ByteCode Designs: Upcoming Fashion For An Upcoming Age

ByteCode Designs: Upcoming Fashion For An Upcoming Age

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Our generation gets a lot of crap about how we’re apathetic, and lack ambition, and use technology as an easy way out. ByteCode defies all of this. Based out of Charleston, South Carolina, ByteCode Designs is a unique clothing company created ‘for the digital native.’ Freshman in college, Hunter Heidenreich is the company’s founder.

5 years ago ByteCode was just a computer algorithm that transformed the desired plugged in numbers into distinct designs. As high school progressed, Hunter put the program away, using it only for computer backgrounds and phone wallpapers. Until inspiration struck spring of his senior year of high school where he had the idea to put the designs onto clothing. Now, ByteCode Designs is a patented, copy righted, self-owned business. How’s that for apathetic and lacking ambition. With the help of Shopify, and e-commerce website, Hunter and three other team members were able to promote their business and get it online. Mackenzie Pelletier became especially useful as she is the social media aficionado -- like sending out alerts about upcoming new designs.

Zach Speaks plays marketing director, documenting sales and all things numbers. Noah Evans designed the logo for ByteCode and makes sure the website is aesthetically pleasing as the artist for ByteCode. If you’re like me and need faces with names, don’t worry you can follow them all on Bytecode’s Instagram @bytecodedesigns and help the company gain exp. points.What’s Exp points? Are you even a millennial? In a video game, one levels up according to how many experience (EX) points they have. This thriving business is doing the same. Different sales yield different amounts of points and at the start of each level they release new designs. Who doesn’t want more designs?? Visit their website and place your order from items such as men and women’s t-shirts and tanks, socks, and even leggings.

Through a process called sublimation, thanks to the company Printful, these clothes are printed onto the shirt one at a time based on the design you selected, keep in mind these designs are so pixilated and detailed they can’t be handmade. That’s how special of a garment you’re wearing. After talking with College of Charleston’s very own Mackenzie Pelletier -- I knew I had to buy a tank to keep me cool and tech savvy during Charleston’s 90 degree Septembers -- she informed me that during check out, I can get a STUDENT DISCOUNT. Yes, as if this business couldn’t get any better, you get 15 percent of your order with an .edu school email. Support small businesses, help people achieve their dreams, and look really cool while doing it.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

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Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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5 Ethical, Sustainable Clothing Brands For Your Smart Shopping Sprees

We are probably all guilty of purchasing items that support the "fast fashion" market, but take a look at this list the next time you want to perpetuate this harmful network of stores.

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If you are unfamiliar with the term "fast fashion," your favorite clothing store may fall into this category. It is defined as clothing that is developed rapidly in response to trends, and are often marketed at low prices. These low prices mean low production cots, thus implying that there are shortcuts made in the production of materials, including environmental disregard or low wages. Fast fashion is not a sustainable practice, both for the environment and for the people who produce the clothing. There are countless horror stories from companies that perpetuate the industry, like a handwritten desperate note stitched into the Zara shirt. Here are five alternatives that will make you well-dressed, but a conscious advocate as well.

1. Everlane

Everlane is a unique brand, as they disclose the factories they use. The company prides themselves on being ethically sourced, as clothing brands are often run in suspicious or inhumane conditions in forlorn countries. They also are open about their pricing, and the cost to make their items. There is little markup on the final product. For more information on their ethical practices, visit their website here.

2. Reformation

For those willing to pay the price for eco-friendly clothing, look no further than Reformation. According to their website, they have been carbon neutral since 2015. They offer a $100 gift card if you change your utilities to a wind-powered energy source. There is an extensive list of their sustainable goals and accomplishments that you can view here.

3. Patagonia

Patagonia's brand is an outdoorsman's staple, but over the years their casual clothing has drawn a larger consumer base. Their company is not only sustainable in their practices and creation of the clothing, but they actively seek out change and tackle environmental issues. This includes donating 1% of their sales to environmental agencies or making their clothing out of recyclable materials. Further, the CEO, Rose Marcacio, used the $10 million her company received in tax cuts to donate to various non-profits centralized on climate change. Visit this link to see how you can help your local community, another initiative that Patagonia has advertised.

4. Thred Up

Thredup is an online consignment store which acts as a middle man for selling and buying old clothes. First, you order a "cleanout" bag to ship your clothes in. You may even earn some cash or credit for them! They then are listed on the website. People often do not think about the environmental cost of clothing production, namely the dramatic use of water and the non-recyclability of clothing. Thrifting and consignment stores aids in this issue, and if you are an avid online shopper, Thredup is a perfect place to shop.

5. United by Blue

United by Blue is an amazing clothing company that removed one pound of trash from the ocean with every product sold. So far, the company has removed 1,606,921 pounds of trash from our waters. Not only this, but this innovative brand has made products out of new and recycled materials, like recycled polyester. They have everything from backpacks to sweaters, so explore their page now!

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