Your purchase of an OMA necklace funds the protection of an entire ACRE of endangered rainforest through our charity partner organization, Rainforest Trust, one of the leading organizations in the protection of tropical ecosystems worldwide.
- 18" stainless steel dainty chain
- Beautiful locket with flower-of-life design which contains a green Tagua seed from the Amazon Rainforest inside which serves as a daily reminder to protect our planet.
- Zero-waste plantable packaging card to write your own vision on and grow through the wildflower seeds inside
- All natural jute hemp carrying pouch
- Supports reliable work for indigenous artisans of the Amazon region
Tagua is a nut that grows on palm trees in the Amazon Rainforest, and is commonly referred to as "eco-ivory," as it has the same look and feel as elephant ivory but is actively combatting the barbaric ivory trade. Skilled artisans process the nuts into beads by hand, and use all-natural vegetable dyes to color them.
Chambira is the other super eco-friendly material we use, making our bracelets one of the only ones out there that do not use nylon (a.k.a. plastic) string. The fibers are skillfully removed from the leaves of the chambira palm, where they are then treated by boiling and drying in the sun, dyed using all-natural vegetable dyes, and then woven by hand.
We have created a first-of-its-kind zero-waste packaging that is made from biodegradable paper embedded with wildflower seeds. On the inside of the packaging is a place to write your own personal intention, allowing you to "grow" your vision into the world.
How are you able to protect an entire acre of rainforest for every item you sell?
In order to pull this off, we've partnered with Rainforest Trust, one of the highest rated organizations on Charity Navigator, a third party organization that rates companies based on their transparency and efficiency. Thanks to the support of their board members who cover the majority of the operating expenses, Rainforest Trust is able to allocate 100% of the project donations directly to conservation action. Meaning we're able to make a little go a LONG way.
How is OMA different from all the other cause bracelets I've seen before?
Our first-of-its-kind OMA bracelet is made ENTIRELY of organic materials that have been sustainably sourced from the Amazon Rainforest, making it 100% biodegradable. Even the most "eco-friendly" bracelets out there still use traditional nylon for their string, which is just another form of plastic, meaning they will still end up in a landfill at the end of their life cycle. Not to mention, we are the only bracelet that comes with a ZERO-WASTE plantable packaging, meaning you can plant your packaging when you're done with it to cut down even more on unnecessary waste.
Also, the sad truth of the matter is that 99% of the bracelets being used for these types of initiatives are just repurposed factory-made bracelets from China. Many times people will use terms like "recycled" and "eco-friendly" to describe them but the reality is that these mass produced bracelets are anything BUT.
The heart and soul of our brand lies within our relationships with our indigenous artisans partners. We are not just "selling bracelets" to fund a cause, but rather, creating new economies and opportunities for the artisans in the very same areas we are working to protect, thus GREATLY increasing our ability to make an impact.
Are you guys a non-profit?
OMA is known as a social enterprise, a business that utilizes profits to support social good causes. While the "for-profit" part seems to throw many people off, this is a MUCH different approach than the typical "profit-centric" corporations that are part of the very same industries we are working to fight against.
Companies like TOMS and Patagonia are great examples of social enterprises that have utilized this model to create a massive amount of good in the world. As a non-profit, we would actually be much more limited in our ability to create the fair-trade economic opportunities we've built out for our indigenous artisan partners.
Ultimately, we pride ourselves on integrity and transparency being our guiding stars for this project, and this translates into EVERYTHING we do. You will never see us utilizing any sort of marketing tricks or tactics to win your business, as we feel that if the heart and soul of a project like this is pure, you won't need to be "sold" anything at all. With that said, if there is ever anything that you are unsure about or just want to feel more secure in your purchase going to where we say it's going, don't hesitate to reach out to us directly. We'd love to connect!
Are there any leather or animal products in your products?
No. All of our materials are sustainably sourced Earth-based materials and are 100% animal and cruelty-free.
Which rainforest will my purchase help protect?
The current initiative that we're supporting is for the Amazon Rainforest., one of the places that is in the most urgent need of support right now. As we grow, our goal is to create various products that help fund projects in rainforests all over the world!
I see a lot of ads online for companies that totally seem like a scam. How do I know that you're legit?
This is a great question, and one that we feel you should be asking of ALL the companies that you're supporting who claim to be utilizing their platform to do good in the world. We are one of the VETTED corporate partners of both Rainforest Trust & One Tree Planted, two of the highest rated organizations doing this work, so you can rest assured that your purchases are truly going towards conservation projects. You can find us listed on the Corporate Partners page of Rainforest Trust by clicking here and on the One Tree Planted page here.
Are the artisans paid a fair wage?
This is actually the foundational reason we started this company. To empower our indigenous artisan partners with economic opportunities that allow them to not just "make some money" but to truly THRIVE. Our bracelets have been vetted by the World Fair Trade Organization, insuring fair-trade labor practices and transparency. Our artisans typically earn 4-5X their standard living wage, allowing them to truly make a living and support their families.
Made from compostable paper embedded with a non-invasive blend of wildflower seeds, our packaging is meant to be returned to nature. Literally.