Unique Graduation Gifts – 4ever Bound

Unique Graduation Gifts – 4ever Bound
4ever Bound, Created by Robyn and Peter Pomonis

With Graduation time upon us, here are some memorable unique gifts ideas:

About two years ago, while attempting to organize the garage, it became painfully clear that we had a whopping 49 combined years of art and schoolwork collected. Treasured memories and
milestones we just couldn’t bear to throw away. Artwork, handprints, penmanship, spelling tests, essays, even a letter that Becka wrote Ian after they had a big fight one day. There was no way we were throwing those things out. So, we shuffled some plastic bins around, made a mental note to “do something with all that someday”, and went on with our lives.

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About a year later, Peter was inspired by some bookbinding equipment he had just started using at work. 

He thought he could develop and customize a process that would get our kid’s papers out of storage and preserved in a meaningful way. 

Our very first 4everBound books were created as a way to capture the most precious memories of our family’s life together. By safely and permanently binding these items, we have preserved them for a lifetime.

When we shared the books with friends and family,

their responses were more than enthusiastic, which led us to start thinking about this as something we could do for others. With really nothing more than an instinct that there are millions of households around the United States storing all these original paper treasures, we decided to just go for it.

For more information, go to 4ever Bound https://4everbound.com/pages/about-us

The Project Repat story starts in Nairobi, Kenya, where Project Repat co-founder Ross Lohr was doing non-profit education work.

After sitting in traffic for 2 hours, he discovered the cause of the jam: an overturned fruit and vegetable rickshaw pushed by a Kenyan man wearing a t-shirt that said “I Danced My Ass Off at Josh’s Bar Mitzvah;”

Amazed by all the incredible t-shirts that get sold off and sent overseas by non-profit and for-profit companies in America, we began working with Kenyan artisans to design new products out of castaway t-shirts, including bags, scarves, and re-fabricated t-shirts.

Those products were “repatriated” (or returned to the country of origin) back to the United States and sold to raise money for non-profits working in East Africa.

When trying to sell our upcycled products at markets in Boston, we quickly discovered the difference between a “good idea” and a real business: while potential customers liked the idea of a repatriated upcycled t-shirt bag, they didn’t like it enough to actually buy it. What customers did ask for, time and time again was an affordable t-shirt quilt.

We had heard enough: instead of shipping goods all around the country, why not create fair wage jobs in the United States and create a product that has a lot of meaning for customers? As they say, the rest is history.

Rather than ‘repatriating’ t-shirts back to the United States, Project Repat creates a high quality, affordable t-shirt quilt with minimal carbon impact that ‘repatriates’ textile job back to the United States.

For more information, go to Project Repat – https://www.projectrepat.com/pages/our-story-hos

 

 

 

 

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