"How does buying this bracelet support refugees?"
50% of our profits are donated to our non-profit partners who help refugees apply for citizenship, learn english, find employment, and get access to basic needs in and out of refugee camps. In addition, we employ refugees to gather life jackets, design our products, and manufacture our bracelets. We also spend a significant amount on advertising and social media, which promotes awareness and positive messages about refugees. Every dollar you spend with Epimonia supports refugees.
"I support your cause, but I'm anti-leather. Do you have a non-leather option?"
Yes! We offer a 100% vegan non-leather option for $5 cheaper that can be found here.
"Why do these life jackets get discarded?"
Refugees often arrive on land in large groups, often still in fear for their lives, and are immediately escorted away by NGOs and volunteers. Some life jackets are left there as a way to leave their dangerous journey behind them, and some life jackets float to shore from falling in the water.
"Why not just send the life jackets back to be reused?"
These life jackets are often damaged beyond use, and are discarded on the beach with no one to claim them where they end up as unwanted pollution. By collecting them and turning them into bracelets, we're cleaning our beaches and we're preventing the unusable jackets from ending up in a landfill somewhere.
"Is this really made from discarded life jackets or just from the same material?"
Our products are actually made from the discarded life jackets that were worn by refugees that have been sent to us from the beaches in Greece where they are discarded.
"How do you get the life jacket material?"
We partner with beach cleanup and refugee NGOs overseas to collect the jackets from Greece and send them to us.
"What is the difference between a refugee and an illegal immigrant?"
Great question! A refugee is someone who is forced to leave their life behind because of something entirely out of their control. Refugees gain refugee status from governments that acknowledge that it would be deadly for them to stay in their home country, and they are allowed asylum in safer countries. Illegal immigrants are immigrants who move to a new country for reasons that don't qualify them for refugee status, and in doing so, they fail to comply with the entire process of legal repatriation.
"Why wouldn't I just donate the $40?"
We would love for anyone to donate any amount of money to causes that support refugees! Purchasing from Epimonia also supports refugees. We employ refugees to gather life jackets, design our products, and manufacture our bracelets. We also spend a significant amount on advertising and social media, which promotes awareness and positive messages about refugees. Every dollar you spend with Epimonia supports refugees.
"Why do the refugees come to the US instead of somewhere closer to their home country?"
Many refugees have no choice if they are placed somewhere by an NGO that resettles refugees, and many neighboring countries risk having similar infrastructures that put the refugees' lives in danger. America has always been a safe haven where people could come with the promise of freedom from life threatening discrimination.
"What metal are your clasps made of?"
Our clasps are made of old silver, which is nickel free galvanic!
"I have an idea for a product you guys could make with the life jacket material, how can I submit that?"
Awesome! We do our best to read all of the comments on our social media posts and ads, and we see a lot of your amazing recommendations and are working on making some of them a reality! Or, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Do you guys have plans of offering other bracelet sizes?"
What size are you looking for? We are constantly evaluating our inventory and our customer demand to make sure that we have that you guys want.
"How do you measure your bracelet length?"
The measurements for each size listed on our product page are the circumference of the inside of the bracelet when it is clasped!