Fall is (finally) in the air and we're rejoicing in season-appropriate scents, colors, and tastes!
Coffee Beans ::: St. Clare Coffee
Well-balanced beans from the Caranavi region of Bolivia, farmed by a fair trade farmer named Francisco Hilari. Here are some brewing tips, straight from their cafe manager in San Francisco! Kate was also the subject of one of our recent interviews...
ORIGIN: The Caranavi region in Bolivia.
FARMER: Francisco Hilari.
TASTE: It is a very well-balanced coffee in terms of acidity and sweetness. Think salted caramel swirled with a dark chocolate.
IMPACT: Relationally-sourced coffee means beans are sourced free of exploitation and with respect to the farmers who produce them. St. Clare partners with Not For Sale to give a portion of proceeds to their anti-trafficking efforts.
Chai Masala Bar Soap ::: Sacred Mark Enterprises
Delivered straight from Bangladesh! Chai spice and masala warms up shower rituals, and we're big fans of the bar form for its simple ingredients (including black pepper for exfoliation) and reduced packaging waste. Made by survivors, wrapped in water hyacinth, and sealed with a wax fingerprint!
IMPACT: Soaps are made by survivors in the red light district of Bangladesh.
Julie says: I go through about four bars of soap a year, and love knowing that my purchase of this consumer staple can make a difference in the world.
Whitney Necklace in Yellow ::: Starfish Project
Made of natural stone and ore, we're calling out this mustard-y hue as the perfect segue to fall.
IMPACT: This necklace fights trafficking. Through providing shelter, counseling, and employment & education, Starfish Project has helped over 100 survivors!
Julie says: This sort of necklace is so super wearable. The dark chain can be edgy or casual, and the length works with almost any neckline. I've been really wanting to work this color in, and this gives me the perfect opportunity.
Honey Drops ::: African Bronze
Totally fell in love with this company. They're a B-Corp, fair trade, organic, pesticide-free... and they're doing beautiful things in Zambia at the headwaters of the Zambezi River. Drop one or two of these pastilles in a to-go mug to boost your daily caffeination with do-good sweetness.
IMPACT: These eco-entrepreneurs have trained over 6000 beekeepers in Zambia. Through the African Bronze Honey Project (a school fundraising program), they teach schoolchildren about some of the issues faced by rural Africans while setting aside a percentage of profits for more training (supporting entrepreneurship and beekeeping in Africa). Beekeepers are trained for free, taught math and reading, and earn a reliable source of income. Their approach is so well thought-out... you'll want to read more here!
Julie says: I prefer sweetening my tea with honey, but good quality liquid honey isn't always available on the go. These purse-sized packages are the perfect solution!
You Are Beautiful Mirror Decal ::: Persimmon Prints
Just a little positive message for you in the form of a mirror decal. Stick it up wherever you need a reminder... because we all have those days. The artist also designed the cover of this box's note. You can read more about her & Persimmon Prints here.
IMPACT: Persimmon Prints gives back to a range of different organizations (you can read the list here) and has a heart for social justice.
Didn't order this box? We have a few left in the store!
What'd you think? Snap your pics and tag us @bonjoybox and #joyculture so we can see your do-good goods in action! Thanks for supporting our little box biz and believing in the power of joy and opportunity to fight trafficking. It matters & it's making a difference!