This is certainly a bitter sweet time for us here at Change Co! We're sad to see the subscription aspect of this business go, but we are excited for what is on the horizon for the ever-growing marketplace. We want to thank you again for all of the love and support you've given over the last year, we could not have done any of this without YOU. As one last finale, here's a look inside of the last Summer Box that you'll be receiving in the mail soon! We brought back one of our most-loved boxes for this season, we hope you enjoy reading about all of the good these summer perfect products do for the world!
Lydia & Meredith
The Fruit Punch Clutch from Pura Vida Bracelets.
This bag screams 'take me to the beach'! We love this big, colorful clutch for how practical it is - wet swim suit? Beach necessities? It's going to fit it all. We also love the mission behind it - each clutch helps artisans in Costa Rica support their families. Pura Vida Bracelets was born when two friends took a graduation trip to Costa Rica. The two happened to meet artisans who were selling beautiful bracelets that seemed to capture the simple things in life - and who were also living in extreme poverty. The friends, Griffin and Paul, loved the bracelets the artisans made and were moved to help alleviate some of their suffering. They purchased 400 bracelets from the artisans, and brought them back to the States to sell in a local boutique. Before they knew it, the bracelets had sold out! Today, those two artisans (and more than 100 of their friends) are now employed full time, and people like you and me have a beautiful reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things! In addition, Pura Vida has partnered with more than 190 charities and donated more than $900k with their charity line of artisan made items.
The Stainless Steel/Bamboo Water Bottle from Tree Tribe.
This water bottle will help you ditch the plastic this summer, while keeping your pool drinks nice and cold (or your coffee toasty warm, whichever!)! Tree Tribe has become one of our favorite brands over the last year – preserving the environment is something we take seriously! With each sale they give breath to the lungs of the Earth by planting ten trees! They strive to make a positive impact on the world and to build a tribe that will make positive changes for our planet. Tree Tribe wants to plant millions of trees all around the world, and so far they've planted more than 150,000.
The Kalenjin Druzy Earrings from Badala (one of three colors).
Women in Uganda made those lovely studs that you'll be rocking all summer long! Badala is a social enterprise with an incredible back-story. The Founder, Joelle, was first inspired to create Badala as a fundraising organization when she was just in high school (wow!). Later on, when she made her way down to Africa, she met a number of women who were prostituting themselves in order to put food on the table for their children. She noticed that everyone she met was looking for an opportunity to better themselves – and now Badala employs women and artisans in East Africa and Central America, as well as domestic sex trafficking survivors. The Druzy earrings serve as a symbol of hope against poverty and sex trafficking around the globe.
The Green Sea Turtle Bracelet from Planet Love Life.
The dainty green bracelet you’ll find in your Summer Box is made of 100% recycled marine rope and helps keep the oceans clean for sea turtles that often find themselves entangled! Planet Love Life was started by a couple that is passionate about sustainable living and protecting our planet’s natural environments. The duo worked in the Bahamas as directors of an outdoor educational program where they took students on micro cleanups and taught them about how the things we discard in the ocean affects the environment. Soon after Planet Love Life was born and now creates beautiful jewelry and accessories from the marine debris (plus, a portion of the proceeds benefit conservation and clean ups!). Now you can be connected to the ocean all summer long, even when you’ve long left the beach!
Lemon Lime and Acai Berry Liquid I.V.
Stay hydrated this summer with Liquid I.V.! The two sachets you'll find in your Summer Box taste incredible and are full of electrolytes that keep thirst at bay. In fact, one Liquid I.V. packet provides the same hydration as drinking 2-3 bottles of water! As college athletes that were tired of drinking sugary sports drinks, they created Liquid I.V. as a way to replenish themselves after their workouts. They wanted their reach to span well past athletes though, which is why for every order they donate a serving of their Hydration Multiplier to someone in need around the world. Did you know that dehydration claims the lives of over 760,000 children every year? Liquid I.V. is fighting global dehydration, and now so are you!
The Be The Change Postcard from KLoveGifts.
The card that will be sitting on your desk all summer, and reminding you to always be the change, was designed by KLoveGifts in Nashville, TN. The lady who designed this beautiful calligraphy card works at the global nonprofit, Soles4Souls, where the proceeds of this item were sent. Soles4Souls provides both long-term solutions to poverty, through their micro-enterprise program, and short-term relief to those in need through the free distribution of shoes. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new shoes all over the globe! Did you know that millions lack proper footwear, and that many children will never see a classroom because of this? Soles4Souls is fighting to change that – and now you are a part of that mission.
Your box will be in your mailbox soon! If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us! As always, thanks for being a world-changer. <3