Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pick of the Litter

Lei Chic Psst. Wake up. It's 1 p.m.

You're sprawled face down in a random hotel room. You appear to be missing a sequined stiletto. You can't remember anything that happened in the past 18 hours.

And don't freak out, but there's a tiger in the bathroom...

You might want to find a better way to get trashed. Crack an eye open and take a look at Sustainable Coastlines' beach debris earrings. We'll break this down for you.

The organization: Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, dedicated to keeping Hawaii's beaches safe and clean; founded last April by Kaimuki residents and surfing enthusiasts Louise Shinkoethe and Kahi Pacarro after years of worldy travels opened their eyes to the dangers of marine pollution.

Lei Chic The earrings: Made from weathered bits of crates, bottle caps, strainers and other sea-faring riffraff tossed into the Pacific; collected off Oahu beaches, sorted by color and texture, then assembled into eye-catching accessories.

Where you can get them: At Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii's beach cleanups, like the one happening this weekend along Diamond Head. Bonus - spend a few hours picking up trash and score free food and prizes at the after party at Tiki's Grill & Bar.

Why you should care: Proceeds help fund more cleanups and community awareness projects, like teaching people to reduce their use of plastic bottles or showing kids how to make colorful mosaics out of beach debris.

Consider the earrings a conversation starter that people will appreciate.

Not like that hideous tattoo on your face.

$10-15 per pair, available Sunday at the Diamond Head Beach Cleanup for International Surfing Day. For more information, visit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii's website and Facebook page.

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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