I am looking forward to my GlobeIn box this month, as the spoilers looked really nice! They also changed up the format of the informational card ~ it is now a pamphlet. 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 Entertain
The “Entertain” Artisan Box: A few things that inspired this box: outdoor fun, family, and friends!
My Entertain Box Revealed!
I will be posting the individual informational card information with the product unboxing 🙂
Za’atar (Thyme) Spice Mix (Palestine) This spice mix smells so GOOD – fresh and very thyme-y smelling ~ I kept sniffing the package as I was taking photos! It also tastes wonderful ~ this isn’t just thyme, but 100% organic mix of olive oil, roasted sesame seeds and salt make this a tasting topping on salads, a final finisher for meats, vegetables and even for dips, like hummus. I really love this spice mix ~ I have never tried anything like it before and it very addicting. I will have to make the Fatoush salad recipe that was included in this box. This is made in cooperation with Canaan Fair Trade, Jenin, West Bank. Full Size 150 g Value $5.50
Description: Za’atar is the signature spice blend of Palestine! Thyme is wild collected from the hills near Jenin, then dried and blended with roasted sesame seeds, ground sumac, and a touch of sea-salt by women-owned cooperatives. Olive oil, za’atar and fresh-baked bread is the daily breakfast in Palestine. The signature spice blend of Palestine, used on tomatoes, meat, fish, eggs, labne cheese. Organic thyme is grown near Nablus by 22 women farmers on small plots, picked, meticulously cleaned and dried by them. The thyme is blended with roasted sesame seeds, ground sumac, and a touch of salt by a PFTA women-owned cooperative in Al-Jalama. Za’atar keeps indefinitely refrigerated or frozen
Ingredients: Za’atar (thyme), roasted sesame seeds, summac, olive oil, sea salt
Coasters (Ghana) These are so fun! They are made from traditional batik fabrics ~ I received beautiful colors in teal, sunny yellow, ocean blue and deep purple ~ and then backed with discarded water plastic bags to ensure that any moisture will not seep onto your furniture. The coasters are then edged in black cotton fabric to give a nice finish to them. These coasters are made in Ghana and help empower and employee young mothers in that country. Empowering these young women allows them to end the cycle of poverty and ABAN (A Ban Against Neglect) will help educate them as well. These coasters are 4.5 inches in diameter. 4 coasters Value $12.00
Description: Made from recycled water bags and traditional hand-dyed batik these hip and colorful coasters will help you keep your tabletops safe from stains. Each coaster set recycles 4 plastic water sachets and provides savings for a month for a Ghanaian girl to put towards her future. For these coasters with have partnered with ABAN (A Ban Against Neglect), a nonprofit that educates, empowers and employs impoverished women in Ghana. Every year, ABAN welcomes 20-30 women to its school, providing them with both vocational education and life skills coaching. The product you’re holding in your hands is an act of transformation, plastic turned into fabric, glass turned beads, white cloth turned colorful batik. It’s poverty turned dignity, abandonment turned hope, neglect turned empowerment. That’s why we call it the Fabric of Change.
Sun-dried Tomato Caper Spread (Palestine) OMG I love sun dried tomato spreads and just kick me now ~ I LOVE CAPER ANYTHING. This spread is so good, I was eating it directly from the jar with a spoon ~ I had to forcibly stop myself! This is another great product from Canaan Fair Trade and it is just great on warm bread, crackers, on pasta or as a dip (or by itself). It has a rich tomato flavor, with the saltiness of the capers and smooth olive oil just completes this savory jar of tomato spread. Yep, just 3 ingredients ~ very simple and yet, very robust and hardy. Full Size 6.4 oz Value $8.00
Description: This savory spread is made from native Palestinian tomato varieties that are sun-dried by women-owned cooperatives and then blended with wild capers and organic olive oil. Serve as a dip or spread on crusty bread or crackers. Spread on fish or meat and grill or bake for an easy and elegant meal. Toss with warm pasta or mix with chopped stewed or fresh tomatoes and some red pepper flakes for Puttanesca sauce with all the flavor and none of the fuss! Certified Organic and Fair Trade by IMO – the Institute of Marketecology in Switzerland. Refrigerate after opening
Ingredients: sun-dried tomatoes, organic capers, organic olive oil
About Canaan Fair Trade
Canaan Fair Trade uses the fair trade concept to empower marginalized Palestinian rural communities caught in conflict so they can sustain their livelihoods and culture. To that end, we have built direct working relationships with these communities, paying sustainable prices for their agricultural products to ensure fair wages for labor along the supply chain.
We support farmers in enhancing production procedures and product quality, building their capacities to work collectively, and to sell to international markets.
We educate farmers about sustainable practices and support conversion to certified organic production. We ensure sterling quality standards, while implementing social and economic empowerment programs.
Canaan promotes cross-cultural, interfaith, and multi-ethnic connection of all participants in the production and trade processes: workers, farmers, processors, traders, exporters, importers, distributors, and consumers. The idea is to create one community connected by the fair exchange of goods in a cross-cultural setting.
The Reestablishment of Traditional Sustainable Farming In Palestine: By giving incentives to produce a high quality product, Canaan and its partners hope to reestablish traditional sustainable farming as an avenue for Palestinan farmers earning a livelihood. Fair trade provides a vehicle for alternative cultural expression and the opportunity for communities caught in conflict to connect with the outside world.
Matr Boomie Tea Time Bunting (India) I wasn’t sure about getting a bunting in my box this month as I didn’t know how I was going to use it. However, once I saw it, and the beautiful green, cream and teal colors, I fell in love with this beautiful bunting. I am going to hang mine across my sliding glass door to my balcony, as it is perfect there. This bunting is made from re(up)cycled Indian saris, and have 7 triangles and measures 7’9″ x 10′. These are fair trade made of 100% cotton, sustainable, handmade, eco-friendly and made by women. To clean, just machine mash with similar colors on gentle cycle. Air dry. Value $8.00
Description: Add a little bit of tea time to any room with this printed cotton buntings. Each bunting is made from upcycled Indian saris by woman artisans in India. Add instant color to mantels, nurseries, dorms, windows and more. Each bunting includes 7 triangles, and spans 92″, with 18″ of string on each end for tying. Color and prints may vary.
image from globeIn
Palm Leaf Basket (Mexico) This seems to be a mainstay in each box, which is a bit of a disappointment, as it is included in the worth of the box. They are very nice, but subscription boxes are designed to have never tried, unique products. 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 hot pink pattern which looks just like the magenta one I received in my second month… Value $12.00 but since it is not unique item anymore, I will not be including the price in the subscription value.
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.
This box is fantastic! I love the two products from Palestine ~ the herbal thyme mix will be used up quickly, as I think that is the perfect finishing touch on salads and vegetables. The tomato spread is also yummy and that will be good on some toasted bread, along with the salad. The coasters are fantastic, love the colors and the recycled backs on them and the bunting is so neat ~ I am actually going to hang this on my sliding glass door on the top for the summertime, as it is festive without clashing.
As I have mentioned before and I will keep stating this in my reviews, I do feel that they need to stop including the basket as part of the amount of the box, as if that is included in every box, it is no longer a treat and not unique. A subscription box should be offering new and unique items every month and having it be included in the subscription box value is not fair to long term subscribers, imho.
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. I paid $29.66, which includes shipping, for my box, as I am on a 3 month subscription plan and received a value of $33.50 as I am no longer going to include the basket in the value of the box. I have one more month of this subscription but I will most likely resubscribe again, as despite the plethora of baskets, I do enjoy the other products for the most part.
Do you subscribe to GlobeIn Artisan Box? What was your favorite item this month?
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