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Monday, May 11, 2015

Please Help Support the Naja "Underwear for Hope" Project + My DIY Recycled Candle Jar Project

Note: I am not affiliated with Naja, nor am I being paid for this post, I am simply passionate about what Naja has to offer us.

I was invited to participate in sharing with you, and the world, something unique, something beautiful, and something that truly speaks to me personally. I am passionate about recycling, and I am concerned about people, and our world as a whole. So when I come across, or am introduced to a business that gives back and has the same concerns as myself I want to tell others about it. That is why I am telling you all about Naja today, and their Underwear for Hope mission. I am also sharing with you my view on recycling, but even more fun than that, I am going to show you what to do with those used candle jars that hopefully you would normally recycle! 

First I want to introduce you to a brand called Naja who makes a selection of their undergarments from recycled water bottles and fishing nets. They also work to be sure that these products, that are nearest to your skin, do not contain harmful chemicals or toxins. Naja also trains and employes single mothers, paying them wages they can raise their families on. 

From Naja: 

How it works

A percentage of every purchase you make goes toward supporting our entrepreneurial sewing program for women through the Golondrinas Foundation. And for every bra purchase you make, you contribute directly to the employment of a single mother. 
How it works: When you buy a bra, Naja gives you a lingerie wash bag so that you can wash your undergarments. Each lingerie bag is made at home by one of the women that we employ through Underwear for Hope.

Underwear for Hope: When you Educate a Woman, Everything Changes

Please watch their powerful video:

You can read some of the ladies personal stories as well on the Naja website. 

Subscribers get 10% off their first bra, plus there is a referral program:

Get $15 off at Naja - Invite friends by giving them $15 off their purchase! For every offer redeemed, you'll also get $15 to shop.

Not all of the Naja line is eco-friendly but that is what I am focused on because it is important to me and I am passionate about recycling, but feel free to shop all of the Naja line because in one way or another you are helping either the earth, or people of the earth and both are important! 

"Buy a bra, give a single mother work."

Meet the Founder: Catalina Girald

Naja Underwear for Hope Project And My DIY Recycled Candle Jar Project
Inspired by the women she met during her 18 months of backpacking through remote countries, Colombian born Catalina started Naja with a vision: to empower women through lingerie and create a culture where women help each other.

I hope you will consider Naja for your next undergarment purchase, I know I will be shopping Naja. I admit, I usually buy my bras and underwear at a very big retail chain, you know which one, and I have always had mixed feelings when doing so. I am so over that and now that I have found a company that believes in the same things I do, they will be getting my money! 

Now I told you I love recycling, and I have not one but two recycling dumpsters at my home which gets picked up every other week, they are always full. In fact I go through two recycling bins to ever half trash bin so you can tell just how important recycling is to me. With that said, not everything needs to go into the recycling container! Sometimes you can find unique and fun ways to "reinvent" your otherwise useless items. 

I won't lie, I got this idea on Pintrest but Pintrest is a wonderful resource for ways to recycle things. 

I made this (see below) today in a matter of two hours, one of those hours was spent going to buy an item for the project. Total cost: 4.89

Take a candle jar and get rid of the excess wax that can no longer be used. I do this by relighting the wicks of the last remaining wax (be sure to watch carefully for safety reasons), and then as soon as it is all melted carefully pour out. You will spend a little time cleaning out the sticky wax but as long as you keep it warm with hot water or a hot cloth it is not too difficult. I used a washcloth soaked in hot water. 

I did not use this candle below as it was still worthy of another go or two but I did use another candle jar prior to taking these photos. 

Naja Underwear for Hope Project And My DIY Recycled Candle Jar Project
Bath and Body Works Candle

The type of candle I used came with a lid (Bath and Body Works). I have several of these candles so I selected one of the decorative lids. Go to a local store that sells drawer pulls, or knobs and attach to the lid. I asked my husband to drill a hole for me, which he did, but you can also use some types of glue as well. 

Naja Underwear for Hope Project And My DIY Recycled Candle Jar Project
We Have A Lovely Way to Store Beauty Items! 
We now have a pretty way to store anything from nail polishes, lip colors, or as I did, q-tips and make-up remover pads. 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. I am going to make many more of these as I use up candles! I am very excited about it. 

Please remember Naja and go look at all their artistic, beautiful, and eco friendly undergarments today. 

I have my eye on this for summer ... 

Naja Underwear for Hope Project And My DIY Recycled Candle Jar Project
Love This Swim Suit from Naja!

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