by Penelope Loves Lists Contributor Stephanie Petersen
It has arrived! My favorite blue box. Remember Causebox? In my first Penelope post I mentioned how I recently signed up with them. While I had yet to receive a shipment at the time, I was pretty confident they meant what they said and it would be worth it to include in the 5 things You Can Do post. A sincere thank you, Causebox, for not letting me down. You did not disappoint.
I simply love the thrill you get from coming home to a package on the doorstep. Now, wrap that package in bright teal, add inspirational quotes, and fill it with surprise goodies that come from legitimate non-profit organizations that improve the lives of people all over the world, and only then can you start to get an idea of what they are about and how school girl giddy I actually get.
Each shipment comes with a list that explains who these companies are, the difference that they are making, and includes the retail value of said product. Companies like HALF UNITED that donate HALF of their profits from every product sold to global hunger relief products. Purchasing one of their products will give a week of meals to a child in need. A week. And, as if they even needed to, their jewelry is beautiful.
But it’s not just jewelry. I’ve received:
- A journal,
- Reusable travel coffee cup that helps reduce waste,
- Turkish Towel (gorgeous by the way, simply gorgeous),
- Even peanut butter. I love peanut butter, and for every packet sold Good Spread sends one to a malnourished child. Step up your game, Jiffy.
- I also received a face cream from Love For Humanity. They only use 100% natural ingredients, it’s organic, vegan, toxic free and most importantly, cruelty free. For every product they sell, they donate a meal for the malnourished through Feed the Children. I would never spend $58 on face cream, but after trying it, I might start. It’s even coconut and lemon scented and I hate coconut. Like, really hate it, so you know it’s legit.
Here’s a look of what the most recent shipment included, so you can get a better idea of the kinds of products they have in rotation.
The products will vary from shipment to shipment, and I’ll never know what I am getting until I open it. What I do know is that it will contain a variety of products for women from socially conscious brands. Judging from the last two boxes I’ve received, there is something for everyone in there. Of the 15 products they’ve shipped, all could have easily doubled as gifts to friends and family (if I wasn’t so selfish and kept them all to myself – baby steps, guys). So many people I know would love these products and the story that comes with it. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
So, I’m obviously an advocate for what they’re doing (and no, I don’t get a discount on my shipment for writing this), I’m just plain delighted to see the impact they’re having. Already they’ve raised over $4 million dollars for these charities (pretty and effective!) and I absolutely encourage you to consider you to check them out.
Know of any other companies that are using their profits to help benefit those in need? I’d love to hear about them. The more we help to promote them, the more lives we are able to change.