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Sevenly Spring 2015 Causebox

The Sevenly Causebox is a quarterly subscription box for women filled with items that create world change.

You guys know I love social good items that I can incorporate into my daily life because I talk about them all of the time! By switching to these social good brands for everyday items, I can use my buying power, as a mom who makes much of the household purchases, to support causes that create worldwide change.

I have bought several shirts and sweatshirts (and a print) from Sevenly when their cause resonated with me. For every item purchased, $7 goes to that current charity. They have raised almost $4.5 million to date and the clothing designs are always super cute.

Sevenly recently started a quarterly subscription box full of socially conscious products for women called CAUSEBOX. Each season you will receive $150 worth of products from socially conscious brands that reflect Sevenly’s belief that People Matter. Plus, 7% of every box is given back to charity. Everyone is into subscription boxes now and they are perfect for gifts, so why not choose a subscription box that creates world change?

Sevenly Causebox. Spring box!

You can pay quarterly ($49.95) or annually ($199.80) for the CAUSEBOX. Every year you will at least receive $600 worth of socially conscious products. I love the fact that if there are a ton of quality products in each box and not just a few small samples like other subscription boxes. Subscribing allows you to be introduced to new social good companies and products and if you love them you can incorporate them into your daily life! (I now only buy Smarty Pants vitamins and Good Spread peanut butter).

Sevenly Causebox. This is the Spring Box. Every item contributes to world change.  Also, when you purchase a box, $7 goes to charity.

This Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 was filled with so many items I am super excited about.

  • Half United “Fighting Hunger” Necklace ($34) – Each “Fighting Hunger necklace incorporates three hand-polished recycled bullet casings to take a strong stance in the fight against hunger. Half United’s mission is to use fashion to provide aid for world hunger. They donate half of their profits from every product sold directly to global hunger relief efforts.
  • Denik “Be The Change” Journal ($17.99) – A portion from every notebook that Denik sells goes toward funding schools in developing countries.
  • Tribe Alive Bracelet ($35) – This super simple, yet chic beaded bracelet is exclusive to Sevenly! Every bracelet is handmade by women in Honduras under fair trade working conditions and each piece contributes to community development and job creation in developing countries.
  • Perf Turkish Towel ($55) – Flat woven in Turkey, this towel is highly absorbent, fast-drying and great for easy packing.
  • “Good Day” Sevenly Cling ($9.95) – A Sevenly original product that peels on and off windows easily.
  • Smarty Pants Vitamins Travel Packets ($4.25) – Smarty Pants partners with Vitamin Angels to give vitamins to a child in need for every bottle they sell!
  • Good Spread Peanut Butter and Honey Packet – When you buy this peanut butter, a malnourished child will receive the equivalent of therapeutic food.

Head on over to the CAUSEBOX website to sign up for a subscription or send a subscription as a gift! This box changes lives.

Thank you CAUSEBOX for sending me this box to share and spread the word!

All Natural, 0 Calorie Drink Mixes For Good

Part of how you and I can create change, as busy moms who often make the household purchases, is to change where we spend our money. There are many, many fair trade or social good companies who make accessories and purses and they are wonderful, but I hardly ever spend money on myself. That’s why I get so excited when I find social good items (as I like to call them) that my family can use everyday and I can easily and affordably replace my existing brand.

Everly is an all-natural, 0 calorie, sugar free and preservative free drink mix. They come in the flavors peach mango (my favorite), green tea passion fruit and pomegranate maqui berry. For every box of Everly purchased, they provide a packet of a life-saving mix called oral rehydration salts to treat children sick with waterborne disease.

All natural, 0 calorie drink packets. For every box purchased they provide a packet of a life-saving mix called oral rehydration salts to treat children sick with waterborne diseases.

“1.8 million people die every year from [waterborne] diseases (including cholera); 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries.”- World Health Organization, 2013

Oral Rehydration Salts rapidly rehydrate victims of waterborne diseases. These packets save lives. 

Everly provides the funds to the non profit ColaLife for the production of these ORS packets which are produced in Zambia by Zambians. These packets come in a kit that also contains zinc supplements and soap which helps treat diarrhea.

Put Everly in your lunch boxes, serve it at get-togethers, drink it at the gym. You can help reduce the number of people who die from waterborne diseases by a simple drink.

You can purchase Everly drink mixes here on Amazon!

Everly drink packets. These are all natural and 0 calorie and come in peach mango, pomegranate maqui berry and green tea passion fruit. For every box sold they provide a packet of life-saving oral rehydration salts to treat children sick with waterborne diseases!

6 Easy Ways YOU Can Support Ethical Fashion

Fashion is powerful and has the ability to influence the masses. It can be used for the good of humankind and the earth. The fair trade industry, for example, has produced countless jobs for marginalized individuals across the world. These jobs have lead to sustainable societies and a better world. However, there are many cases such as the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April of 2013 that killed 1,133 people and injured over 2,500. This was a preventable tragedy, if the factory managers and large corporations had followed adequate safety procedures.

Fair trade fashion

My name is Katie and I am a supporter and designer of ethical fashion. After working for two years in the fair trade fashion industry, I noticed a lack of well-made and ethical clothing options that were affordable. I was frustrated; I worked for a non-profit and lived on a tight budget, but I did not want to shop at H&M for my next summer dress, so in 2013 I started Passion Lilie. Based in New Orleans, our mission is to empower artisans across the world by creating dignified employment opportunities that give fair wages and support safe and healthy working conditions.

By creating ethically made garments, I am fulfilling what I believe to be my mission in life: to change the world through fashion with Passion Lilie. Yet, the journey from concept to creation is challenging, especially when coordinating with artisans from a different country. Weather, festivals and what I call “India time” are just some of the challenges we face while meeting the hard deadlines of fashion.

The biggest thing I have learned is to adjust my timelines. On every project I allow myself double the amount of time it would take a typical clothing line. Secondly, I focus on creating positive relationships with my artisans. I found that words of encouragement and truly involving the artisans in the production process can significantly increase the quality and the efficiency of their work. Finally, I have learned to trust people and to believe in my product.

So many people around the world are enslaved or trafficked. Here are 6 ways YOU (yes, you!) can support ethical fashion.

You don’t have to be a designer or a business owner to make a change in the world. Every individual has the opportunity to make a stand against fashion that is harmful. And it is simple, I promise. Below are 6 easy ways to support ethical fashion. Even if you only do one item below, you are making a difference!

  1. Read labels: Chances are very high that if the label says, “Made in China” it was not made ethically. Before you make a purchase, read the company’s website and social media pages. Do they support fair wages, safe working conditions and environmental sustainability? If they don’t talk about their ethical practices, they probably don’t have anything to be proud of.
    If the products are made in the United States or fair trade then chances are very high that the producers are receiving a fair wage with safe working conditions.
    This handy website: Free 2 Work rates the social and environmental impact of many major brands. Be careful though some companies may have an “A” rating, but if you look closely at their scorecard, they don’t pay fair wages.
  2. Say no to Walmart: I know that it is very hard to live a life 100% dedicated to fair trade or made in the USA products, because there is not yet enough availability of these products, but there are certain stores that should be avoided, and Walmart is among the worst on my list.
  3. Buy fair trade, eco or ethical fashion: Today, there is a growing number of fashionable and affordable ethical brands. Check out this guide of social good companies.
  4. Buy locally made. Fair trade is wonderful, but it is also important to support your neighbor and your local community.
  5. Say no to fast fashion. Buy less, and invest more in well-made items. Fast fashion creates a huge amount of textile wastage, because garments are tossed out and trashed before they have lived their proper life cycle.
  6. Recycle: Shop at thrift stores, consignment stores and re-purpose old items when you can. It’s the age of DIY, so there is no excuse if you don’t think you are creative enough, just Google it!

About Passion Lilie –
In 2012, founder Katie Schmidt visited a small workshop in India and was inspired by the ancient Indian artisanal techniques of dyeing and weaving as well as the benefits of fair trade. Born out of a desire to change the fashion industry, Passion Lilie began affordable and accessible for everyone while empowering artisans across the world by creating dignified employment opportunities that give fair wages and safe and healthy working conditions.
“My mission in life is to improve the world I live in, and because of my love for design, I have chosen to do this through fashion.”
–Katie Schmidt, Passion Lilie