31 Bits (+ Giveaway!)

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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!



COMMENTS (137)

Comments

  1. Love the necklace, but the company even more. What a great find!
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  2. 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. :)

  3. Such a cool organization! Love this, S.
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  4. That’s amazing!! I love what they are doing! Yeah! And I want one =)

  5. Jennifer says:

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

  6. Wind Spark…Gorgeous!!!
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  7. WOW – so pretty! and i love the story behind it :)

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

  9. 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 :)
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  10. Caroline says:

    so cute!

  11. Love!

  12. Kristine says:

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

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

  14. Angela P. says:

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

  15. I am in love with the Ripple necklace!
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  16. Wow. Just Wow. It IS hard to choose… they are all gorgeous!

  17. How inspirational!

  18. Samantha says:

    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!).

  19. Gorgeous! And such a wonderful, wonderful mission.
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  20. I love the Meadowsweet, Ripple, and Buttercup. You’re right! It’s so hard to choose!

  21. Rachel Malis says:

    I might just have to buy one right now.

  22. Lori Gosselin says:

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

  23. Heather Stebbings says:

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

  24. 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.
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  25. What a fantastic company! I love the Orchid Loop, may have to buy one today. :)

  26. Such a great company! How wonderful.
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  27. These are beautiful! Definitely purchasing one of these!

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

  29. What a great company! And a great giveaway :)
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  30. I would love to win this, I love the new spring line!

  31. Nicole L. says:

    Amazing company and beautiful necklaces!

  32. so great! love the company and the styles.

  33. 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.

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

  35. Mande Calhoun says:

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

  36. Love every single thing about this.

  37. 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.

  38. Life As Wife says:

    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!
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  39. Blair Digiacomo says:

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

  40. 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!
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  41. Yes Please!

  42. 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!

  43. So lovely! I would love these!

  44. 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.

  45. What a really great story. Love to win this!
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  46. So cool! Love the story and love the jewelry!

  47. LivLaughEat says:

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

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

  49. Love, love their necklaces! So beautiful…

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

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

  52. Great company! Love the all the beautiful pieces.

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

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

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

  56. Brooke R. says:

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

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

  58. i saw this on your facebook page a while back and am in love.
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  59. love these, love the concept, love the Meadowsweet in yellow, too…. WANT!
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  60. I vote Meadowsweet, the mix of textures is lovely.

  61. I love these. They are so pretty, I can’t believe the beads are made out of paper. And what a great cause too.
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  62. So cool! All of it!

  63. 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!

  64. 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! :)

  65. Jessica J. says:

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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!
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  68. Beautiful pieces. Thank you!

  69. I am loving the Aurora!

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

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

  72. Love them all!

  73. This project is amazing! Props for supporting!

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

  75. love it, it looked great on you.

  76. What a wonderful business!

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

  78. Heather Luk says:

    Such beautiful jewelry!

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

  80. Jessie D says:

    Love those necklaces! Yay for discounts.

  81. Sheri Fetner says:

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

  82. Debbie Atteberry says:

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

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

  84. Stephanie says:

    Very cool! Love your blog!

  85. 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.)

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

  87. Gorgeous. I love necklaces…

  88. 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.

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

  90. Caroline says:

    Gorgeous + Inspiring!

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

  92. Samantha Tedesco says:
  93. Christina Oertel says:

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

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

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

  96. Such beautiful pieces and a great story!

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

  98. 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!
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  99. Love it!

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

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

  102. Amazing. I can feel the heart in this cause!

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

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

  105. The jewelry is just simply beautiful.

  106. 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!

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

  108. Beautiful stuff here!

  109. Wow gorgeous stuff – and who doesn’t love a good cause!
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  110. What a wonderful company and beautiful necklaces!
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  111. What sweet necklaces!

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

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

  114. Gorgeous! Hope I’m the lucky one!

  115. Christina C says:

    So pretty! I love what 31 Bits is doing!

  116. 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.
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  117. beautiful stuff!

  118. Wonderful all around!

  119. beautiful necklaces!!
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  120. Lysa Walsh says:

    Absolutely love all this jewelry !!

  121. Beautiful — I love the vision behind their company!
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  122. I think I love all their jewelry. Ill bookmark this site for myself and for a great gift as well.

  123. They have a wedding collection! Hopefully I can find something for my upcoming big day.
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  124. I can spend hours drooling over their website! beautiful ladies & a beautiful cause

  125. I love those necklaces. They’re beautiful!

  126. Danielle B. says:

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

  127. Such a beautiful organization! Thank you for sharing.

  128. i love the necklaces… & the story, and people ‘behind’ them.
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  129. I love it! I’m with you – getting myself the Rockhopper!
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  130. Lovely work and a wonderful cause.

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

  132. Christina says:

    Gorgeous and great cause!

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

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

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

  136. love love love!!!

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