New CatCoq Collection with Ivory Ella – Good Clothes for a Good Cause
New CatCoq Collection with Ivory Ella: Good Clothes for a Good Cause
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my new clothing line with Ivory Ella! I’m proud to partner with an organization that strives to create meaningful impact in the world. Ivory Ella is a mission-driven apparel and lifestyle brand that supports elephant conservation.
This is yet another collaboration fueled by my team at Jewel Branding and Licensing. Since I signed on with JBL late last year, they’ve connected me with a multitude of strong brands that share my artwork with the world. Thanks to their facilitation, I’m able to not only share my nautical-inspired designs through Ivory Ella’s base, but to also take part in their mission to save elephants and create a meaningful impact in the world.
Ivory Ella is Saving Elephants with Every Sale
Ivory Ella has committed to donating a minimum of 10% of their profits to Save the Elephants, a foundation that seeks to secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live.
Over the past four years, Ivory Ella has been able to donate over $1.7 million towards this mission.
Ivory Ella was born from a passionate desire to make a difference in the world. The company was founded out of a collective mission to create a brand that could ha meaningful impact.
They listened to the collective voices of their massive social media community – a vibrant network of fun-loving global travelers, animal lovers and eco-conscious consumers – to build Ivory Ella, a mission-driven apparel and lifestyle brand that supports elephant conservation.
Ivory Ella recognizes that elephants are one of the most relatable creatures in the world. They are among the most intelligent of the many species with whom we share the planet, with complex consciousnesses that are capable of strong emotions. As a keystone species, they play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.
My Personal Experience with Elephant Conservation Programs
Although I live my life on the road as a "digital nomad”, I consider one of my bases to be Chiang Mai, Thailand. I spend about six months of the year in this city up north, wedged between jungle and mountains.
Chiang Mai is known for having some of the most ethical and sustainable eco-tourism elephant camps in Southeast Asia. I’ve had the opportunity to visit two of them: Elephant Nature Park and the Elephant Poo Poo Paper center.
Elephant Nature Park
Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. They’ve been involved in dozens of rescues which has created their thriving elephant herd.
The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under their care. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present.
Elephant PooPooPaper creates paper products out of (you guessed it) elephant poo! When I visited Elephant Poopoopaper Park, I got to get down and dirty with the whole process, starting with picking up a mound of dried elephant poop.
Because it was completely dehydrated, it didn’t smell like much of anything except grass. These dried dung balls are then mixed with natural dyes and lots of clean water. Then, the mixture is spread over a screen and left to dry in the sun.
The result? All-natural and 100% sustainable paper, baby! This is honestly the coolest part of this entire venture– the founders of Poo Poo Paper saw an opportunity to turn a waste product into a commodity. In doing so, they’re supporting a local economy, leveraging natural and sustainable resources, and showing the world how creative problem solving + ingenuity can lead us to some truly unique eco-friendly alternatives to something as utilitarian as paper.