Rachel Labbe Bellas & eXXpedition
Rachel has an adventurous spirit that literally emanates from her. A research assistant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD, she has also worked as the development coordinator for the ocean conservation non-profit, Sylvia Earle Alliance Mission Blue. While she grew up in Canada, she's a quadrilingual and has lived in Panama, Barbados, Italy, Philippines, and Brazil, volunteering and studying tropical ecology.
She's about to embark on the journey of a lifetime: "In December of 2015, 13 adventurous women from around the globe and I will sail for 19 days to make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the toxics in our seas. Our mission is to explore the issue of plastics, chemicals, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens in our personal and global environment that can cause disease. We aim to engage women in scientific narratives relating to the consumer choices they make, and their long-term health impacts on themselves and our environment."
To learn more about the eXXpedition project, and to help support Rachel in her upcoming adventure from Ascension Island to Brazil, take a look at her campaign on Intrumentl.
Side note: can't stop crushing on her suit by Odina Surf, made from recycled plastic bottles.
Bikini (by Odina Surf, made of 85% recycled plastic bottles)
Cement Backpack (by PureThai Designs)
Insulated Reusable Bottle (by Klean Kanteen)
Food Canister with Lid (by Klean Kanteen)
Bamboo Straw (by Brush with Bamboo)
Sunscreen (by Badger Balm)
photos by Drewfoto.com
Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.