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Birth pains and behind the scenes of our Seastainable Grant

When it comes down to our dreams, many of us want the same things – happiness, a sense of fulfilment, financial security, a family. Often, these overarching goals are broken down into specific, measurable goals that we strive towards. This could be landing that high paying job, getting that acceptance letter from your dream university, or even picking up a skill you’ve always wanted to have. For us at Seastainable, we dream of a future where sustainability is the natural state in our society. Our food is sourced sustainably, our trash generation is kept at a minimum, and something closer to our hearts – our oceans are healthy and thriving. We’ve thought long and hard about how we can strive...

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Lessons from Singapore's First Climate Change Strike (was it really a strike though?)

Inspiration & background Sometimes, in this crazy world we live in where chaos and change are our only constants, it takes the most senseless acts to make the most sense. Singapore’s climate action digital demonstration on 15 March was inspired by a Swedish girl who had the courage to make a stand for what she thought was right, in a way that made no sense to the layperson – until it did. This girl is Greta Thunberg. Who is Greta Thunberg? Greta Thunberg is a 15 year old Swedish girl who went on strike every day during school hours for three weeks. She now sits on the steps of the parliament building in Stockholm, every Friday, to demand drastic policy...

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Weaving joyful stories | R2R Artisan Community Visit in Tondo, Philippines

Rags2Riches (R2R) is a fashion house empowering community artisans through the creation of eco-ethical products by using upcycled, overstocked, and indigenous fabrics. The involvement of local artisans in the production process is driven through an inclusive manufacturing and governance process, ensuring local artisans have a say in the company’s decisions. Rags2Riches also provides educational opportunities for their artisans to acquire financial literacy skills, hosts a microinsurance scheme for their artisans to rest easy with safety nets, and creates full-time jobs for communities across the Philippines. Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, who is the co-founder and President of R2R, emphasizes how they formed the enterprise as a way to help communities in places like Tondo and Payatas in the Philippines to lift themselves out...

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