A Sustainable Tourniquet

I admit. It’s more accessory than necessity, but this belt provides employment, and keeps my mid-region looking good. Here’s my review of my new belt by Revy. Read about my goal to make ethical shopping decisions here.

This weekend I had the honor to stand with great friends who are making a massive impact in the world. Creative Women of the World provides business training and development to women to help them to rise to become everything they are.  I typed that last sentence several times. I don’t really know why. I really could have just copied the mission posted on the CWOW website. I don’t know… as a man who does recognize and realize the benefits of my gender, I wanted to struggle through the concept a little in an insignificant attempt to connect with the problem, and hope for change.

On this, the international day of the girl, I want to recognize women who lead me to improvement, and who challenge my heart to continually break for the disenfranchised – demanding equality, while yearning for peace and love. First, I want to admit my continued amazement of my wife, Marah. Please frequent her site. I promise you will be challenged and encouraged while enjoying her gift. My life has been consumed with work to bring freedom to the enslaved, and that beautiful purpose has been infused in my life by Marah’s leading and example. She is my leader. She is my partner. Thank you. I love you.

Second, I’d like to recognize Catherine Tucker. Catherine is an associate professor of counseling at Indiana State University. I’ve spent two weeks with her, visiting the projects of Destiny Rescue in Cambodia and Thailand. This woman has a remarkable drive to make this world a better place. She returned  to offer services to survivors, and experience to students of Indiana State University. Find out more about her trip here. Every time I talk with her she wants more. Her leadership is inspiring. Thank you.

Finally, I’d like to mention the leaders of Creative Women of the World. In particular, I want to say “thank you” to Lorelei VerLee, Executive Director and to Nicole Moore Keffer, Director of Retail Operations. Thank you for your work. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your sleepless nights and your heart for others. I set up a table, representing Destiny Rescue, for an open house at the CWOW store in Fort Wayne this weekend. If you haven’t visited, you need to. If we follow these women, the world will be a better place for everyone.

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Just to explain the title for this blog post, Freakonomics had a recent episode discussing the effectiveness, or lack of effectiveness of the belt. As a tool to hold up our pants, it is not nearly as effective as other options, but due to culturally developed fashion and pragmatic beliefs, we’ve decided the best thing to do is to tighten an unforgiving strap around the center of our bodies. Interesting, but something I will continue to do. I supposed I’m alright with being a follower in some areas of my life. I just don’t believe the plight of the belt is enough to call for my passions.

I went up to the counter and asked Nicole for a belt. I told her I needed something with a story to share. She took me to shelf and handed me this rubber belt. It’s everything I asked for. It’s funny. I’ve worn the same belt every day for about ten years now, but when I heard this belt was over $40.00, I flinched. I quickly snapped out of it. EVERY DAY! I wear this thing EVERY DAY and I’m not willing to invest $40? I’m glad I did.

The Revy products are made with reclaimed and repurposed inner tubes in El Salvador. Purchasing this belt, and their other products, give employment and help the environment by recycling waste.

It’s a belt, but it’s unique. You can see the bumps and patches. It’s a classy look with a rough edge. The belts aren’t on the site, but I’m sure if you contact CWOW, they’ll help you out. It’s one-size-fits-all, and easy to adjust to just the right fit. It’s a tank. I’m pretty sure it’ll be my belt of choice for the next 10 years. That makes the daily cost of this accessory right around a penny a day. Really. It’s a great belt. I don’t really know what else to say. Tougher than leather, but looks like a solid leather belt. Buy one.

It’s just what I needed. Thank you Nicole. I’m typing this post with well-supported jeans which, by the way, will be my next blog post.