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Nov 25 Posted by | No comments

STAY VOCAL All Star: Monica Rosquillas, Girl For A Clean World

STAY VOCAL is not just a brand selling T-Shirts to customers. Together, we are a community. And collectively, we ARE the voice of a progressive, positive world. This interview series features members of our community who are passionately staying vocal about a social issue important to them.

1. How did you first hear about STAY VOCAL?STAY VOCAL All Star Monica Rosquillas
I think I first heard about Stay Vocal after meeting Alex through social media. After clicking on a few links, I found the Stay Vocal website.

2. What's the main social issue that you stay vocal about and how do you do it?
I'm very interested in all things relating to environmental conservation. The issue I'm probably most passionate about is litter and waste reduction; particularly plastic waste. I work as an environmental educator for I Love A Clean San Diego, a non profit organization, and for my job I travel to different schools almost every day hoping to inspire students to become environmental stewards and protect their local watersheds. After doing this for about 2 years, I started thinking about how I wanted to spread the message to more people, not just students but to my friends, strangers, everybody! I figured an easy and fun way to reach a large audience would be through social media, so I started an instagram account, @girlforacleanworld. The goal of my account is to hopefully inspire my friends and others to live a more sustainable lifestyle. On it, I share information on environmental issues and I also share environmentally friendly ways in which I live my life.

3. Why is that issue passionate to you? I've always cared a lot about our environment but in the last few years I've become more aware of trash, where it goes, the recycling process, plastic pollution, consumerism, etc. I think it's very easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless when you hear about all the terrible things that are happening to our environment, but this is something that I have control over and I can choose to do. Reducing by reusing, avoiding single use plastics and collecting litter every now is then is very easy and makes an impact. I like sharing my lifestyle with others and it feels great when others share with me how they've made environmentally friendly choices.

4. Do you have something specific that you'd like to share with the SV community: art, song, video, etc?

Monica Rosquillas - I Feel So Trashy

Read The Story Here


5. So, as you may know, it takes 400 gallons of water just to grow the cotton for 1 new T-Shirt. If you had that much water to use, what would you do with it instead?
Good question! I live in San Diego, California, where we import about 90% of our water. The water we use travels all the way from Northern California and the Colorado River. Since I don't have a garden, I guess I'd ration it and use for every day things like showers, toilet, drinking, and cleaning. Not very exciting, but I think it's practical.

6. Besides wearing our shirts, how do you reuse in your daily life?
I reuse all the time. I bring reusable bags to the store, I reuse tomato sauce jars for things like bulk beans and rice, I reuse shampoo and lotion bottles, and I reuse glass bottles.

REUSE! Documentary Helping Hands T-Shirt7. What's your favorite SV design of all time?
The one I'm wearing in the picture! (REUSE! Helping Hands)

8. If you could design a T-Shirt for STAY VOCAL, what would it have on it?
I had to think about this for a while. It's hard to choose. I'd probably design one with an ocean theme and animals; a fish or a whale. There's a lot of plastic in the ocean, jeopardizing the health of our whole planet. The solution to most of the single use plastics that end up in the ocean is simple: Reusables!

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Nov 06 Posted by | No comments

STAY VOCAL All Star: Josh Nelson

STAY VOCAL is not just a brand selling T-Shirts to customers. Together, we are a community. And collectively, we ARE the voice of a progressive, positive world. This interview series features members of our community who are passionately staying vocal about a social issue important to them.

1. How did you first hear about STAY VOCAL?Josh Nelson - STAY VOCAL All Star
I was a freshman in college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and I heard that The Code, None More Black, Rise Against, Against Me! and Anti-Flag were playing a show together in St. Louis. So, I called the rest of the Bent Left dudes who were still going to high school in Rolla at the time, and we each drove the 2 hours from our respective homesteads to Mississippi Nights (formerly one of St Louis' better venues to see bigger punk shows). Alex was there with a booth set up in the bands' merch area; peddling his original line of "Vocal" brand reuse shirts. I loved the message and I needed a new shirt to replace the sweat-soaked one I was wearing, so I bought one and told Alex I would send him some of my band's music. A few months later, we recorded our first real full-length, and I sent a copy to Alex hoping he might like what we were doing enough to add us to his roster of musical co-promoters (which included Strike Anywhere - one of my favorite bands ever). He dug it enough to put us up on his website and send us some schwag to sell and pass out at shows, and we've continued collaborating ever since.

2. What's the main social issue that you stay vocal about and how do you do it?
The other Bent Left guys and I have put a lot of social and political opinions out into the world through our music and community efforts, but the issue that I'm most personally passionate about is equality. Social stratification is the cause and effect of some really evil shit in this world, and it leaves hard working people like you and me sandwiched between two very powerful masses - megalomaniacal sociopaths and lazy assholes. I'm not a fan of either, so I try to level the playing field by encouraging people to cooperate more, compete less, take responsibility for themselves and get something worthwhile out of the human experience - primarily through leading by example and conversation, but also through music, art and even business.

3. Why is that issue passionate to you? I've had a lot of really great influencers over the course of my life, including my family, friends and educators, and the need for human equality has always been a common thread in their teachings.

4. Do you have something specific that you'd like to share with the SV community: art, song, video, etc?
Here's a video for a song that's mostly about the need to find positivity in really fucked up situations, like being hopelessly caught in a conflict perpetuated by witches and war mongers.



5. So, as you may know, it takes 400 gallons of water just to grow the cotton for 1 new T-Shirt. If you had that much water to use, what would you do with it instead?
Fuck, man. I live in Carmel Valley, CA where it hasn't rained like it's supposed to in 5+ years, so 400 gallons sounds like a ton. I'd keep that shit in my own personal reservoir to use for drinking, cooking and brushing my teeth so that they don't rot out from the ridiculous amounts of fluoride in our system. Then I'd take that same 400 gallons out of our gray water system and use it breathe life back into my very modest collection of fruit-bearing trees and garden vegetables. Then I'd eat the vegetables and hope the carrots cleaned my teeth well enough that I don't have to waste any additional water on brushing them again.

6. Besides wearing our shirts, how do you reuse in your daily life?
I love and live with Ali Morris, the famed videographer from the first half of the Stay Vocal ReUse Documentary Tour, so I reuse and pre-use everything from dishwater to carryout containers to grocery bags and back again. I also live in a community with a lot of contractors and construction workers, and they have a common yard for reusable lumber that people can take from to build fences, decks, sheds, etc. It's really awesome.

STAY VOCAL President George Bush T-Shirt7. What's your favorite SV design of all time?
I'm a big fan of the George W. Bush design where he's standing at a podium with an empty speech balloon floating above his head. I've had some really great fun with that one. My favorite GW quote of all time - "I enjoy a good bologna sandwich."

8. If you could design a T-Shirt for STAY VOCAL, what would it have on it?
I would do something about the amount of water wasted on growing the cotton and tobacco for commercial cigarettes. I fucking hate that industry. It would probably be a set of lungs full of water with a short statement on the belly button and upper back that encourages people to roll their own smokes with sustainable materials.

9. Any last words?
The whole world has been fucking itself to the same pornography for centuries, and it always ends the same - our poor, addicted, ignorant faces get covered in the hideous and unspeakable, and we're forced to repeat the process under the illusion that things will end differently until we're too old to be worth anything to anyone, and then we die. Preserving our resources is the only way to free ourselves of that inevitable fate, so I say we do it. It's way easier than dealing with the shame of endless public defamation and self-sabotage.

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Sep 17 Posted by | No comments

STAY VOCAL Pants? Yep.

A few months ago, I was scrolling through a search on Instagram under the hashtag, "reuse." All of a sudden, I came across something made with T-Shirts that I had never seen before: baby onesies! And they weren't just solid color T-Shirt onesies. There were Ghostbusters onesies, Bob Marley onesies, and so much more. And when I went to the website connected to these images, I found even more: children's leggings and pants made from T-Shirts too! I just had to reach out to the person behind these amazing pieces: Alix Joyal.

Alix Joyal of Joyaltee

Alix has been sewing for over 25 years and conveniently has a college degree in Textile Manufacturing and Marketing, as well as in Fashion Merchandising; both from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. A few years ago, Alix got her start creating onesies and toddler pants for her two children. And as the story goes, people saw them, people loved them, so Alix began selling them.

For the past few months, when I found downtime from the documentary, Alix and I have been going over the possibilities. And today I'm excited to finally announce our collaboration and release the first pair of STAY VOCAL Harem Pants by Joyaltee. This one of a kind pair was made with one of the Water Saver Where There is Love T-Shirts.

Stay tuned. There's much more to come...

Water Saver Joyaltee

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