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    Leafwood: Leaving the Earth Better Than You Found It

    Leafwood: Leaving the Earth Better Than You Found It

    Credit Photography: @julian

    The easiest way to make this world a better place is by committing to leaving it a better place than you found it. At Leafwood, we’ve interpreted this statement to mean that our custom wood watches should be more than just a stylish fashion accessory – they should become the focal point of an eco-sustainable lifestyle.


    At Leafwood, this means that whatever we take from Mother Nature to make our wood watches, we will put back ten fold. Although all of our Leafwood products are manufactured from recycled and reclaimed wood, we still pledge that we will plant a new tree for every watch sold. Our goal is that future generations will benefit from small steps taken today.


    And that message of positivity is one that any individual can follow. You don’t need to found a global nonprofit, develop a cure for a major disease or devote your entire life to saving the environment. Tiny little steps, if taken daily, can have a huge impact on our planet.


    There are easy examples of how you can leave the Earth better than you found it. Picking up a piece of litter when you see it is one way to keep the planet green. Random acts of kindness are another great way to enrich lives around you. Even a simple smile and “thank you” to someone who helps you is an easy way to leave the Earth better than you found it.


    From there, tiny little steps can become even bigger steps. Instead of driving to work each day, you might decide to bike to work. Ultimately, any small action that gets us closer to our final goal of an eco-sustainable planet is worth doing. We all have to commit to making every day better.


    It’s the tiny steps that matter because they have the power to inspire others around you. A few steps taken by a few individuals can become a powerful movement followed by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people.


    The key point here is that you need to be focused on the here and now, rather than on some date far in the future. In short, it’s not about leaving a legacy when you leave this Earth, it’s about leaving a legacy every day. Any interaction, any situation, any meeting with someone new, can become a unique opportunity to leave the Earth better than you found it.


    At Leafwood, we’re continually inspired by the great outdoors and the world around us. We founded this company on the idea that high-quality products can be made from recycled and reclaimed materials. We’re passionate about the need for sustainable development, and we hope that our wood watches will inspire that same kind of passion in others. Every day, we tell ourselves, “It starts here.”


    There is something very magical about getting back to nature. It changes your perspective of the world. It helps you to appreciate simplicity and beauty in all things. Are you ready to change the world? Then simply pledge to leave the Earth better than you found it.

    5 of the Top 10 Most Common Watch Strap Clasps

    5 of the Top 10 Most Common Watch Strap Clasps

    With so many options out there for a watch clasp, how do you decide which one is best for you? For me, it comes down to 2 main things

    1. Style (how good it looks)
    2. Practicality (will it suffice for my intended use) 

    This article will tell you a bit about 5 of our favourites picked from the top 10 most common clasps to help you make a decision.


    Unfolds into thirds to allow the watch to fit over the hand. It locks in place with a small hook-type latch. It may also have buttons on either side of the clasp that must be pinched to release, or / and a fold over closure on top that provides extra security. Examples of watches that use this type of clasp are  the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 and the Tag Heuer Aquaracer 2000 watch. This is a pretty solid clasp and is found on many metal straps.


    This clasp creates the illusion of a seamless band from the outside, and is hidden on the inside of the watch strap. Some have side push-button release mechanisms for added security. The Women's Virago Wood Watch by Leafwood uses this type of clasp, and is our number # 1 clasp pick, especially for a woman's watch.


    This is probably the most common type of clasp seen, as it is very simple and easy to manufacture, whilst being very secure at the same time. It has an adjustable closure made up of a pin and a series of holes in the band. This closure is common in belts and leather straps. Examples of watches that use this type of buckle are the Breitling Chronomat H13356 and The Mens Terra Juglan Gold Wood Watch by Leafwood. 



    A simple latch snapped closed around a bar. It is released by lifting the clasp and unsnapping it from the latch bar. As the name suggests, it is more of a decorative clasp on high end watches. The look is one of its most important features.  The Gucci Signoria 116 25mm watch uses this type of clasp.

    #5 Velcro CLASP

    This is not strictly a clasp, and is really just a piece of material. Two pieces of Velcro are built into the strap and adhere to each other to create a tight fit. Fully adjustable and commonly found on sports watches with either a fabric or leather type strap. Since the velcro can wear out and become less secure over time, many watches that use this mechanism, combine it with a buckle for added security. The Timex Men's T499979J Expedition uses this type of clasp. 

    We hope this short introduction to watch strap clasps has been interesting to read and you've learned something new.

    All the best, The Leafwood Team.