GlobeIn Artisan Box Review - August 2015 - Eco-Conscious Subscription + 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.

Click here to see all my previous GlobeIn Gift Box reviews.
The theme for July is "Laundry". If you remember from my reveal, I predicted some things that may be included in an Eco-conscious laundry themed box. Click here for a reminder. I guessed two items correctly!

As always, the products come packed inside a handmade Mexican palm leaf basket, valued at $12. This one was a little oddly shaped and the lid didn't fit quite right. It's the first "imperfect" one I've received.  

No printed product card again this month, but a PDF version was provided by e-mail and online download. You can check it out here.
Typically, most of us consider the laundry to be a drag. But what if it were an indulgence? The products in this month’s kit invite you to reconnect with a sense of gratitude at the joy of washing, to think of the laundry as a small, daily ceremony of renewal in harmony with the environment and echoing with the traditions of earth-centered livelihoods around the world. 

Use your laundry bag to saunter gleefully, and functionally, to the laundromat, basement, riverbank, or wherever your laundry journey takes you. Suds things up with your soap nuts for a chemical-free wash, then slip your handmade dryer balls out of their soft cotton bag and toss them in with your clothes for more softness on the other side.

The word laundry goes at least as far back as its lovely Latin root, lavāre – to wash. The act of doing the laundry connects us with our ancestors, while the products in your kit connect you to different ways this tradition is carried out around the world. Enjoy!
Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts Sampler ($1.89)
Your soap nuts come straight from the ritha tree, as it is known in Nepal, a member of the lychee family. When the fruits ripen and fall from the tree, locals harvest them, remove the seeds, and dry the fruits in the sun. When the shell absorbs water it releases a natural sudsing detergent known as saponin, which behaves the same way as commercial laundry detergent, just without the chemicals.
This sampler pack includes enough soap nuts for 4-7 washes. These work in regular and HE washers. You can also "brew" them to make a concentrated liquid detergent. For the record, a predicted an Eco-friendly laundry detergent would be in the box... close enough!

HAE Now Organic Cotton Bag ($5)
HAE Now, the mill in Kolkata that produced your bag, in partnership with Chetna Organic, an organization dedicated to improving farmer livelihoods in India, works to alleviate rural poverty by engaging in fair trade partnerships with cotton farmers and paying premiums for cotton produced organically.
This is a very soft jersey cotton bag. It's useful for many things, but in this box, the purpose is to store the next item.

GlobeIn Wool Dryer Balls (Set of 3, $15)
In Kyrgyzstan, wool is a way of life. Most women of the region know how to make shyrdaks and, according to Mairam, a master of the craft, the act of making is therapeutic. 
This is the other product I predicted to be in the box. I used to have a set, gifted to me from my aunt, handmade from Llama wool in Salmon Arm, BC. They actually work and soften clothing in the dryer, without the need of dryer sheets or fabric softener.

Peace Handicrafts BEco Upcycled Laundry Bag ($25)
After decades of poverty following the Khmer Rouge, a revival of traditional Cambodian arts and handicrafts is paving a colorful road out of the country’s dark past. Peace Handicrafts trains and employs disabled and underprivileged persons in the making of high quality products from recycled materials.
This laundry bag is made in Cambodia from recycled rice bags (the product card says cement bags, but the vendor website  says this is made from a rice bag). The tag also says this product is handcrafted by landmine and polio disabled artisans, as well as deaf and disadvantaged persons in the region. It's a huge bag, and other than laundry, it would be great for beach days, camping, and other times when you have to transport a large amount of goods. 

The July laundry themed GlobeIn Gift Box included five products, with a retail value just under $59 US. It's a really unique collection his month, and the products they chose fit the laundry theme perfectly. I'm thrilled to have another set of wool dryer balls to replace my old llama wool ones. I'm also very curious to try the Soap Nuts. The laundry bag probably won't be used for laundry, but I see many other uses for this huge, sturdy bag.

This box is still available for purchase, while supplies last. If the Laundry GlobeIn box interested 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. 

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