Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Subscription Box Review



There is no doubting that Team TME loves receiving new subscription boxes, and actually, we can’t really say that the GlobeIn Subscription Box is new as the brand was founded in 2011. But GlobeIn is new to us and we are beyond thrilled that this company exists! As with other subscription box services GlobeIn is a monthly subscription box, however that is about all that’s the same as other subscription boxes. The GlobeIn Artisan Box ($30/month) is filled with the most beautifully crafted items from artisans around the globe, all items are fair trade and each item helps to build a revenue stream within the artisan's community. 

Our GlobeIn box arrived in a Palm Leaf Basket ($12 - boxes pictured above), which was handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico by Doña Selerina. Doña is part of a small cooperative that is sustained by GlobeIn’s Marketplace. Enclosed was a card describing each item, a bit about each artisan and a price for those who wish to purchase more of that specific item. Yes, you’ll want to gift the Palm Leaf Basket to someone, as the occasions for giving and using the basket are endless.

Inside the box we found –


Women for Peace Olive Oil Dead Sea Mud Soap ($18.50) that was handmade in the Galilee Region, Northern Israel by Sindyanna. Sindyanna is dedicated to improving the status of Arab women in their society. By partnering with Israeli olive farmers and creating meaningful work for Palestinian women, the female-led cooperative builds bridges in a turbulent region.



Natural Hemp Washcloth ($17.50) handcrafted in Bagdha, Bangladesh. The community cleans and spins raw hemp into yarn, which they use to knit purses, bath mats and washcloths. Along the lines of “First World Problems” the washcloth is so lovely that we actually don’t want to use it!



Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea ($6.95/25-ct. box) is hand harvested in the South American Atlantic Rainforest. This brand works to reforest the rain forest. Guayaki is using market-driven incentives to reforest 200,000 acres (Which We All Benefit From) and create 1,000 jobs by 2020 --- yes, in just another five short years.



Alaffia Shea Shampoo ($13/ 8 oz. Bottle) handmade in Togo, West Africa in several varieties. We received citrus blossom, which smelled absolutely divine. As for the girls of Togo, they are removed from school at a very young age and it’s common for Togolese women to be illiterate --- therefore unemployable. Alaffia supports inclusive education initiatives while employing Togolese women and helping them to earn a fair wage for their traditional shea butter production skills. We fell in love with Alaffia Shea Shampoo, as it left our hair amazingly soft and even if you’re not down with the “artisan” deal you’ll want to grab a bottle for end-of-summer hair repair.



Rounding out this beautiful (on many levels) GlobeIn Box was a hand-painted candle from Napier, South Africa. The artisans of the Nobunto cooperative, whose designs are inspired by local beauty, crafted the candle. Nobunto which means “for the people”. Nobunto is a cooperative where members of this community work together to create each candle and a set of three is $29.

For $30 we received well beyond that amount in goods and helping our fellow global citizens … well … that’s priceless. Check out GlobeIn online for your subscription, or to shop, and follow GlobeIn on Facebook and Twitter!


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