Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Brings SO Much Beautiful AND Plywood People LOVE

See Beautiful™ is committed to making this world a more beautiful place! All of our products (and our packaging) are either handmade, hand-pressed, organic, recycled and/or fair trade. Additionally, 20% of every sale (not just proceeds, but the WHOLE PURCHASE PRICE) is donated to a non-profit organization also committed to improving our world. This month, our See Beautiful donation will go to PLYWOOD PEOPLE!

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When it comes to seeing beautiful, one of the most wonderful parts of what we get to do is raise awareness for, and donate to, wonderful organizations. This month's organization leaves us seeing beautiful and feeling inspired in so many ways! 
Why Plywood People?
The second we learned about the beautiful work of Plywood People we knew we had to celebrate them on See Beautiful! To begin, it's important to understand the name: Plywood People. "Plywood is made of three or more thin layers of wood bonded together. Each layer of wood, known as ply, is usually oriented with its grain running in stark contrast to the adjacent layer in order to reduce the shrinkage and improve the strength of the finished piece. Most plywood is pressed into large, flat sheets used in building construction. There is strength in numbers. Three different independent units working together to solve one problem collectively make a stronger unit. Finding problems is easy. Recruiting others to join you in solving the problem is hard. To solve problems we must attract great people" (Plywood People, 2013). Thus the two words, "plywood" - the strength in support - and "people" - joining together as humanity to make the world more beautiful, when put together impart change in the best way.

Plywood People is a division of Suffered Enough, a 501(c)3 organization established with the mission to "creatively support organizations conducting charitable activities and to provide relief to the poor, distressed and underprivileged" (Plywood People, 2013). They do this in two strategic and impactful ways: Education and Implementation.
One of our favorite parts of Plywood People is their dedication to progress in the world. While they don't have the answer to, let's say, world peace, they'll work together to move in that direction - and they work together in every direction to create more beautiful for all. Their brand promise? "We will be known by the problems we solve." Solve them? They work to do so every day. What a perfect way to start 2014 by solving problems and creating more beautiful!

How does Plywood People see & create more beautiful? While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are a few of the incredible things the amazing folks at Plywood People are doing to empower others and create more beautiful in the world. Plywood People:
  • "develops sustainable and innovative solutions to problems" (Plywood People, 2013). When problem-solving, they hone in on creative innovations that lead to improving (and/or changing) the industry and disrupting a current pop culture.
  • "generously shares knowledge, connections and resources to address social needs" (Plywood People, 2013). Plywood People are proud collaborators and connectors with others doing good. It is a gift of giving that enhances ideas and makes a differences with the ripples of generosity spreading in ways we've yet to even understand.
  • "create and introduce experiences that make others dream in remarkably new ways" (Plywood People, 2013). Through their focus on connecting and collaborating, people around the world a brought together with hopes of creating an experience that transforms life. 
  • "are doers of unthinkable action" (Plywood People, 2013).  We can't say it better than Plywood People: "If we have all the greatest ideas in the world and they never come to life, we have failed the reason for ideas. Purpose becomes practical when ideas come to life. We lean toward action and implementation" (Plywood People, 2013).
  • hosts a series of conferences, retreats and events that leave others inspired and encouraged to make our communities (at home and at large) a better place for all.
  • have implemented 2 of our own projects, Gift Card Giver and Billboard Bags. Gift Card Giver is a way for you to donate unused/partially used gift cards. Plywood People then regifts them to people and organizations in need. Through Billboard bags (WHICH SEE BEAUTIFUL IS NOW THRILLED TO OFFER WITH OUR OWN SEE BEAUTIFUL LOGO ATTACHED), Plywood People create employment for refugees with the goal of equipping and empowering them to excel in jobs where they are able to make more than minimum wage.
Learn more about Plywood People by watching this moving and inspiring clip:

How will See Beautiful support  Plywood People?   Great question! See Beautiful™ will donate 20% of every product SALE (not proceeds, but the ENTIRE SALE) to Plywood People throughout the month!

Connect directly with Plywood People and learn more about the beautiful work they're doing.


  1. Hi there! Popping in to say Happy New Year!! xo Jeanne

  2. What a lovely organization that is sharing beautiful in so many ways. Love their name, too!

  3. What a great group of people. Happy New Year!!


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