GlobeIn is fast becoming one of my favorite subscription boxes and I was waiting on pins and needles for my April box as the theme this month is Picnic! 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. I have a special promo code at the end of this blog post.
- Monthly $35/month
- Three Month $33/month ($99)
- Six Month $30/month ($180)
Now onto my box! This month’s theme is Picnic
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Picnic season is on its way. Make every day a field day.
Yogi and Boo Boo Bear will agree to that statement!
I love that they have a quote on the packing box and also a nice drawing ~ upper is San Francisco, where GlobeIn is located, then an African landscape, a mountainous region, to an Asian temple and then to the ocean.
My Picnic Box Revealed!
All Good Unscented Sunstick by Elemental Herbs This was the spoiler for the box and it is only downer in my box this month. I am a little sick of sunscreen ~ because I get so much of it ~ but I will use it. I like that it is unscented and is made with some really nice moisturizing oils, such as jojoba, coconut, sesame, cocoa, shea butter, buriti and avacado. and it is a stick form ~ handy to toss in my purse and apply. Full Size .6 oz Value $8.00
Description: Grab your gear, your board and a sunstick. It’s all you need for lasting, effective protection from the sun when you’re out in the great out-there. Elemental Herbs Zinc Sunstick is ideal for the face, nose, ears and more. In addition to the non-nano Zinc Oxide, our formula incorporates rich, skin-saving certified organic oils, including jojoba, coconut and avocado.
Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20% (Non-nanoparticle) Other Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Sesame indicum (Sesame Seed) Oil*, Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Tapioca Starch*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter)*, Mauritia flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil*, Non GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E) cosDNA.com analysis
The Story Behind the Goods: Elemental Herbs began locally as a way to unite nature and healing, offering plant-based, sustainable products that replenish and revitalize our bodies and give back to the world around us. The company cares for the habitats of these medicinal plants, which in turn care for us – a “trade” resulting in a healthy Earth and for us, a healthy lifestyle. While driving their business objectives to adhere to a triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit, all of their packaging is 100% recyclable. As a B-Corporation, Elemental Herbs carries its impact from production to end use, contributing one percent of all revenue to the betterment of social and environmental justice around the world.
Peruvian Dried Mango by Kopali Organics I love dried fruits and I do enjoy mango, so this is a nice treat to have in my box. This is made with just one ingredient ~ organic mango. The natural sweetness of the mango, along with the concentrated sugars that are produced when a fruit is dried, means that this doesn’t need any additional sweeteners! These are really good ~ they have a bit of tangy taste to them as well. Dried fruits are full of fiber and we all need to greatly increase our intake of fiber, as Americans do not eat enough of it. These 100% dried organic mango pieces are low in saturated fat, good source of calcium, high in Vitamin A, low cholesterol, low fat and low sodium as well. It looks like this is carried at Whole Foods, so I will have to check that out next time I am there, as I just finished eating this bag! Snack Size 1.8 oz Value $4.00
The Story Behind the Goods: Kopali Organics is part of a small but growing breed of triple-bottom-line businesses that are committed to social, ecological, and financial improvement in the global community. The success of the company directly corresponds to an improved planet and for indigenous farmers, an improved livelihood. Believing that their own practices can create a model for the future of commerce, Kopali Organics strives to set an example for other businesses to adopt such methods. With this bag of mangos, you are supporting a community of farmers and their families, and driving a more compassionate and sustainable world.
image from http://kopali.net/products/fruits/mango/
Eco Lunch Tiffin-inspired Tri Bento Lunchbox I LOVE this item! This is perfect for me and bringing lunches to work ~ there are 3 sections and each section (or layer) holds about 1 1/2 cups of food, making this lunchbox hold up to 4 3/4 cups of food. The dimensions are 5.2 x 5.2 x 5.2 inches. This is great for salads, cold soups, fruits, yogurt, cookies, antipasto and other goodies. This is dishwater safe and is made of stainless steel and is non-toxic, plastic free. Of course, you cannot put these in the microwave, but I keep bowls at my desk for that, as I eat soups all the time (from cans or packages), so this is not a hardship for me. Value $25.00.
Description: Stacking and packing a healthy lunch is as easy at 1-2-3 with our elegant ECOlunchbox Tri Bento that’s made up of three separate layers which neatly clip together. The shape of our Tri Bento lunchbox is classic of the round stainless steel food containers that have been used for generations throughout India, where they are called “tiffins.” Our Tri Bento, however, is a stand-out due to the exceptional quality of the workmanship as well as the easy-to-use clips that won’t pinch little fingers. This three-piece container has stacking bottom, middle and top layers that clip together. It’s the perfect lunchbox for packing a trio of your favorite lunch foods! Made in India
The Story Behind the Goods: With the idea that change can begin at lunchtime, ECOlunchboxes was founded by an investigative journalist and international humanitarian aid worker who questioned the effects of plastics. Journeying toward a more sustainable and healthier alternative, ECOlunchboxes started to develop products from non-toxic materials such as stainless steel, cotton, and plastic-free silicone. The products compliment one another: the lunchbox sustains a century-long traditional design, paired with a more modern design of napkins. Combining the old with the new, ECOlunchboxes and ECOnapkins promote a waste-free lunch with a stylish and sustainable solution, and helps to bridge remote desert artisans with the global consumer community.
Eco Lunchbox Hand-printed Khatri Cotton Napkin Set These napkins came in several different colors and I received the following colors: an olive green/blue paisley for the drawstring pouch (and look at that beautiful wooden toggle!), a bright turquoise and black paisley design and a bright raspberry pink with navy dots for my napkins. I am so happy with these colors! I love that this comes with a drawstring pouch, which not only carries the napkins, but you can also put in utensils, salt & pepper and other condiment packets too OR you can use it as a lunch bag! The napkins are a nice size ~ 16 x 12 inches and can also be used as place mats. To clean, just toss in the washer on a cold cycle and tumble dry. Value $10.00
Description: Sewn from hand-printed textiles, each set includes two colorful napkins and a drawstring sack. Celebrate mealtime with a pop of artisan color. Deliciously waste-free & eco-chic! The multi-use drawstring sack is great for toting dry snacks, such as nuts, dried fruits or crackers, or can be used to organize your lunchware accessories, such as the napkins, a spork or other small items. It’s 100% cotton without plastic coatings on the fabric and can be easily washed.
About Eco Lunchbox : ECOlunchbox makes plastic-free, non-leaching stainless steel lunch boxes and handy cotton lunch bags to provide waste-free & healthy meal-time solutions for everyone
The Story Behind the Goods: Following techniques passed down over generations, Khatri artisans produce these whimsical hand-printed fabrics using wooden blocks, screens, and wax-resist dyeing. Sourced in fair trade from the Gujarat deserts, the ancient textile tradition combines natural plant-based dyes with synthetic dyes that help to create such rich, bright colors. In using these ECOnapkins, you are helping to sustain and protect these artisans in their cultural and artistic traditions, as well as lessen their chance of being overrun by large-scale manufacturers.
Palm Leaf Basket in Mexico I received one in last month’s box ~ I wonder if this is always included in the boxes? If so, I will have a lot of these and that means…gifts! 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. This month my basket is a bright magenta diamond pattern against a cream background. Very nice! 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.
I received 4 unique items with my GlobeIn Artisan April box and one repeat with the basket. 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 items are the lunchbox and napkins ~ I am going to be envied at my job!! I paid $35.00, which includes shipping, for my box, as I am currently going month to month and received a value of $59.00, 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! I do feel that this box is a bit light ~ perhaps another small item in here would have been good ~ even though this has a higher value than last month, I feel that since the basket is included monthly, it should not be considered an “item” as it is no longer unique. I like the baskets, but I would love to see something else besides them every month. This box is still a great deal to me 🙂
Do you subscribe to GlobeIn Artisan Box? What colors did you get in the napkin set and basket and what was your favorite item this month?
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