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31 Bits (+ Giveaway!)

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be featuring some of my favorite local (Southern California) companies. I hope you enjoy!

Today I’m giving away one of the prettiest necklaces. The Camellia in Mint by 31 Bits.

I’m sitting here looking at it while typing this post, and ladies, it’s pretty much the greatest pale green-blue color ever.

I hope you will enter the giveaway, but most importantly, I hope you will read about this incredible company and check out the 31 Bits website.

Here are the girls behind 31 Bits.

Gorgeous, right? Well, these ladies are far more than a gaggle of pretty faces.

When Kallie Dovel traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2007, she met a few women that made paper bead jewelry. After spending time in their homes and hearing their stories, Kallie knew there had to be a way to give opportunities these women. She brought a box of jewelry back to the U.S., and spent the next year finishing her degree and dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. The girls traveled back to Uganda in August 2008, and selected six women to begin buying jewelry from on a monthly basis.

Fast forward 4 years, and 31 Bits now works with 108 women in Gulu, Uganda. How it works is that 31 Bits purchases jewelry from each woman on a monthly basis, providing them with an immediate, consistent, and fair income. Each piece of jewelry is handmade using 100% recycled paper and other local materials. By selling these products in the international market, they are able to generate a profit that is used to continue purchasing jewelry, as well as provide the women with numerous development programs (English lessons, finance training, health education, vocational training), equipping them to develop a career and attain social equity on a local level. 31 Bits is committed to working with each woman until she has graduated from their program and can attain a sustainable mean of income within her own community.

Here are some of the women that are part of the program.

Pretty incredible, and let’s not neglect to mention how beautiful the necklaces (ranging between 26 and 54 dollars) are themselves. The beads are made from recycled paper that comes from old posters, magazines, fliers and textbooks, and then are sealed with a non-toxic, water-based varnish. Depending on the size of the necklace, one woman can make between 5 and 15 necklaces in a week.

I want them all, and I’m telling you, it’s much easier to buy a new necklace (or a few) when I know that my purchase is helping these women achieve their dreams. The lovely ladies at 31 Bits sent me the Aurora, and it’s quickly become one of my most worn necklaces.

If you would like to be entered into the giveaway for the Camellia necklace, please visit the 31 Bits website and then leave a comment on this post before Saturday, March 31st at 6pm PST. I will announce the winner on Facebook on Sunday the 1st, so be sure to like my page!

Also, the ladies at 31 Bits are offering 20% off your online order with the code WHOORL20 from now until April 4th. FABULOUS. (The Rockhopper is going to be my next purchase. Wait, no, maybe the Meadowsweet…the Windflower? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PICK?)

Happy necklace browsing!

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  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    March 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Love the necklace, but the company even more. What a great find!

  • Lindsay

    March 28, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Love these! (and the random number generator gods won’t be biased against me if I admit I’m TOTALLY buying one if I don’t win, right?) hehe. :)

  • Rebecca (Bearca)

    March 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Such a cool organization! Love this, S.

  • giselle

    March 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

    That’s amazing!! I love what they are doing! Yeah! And I want one =)

  • Jennifer

    March 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I just checked out “the Aurora” and since it’s named after my daughter I might pick one up! These are lovely, thank you.

  • birdie

    March 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Wind Spark…Gorgeous!!!

  • meekasmommy

    March 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    WOW – so pretty! and i love the story behind it :)

  • Sarah

    March 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

    How could you choose just one? It’s impossible!

  • Laura

    March 28, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I adore 31 bits. I have purchased a couple of things in the past and I am going to get my wedding jewelry from them as well. This would help :)

  • Caroline

    March 28, 2012 at 8:55 am

    so cute!

  • cck

    March 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Love!

  • Kristine

    March 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I’ve been wanting a 31 bits necklace for some time! Love this organization!!!

  • Megan

    March 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I love the styling on the site – can they throw in an outfit, too? :)

  • Angela P.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Beautiful jewelry with a wonderful story as well!!! So versatile too…Love!

  • tehamy

    March 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I am in love with the Ripple necklace!

  • Jen

    March 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Wow. Just Wow. It IS hard to choose… they are all gorgeous!

  • Jody

    March 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

    How inspirational!

  • Samantha

    March 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for posting this. I had never heard of the company, but now I’m going to spread the word (oh, and buy a necklace or two!).

  • Janet

    March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Gorgeous! And such a wonderful, wonderful mission.

  • JuLee

    March 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I love the Meadowsweet, Ripple, and Buttercup. You’re right! It’s so hard to choose!

  • Rachel Malis

    March 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I might just have to buy one right now.

  • Lori Gosselin

    March 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I love 31 bits!! I told a local boutique in my neighborhood to check them out and she now carries it in her store!!

  • Heather Stebbings

    March 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    beauty & brains – love the jewelry and the mission. just hit the website – and am really into the nectar loom! thanks for sharing!

  • sizzle

    March 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I’ve admired that necklace in your photos before and now that I know the inspiring story behind it, I’m all about supporting this company. I love women helping women! Plus, the jewelry is beautiful. Thanks for the lead and the opportunity to win.

  • Tanya

    March 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    What a fantastic company! I love the Orchid Loop, may have to buy one today. :)

  • Julie

    March 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Such a great company! How wonderful.

  • Mia

    March 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    These are beautiful! Definitely purchasing one of these!

  • Cheryl

    March 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Just got my bracelets in the mail, and they’re gorgeous! I’m so thankful for what this organization is doing!

  • Ris

    March 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

    What a great company! And a great giveaway :)

  • Molly

    March 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I would love to win this, I love the new spring line!

  • Nicole L.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Amazing company and beautiful necklaces!

  • brandi

    March 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    so great! love the company and the styles.

  • Katie

    March 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I am so excited to through my first 31 bits dinner party! What a great way to connect with other women in my life and help women to achieve success.

  • Lauri

    March 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for introducing me to this awesome company! Love the mission as well as the jewelry.

  • Mande Calhoun

    March 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Got one for Christmas and I can’t wait to get some new ones for Spring weddings.

  • laziza

    March 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Love every single thing about this.

  • Amelia

    March 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Lovely jewelry. Beautiful mission.

    Unfortunately, I must acknowledge I’m disappointed that such an awesomely progressive company would choose to use only white models. There’s a sting there.

  • Life As Wife

    March 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I have never seen the picture of the women behind 31 Bits! How empowering to be passionate and beautiful!!

    Love the mint color for Spring!

  • Blair Digiacomo

    March 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Love 31 Bits! They have the such beautiful jewelry and the company promotes a wonderful cause!!

  • Kat Harris

    March 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

    What I love about 31Bits is how they not only are investing into and empowering women stateside and overseas, they are offering a quality well-made product. And let’s be real: the Bits girls are pretty rad!

  • Katie

    March 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Yes Please!

  • Ashley

    March 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I love 31 bits! This is such an amazing company! I love showing people my bracelets and hopefully one day I will own a necklace!

  • Jen F

    March 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    So lovely! I would love these!

  • Melissa

    March 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This is awesome. Beautiful jewelry. And I love what they are doing to help the women, aside from just the income, to make their lives better.

  • Mama in the City

    March 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

    What a really great story. Love to win this!

  • Shelley

    March 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    So cool! Love the story and love the jewelry!

  • LivLaughEat

    March 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Love the idea behind their business and what fun and pretty necklaces!

  • Paula

    March 28, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I want them all! I will be buying one very soon.

  • Amy Mc.

    March 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Love, love their necklaces! So beautiful…

  • Christine M.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I saw these beautiful ladies last year and have some of their beautiful necklaces. They’re so wonderful and blessed! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jen B

    March 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Wow!! Just beautiful and a GREAT story behind the jewelry!

  • May

    March 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Great company! Love the all the beautiful pieces.

  • Meg T

    March 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Whoa! It IS hard to choose. Such a beautiful selection and such a beautiful cause. Thanks!

  • Tina

    March 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Love 31Bits! It is impossible to choose a favorite. Such a wonderful company :)

  • Sarah H

    March 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Awesome jewelry! And the fact that it helps women in northern Uganda rise above poverty is amazing. Go 31Bits!! :D

  • Brooke R.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I saw their necklaces awhile ago and instantly fell in love. What a great company.

  • Meg

    March 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I can’t get enough of the Aurora…I want one of my own!! What an awesome company. Women empowering women is the best.

  • Haley

    March 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    i saw this on your facebook page a while back and am in love.

  • Andrea

    March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    love these, love the concept, love the Meadowsweet in yellow, too…. WANT!

  • ambient

    March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I vote Meadowsweet, the mix of textures is lovely.

  • Kelly

    March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I love these. They are so pretty, I can’t believe the beads are made out of paper. And what a great cause too.

  • TWL

    March 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    So cool! All of it!

  • Amy

    March 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Ooooo! I have been waiting for this giveaway since I saw your photo on IG! I love every single necklace on that site, and what makes them even better is the cause. Seriously, I have so many items in my cart right now, it isn’t even funny. If I had to choose one, I suppose it would be the Mayfair. Though the Robin is a close second for me. Love them all!

  • Mea

    March 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Very happy to see an local OC company have this kind of purpose and drive behind it. LOVE the Mayfair, but would wear ANY and ALL. Thank you for bringing a local company to my attention! :)

  • Jessica J.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    That is absoultely awesome!! And those necklaces are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this company with us.

  • martha

    March 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    i used to make similar type beads when I was a young girl MANY years ago. but these are much more lovely.. and such a great cause.

  • Jessica

    March 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Glory Fringe is lovely! I love that this company is working to make a difference for the women they employ. So much more rewarding than taking advantage of them!

  • Laura

    March 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Beautiful pieces. Thank you!

  • Lorna

    March 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I am loving the Aurora!

  • francie

    March 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    absolutely beautiful! i am going to order one of their bracelets with the discount.

  • Abby K

    March 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I love all of them. I just ordered bracelets for my sister in law’s upcoming birthday. My favorite is the Tangerine necklace!

  • Nicole

    March 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Love them all!

  • Sophia

    March 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    This project is amazing! Props for supporting!

  • Laura S

    March 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    wow, all of their pieces are beautiful…and what a great effort to support!

  • am'ti b

    March 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    love it, it looked great on you.

  • Kate

    March 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    What a wonderful business!

  • Suzanna

    March 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing and simple, just my kind of style. Great business!

  • Heather Luk

    March 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Such beautiful jewelry!

  • Jaclyn

    March 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    What beautiful necklaces, and a great company! I love the Glory Fringe, I think I will be taking advantage of the discount for sure!!

  • Jessie D

    March 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Love those necklaces! Yay for discounts.

  • Sheri Fetner

    March 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I am obsessed with Bits. I wear my Bits EVERYDAY!!!
    I love it and the Bits girls!

  • Debbie Atteberry

    March 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The designers at 31 Bits have really taken paper bead jewelry to the next level! The wedding line is genius!! Well done ladies!

  • karin

    March 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Beautiful jewelry + sustainable work = my kind of business!
    So many pretty pieces to select! Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Stephanie

    March 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Very cool! Love your blog!

  • Angella

    March 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I love this so much, because there is a local lady here who travels to Nepal, brings back their necklaces and bracelets, sells them, and send the profits back to them. It’s where most of my necklaces are from. (You may remember that from your Working Closet days.)

    :)

  • Marae

    March 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I like meadowsweet. And what a great cause/story!

  • gia

    March 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Gorgeous. I love necklaces…

  • Lani Merlina

    March 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I noticed the jewelry in your photos of the girls and then was pleased to read the post was about the jewelry they were wearing and to boot an awesome cause. LOVE this! Thanks for making me aware.

  • ariel

    March 29, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Awesome company, beautiful necklaces! Yay for doing good while looking great!

  • Caroline

    March 29, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Gorgeous + Inspiring!

  • Brooke

    March 29, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Amazing pieces of jewelry and love people inspired by a cause. Thanks for promoting them.

  • Samantha Tedesco

    March 29, 2012 at 6:15 am
  • Christina Oertel

    March 29, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Gorgeous jewelry for a gorgeous cause. Makes my heart swell :)

  • Christa

    March 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Love this business concept! Will try and purchase something from them to support such a great cause!

  • Alice

    March 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I saw their company’s pieces in Old Town Orange last summer and fell in love! What a great company!

  • allison

    March 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Such beautiful pieces and a great story!

  • Krista

    March 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

    An amazing project…I now know what all the women in my life are getting this Christmas!

  • amy

    March 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

    LOVE! I’m a big fan of Sseko Designs who also works with women in Uganda. I love how many companies are becoming “other” focused!

  • Katrina

    March 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Love it!

  • steph

    March 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I literally like EVERY PIECE on their site & own/have gifted a few of them. :)

  • Stacy

    March 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Its win-win; buying gorgeous jewelry while supporting a great cause.

  • Lee

    March 29, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Amazing. I can feel the heart in this cause!

  • mallory

    March 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Love this jewelry, love the mission. (also love the logo, but I’m a bit of a design geek that way!)

  • jill

    March 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Oh my gosh, this stuff is gorgeous. I’m drooling over the bracelets.

  • Diane

    March 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    The jewelry is just simply beautiful.

  • Gardenpeasanddragons

    March 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I love the juxtaposition of local and global business support! Thank you for profiling this awesome company and for giving me a source for great gift ideas!

  • Lynne

    March 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Wow. Such a great cause – so much admiration for these young ladies!

  • jilly

    March 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Beautiful stuff here!

  • Cupboard Love

    March 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Wow gorgeous stuff – and who doesn’t love a good cause!

  • Barb @ getupandplay

    March 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    What a wonderful company and beautiful necklaces!

  • Maureen

    March 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    What sweet necklaces!

  • Katy

    March 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I love wearing long necklaces to work. Beautiful website and company!

  • Shari

    March 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! So many pretty ones to choose from! And what a cool company. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Tara

    March 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Gorgeous! Hope I’m the lucky one!

  • Christina C

    March 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    So pretty! I love what 31 Bits is doing!

  • Mama Bub

    March 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    These are all so pretty. I think my mom will find one in her Easter basket this year, along with a GIANT hint of who else loves them.

  • JillyL

    March 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    beautiful stuff!

  • dawn

    March 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Wonderful all around!

  • Ruth

    March 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    beautiful necklaces!!

  • Lysa Walsh

    March 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Absolutely love all this jewelry !!

  • Emily

    March 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Beautiful — I love the vision behind their company!

  • Bonnie

    March 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I think I love all their jewelry. Ill bookmark this site for myself and for a great gift as well.

  • Jennifer

    March 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    They have a wedding collection! Hopefully I can find something for my upcoming big day.

  • kara murano

    March 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I can spend hours drooling over their website! beautiful ladies & a beautiful cause

  • Elise O.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I love those necklaces. They’re beautiful!

  • Danielle B.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love ALL of these necklaces! And even better, what a truly great thing these women are doing!

  • Cate

    March 30, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Such a beautiful organization! Thank you for sharing.

  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    March 30, 2012 at 5:57 am

    i love the necklaces… & the story, and people ‘behind’ them.

  • Laura

    March 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I love it! I’m with you – getting myself the Rockhopper!

  • claudia

    March 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Lovely work and a wonderful cause.

  • Atesh

    March 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

    What a great use of a recycled good! Beautiful and sophisticated.

  • Christina

    March 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Gorgeous and great cause!

  • Ruth

    March 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love the rockhopper necklace, it’s beautiful! Well, they’re all beautiful! :)

  • Rayshell

    March 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Luv the Waverly, but they are all beautiful. Seriously, these women are amazing!

  • Taylor

    March 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Yo. This is the best giveaway you have ever done! I want ALL OF THEM!

  • sara

    March 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    love love love!!!

  • Lyndee

    March 31, 2012 at 8:22 am

    beautiful necklaces! I’m looking around an may just have to pick something out for myself ;)