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.
Today begins a new chapter on our blog. 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?
I first heard about Stay Vocal in person, actually. I was attending the Music in the Meadow event at Animal Place (a local sanctuary for farmed animals in my hometown in Northern California) a couple years ago and met the vivacious and rad founder, Alex Eaves, himself at the Stay Vocal booth.
2. What's the main social issue that you stay vocal about and how do you do it?
I am the Founder and Chief Cowgirl of Cowgirls & Collard Greens a cowgirl-themed vegan lifestyle website. The website focuses on my journey with breast cancer and how a vegan diet aided in my wellness and recovery. I write a weekly blog that focuses on review restaurants, vegan events, vegan products and and lots of food. My hope is to spread the message of health and wellness through a plant-based diet.
3. Why is that issue passionate to you? Living healthfully is important to me because there was a time when I was in a health crisis myself and I discovered if you don't have your health, you don't have much of anything. I want to see everyone live long, healthy lives all the while doing the best for our planet and all of its inhabitants.
4. Do you have something specific that you'd like to share with the SV community: art, song, video, etc?
I'd love to share my favorite cancer-kicking fully raw and vegan green juice recipe! Check out my YouTube video where I was featured on The Vegan Zombie's cooking show.
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?
Great question! Since I am a huge advocate of eating healthy through plants, I think I would use that 400 gallons of water to grow my own food instead. I already have a small veganic summer garden, but I'd love to expand it and grow fruits and veggies throughout the entire year. I think we should all be getting back to growing our own food as much as possible.
6. Besides wearing our shirts, how do you reuse in your daily life?
I reuse a lot in my daily life! I use Mason jars a lot to store food and drinks instead of using plastic. I am the queen of never taking a paper or plastic bag at the grocery store (that's what a big ol' vegan purse is for!). And, since I am a lover of fashion, always have been, but one of my favorite things to do is shop in vintage and thrift stores for "new" threads!
7. What's your favorite SV design of all time?
Hmmm...call me old school, but I think I have to say the JFK design. A true classic.
8. If you could design a T-Shirt for STAY VOCAL, what would it have on it?
Well, funny you should ask because Alex and I have talked about maybe doing a collaboration. I think my tee design would have to include a horse on it. It's a must! Or maybe a (vegan) cowgirl of sorts.
9. Any last words?
I so appreciate being able to share a bit of my passion and just want to give a shout out to Alex and Stay Vocal for being so RAD! Keep on being rad. For folks who are interested in what I am up to, they can find more information on my website: cowgirlsandcollardgreens.com
Thanks and yeehaw!
This month's issue of South Shore Living Magazine has a feature entitled, "Green Heroes Among Us: 5 Local Organizations Creating A Sustainable South Shore." I'm happy to say that I was named one of them for my work in the reuse movement; primarily for STAY VOCAL. Our good friend Kristine at The Attic Fanatic was named too. Check out the SV section below. Please note, the article was written a couple of months ago and there has since been an update about the release of the documentary.
From tattoo artist to yoga instructor, Maureen Mullaley is a woman of many skills. But these days, her primary project is her artwork under the name Inside My Cranium, which is why we've collaborated. She acquires used guitar strings and transforms them into jewelry.
I first Maureen two years ago at my cousin's wedding ceremony and as so many of us do these days, we connected on Facebook. Maureen soon realized that my passion for reuse, so this past fall, she reached out to let me know that she had begun making bracelets out of used guitar strings.
Having seen a lot of broken guitar strings thrown out in my days touring with bands, I loved what she was doing. So, I ran a contest on my Facebook page to give a couple of them away. They got a great response from my community, so I knew there was a collaboration to be had. Well, the universe finally spoke louder in early 2014, when Maureen reached out to me about creating some T-Shirt designs for STAY VOCAL. For now, we're focusing on the bracelets, but time will tell...
Click here to see our current selection of STAY VOCAL pendant bracelets.
To learn more about Maureen and see more of her work, please visit the Inside My Cranium page.
A few weeks ago, we started a new Saturday routine on our social networks called the "Saturday Breakfast Special." Each week, we share a photo of someone with their healthy (mostly) breakfast, while wearing their STAY VOCAL Cereal Spill T-Shirt. It's a fun way for us to share healthy eating ideas and talk about the meal that so many of us have as a favorite: BREAKFAST! Well, this week, one of our customers, Dana Portnoy, not only shared a photo, but the recipe for her breakfast too. So, we just had to share it with everybody. Scroll down to check it out.
Ummmmm, so THIS is an exciting announcement! Our pop up shop at The Attic Fanatic in Hanover, MA (327 Broadway) is now a permanent shop for the entire month of December! It'll be open Tuesday-Sunday (12-5) and I'll be there on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. And since it's so close to STAY VOCAL HQ, I'll be constantly bringing in new shirts. So if you can be in the area, be sure to stop by and check out the selection in person. This. Is. Going. To. Be. RAD.
***Copied from alexeaves.com***
Whew. The break is just about over! What was only supposed to be one week in California, turned into four. Unfortunately, my assistant, Ali, had to unexpectedly go home and wasn’t able to join me on the rest of the tour. But sure enough, it was a blessing in disguise, as the break was much needed. I was able to catch up on work (and some sleep), as well as plan for the second half with my new videographer, Peter Fuller.
Peter will be joining me for the filming tour until we hit new England at the beginning of October. I was introduced to Peter by a new friend that I met at one of the STAY VOCAL pop up shops in August. He is originally from Santa Cruz, California and now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in the film industry as an actor, writer, producer, and videographer.
While Ali and I are traveling around the US filming our documentary about reuse, we're also setting up STAY VOCAL "Pop Up Shops" at various locations. Not only are we getting SV shirts into many new hands, but we're also able to share how SV is reusing in original ways. In our first few weeks, we've had some great pop ups at places like a building supply store, a children's playplace, an eco lifestyle store, and a small concert venue.
And of course, our pop up shops are a bonus for the places that host them. It's a great way for you to get some exposure with our community, team up with a green business, and you'll even get a shout out in the documentary! So, if you have a coffee shop, thrift store, or anywhere else that could host a pop up shop, send me an email with the information below. If you need more details, you can click here for the official press release.
* Contact Name:
* Business or Organization Name:
* Brief description of your location:
* City, State:
* Contact Email:
Click here to see our remaining tour dates through September 8 and when we'll be passing through your area.
The other day in Little Rock, AR, we met Sally Mengel, founder of Loblolly Creamery. After tasting some of her amazing coconut ice cream, I knew she would be the perfect owner of the one of a kind STAY VOCAL Ice Cream Cone tank top that I had made. She loved it so much that she wore it for an appearance on her local news show this morning! Check it out here.
***Copied from alexeaves.com***
Well, it has been an extremely busy past six weeks. I launched my REUSE! documentary project on Kickstarter, promoted the heck out of it, got it successfully funded, and now I’m busy checking things off my numerous to-do lists before heading out across the country to film it. Whew! Well, in between breaths, I’d like to introduce two new players on the team.
During that snowstorm my uncle was staying at my parents in my old room, because they had no power...and he saw a waffle box (with a shirt i got long ago) and brought down to the kitchen and told my mom there was a frozen box of waffles in his room.