GlobeIn Artisan Box Review - March 2016 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box 
How Much? $40/month, $114/3months, $210/6months + $12 shipping per box. All prices in US dollars. 
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.

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The theme for March is "Memory". 
Memory goes backward and forward in time. As in, "Remember that time we..." and "Don't forget to..." Memory encapsulates our nostalgia for the past, our plans and dreams moving forward, and those pesky little to-dos that will get us there. This month's box covers the spectrum of memory's presence in our lives.

First look


Product booklet


Marie Mae Collection Weekly Planner ($18)
A stationery company, Marie Mae outsources design work as a way of supporting African artisan-entrepreneurs. Your planner was designed by Ewurama in Ghana. As a child, Ewurama made pictures from the terrazzo patterns in the floors of her home. Today, she is starting her own textile design company.


This weekly planner is undated so you can use it as you please. I was thinking it would work great as a weekly meal planner.


Mr. Ellie Pooh Elephant Dung Bookmark ($3)
Sri Lanka is home to about a tenth of Asia’s dwindling wild elephant population. But because their grazing interferes with agriculture, the animals are being rapidly killed off. Conservationists urge that if they are to co-exist with humans, elephants must become a sustainable economic resource. The solution: elephant poo. Since an elephant’s diet is purely vegetarian, its waste is basically raw cellulose, able to be cleaned and processed into a fine, acid-free paper. Mr. Ellie Pooh uses the money made through the sale of their paper products to compensate farmers for crop damage, thus raising the farmers’ tolerance of their tusked cohabitants. Mr. Ellie Pooh’s papers are (obviously) organic and handmade with 100% recycled “content.” Compared to conventional paper, recycled paper production conserves energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases while preventing forest destruction.
We also received an elephant dung journal this month, in the Benefit Basket.


Wooden Photo Frame ($15)
Handmade in Turkey. Wooden frame production is Celebi Erturk’s family business, and they’ve been at it for over 100 years, ever since his great-grandfather migrated to Istanbul from the poor, eastern city of Bagistas. Surely his great- grandfather would be happy to know that after all this time, Celebi’s generation has recently opened a showroom and begun exporting to neighboring countries.
I'm excited about this one! What better way to remember my trip to Turkey than with a photo from my travels framed in a Turkish-made photo frame! Now I just need to pick which of my 2400 Turkish travel photos to use.


Wooden Pencil Cup ($15)
After twenty years working in the techno-sphere of computer science, Arifi has retired into the world of wood with a desire to truly create something on earth. In his atelier, Arifi woodworks with the natural materials his planet and his place have to offer: beech, elm, Turkish soft alder, Turkish walnut, spruce, and pine. Arifi works with a group of five craftsmen. He aims to not only conserve this ancient handicraft, but also to enable more craftsmen to earn their living through their art. He used GlobeIn’s large order as an opportunity to distribute the work among other local woodworkers.
This pencil cup was included so you can fill it up with writing utensils that will help fill your planner (or journal). You could also use it to hold makeup brushes!

GlobeIn Signature Handwoven Basket ($12)
The GlobeIn Signature Handwoven Basket is made using the traditional “tenate” design. Handcrafted from discarded palm leaves by indigenous Oaxacan artisans and colored using natural, water-borne paints, each basket can take up to six hours to weave. These decorative and whimsical baskets make beautiful home storage options, lending a pop of color and handcrafted warmth to children’s bedrooms, bathroom storage, kitchen countertops or as gift packaging for loved ones.
While I love these baskets, I'm starting to get overrun with them. GlobeIn will soon be introducing a new feature allowing subscribers to opt out of the basket, and get an extra product instead.


The March GlobeIn Artisan Box included five items, with a retail value at $63 US. This box costs $42 US for Canadian subscribers, including shipping. I like the theme this month, and I like how they tied memory to our past and our futures. My favourite items are the agenda and the frame. I can't wait to get one of my travel photos printed, framed and put on display!

Are you interested in subscribing to GlobeIn? First time subscribers can save $10 off the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code WELCOME at checkout. Alternatively, you can get a free Turkish towel with the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Use promo code TOWEL at checkout. Colours will vary. Code is valid until April 5th, or while supplies last. Only one code can be used per order. New subscribers only.



The theme for April is.... Spring Clean!

Our mission this month is to get you geared up (literally) for the big spring clean, and maybe even...excited for it? For starters, let’s do some re-framing. Forget tedious chore and think sanctified ritual—you certainly wouldn’t be alone in doing so.


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