Sometimes it’s important to put your money where your mouth is.
If you’ve been part of the Sparky Nation for a while now, you may recall the year I founded and promoted Project Jubilee and we raised the cost of a sex trafficking rescue mission through the International Justice Mission in celebration of my jubilee birthday. It took us a year, but we did it, and it does my heart good to know that somewhere out there someone is free because of Project Jubilee.
Fast forward to last January. That is when I discovered bonJOY.
BonJOY is a newly launched service that curates goods from creative folks who have a heart for social justice and use their businesses and/or their profits to impact the world in a positive manner. Every quarter the girls at bonJOY will create a little box of goodness containing three to seven items from their list of do-gooders. You can order a box and for $45 (which includes shipping), this happy little box will arrive on your doorstep.
I want to support people who are serious about using their talents and skills to bring good to the world, especially ones who are also positively impacting the marketplace and boosting our economy. This seemed like $45 well spent, no matter what was in that little box.
The first ever bonJOY box shipped last Friday and arrived at my house today.
That pretty little bracelet was made by my friend Sherri Ohler, the founder of S.O. Loved. I met Sherri on my trip to Brazil last September, and it was through her that I discovered bonJOY. You really should check out the cool stuff on her website. Beautiful handmade products. And not only do 10% of the proceeds go to women’s shelters and organizations that fight trafficking, but Sherri is training women in shelters how to make this beautiful jewelry so that they will have a skill and a source of income.
The soap was handmade by my friends Courtney and Nikki Lindberg, founders of Hope Soap. Y’all…those soaps smell heavenly. They’re made with good things and 25% of their profits go to the A21 Campaign, an anti-trafficking organization. The paper wrapper on the soap is infused with wildflower seeds; you can plant the entire wrapper and start a happy spot in a container or a corner of yard.
The other products in this box were from companies new to me.
Nomi Network made the cool accessories pouch. They do a lot of totes and bags, with some apparel thrown in. Here is their mission statement: Our mission is to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of trafficking by providing training, product development, and marketing support. Pretty cool, eh?
Rooted Beauty made the facial wipes and the lip butter. They specialize in natural skincare, but each product helps a specific woman with specific needs, and you can read about the women’s stories on the website. The company is very environmentally conscious, using recyclable or biodegradable packaging and responsible production practices.
The next bonJOY box will have different items in it. I don’t know if any of these do-gooders will be repeated in the next box, but I do know there are do-gooders who haven’t yet been featured.
By the way…if you know someone who has a do-gooder company that specializes in fashion, beauty, and living, go over to the bonJOY site and suggest them to the bonJOY girls. The more do-gooders there are, the merrier we’ll ALL be!
And while you’re there, order the summer box. You know you need a little box of good!