GlobeIn Artisan Box Review - March 2015 - Eco-Conscious Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box 
How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $12 shipping per box (US$)  
What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world.   

The mailing box always includes an inspirational quote. This is a new feature since I last subscribed. Such a great touch!

The theme for the March box is Sustain. GlobeIn releases box details in advance and I wrote a full spoiler post, revealing everything that would be in this box. Click here for a refresher.
March brings a box of eco-friendly surprises -- goods and goodies that promise a better life for you, your family and the planet. We've curated a special collection of items that you're certain to use, reuse and enjoy.
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All the details on the products and their producers can be found online. Click here to check it out.

On the back of the card, a recipe for Indonesian Coconut Rice was included. My boyfriend is very excited about this as he has been trying to master making coconut rice (without recipe) for quite some time. 

Palm Leaf Basket (Mexico, $12)
All the monthly goodies come packed in a reusable palm leaf basket. Colours and designs will vary. I'm not sure yet what I will do with mine. It might be good in the bathroom to hold cotton balls and cotton swabs. These baskets are handmade in the Oaxaca region of Mexico by Oaxaca's petate basket-weaving community, who grew-up in the days when basket-weaving was an essential skill for creating utilitarian housewares like bedrolls. The detail and complexity of the weave is really quite impressive.

Volcano Rice (Indonesia, 15oz $4.69)
This antioxidant-packed rice is grown in the volcanic soils of West Java, Indonesia. Conventional rice irrigation consumes 1/3 of the world's fresh water. The sustainably grown blend we've selected produces 3x the crop yield over conventional farming while consuming 1/2 as much water. 

This rice is a blend of Sintanur brown rice and red rice (part whole grain and part milled). It's organic and Fair Trade. They says Sintanur brown rice has a hint of vanilla-like Pandan aroma. It can be substituted into any rice dish to add more flavour and health benefits.

Sweet Riot 65% Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs (Columbia, 1oz, $3.75)
The Sustain Box promises a pure cacao sampling from the source. Our Columbian dark chocolate nibs are farmer-friendly and easy on the earth. They're just one small piece of eco-awesomeness!
This tin is smaller than I expected, but you don't need much to meet your chocolate needs. The bitterness of the nibs are matches perfectly with the 65% dark chocolate. There is just enough sweetness to satiate any craving.

Eco Lips Relieve Soothing Lip Balm in Cocoa Vanilla Nut (Brazil, $5.99) 
Help your lips feel revived and alive with this ultra-nourishing balm. The herbal mint infusion will awaken your senses while chia seed oil, sourced from South America, will hydrate and protect your lips from the elements.
This is the second Eco Lips product I've received and I love it. It smells great and is made from natural, healthy ingredients. The tube is compostable which means this is a near zero-waste product.

Bambu Upcycled Coconut Bowl (Vietnam, $14)
These upcycled, food-safe bowls give fresh purpose to discarded coconut shells. Saving the shells from the burn pile saves greenhouse gas emissions while giving you a carbon-friendly way to enjoy your meal. (Assorted colors)

The coconuts originate from Vietnamese, and are cleaned, polished, and finished with a food safe lacquer. I love this bowl. It's sturdy and food safe, but also pretty enough to be a decorative item. I might buy a second one so my boyfriend has one as well. Then we can sit outside and eat our coconut rice out of coconut bowls. 

Prana Market Tote (India, $5)
You can trace this Fair Trade tote all the way back to its seed. Organic “intercropping” techniques promote biodiversity and give growers food security in their own backyard. 

This tote is great. It's larger than I expected so it will be great for use through spring and summer for market season, or even the beach. I can't believe it's only $5. I've paid three times as much for inferior quality totes.

The March "Sustain" themed box from GlobeIn contained six products, with a retail value over $45 US. This box costs $47 US with shipping to Canada, so it's more of an experience box than a value box. The GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box is a great way to experience Eco-conscious products, sourced from around the world, and produced by local artisans. Without a GlobeIn, there is no way you would come across a collection of products like this on your own. I was impressed by the sneak preview and now that I have the products in hand, I'm even more impressed. Every product has a purpose and will be put to use or consumed. The market tote is great for size and quality and I can't believe it's only $5. The bamboo bowl is great too and I'm happy I received the purple shade and I'm really curious to try the volcano rice.

If GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box interests you, first time subscribers can save 25% off their first box with the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code WELCOME at checkout. This box is sold out, so if you subscribe, you will receive the April box. The theme for April hasn't been revealed yet, but as soon as it is, I will let you know!

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  1. Looks good. Not something I'm interested in but it seems like a fun box.

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