Giving Back

Adopt Don’t Shop – The Barking Lot, San Diego

April 23, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes


When you mix incredible Spring weather with happy pups, what could be better?! This past weekend, the Pura Vida Team enjoyed a beautiful Sunday in San Diego walking some adorable rescue dogs that are available for adoption from The Barking Lot!

We teamed up with The Barking Lot, a volunteer-run non-profit that rescues dogs from euthanasia and helps find their forever homes. Since 2016, they’ve also been rescuing dogs from the illegal meat trade in Thailand with their partner, the Soi Dog Foundation. To say we were excited to get outdoors and spend some time walking these dogs was an understatement. The weather in San Diego finally started to warm up, so it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.

It was such an incredible experience to grow special bonds in just an hour with these pups, and one of our team members even put in an application for her the puppy she walked (we’re crossing our fingers for her)! We learned some of the heartbreaking stories behind our dogs, and a few of us were able to spend our time with dogs that were saved from the illegal dog meat trade. Despite their past, all of the dogs were so excited, happy, well behaved, and definitely made us happy for the hour we got to spend with them.

I think we made them just as happy as well!

If you live in southern California, check out The Barking Lot when searching for a furry friend to add to your family. You can also show your support for other cats and dogs in need of a forever home by purchasing our Karma Cat + Zen Dog bracelet! For every bracelet purchased, we’ll donate 10% of net sales to the organization to further their efforts in rescuing homeless animals.

Adopt, don’t shop.

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Meet our (Original!) Artisans: Jorge & Joaquín

February 1, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan


In the summer of 2010, a college graduation trip to Costa Rica turned into a life-changing business venture for two Southern California friends, Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman.

While traveling through Costa Rica, Griffin and Paul crossed paths with two bracelet artisans named Jorge and Joaquín. The colorful handmade bracelets they were selling seemed to capture the essence of their journey. No one would have expected for this casual encounter to grow into the successful partnership that it is today, and we’re so proud to say that Jorge and Joaquín are still an integral part of our growth!

Pura Vida’s original artisans, Jorge and Joaquín, on the beach in Costa Rica where they first met Paul and Griffin, selling bracelets on their original table, 8 years later!

We could talk all day about how amazing our partnership has been with these two, but we thought it would be more fun to hear the story directly from Jorge and Joaquín, while also getting to know our friends that truly started it all!

Meet Jorge!

Where were you born and raised?
Born in San Jose Costa Rica. And raised in San José and Heredia.

How long have you and Joaquín known each other?
About 15 years.

Before Pura Vida Bracelets, what did you do for a living?
Travel through Central America selling crafts…

Where did you meet Paul and Griffin?
In Playa Dominical, in Costa Rica…we were selling on the beach when they embarked with a classic bracelet in his hand and asked to us 300 of them but in many colors.

How exactly are the bracelets made?
100% with your hands. A knot for here, a knot for there. You use the chain to make, but the limit is the imagination. You can make an infinite number of designs….

How long have you been making the bracelets?
Actually 15 years….

Where did you learn to make them?
Joaquin teach me, hahahaha. Joaquín and other friends teach me. But above all Joaquín.

Favorite bracelet?
Undoubtedly, the black anchor with gray thread….

How has working with Pura Vida impacted your life?
Certainly, changed all my life and all the life that surrounds me, family and friends, everything is completely different. Pura Vida helps many people and it is good to know. And it feels so good to be totally involved in that support.

What is your favorite part about working with Pura Vida?
Freedom. Working with Pura Vida is different, it’s like the phrase, It’s Pure Life. Sometimes work is hard, but you can feeling good.

What does “Pura Vida” mean to you?
Basically everything. It’s not just a job, It’s something that involves everything, not just your family and friends, also all your time, your spaces and even thoughts in day to day.

Favorite vacation spot? Or the best place to visit off the beaten track?
I like Montezuma beach…but the best place will always be Cahuita in Limón.


Meet Joaquín!

Where were you born and raised? What was that like?
I was born in Heredia, Costa Rica which is a lay back place with fresh climate. I was always surrounded by family, friends, music and skateboards.

How long have you two known each other?
We’ve known each other for 15 years, we used to get together and talk about books, music and crafting.

Before Pura Vida Bracelets, what did you do for a living? 
I used to travel all over Central America with Jorge and other friends selling handicrafts.

Where did you meet Paul and Griffin?
I met them in Playa Dominical (Dominical beach), we used to visit this place and sell handicrafts, they came up to us with an idea and a proposal and we accepted the challenge.

How exactly are the bracelets made? 
The bracelets are made with raw material on hand, string, scissors, fire and with creativity.

How long have you been making them? 
Hmmm… lots of time.

Where did you learn to make them? 
I used to hang out with friends that are artisans outside the National University and they transmitted the knowledge of crafting. With what I learned I created my own style.

Favorite bracelet?
My favorite style will always be the classic bracelet, since it was the beginning of all.

How has working for Pura Vida impacted your life? 
The jump has been huge, a lot of responsibilities but most of all the pride of knowing that many people are benefit by this family, friends and artisans.

What’s your favorite part about working with Pura Vida?
Pura Vida is a company run by two incredible people. It is a pleasure to be able to work with them.

What does “Pura Vida” mean to you? 
Pura Vida is a source of opportunities, it is the smile and pleasure of seeing the artisan take home the results of their effort and the pleasure of knowing that the bracelet makes the bearer smile.

Favorite vacation spot?
My favorite place is Monteverde, I like places with biodiversity with fresh weather, rain and wild animals.



COmment your favorite bracelet style below, and Check back next week to get to know some of our artisans in Costa Rica!

Giving Back

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 21, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Pura Vida Team came together to participate in a Day of Service hosted by the Human Rights Campaign San Diego. Inspired by MLK’s words and a shared commitment to our community and equality, we helped assemble 700 (!!!) backpacks of toiletries, snacks, and other essentials for San Diego’s homeless youth, of which more than 20% are LGBTQ.

Our team, along with over 100 other volunteers, created an assembly line to put together the backpacks! Items included shampoo, conditioner, combs, granola bars, and so many more essentials we use every day.

It was such an amazing opportunity to join the San Diego community and do something good in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. None of this would have been possible without our amazing Charity Coordinator, Kristy!

We highly encourage you to grab your friends, family, or coworkers, and get out to do something good in your community to celebrate as well!


If you want to learn more about the Human Rights Campaign, you can read about them here and be sure to check out any upcoming events they’re hosting in your community.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.


14 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

December 3, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


To give is to receive! Make this season extra special by giving more kindness, love and your time in addition to all the wonderful presents. Here are 14 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays to get you inspired:


1) Ask everyone to donate to your favorite charity instead of buying you a present this holiday season.
2) Organize a toy drive at your school.
3) Grab a group of your friends and volunteer at the local food bank.
4) Remind people on your social media to also give back during the holidays. Every bit counts no matter the size or the contribution.
5) If you live in a snowy state, shovel your neighbours’ driveways after a big snowfall. BONUS, it’s a great workout!
6) If you live in a sunny state, mow your neighbours’ lawns as a surprise for when they get home from work.
7) Bake chocolate chip cookies and bring some hot chocolate to your local fire or police station.
8) Get creative and draw up a coupon book to give to your parents/siblings/roomies etc. for house chores you wouldn’t normally do.
9) Gather up your old coats and donate them to Goodwill or a homeless shelter.
10) In the Starbucks line, pay for the person’s coffee behind you.
11) Write a kind, cheerful note and leave it on someone’s windshield.
12) Bring some blankets, pet food or toys to the animal shelter.
13) Have a holiday bake sale and donate the profits to your local homeless shelter.
14) Shop our Charity Collection and cross some lucky people off of your gift list. Each bracelet donates to a different cause so you can give gifts AND give back at the same time!


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December 2, 2014 — by Griffin Thall


In honor of #GivingTuesday, we wanted to highlight some of our NEW charity bracelets as well as our best-sellers! As you may or may not know, for every charity bracelet purchased, anywhere from 20-100% of proceeds go back to the organization. Purchasing our charity bracelets is a great way to join the movement and give back on #GivingTuesday!

Introducing three of our newest charity bracelets… Angelman Syndrome Awareness, Beagle Freedom Band, and Unlock Hope!

Angelman Syndrome Awareness



$1 of this bracelet is donated to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families and other concerned parties. The ASF is the largest non-governmental funder of Angelman syndrome research by providing grants to researchers pursuing treatments and a cure for Angelman syndrome. For more information about the ASF, please visit

Sign up to be notified when Angelman Syndrome Awareness is back in stock! 

Beagle Freedom Band


$1 of this bracelet is donated to ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project.  


“The Beagle Freedom Project is a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home.” (Source:


Sign up to be notified when Beagle Freedom Band is back in stock! 

Unlock Hope


$1 of this bracelet is donated to Unlock Hope.

In Uganda, young girls aren’t given the same chances as boys.  
Without access to education girls are often forced to marry young, bear many children that they are unable to care for and are coerced into working difficult jobs for very little pay. To a young refugee girl in Uganda,​ hope is an education. We believe educating these girls is the first step in ending a seemingly never ending cycle of poverty in Africa.
Help us Unlock Hope in their lives for a better future.
We have partnered with Think Humanity, an organization that runs a hostel in Hoima, Uganda for young refugee girls from all across Africa, many of whom are orphaned. Every purchase at Unlock Hope gives these girls​ quality healthcare, healthy food to eat and a safe place to live, which enables and supports them in their pursuit of an education.

 Shop Unlock Hope HERE!

Our Top 3 Best Sellers To Date:

Save The Dolphins!


$1 of this bracelet is donated to Oceanic Preservation Society.

Shop Save The Dolphins! 

Save The Orcas: Anti Captivity


$1 of this bracelet is donated to Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Shop Save The Orcas: Anti Captivity

Save The Sea Turtles!


$1 of this bracelet is donated to Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Shop Save The Sea Turtles!

Looking to support another cause? Shop our Charity Collection!