Unboxing March 2015 GlobeIn Artisan Box!

Are you surprised to see this subscription box?   I secretively added GlobeIn Artisan box into my ever-growing list of Subscription Boxes earlier in March and I have to say, I am pleased as punch with it!  I love my beauty subs, and will always have them, but I also have a hunger for lifestyle boxes and I also love artisan, handcrafted products ~ see my reviews with SudsyBox, FlickerBox, HerbalBlissCo and Kloverbox.   I just received my first GlobeIn Artisan box and am happy to have this unboxing for you! What is GlobeIn Aristan Box?

The GlobeIn Artisan Box is a monthly subscription box featuring our favorite products from global artisans. Each box is curated around a monthly theme selected by our editor with the aim of helping you experience new and interesting products and cultures.  It’s our passion to discover extraordinary finds from all over the globe and share them with you. Our marketplace features thousands of handmade and Fair Trade products sourced from direct relationships with artisans as well as vetted partner organizations. From Mexican palm leaf woven baskets to Moroccan sequined handbags to hand-sewn Indian quilts, each item is unique and has a story worth sharing.    GlobeIn is dedicated to supporting artisans from all walks of life with an emphasis on artisans in the developing world where, after agriculture, artisan goods are the second largest source of employment. GlobeIn is dedicated to reducing poverty by giving these artisans, and subsequently their communities, a global audience. Each month, we select one exceptional artisan or artisan collective and ask our community to help crowd-fund a special project

They have 3 subscription types, all which feature free shipping and as low as $30.00 a month

  • Monthly $35/month
  • Three Month $33/month ($99)
  • Six Month $30/month ($180)

Now onto my box!  This month’s theme is Sustain 


image from https://www.facebook.com/GlobeIN

March brings a box of eco-friendly surprises — goods and goodies that promise a better life for you, your family and the planet


Came in a nice compact cardboard box with a lovely quote on the side


My Sustain Box Revealed!

Informational Card (sorry for the bad photos here)

Prana Market Tote in India  This tote bag is made from 100% fair trade certified cotton and and its materials can be traced back to its seed.   It comes in two designs ~ Earth, which is the one I received, and Snow, which is a wintery pine tree scene.  Both are beautiful in their simplistic ink drawings and I love a good tote bag.   I use mine for carrying groceries and other items instead of using plastic or paper bags.   Full Size Value $5.00

Story Behind the Goods: After cigarette butts, plastic bags are the single most common type of ocean refuse. The plastic remains toxifying, even after it breaks down. In every square mile of ocean there are 46,000 pieces of suspended plastic. Much of that toxicity makes its way onto our plates after being eaten by fish who, filling up on plastic bag particles become nourished toxic time bombs making their way up the food supply chain.  If reducing your post-consumer plastic impact wasn’t motivation enough, this fashionable and functional tote is a pleasure to take along on every day shopping trips. The robust construction makes this bag ready for a trip to the grocery store or around town. Fashioned from small-scale fair trade organic cotton and sewn in a specially-designed fair trade production, you can feel good about its origin and its function.  


Palm Leaf Basket  in Mexico   This is a traditional basket made in Mexico by indigenous Oaxacan artisans and is known as a tenate basket.   It made with discarded palm leaves and painted with natural, water borne paints and can take up to 6 hours to weave.  I had been hoping for a more detailed weave, as in GlobeIn’s FB page (photo at bottom of this post) or a bright teal color, but the purple herringbone type weave is fine too.  I think this basket will be good for cotton balls as it is a lightweight basket.   Value $12.00

Description: Profiria and Margarita are living national treasures. As the matriarchal members of Oaxaca’s petate basket-weaving community, they grew-up in the days when basket-weaving was an essential skill for creating utilitarian housewares like bedrolls. In fact, petate, the intricate and ancient weaving pattern they practice is derived from the word “bedroll” in their native Nahuatl language.   Margarita is the eldest master. And her eyesight is failing, but her imminent blindness has not slowed down her competent hands, which Margarita says, stoically, “know the way.” Thousands of years of ancestral knowledge lie embedded her gaunt fingers. Encroaching arthritis also threatens to put the final damper on her practice. But for now, Margarita’s slender hands move swiftly. When she is no longer able to weave, Margarita prays Profiria and the younger members of Oaxaca’s basket weaving community will be able to carry-on the tradition of petate weaving.

Sweet Riot Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs in Columbia These little cocoa nibs are 65% dark chocolate, which is just right ~ between dark and milk!   They are roasted chocolate covered cacao nibs, and as I am a huge fan of chocolate covered espresso beans, I took to these like a duck to water 🙂  Full Size bag Value $3.75

Description: Warning! Don’t take the riot lightly… there’s a lot of flavor in each 1oz tin. 😉 Cacao nibs, lightly roasted, dunked in 65% dark chocolate for true chocoholics. Let the riot begin. All natural, fairly traded, single origin cacao, gmo-free, dairy free, kosher, gluten free

Ingredients: cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa beans, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, emulsifier (soy lecithin GMO free), glazing agent, and natural vanilla flavor. Contains Soy. Store in a cool dry place. Made in a facility that processes milk, gluten, peanuts, and other nuts. May contain cacao shell fragments.

 image from http://shop.sweetriot.com/products/flavor-65-cacao-nibs-12-pack

Story Behind the Goods: Cacao served as the literal gold standard for preColumbian Mesoamerica. The reasons cacao made an excellent currency were that, like gold, cacao was difficult to produce, so supply is was limited. While at the same time, it carried an etherial quality of awesomeness. Today, truly high quality cacao production remains as difficult as ever. While global demand (and palate) for chocolaty goodness has risen around the world, cacao beans can only be grown 10 degrees north or south of the equator, making its production and economy especially susceptible to climate change. Additionally, mass cultivation has let to the evolution of a number of destructive diseases and parasites, which threaten crops and the traditional way of life for local farmers.


Eco Lips Lip Balm Relieve Softening in Cocoa Vanilla  in Brazil    This lip balm is made with several oils and butters ~ coconut, brazil, sunflower, and also contains vitamin E.   It has a light cocoa scent, nothing overpowering to make me hungry!   All ingredients are USDA certified organic and is gluten free.  This is a softening lip balm, which I can use either as a day or night time treatment.  Eco Lips also makes other lip balms, targeted for repair (mango ginger),  revive (herbal mint), relax (lavender lemon), restore (coconut ginger) and renew (orange spice) ~ they all sound wonderful!  I will have to see how this one works and check out the others.  Even the tube is bio-degradable ~ what is not to love about this lip balm??   Full Size .3 oz Value $5.99

DescriptionRelieve stressed lips with this seriously softening solution. Brazil Nut Oil provides hydrating relief, while Coconut Oil and Fair Trade Certified™ Cocoa Butter nourish dry, damaged skin. For lips that need extra loving care, honor them with this perfect blend.  100% Biodegradable & Compostable FSC Certified Eco Tube.  Push Up Tube

Ingredients: *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fair Trade Certified TM *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cera Flava (Beeswax), *Cocos Nuciferas (Coconut) Oil, *Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Oil, *Vanilla Flavor, *Hazelnut Flavor, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Certified Organic Ingredients.  cosDNA.com analysis

Story Behind the Goods: Made exclusively from cold-pressed oils, this specially blended balm uses fair trade and organic ingredients such as cocoa seed butter and beeswax, giving you a natural way to maintain healthy lips.  The FSA-certified tube is compostable, making this a near-zero-waste product and giving healthy lips something to smile about.

Lotus Foods Volcano Rice  in Indonesia    I am a HUGE rice eater ~ I love rice.  Anywhere I can add rice, I will.  It is my preferred starch, that is for sure.   This volcanic soil grown rice uses less water as the farmers use a method called SRI (System of Rice Intensification), which also preserves biodiversity and protects the land, water and other resources, while producing more product.   This rice cooks in 30 minutes (yeah, rice cooker!!), is gluten and wheat free, 100% certified organic, vegan and is high in magnesium, manganese and zinc.    Rice is a good daily source of protein, iron, molybdenum and complex carbohydrates and phosphorus.  BTW – I cannot believe how inexpensive this rice is ~ I pay a lot more for 15 oz of rice in my neck of the woods!  Full Size 15 oz Value $4.69

Close up of the rice

Description: Volcano Rice is a mineral- and antioxidant-packed blend of traditional aromatic West Java rices grown on volcanic soils rich in magnesium, manganese and zinc – essential minerals so often lacking in modern diets. A colorful blend of nutrient-dense Sintanur brown rice, whole grain red rice and lightly milled red rice that is reputed to restore vitality due to its high mineral, fiber and antioxidant content, it’s no wonder the Javanese favor these healthy rices for their satisfying wholesome flavor. We’re told that Sintanur, with a hint of vanilla-like Pandan aroma, is such a favorite with Javanese that they take it along when visiting other islands. Volcano Rice can transform any rice dish into a more flavorful and nutritious meal.

image from http://www.lotusfoods.com/index.php/products/organic-products/organic-volcano-rice/

The Story Behind the Goods:  This whole grain brown rice is grown on nutrient-rich volcanic ash, giving it an extra dose of minerals, antioxidants and flavor. Using renowned System of rice intensification (SRI) practices to reduce water consumption while increasing crop yields.  While it feeds billions of people around the world, rice is one of the most irrigation-intensive crops on the planet. SRI keeps water consumption in check — cutting irrigation needs in half while actually growing a stronger, healthier plant. The secret is early replanting, regular soil irrigation and attention to the plant arrangement — simple practices that can be applied to any rice growing region.  



Coconut Bowl by bambu in Vietnam This was the reason why I signed up ~ for this bowl.  They come in a few exterior finishes ~ gold metallic, silver metallic, purple metallic and naked finish.  I received the gold metallic finish and I love it ~ at first, I had wanted the purple, but the gold is such a lovely neutral that will work well in my home.    This bowl is so smooth and lovely to touch ~ I cannot stop stroking it!! haha   Plus, I love the coconut own beautiful design pattern in the bowl ~ I think I may have to get some of these in the naked finish, as I love that contrast between the beige and dark brown and the “veining”.   This company uses old coconut shells that have been discarded for their meat and milk and create these beautiful bowls from them.   What a lovely idea!   5 1/2″ dia. x 2 1/2″ H Value $14.00

Description:  Living in Asia for as long as we have we have had the chance to visit many places. Vietnam is among our favorites. We have been working with the craftspeople of Vietnam since our inception 10 years ago. Our coconut bowls are the result of a program we started in the south of the country where coconuts are harvested for their meat and milk. The shells were discarded and usually burned. We created a ‘reclaim’ program to gather the coconut shells and clean and finish them in the same workshop we produce our coiled bamboo bowls.

Customers go coconuts over these bowls. Every one is unique. Their organic irregular shape is part of their charm and appeal. Made from hand-picked coconut shells, each bowl is cleaned, polished and finished with a durable food-safe lacquer, and accented with color. People love them for serving everything from breakfast cereal to a tasty salad. Made from a reclaimed material.  bambu Coconut Bowls are tested and approved for food appropriateness.   Natural lacquer provides durable waterproof finish.  Suitable for hot and cold foods.  Hand wash in warm soapy water.  Not recommended for dishwasher or prolonged soaking.  Not recommended for use in the microwave or refrigerator.  Bowls are hand finished, handle with care

The Story Behind the Goods: Created from reclaimed coconut shells, this bowl keeps carbon out of the atmosphere while providing sustainable, respectable jobs for folks in southern Vietnam. Typically, Coconut shells are burned or sent the the landfill after harvest. Whether they fester into methane or go up in smoke, they’ll eventually contribute to climate change. Keeping a few coconut shells out of the atmosphere may have a small effect, but the concept sets an important precedent for how we could be thinking about all of our products.   


I received six unique items with my GlobeIn Artisan March box and I love each one!   If you want to learn more about the items, the artists and their plans to protecting our fair mother earth, you can read it here.   My favorite item is the Coconut bowl, because it is so appealing to me.  I am going to stay with GlobeIn for a few months and if this subscription continues to be this great, I will sign up for a longer, committed subscription service with them. I am on the fence with a couple of subscription services right now, due to my disappointment in the direction they are taking, so I am looking for new services that will continue to wow me!  I paid $35.00, which includes shipping, for my box, as I am currently going month to month and received a value of $45.43, but I do not place a huge amount on that price tag, as all of these items are artisan crafted from all around the world!

Do you subscribe to GlobeIn Artisan Box?  What colors did you get and what was your favorite item this month?

This was the promo photo from GlobeIn’s FB page





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