Feel Good Laundry (with GlobeIn!)
Do I have a treat for you guys today?!?! Not only are you getting your first glimpse into our laundry room, but I am sharing another wonderful Artisan Box from my friends over at GlobeIn. Some of you may recall I sampled GlobeIn’s “Entertain” box a month or so ago. I LOVED trying, styling, and using all the goodies in the box; so when they offered me to try the “Laundry” box, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. Not only was the box packed to the brim with wonderful and wholesome laundry products and supplies, but it provided just the motivation I needed to get our laundry room under control and looking pretty!
Before I dive in and show you all the goodies in the “Laundry” Artisan Box, let me first explain who GlobeIn is and what they do! GlobeIn is a small San Francisco-based startup with a mission of supporting artisans and farmers around the globe. They reach out to women in the far reaches of the earth who are enhancing and improving their lives through craft, and bring their goods, products, and foods right to your door through a monthly Artisan Box subscription. All of the products contained in the boxes are fair-trade, carefully curated, and a true treat to open and use. Last time, I was treated to textiles from Mexico, India, and Ghana and foods from Palestine. This time, my box was packed with more wonderful goodies:
- Wool Dryer Balls from Kyrgyzstan
- Organic Cotton Bag from India
- Upcycled Laundry Bag from Cambodia
- Soap Nuts from Nepal
- Palm Leaf Basket from Mexico
There is just so much I love about these boxes. Not only are they packed with products that are supporting women, families and communities in good, fair and healthy ways, but the items are curated such a manner that using and learning about new items, cultures and crafts is easy, fun, and inspiring. In fact, I was so enamored with the specific items in my “Laundry” Artisan Box, they served as the jumping-off inspiration for everything else in the space!
The little palm leaf baskets from Mexico are a great size and quite sturdy. I am finding uses for the two I now have all over the house. From holding small plants and office supplies to corralling our clothes pins, the baskets make for stylish accessories in any space!
The wool dryer balls are one of my favorite elements in the box. Not only do they look fantastic as a laundry room accessory, I have thoroughly enjoyed using them in place of dryer sheets. They are made by a co-op in a remote shepherding village in Kyrgyzstan that employs over 1,000 women and serves as one of the only income opportunities available in the area. They are so solid and earthy, and there is just something so wonderful about using items that are all-natural.
The green organic cotton sack from India was made using fair and environmentally-friendly methods. It’s one of the softest things I’ve ever touched and is wonderful for corralling the dryer balls and washing delicate and small items.
The soap nuts included in this box were completely new and fascinating to me. These nuts fall from the Ritha Trees in Nepal and when put in water, the shells release saponin, a natural sudsing detergent. Clothes are left clean and smelling fresh without harsh chemicals. I keep the washing bag and instructions close by for quick and easy washing.
My other favorite element in the box is this HUGE laundry bag made from recycled cement bags by ladies in Cambodia. It arrived in the box all tucked up, and I was shocked when I saw how big it was once unfolded. Here, I have 4 large bath towels and 4 hand towels with room to spare! The vibrant colors, sturdy construction, and generous size make this a fun and functional item for anywhere in the house!
Over the past few weeks, I have so thoroughly enjoyed seeing and trying these new-to-me items. Unique items with interesting and feel-good stories can make doing mundane tasks (like the laundry!) a bit more special and enjoyable!
Our laundry room is tucked pretty far back in a somewhat inconvenient location in our house. Thanks to the items in this box, I was encouraged to make this nook a little more cheery, and boy have I been having some fun. Now, I don’t mind swapping out the laundry so much…and yes! Those are flamingos on the wall. I’ll share the details on them soon!
This being my second Artisan Box, I thought I knew what to expect. But when the box arrived on my doorstep, opening it was like Christmas in August. Everything was unexpected, new, special, and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed pausing my day to open and read about each item. None of the things were items I would have necessarily picked out for myself while out shopping, yet all of them are neat and wonderful items to have around the home and make daily life a little more special. While the “Laundry” Artisan Box is no longer available, you can buy some of the items individually. I am sure the next box in the subscription cue will be equally as exciting as this one.
Artisan Baskets are a really neat way to experience unique and special items from around the globe while supporting fair and worthy businesses and craftswomen who are bettering their communities and the world. A single Artisan Box is just $50, but a three-month subscription brings each box price down to $33/box! A subscription would make such a lovely housewarming, bridal shower, wedding, birthday, or anniversary gift! If you’re interested in trying out and supporting the GlobeIn artists and farmers, now’s the time! GlobeIn is offering a coupon to The Homes I Have Made Readers! Just enter THIHM at checkout to save 25% off your first month’s box with the purchase of 3+month subscription!!!!
And if you missed the “Entertain” box and want to learn more about items in the boxes, you can catch up here!
Putting these posts together is such a treat for me. Not only do I get to play with and photograph some gorgeous and unique items, but I get to share with you a great company doing great things. I do hope you will check out GlobeIn and find a way to bring these unique and special items in your (or someone you know’s!) home! Be sure to check back at the end of the week for a full look at this laundry room. I have lots of organizational and charming details to share with you, and you won’t want to miss it! See you then!
I did not receive compensation for this blog post; however GlobeIn did provide the “Laundry” Artisan Box for me to use and review. Please remember that I only work with brands and products I fully support and that make sense for my home, my family, and this blog. All opinions are 100% my own!