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Pillow Insert Shopping Guide

Pillow Insert Shopping Guide

You asked, we listened! Shopping for pillow covers and their inserts separately can be confusing. And due to the strict fair trade guidelines we follow, we can't just sell any insert along with our fair trade and handmade pillow covers. 

In order to make your pillow shopping process easier, we have partnered with pillowcubes, a rad company that sells a huge assortment of environmentally friendly pillow inserts!

pillowcubes' eco inserts contain fill fiber made from recycled plastic bottles inside an unbleached cotton pillowcase. Unbleached cotton means there are way less chemicals used in the manufacture process. And, these green pillow inserts cost exactly the same amount as their conventional counterparts!

As if that isn't reason enough, we've sweetened the deal by offering you 10% off their inserts through September with promo code: ManosZapotecas

AND ...

enjoy 30% off all our pillow covers until Friday night at midnight with promo code: sweetdreams 

There has never been a better time to upgrade your throw pillows and give your home an instant refresh! 

Some tips on selecting the correct size inserts from our friends at pillowcubes:

For most fabric types, you will want to order the exact same size insert. If you have knit fabrics, delicate fabrics, or don’t want your cover completely filled out, then you may want to order an insert one inch smaller (both length and width). If you want your cover to be “over-stuffed,” then you may want to order an insert one inch larger (both length and width).

Now, we know that you may be used to automatically ordering larger pillows in order to get one that fits, but be aware that our square, rectangle, and round pillow inserts all have an actual measurement of one inch larger than the ordered size (as shown in the additional information under each product). We have taken the guesswork out of the equation for you!

Happy Shopping! 




MZ Travels: Tahiti

MZ Travels: Tahiti

For the second installment of our MZ Travels series, we follow along with travel blogger Jamie Pedersen (and the Lost Island Marie Tote!) to the islands of Tahiti. 

MZ: Tell me a bit about yourself, what you do for work and play?

Jamie: Hi! I am a Southern California native and the founder of Walk Swim Fly Inc., a travel and lifestyle blog and shop that will launch next month! My team and I share our travel experiences to up-and-coming and popular destinations around the world.  You can check out some of our adventures on my Instagram.

I spend a lot of time in the ocean and the preservation of marine life is a big passion of mine, as is working with children.  I aim to partner with marine conservation companies in the future to provide kids who don't have the resources with tools and experiences to help them learn about the ocean. Teaching children to love and respect the ocean and marine life is something I want to take part in.   

Where have your summer adventures taken you?

I just returned from French Polynesia, the Islands of Tahiti to be exact. This is probably my favorite destination to travel to.  It is the one place in the world I will always return to. The way the culture and beauty of this place make me feel is indescribable. 

Every island offers a different experience and every day is a new journey, not sure of what marine life will grace you with their presence. The locals coexist with the sharks, swimming alongside each other peacefully. Tahiti, and her islands, holds a special place in my heart. 

What's been the most memorable place or activity?

The moment that truly took my breath away was unexpectedly swimming with Humpback Whales in Moorea, French Polynesia. Gliding next to these magnificent creatures is awe inspiring ... it feels as if time stops.  I have always loved the ocean, but that experience truly made me feel more connected to it than ever before. 

How did your MZ bag support your adventures?

I intended to use my MZ bag just as a beach tote, but quickly learned it would be much more useful.  During our travels, the top section of my suitcase, which was packed full, broke! My everyday purse didn't have a closure at the top, which was not very practical.

My MZ tote ended up replacing both the broken suitcase pocket and my purse. The tote fit way more items than I could have imagined, it was sturdy, cute, and the perfect size to put at my feet and in the overhead compartment. I will definitely be using this bag for future travels.


Where or what is next?

My husband and I promised each other that for as long as we are able, we will experience a new destination or activity every year on our anniversary.  We are coming up on our 4TH Anniversary and are planning to head to San Diego to swim with the leopard sharks out near La Jolla! 

Following that, I will be traveling to Ireland and Scotland.  I am very much looking forward to the new experience, learning about the culture, traveling scenic routes, and sleeping in a real castle for the first time!


MZ Travels: From Redwood Forests to Greek Islands

MZ Travels: From Redwood Forests to Greek Islands

One of our very favorite things is to see where in the world our bags end up after they leave Oaxaca. We caught up with student and photographer Logan Simon to learn more about her and her adventures with the Voyage Duffel. 

MZ: Tell me a bit about yourself, what you do for work and play?

I am a student living in Seattle, Washington. When I am not in school, I spend most of my time drawing, painting, and taking photos. I love taking photos of my friends around the city. 

Where have your summer adventures taken you?

In June, my boyfriend and I drove hundreds of miles down the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California. We stopped along the way at the Redwood National Park, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. The road trip was amazing! A photographer's dream. 

I am currently in Greece with my family. Specifically, on the island Mykonos. The waters are so blue and the sun is always shining. 


What's been the most memorable place or activity?

The most memorable moment of the summer was probably walking across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. As we were walking across the bridge in the sunset, we saw a pod of humpback whales swim under the bridge! It was insanely cool ... a once in a lifetime opportunity to me. 

How did the Voyage Duffel support your travels?

During the road trip we lived out of our car for three weeks and the Voyage Duffel was my go-to bag. Besides being a beautiful bag, it is also spacious and durable. Since the car was packed with tents, coolers, sleeping bags, and other gear, it was great to have my MZ bag fit all of my clothes! 

Where or what is next?!

In August, I will be moving to New York City to study photography at Pratt Institute. I am beyond excited to be in such a strong and competitive program. I hope to continue to develop my photography skills and get better as an artist. 

Thanks Logan! Wishing you the best of luck on your adventures ahead.