Here's a bit more info about the products in our first ever Good Stuff box. Check out our partner brands' websites for more info.
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Recycled Sari Scarf by Didi Bahini
Made by a women's owned and staffed fair trade business in Kathmandu, these vibrant scarves are sure to be a new wardrobe staple! These beautiful pieces are made from retired saris worn by women in the Himalayas.
The original 8 meter long saris worn for celebrations had slight imperfections caused by trampled hemlines from many journeys, tears from children clinging, and holes from unexpected occurrences. These saris were collected by women who washed, sorted, inspected and then recut, sewed and ironed the material into new infinity scarves to be worn by you.
Although we can not guarantee the exact fibre content of the scarves given that they are recycled textiles, we can guarantee that the fabrics are soft and fall nicely. Many are silk.
Every time you wrap yourself in one of these 'sister scarves', you will be connected to the beautiful energy of every sister involved in its history. Didi Bahini is proud to create this beautiful sisterhood of support through their fair trade business, and invite you to join them. Wrap yourself in your new beautiful scarf and help empower the women of Nepal through your purchase.
Winter Tea by Turmeric Teas
(Featured twice on the Marilyn Dennis show!)
The abundance in darkness. Winter turns us inward, toward the light of the centre. Nature renews itself in stillness. Turmeric Teas Winter blend is a restorative ginger tisane (herbal tea / infusion) with turmeric root - an aromatic spice that heats and heals from within.
Fragrant layers of ginger and cinnamon heat and heal. Vivid spice furnishes a richly coloured and savoury dose of strength for the immune system. A perfect drink to enjoy when nights are long, as a satisfying source of comfort and internal warmth.
- Turmeric and ginger fortify the immune system and protect against seasonal illness
- Certified organic, all-natural tea that is free of preservatives, added colours and sweeteners
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory with a range of healing benefits. All Turmeric Tea blends contain black pepper, which optimizes the absorption of the medicinal compound, curcumin. Drawing on the wisdom of Ayurveda, these teas are inspired by the phases of nature. Don't be fooled by the name - Winter Tea is the perfect caffeine-free treat any time of year.
Go to their website to find out more about their Buy One, Feed One program, and to check out their other blends.
Lemon Goji Berry Coconut Bar by Nagi
NAGI offers a curated selection of nutritionally balanced energy bars and snacks. Made in Canada, they are raw, organic, non-gmo, vegan, as well as gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free… and delicious, too. In Polish, nagi means naked.
Founded by health and fitness expert, Justyna Kozlowska, who believes that food should nourish from within, and provide the energy needed to keep a body active and a mind sharp throughout the day.
NAGI products are produced in small batches, and made fresh to order. Every ingredient is carefully sourced for its nutrient density, and simply based on whole foods with no preservatives, additives, or artificial nonsense.
The Lemon Goji Coconut bar is a refreshing take on what can sometimes be a heavy snack. Filled with high-quality proteins and bright bursts of goji berries and lemon, this bar is sure to make it onto your list of favourites. Try it with your afternoon cup of tea (maybe even a Winter Turmeric Tea!); you won't be disappointed.
Orange & Lime Sea Salt by Vancouver Island Salt Co.
Vancouver Island Salt Co. salts are hand-harvested with care from the cold, clear waters of British Columbia, and handcrafted in small batches. All flavours are truly unrefined and made with all natural ingredients. It's the happy harmony of Mother Nature & the tides, respectful harvesting, & artisanal craftsmanship.
The Orange & Lime sea salt featured in the Welcome Box is a favourite finishing salt on seafood, salads and pork, this flavour infusion works great as a cocktail rimmer for margaritas and Caesars, too, and will have you dreaming of warmer weather in no time! Fresh orange and lime zest infuse this gourmet sea salt with citrusy flavour notes. We think it's particularly great on salmon and chargrilled vegetables like asparagus and broccoli. Sprinkle this salt on quick pickles and ceviche for a great flavour boost! Also a great go-to salt for salsa verde.
Using Vancouver Island Salt Co. sea salts for your home cooking or as a finishing salt can give you peace of mind knowing that this sea salt is unrefined and contains over 30 trace minerals that are naturally-occurring in the Pacific Ocean waters it is harvested from. Great care for the environment and sustainability also guide the people who harvest and package your sea salt. Check out their YouTube channel here to learn more about their harvesting methods.
How will you use it? Be sure to tag @goodstuffsubbox and @vanislesalt and use the hashtag #saltlove so we can see your creations.
Turmeric + Coconut Face Mask by SCHMEAR
SCHMEAR's vision is to provide simple, honest, and 100% food-based skincare products that help people feel great in their own skin.
SCHMEAR grew from the desire to provide wholesome skincare products that are simple to use and free from guesswork. Overwhelmed by aisles of products containing synthetic fillers and complex ingredients, SCHMEAR ventured out to find a 100% food-based alternative. After all, if ingredients are not good enough to consume, then why should they be good enough for your skin?
SCHMEAR's Turmeric + Coconut face mask contains anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as turmeric, coconut milk, honey, chamomile, and aloe vera, which will naturally calm and nourish your face after a long day. Turmeric will also gently cleanse and brighten your skin in the process. And don't worry, this mask is specially formulated so that it won't stain your face.
Everyone should feel great in their own skin. And being comfortable in your
own skin means being comfortable with what you use on your skin. So go ahead,
SCHMEAR food on your face.
Las Rosas Coffee by Balzac's
A limited edition dynamic and flavourful coffee with notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and pomegranate. Grown at an altitude of 1,700 - 2,000 metres above sea level, these beans are harvested from June to August exclusively.
Balzac's is proud to partner with RGC Coffee to present this exceptional coffee to you. This coffee comes from and supports the Las Rosas Women's Group in La Plata, Huila, Colombia.
The Las Rosas association of over 400 women coffee farmers came first came together to solve issues including lack of capital on their farms, and to create an equitable working relationship with their husbands. Overwhelmed by a lack of credit available, the initial group of 50 women came together to change the way they were being treated as it was weakening their families and future potential to lead a better and more productive life. Today, the group is 350+ members strong, with 50 members in leadership positions.
The mission of the Las Rosas project is centred on family prosperity and generational renewal. The project focuses on food security, economic stability, entrepreneurship and passing on coffee traditions to younger generations. They are committed to producing high-quality coffee as a way to drive important change.
Find out more about the project here.
30% off Dried Fruit from Level Ground Trading
Also included in the Welcome Box is a coupon for 30% off any dried fruit from Level Ground Trading.
Level Ground's mission is to trade fairly and directly with small-scale producers in developing countries, offering customers ethical choices. Their vision is to alleviate poverty in developing countries through Direct Fair Trade.
It all started in 1997 when four families came together with the idea of improving the lives of disadvantaged producers through trade. Inspired by the work of Ten Thousand Villages, they were keen to see the principles of Fair Trade applied to foods we consume every day.
Level Ground’s first Fair Trade initiative was buying coffee from a cooperative in Colombia. From there, lots happened including additional trade relationships formed in Bolivia, Peru, Ethiopia, Tanzania & D.R. Congo, a Colombian company formed to produce dried fruit and cane sugar and to provide positive employment for displaced women, and trade relationships started with small-scale tea growers in India, heirloom rice farmers and coconut oil producers in the Philippines, spice farmers in Sri Lanka, and vanilla growers in Uganda.
At home at their Victoria office, Level Ground staff:
stick to a ‘zero to landfill’ mandate for our office & roasting facility
compost over 20,000 lbs of organic matter and reclaim 24,000 empty coffee packages/year
converted our coffee package to 100% compostable packaging material
reclaim our packaging for recycling and composting
pay staff to bike, carpool or bus to work, saving nearly 52,000 kms/year
We are thrilled to work with the folks at Level Ground, and look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.
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