The EcoChic Lifestyles Story, Behind the Scenes Part 3

Part III: The Fishermen

This is part 3 of a 3-part series by EcoChic Lifestyles’ founder, Megan Risdon. In parts 1 and 2, Megan told us about how EcoChic Lifestyles came to be. Read on to find out more about how Megan hopes EcoChic Lifestyles can benefit our ecological future.

It’s EcoChic Lifestyles’ hope that we can help the fishermen and their families to see that care of their eco-system is just an extension of that pride. So I work with two different organizations, the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project and Barefoot Conservation Community Projects. CoReMaP helps restore coral reefs in Indonesia while improving the livelihoods of local communities. And I volunteer for and donate to the Barefoot Conservation Community Projects, which encourages entrepreneurship and stewardship of environment in local communities like the ones we source our boatwood from.

Overfishing is a very real problem. Helping the local population to understand the root of their livelihood is very much top-of-mind for us.

Sustainability, of course, is the backbone of our business. Without a sustainable ethos, EcoChic Lifestyles could not exist. Reclaimed wood is attractive on its surface, sure, but it’s also an elegant solution to preservation of our natural resources. And in many of our pieces that use metal, we source iron from old bridges. We think there’s something really poetic about the relationship between bridges and water.

Am I living the dream? Yeah, I am: I’m practicing sustainability in both a humanitarian and environmental sense. As a dedicated vegan and yogini, these things matter to me. The fact that they also happen to allow me to create and experience beauty, and pass that on to others? That’s the icing on a really awesome cake.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.