Here's a bit more info about the products in our second ever Good Stuff box. Check out our partner brands' websites for more info.
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Earth Hat by Ardor + Wild
Ardor + Wild is an eco-friendly apparel brand that has a passion for the care and future of our planet, and all of its ecosystems. Their sales support the work of the David Suzuki Foundation, with 5% of their profits directly donated to the cause.
Made locally in British Columbia, the Earth Hat is Ardor + Wild's first feature product. Made with 100% organic cotton and featuring a classic baseball cap fit, this product is sure to be your new summer go-to.
The image on the front of the hat was designed by the team at Ardor + Wild, and is based on one of the four classical elements in alchemy. The four elements being earth, air, fire, and water - they of course chose to design their logo based on the symbol for Earth.
They knew they wanted to focus their design on simplicity, as well as on something unique and meaningful. They also knew their brand would always be keeping the Earth in mind, and so felt it suited to have it represented in their logo & on their first product.
Atwood Blend by Balzac's Coffee
Balzac’s is delighted to partner with Canadian author and bird lover Margaret Atwood in creating a Smithsonian Institute certified BIRD FRIENDLY® blend to help raise funds and awareness for Canada’s Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO). Situated in the western end of Lake Erie, PIBO is a non profit organization devoted to the study & conservation of migratory birds. PIBO’s purpose is to collect and disseminate data that will help understand changes taking place in the populations of migratory birds.
This Bird Friendly® blend of South and Central American coffee varietals exudes distinct notes of caramel and cocoa, while maintaining a balance of acidity and body. The end result is a smooth and satisfying brew that you're sure to love.
One dollar of the proceeds from each bag of Atwood Blend sold is donated to Pelee Island Bird Observatory. To learn more about Balzac's partnership with Margaret Atwood & PIBO, please visit www.atwoodblend.com.
Charcoal Soap Block by Nana+Livy
Cleansing, purifying, and naturally anti-bacterial, charcoal has become well-known for its health and skincare benefits, and is the primary ingredient in this food-based cube soap from Nana+Livy.
The winning combination of activated charcoal and tea tree essential oil are said to help to boost immunity and remove oil from pores. With a minimalist design, this handmade Soap Block is small enough to make an easy grip when you use it for facial, hand and/or body cleansing, but don't let its size fool you... it packs a punch!
This Soap Block is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and palm oil free. It contains no preservatives, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or other harsh chemicals. All blocks are handcrafted in small batches to ensure the highest quality possible. How great is that?!
To extend the life of your Soap Block, leave to dry on a dish that drains.
Oatey Mint Lip Balm by Sudsatorium
Specializing in organic, vegan, fair trade, & cruelty-free cosmetics, Sudsatorium has been named Toronto's 'Most Honest and Most Bad-Ass Company' (IVI Magazine), and one of Toronto's 'Top Ten Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Brands' (BlogTO). In addition to creating great products, Sudsatorium also proudly donates a portion of all proceeds to worthwhile grassroots charities around the world.
Their delicately minty lavender lip balm is a real corker, soothing lips whatever the season. An indulgent blend of oils and butters, including soothing cold pressed oat oil and rich Amazonian hokum butter, caresses and soothes sore and chapped lips. Emollient candelilla wax helps locks in moisture as a spike of sweet orange oil adds a welcomed touch of sunshine. This blissful balm is suitable for all skin types.
Dried Pineapple by Level Ground Trading
Sweet pineapple, dried without preservatives - one and a half pineapples in each package! Want another reason to love this whole food snack? Level Ground Dried fruit is made and packaged by a Fair Trade organization focused on providing positive employment for women. Fruandes purchases fresh fruit from small-scale farmers and employs women to hand cut, dry and package the fruit.
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.
Baru Seeds by Baru Baron
Included in each June Good Stuff Box is a sample of the finest, highest quality baru seeds – lightly roasted so they won’t lose any nutritional value. Treat your body with this natural product, either as a snack or an ingredient in trail mixes, salads, and more. A rare food from the threatened Cerrado savanna in South America, baru seeds' nutritional content speaks for itself. Ideal for low carb diets such as keto, these seeds are peanut-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan, too!
Baru Baron is a Canadian, Toronto-based company focused on introducing Canada to the finest baru seeds and related products. Shand Santos, originally from midwestern Brazil, decided to bring baru to his new home for the simplest reason: he missed eating it. Shand collaborates closely with Cerrado communities, following every step of the production and overseeing the quality of baru fruits and seeds.
Baru baron develops products with a positive environmental impact, going against the grain by preserving and reforesting the savanna as demand for Cerrado products grows. Ultimately, recognizing the importance of the Cerrado savanna means a brighter future for the Amazon rainforest, carbon capture and climate change mitigation.
20% off from Anxiously Awesome
Also included in the Welcome Box is a coupon for 20% off any item from Anxiously Awesome's Etsy store.
Anxiously Awesome is run by Samantha, who talks a lot about her own journey with mental health, self-care and self-love, and who invites others to do the same. Through her small business, she actively works to reduce the stigma and support those who struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues.
Anxiously Awesome began as an Instagram page in 2016 and served as an outlet to help Samantha deal with her anxiety, and has now grown into a community of over 10,000 people who, like Sam, are Anxiously Awesome! She just recently opened up her Etsy store in April of 2019 to help those who struggle and to open up the conversation around mental illness.
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