are all hand-made from recycled materials and by different Artisans, the color and design of the individual bracelets will vary. I will do my best to send you the closest match possible.

Is it possible to order different sized bracelets?
The bracelet sizes will vary slightly and are designed to "float" on you wrist for a comfortable fit and fashionable look. Because they are flexible, they will fit most wrists.  I will send you an email at the end of the project time period where you can indicate your preferred size range of S/M or M/L.  The men's bracelets will only come in one size.

Are your earring hooks hypoallergenic?
Yes. I personally attached the hooks in San Diego, CA with sensitive ears in mind. I want everyone to be able to enjoy my products!

What is the quality control of the products?
When we receive the products, we wash them and check the size and workmanship.

Can you pledge more than one perk?
Yes, you can...more good karma! However, you can only pledge one perk per transaction.


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$8,003USD
raised by 204 people in 1 month
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This campaign ended on October 21, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Thank you!

    Receive a big THANK YOU! Every single dollar counts. We truly appreciate your support.

    13 claimed

  • $18USD
    "Early Funder Special #1"

    Perk #1: 10 beautiful Recycled Rubber Bracelets. In addition to the discounted price, you will also receive a FREE Rubber Ring. Free shipping within the U.S.

    15 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $18USD
    "Early Funder Special #2"

    Perk #2: 2 Wide and 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets. In addition to the discounted price, you will also receive a FREE Rubber Ring. Free shipping within the U.S.

    33 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $20USD
    "I'm All Yours"

    Perk #3: 10 beautiful Recycled Rubber Bracelets. Free shipping within the U.S.

    10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $20USD
    "Me Too"

    Perk #4: 2 Wide and 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets. Free shipping within the U.S.

    13 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $20USD
    "I Feel Pretty"

    Perk #5: 3 Recycled Rubber Bracelets and a pair of Recycled Rubber Dangle Earrings. Free shipping within the U.S.

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $20USD
    "The Man Package"

    Perk #6: 2 sets for a total of 2 Thick and 4 Thin Recycled Rubber Bracelets (one set includes 1 thick and 2 thin bracelets of the same color, except for Rainbow). Choose between Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Black, Coffee or Rainbow (which includes Purple, Sea and Coral). Free shipping within the U.S.

    19 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $20USD
    "Twist and Shout (Girls)"

    NEW PERK A: 4 braided bracelets. 3 solid colored bracelets with recycled African metal beads and 1 multicolored bracelet decorated with a traditional Ethiopian metal trade bead. Color choices for the small, three bead bracelets are: pink, turquoise, olive green, orange, red, navy and black. Free shipping within the U.S.

    17 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    "Twist and Shout (Guys)"

    NEW PERK B: 3 braided bracelets. 1 wide, 1 with a metal bar bead and 1 with a recycled African glass bead. Free shipping within the U.S.

    12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $40USD
    "His and Hers"

    Perk #7: Reward #3 and #6. 10 beautiful Recycled Rubber Bracelets and 2 Thick and 4 Thin Recycled Rubber Bracelets. Free shipping within the U.S.

    8 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $40USD
    "Some for me, some for you"

    Perk #8: 20 Recycled Rubber Bracelets. Share some with a friend, or make a bold statement and wear them all yourself. Free shipping within the U.S.

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $40USD
    "Combo Package"

    Reward #9: 10 Recycled Rubber Bracelets, as well as 2 Wide and 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets. Free shipping within the U.S.

    9 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $45USD
    "It's Recycled, & Spectacular"

    Perk #10: A spectacular Recycled Rubber Multi-Strand Statement Necklace to spice up any outfit. Free shipping within the U.S.

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $65USD
    "Ensemble Please"

    Perk #11: Perk #3 and #10. 10 Recycled Rubber Bracelets and a Recycled Rubber Multi-Strand Statement Necklace. Free shipping within the U.S.

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $65USD
    "Mali Wedding"

    Perk #12: A traditional Mali Wedding Glass Bead Necklace and a pair of matching Glass Earrings. Free shipping within the U.S.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $85USD
    "Party Time"

    Reward #13: 50 Recycled Rubber Bracelets. Perfect for wedding party gifts, sharing with your friends and co-workers. Free shipping within the U.S.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $95USD
    "A Bit Of Everything"

    NEW PERK C: A lavish necklace from Mali, decorated with beautiful traditional glass trading beads, cowrie shells and metal African adornments. Braided leather cord with loop closure. Guaranteed to get a second look from the hip, stylish crowd.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    "The MOTHERLOAD"

    Reward #14: 10 Recycled Rubber Bracelets, 2 Wide Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets, 5 Thin Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelets, 1 Recycled Rubber Multi-Strand Statement Necklace, 1 pair of Recycled Rubber Dangle Earrings AND a Recycled Rubber Ring. Free shipping within the U.S.

    7 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    VIP "Lunch Break"

    Perk #15: It's a bargain, at twice the price…Brooke will treat you to a lunch, chat about business, design, music, movies or even the weather! (Wait, not the weather, that would be boring.) In addition, you will receive any perk #1 through #14. (Transportation to San Diego not included.) Free shipping within the U.S.

    2 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $500USD
    VIP "Put Your Name On It"

    Perk #16: Make your friends jealous...or as a special gift for someone - we will name a future jewelry line after you. Imagine people roaming around the planet in the hip “Venea” line, or possibly, the very cool men's line named “Collin”. It will be named in perpetuity for you or a special person in your life. In addition, you will receive any perk #1 through #14. (If you want to use a special nickname, please submit it for prior approval.) Free shipping within the U.S.

    1 out of 2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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