Buy A Box – Give A Box
For every box we sell, we will give a box to a person or community in need. Our Give-A-Box will provide a complete meal kit, first aid kit, education kit, or water kit. Based on the specific needs we find most pressing, we will pack our Give-A-Box so that each box fills a real need. We focus on giving with an eye on sustainability, meaning we aim to give sustainable kits, including items that offer more than a one-time use. For example, our education kit may include books, pencils, papers, etc; and our first aid kit provides basic first aid needs (i.e., often expensive or hard to get band aids, antibacterial creams, etc).
At home and abroad, there are so many hopes and needs, and exhilaratingly, we found many people working to meet those needs and dreams. Our goal is to offer simple, easy access to working on social good, so we can all move the needle forward – one box at a time. We are ecstatic at the possibilities, so don’t be surprised by us showing our zippy enthusiasm in some of our boxes. Please check out our social good boxes, the Live Good and Get Out boxes!
We describe Give Back as the act of giving funds, resources, effort or goodwill to addressing a pressing societal challenge, such as ending extreme poverty, fighting environmental pollution, working for a healthy planet, improving educational access, social justice, providing basic health needs, alleviating hunger, etc.
We know, there’s more to this list. That’s why we invite you to Join Us: Send us a note on what’s missing and/or help us work on one of these challenges!
Give Back Companies
We focus on businesses who do at least one of the following:
(a) Dedicate a clear portion of the company’s sales or profits towards addressing a defined social mission or program (e.g., 1% towards sustainable forest management; 5% towards healthy school lunches, 100 liters of clean water per item sold, etc.);
(b) Adopt a sustainable supply and process chain that minimizes, does no harm, or improves our world (e.g., pays fair or above market prices, adopts fair labor practices; uses sustainable resources; commits to zero waste, etc.); AND/OR
(c) Direct resources to community programs that educate or improve the well-being of people and their environment (e.g., supplies computers to craft artists; offers workshops to train business skills, sustainable farming, promote a clean, safe work environment, etc.)
That’s why we only offer expansive exposure of DO GOOD companies who are truly doing good – this means highlighting companies who are proactively creating positive programs, dedicating a clear portion of funds to important organizations working on the ground, or adopting a sustainable practices that minimizes, does no harm, or better, improves our world.
Products That Drive Change
We describe and offer products that Drive Change as goods, products or services where the simple purchase or use of the item leads to a positive impact or improvement towards protecting the planet, alleviating hunger or poverty, increasing basic health and educational needs, establishing social justice, and building individual or community well-being. Yep, it can be that simple!
We offer products or the process whereby the primary steps of the item’s spply or processing chain adopts sustainable options, such as Fair-Trade, Direct-Trade, recycles, organic, B-Corp, etc.
Direct-Trade Vs. Fair-Trade
Fair-Trade is good. We believe Direct-Trade is better.
We discovered a distinct difference between Direct-Trade and Fair-Trade. The Fair-Trade certification process is managed by a large organization working hard to provide fair market pricing for producers (think coffee and cacao farmers). When the Fair-Trade formal labeling certification began in the 1980’s, the purpose was to provide equitable trade for growers and farmers, and implement sustainable planet practices. As consumers’ demand for fair treatment of workers and growers, and protection of our planet increased, it followed that all the enterprises worked hard to match the needed supply. This was great! The certification became more robust, complex, and also expensive. And that meant many of the smaller outfits could not afford the Fair-Trade Certification label even when they adopted sustainable practices.
In the US, small socially responsible companies (those independent coffee roasters, chocolate makers, etc.) decided that it would be better to reach out directly to small farmer/grower communities. In this way, they can ensure quality control, high quality crops (not just quantity), direct sustainable know-how to farmers, and provide 100% support of an active grower community, which led to supporting increased education for school age kids. In most cases, Direct-Trade resulted in much higher quality products (which garnered higher profits for the grower and the small indie companies) . Farmers and indie companies decide on a fair price together, which often results in a higher than market-value price. This reduces the middle costs and allows for better price transparency for the indie company too (which gets passed on to us as consumers).
Solution: Buy Fair-Trade as much as possible. But, buy Direct-Trade if the option exists.
Beyond a good or service working to benefit the largest number of people in a society or the world (think clean air, clean water, education), we think of Social Good as working together in new, simple, innovative ways to improve or tip the scale towards building a better world. Specifically, it means, taking action in all ways to effectively impart a positive impact on the social challenges around us (from using personal purchase power to adopting a sustainable lifestyle to enacting policy change) .
We heard it, saw it, and now helping to spread it too! Please see the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined to transform our world.