Published on March 18th, 2013 | by Andrea Bertoli

Companies we love: The Base Project (and a Giveaway!)

Namibia is home to an expansive landscape, fantastical wildlife and thriving tribal cultures. Yet the nation is also plagued with many humanitarian issues: high rates of HIV infection, lack of quality education and work opportunities, shortages of fresh water and food.


The Base Project, founded by twin brothers Christopher and Doug Akin, hopes to alleviate some of these concerns with their community development and support the local communities of the Himba and Herero tribes. The Base Project works with local artisans to create beautiful fair trade bracelets made from upcycled water pipes. The bracelets come in 14 hand-carved designs that reflect the natural and living world of the tribes. The red and brown bracelets are the result of soil and sun exposure, and the black coloring is from the manufacturing processes. The Base Project offers a great example of what inspired economists call the Triple Bottom Line: a business model that focuses on people, planet and profit.


Wear Your Impact

The triple bottom line of The Base Project: old water pipes are kept out of landfills, reused in ways that respect the local culture and support community development, and the community and company make money. Everybody wins!

Be happy


The Base Project has generously supplied Green Living Ideas with FOUR giveaway items for our awesome readers: three bracelets and one handmade bag from another collective in Ghana! Here’s how to enter: ‘like’ The Base Project on Facebook and tell us that you did so in the comments below; you get a bonus entry if you follow them on Twitter or Instagram too (just be sure to let us know)! That gives you a total three chances to win one of four giveaway items. Winner will be chosen via random number generator; contest begins today March 18 and ends March 25, midnight Hawaii time! Be sure to include contact information in your entry so we can contact you if you win. Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed! Congrats to Vaness, Sheila, and Karen!

Thin Braclets



image from Lei Chic

image from Lei Chic


All images courtesy of The Base Project; except as noted (bag image from Lei Chic). Green Living Ideas was not compensated for this post; giveaway items are sponsored by The Base Project and handled by GLI. 

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About the Author

A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in San Francisco, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at, Vibrant Wellness Journal, Green Living Ideas and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram

10 Responses to Companies we love: The Base Project (and a Giveaway!)

  1. Vanessa says:

    Liked on FB, would greatly enjoy wearing/giving these as a token of love.

  2. Rebecca George says:

    Gorgeous items, fantastic giveaway. I have liked the Base Project on FB.

  3. Rachel says:

    These are beautiful, and what a great message! I liked them on Facebook.

  4. I liked them on FB and on Twitter @EnspiredVisions – They have Beautiful Designs <3

  5. Emilie says:

    I liked you on FB because I like you in real life! Excellent project you have developed! Everything about your work is beautiful.

  6. Angela says:

    Just wonderful!!

    I’ve Liked them on FB and now following on Twitter

  7. Karen says:

    liked on FB and following on twitter

  8. Catherine says:

    Liked the Base Project on Facebook. Beautiful items!!

  9. Lenella says:

    I am now connected to you via facebook. What a wonderful concept. I have a dear friend who lives in DR Congo and is native there, who heads a movement of women who make their own bags to sell. It is a lifeline for them. The women have also band together to stop the violence against women in that country who are faced daily with rape and mistreatment to those who are handicapped. They now have a voice in the world through world pulse and things are slowly beginning to change there.

  10. Sheila Ryan says:

    I liked you on Facebook and following on Twitter. Thanks for doing all of this! Gorgeous stuff!

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