I’m super excited to share a product called MANDA Sun Paste from San Diego surfer Cyrus Sutton and his crew Simple By Nature. After years of perfecting their recipe, they have developed a sunscreen that blends thanaka, long used by indigenous cultures, and zinc oxide, which is proven to block UVA and UVB rays. It also uses a bunch of other organic ingredients that are good for the skin and have a low environmental impact. This isn’t designed as a fashion sunscreen and has gone through extensive testing everywhere from Baja to the sub-arctic shores of Kamchatka, Russia, and oceans of Australia. Check out what they’re doing and support their Kickstarter if you feel like picking up a batch at discount.
Designers are reveling in the fact that they are more respected today than ever before. In fact, many of today’s most exciting companies are being founded by designers and now there’s a film called Design Disruptors about why it’s happening. With interviews including the top dawgs at Pinterest, Zendesk, Netflix and more, this film looks like it could be pretty choice. It’s also super interesting to note that design collaboration platform InVision is behind it. Is it true what people say about design being the new language of business? Sure looks like it.
Photographer Nicole Espina recently moved to NYC via San Diego and is totally embracing her new environment with her project Plastic Bags of New York. The project, living on Instagram and Facebook, pairs photos of discarded plastic bags with real quotes from Humans of New York. It’s highly entertaining to personify these bags and I’m glad something good is coming from all that waste. Plus, it’s really funny to imagine her chasing after plastic bags in the streets to get a good shot.
“I’m taking a break from setting goals” A photo posted by Plastic Bags of NY (@plasticbagsofnewyork) on
I don’t know how you feel about this, but I think this Alan Watts advice is relevant for all ages. Hit play if you want the shit schooled out of you.
“If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living that is to do things you don’t like doing. WHICH IS STUPID. Better to live a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.”
Add Stalyon to the list of companies jumping on the adventure/camping motif. I could sigh and say, “not another,” but I’m not actually not mad about this one bit. They’re making some really beautiful goods named after beautiful places and part of the proceeds from every purchase helps fund The Gift of Adventure, a unique camp experience designed to empower kids who are currently in the hospital fighting a life threatening illness. My faves in in their shop so far? The wristbands, wallets and moleskine covers.