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In 2017 Magdalena Berger, founder/designer of MAGDAKINEDESIGNS, set out to create a swimwear brand that reverses the social and ecological effects of the fast-fashion catastrophe. Designed for the eco-elegant, our limited edition “Prints with a Purpose” are designed in-house and feature vulnerable species that need our attention. Every MAGDAKINEDESIGNS purchase returns a donation to nonprofits working to help save the species featured in the print you purchase.
Meet the Designer, Magdalena Berger:
With an education background in Geography and Environmental Science, Magdalena landed her dream position working for the Koʻolau & Waiʻanae Watershed Partnership on O‘ahu in 2012. Magdalena spent years in the field working alongside passionate botanists, biologists and natural resource managers throughout Hawaii before eventually relocating with her boyfriend (a Hilo boy gone Coast Guard) to Isabela, Puerto Rico. The obligation of frequently having to relocate due to her partner’s position in the US Military inspired Magdalena to create her own environmentally focused brand that would allow her to continue giving back to the communities and ecosystems that shaped and fueled her passions.
Sustainable & Ethical:
Our Prints with a Purpose are dyed in an eco-conscious process, fabricated on limited-run productions and printed on 100% regenerated nylon. Our high-end Italian fabrics are made from ECONYL® Fiber, in a process that reclaims old textiles and abandoned fishing nets to create the UV protection, ultra-durable swimwear fabric.
As an advocate for social justice worldwide, every MAGDAKINEDESIGNS product is sewn in Southern California before being shipped to your doorstep in recycled, recyclable and reusable packaging.
Since starting the company in 2017, your MAGDAKINEDESIGNS purchases have helped fund sustainable fishing courses, swimming lessons and ocean stewardship classes in Mozambique, Africa.
Your purchases have also helped fund student employee positions in the University of Hawaiʻi Seed Storage Lab and outreach events on Hawaiʻi Island in an effort to stop Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death and save the sacred ʻōhiʻa trees of the islands.
As we continue to gain inspiration from all the eco-elegant and passionate women like ourselves, MAGDAKINEDESIGNS aims to build more than just a swimwear company. Our true goal is to one day create a global community of conscious consumers, just as determined as us, to help save our planet. Because that's what our future depends on.
Prints With a Purpose
Our new MUJER print is inspired by the book, Project Drawdown; The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken.
Project Drawdown ranks empowering women and girls in developing countries second among 76 solutions for curbing global warming by 2 degrees Celsius. Investing more resources in girls’ education and family planning alone would reduce carbon by 85 gigatons by 2050.
Three solutions to reverse global warming focusing on women empowerment:
Despite being responsible for 45-80% of food crops in poorer parts of the world, women smallholders face multiple constraints beyond those of their male counterpart. Undermined from the beginning, women farmers are not identified as such. Instead, they are commonly recognized as farm helpers and tend to be invisible to policy makers. Women are often expected to provide unpaid farm labor while being deprived of access to markets, key assets and inputs, and are excluded from various types of decision-making.
As the world’s population increases, agriculture production is demanded to rise. Given the present-day restraints on arable land, combined with the need to preserve forests, humanity is now required to produce more food on the same amount of land – something that cannot be done without focusing on agricultural smallholders, the majority of whom are women.
Research implies that should women farmers gain equal access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their land by 20-30 percent, lifting 100-150 million people out of hunger and making women smallholders the quiet drivers towards more sustainable production systems.
Seen as somewhat of a controversial topic, it is important not to confuse family-planning with population control. For women to plan their family size and have children by choice rather than by chance is a matter of autonomy and empowerment. The ripple effect that family planning has on drawing down greenhouse gas emissions is an added benefit.
Two hundred and twenty-five million women in lower-income countries say they want the ability to choose whether and when to become pregnant but lack the necessary access to contraception. The result? Seventy-four million unintended pregnancies each year. It’s also important to note that these numbers do not exclude high-income countries such as the United States, where 45 percent of pregnancies each year are unintended. The world currently faces a multibillion-dollar funding shortage to provide the access to reproductive health-care that women say they want to have.
Research not only points towards population growth as an important factor in greenhouse gas concentrations, but growing evidence also suggests that family planning has the additional benefits of building resilience among communities and countries in coping with and preparing for the unavoidable changes brought on by global warming.
As well as being one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth, education (an intrinsic right) lays the foundation for vibrant lives for women and girls, their families, and the communities in which they support. Not only do educated women have fewer and healthier children, they also report lower incidences of HIV/AIDS and malaria, sustain more productive agricultural plots, and are better equipped to face the impacts of climate change. By fusing inherited traditional knowledge with new information accessed through the written word, educated women and girls become more effective stewards of food, soil, trees and water - even as climate change intensifies natural disasters.
Cultural, economic, and safety-related barriers deny 62 million girls around the world from realizing their right to education. In sub-Sahara Africa, fewer than one in three girls attends secondary school and only eight percent of those enrolled complete their secondary education.
Climate change is not gender neutral and a large percentage of humanity is disproportionally affected by it. Increasing access and rights to education for girls opens doors to science and government institutions that desperately need all of humanity to help solve the climate crisis.
How You Can Help
The limited-edition MUJER print will be donating 5% from every sale to a nonprofit working to bridge gender gaps throughout the world.
To help us choose which nonprofit, fill out the form below and tell us about a women empowernment organization that you'd like to support through your purchases.