The world is a big place, yet when we look around there is much to connect us as humans, regardless of where you’re from. GlobeIn, an artisan box subscription service, is a purpose-driven company dedicated to honoring craftsmanship and culture throughout the world.
The goal of GlobeIn is to support individual artisans as well as artisan groups and marketplaces. Through its efforts to connect with hundreds of artisans worldwide, GlobeIn can offer unique gifts or personal consumption boxes that come with a different selection of products each month. There is no subscription required to make purchases, but there’s a discount for those who sign up.
GlobeIn describes their mission, in part, by saying, “We are devoted to transparent business practices, equitable and sustainable partnerships, and respect for cultural continuity. We strive to connect conscious consumers with delightful products and the talented artisans who make them, thereby strengthening the bonds of our global community.”
Since GlobeIn focuses on the human condition, it makes sense that the business would be part of the Fair Trade Federation, which means it pays artisans a fair price and ensures they work in safe conditions. This allows GlobeIn to know it is supporting households per the company’s mission. To connect with artisans personally, GlobeIn has Country Managers in Mexico and Morocco who find local craftspeople, including those in very remote regions. They then act as liaisons, promoting an understanding of the process and facilitating the transport of completed goods out of the country. In essence, the process presents opportunities for many who otherwise would only sell at a local level. In 2019, GlobeIn sourced products from 150 cities and villages spanning 43 countries and found support from 5,479 artisans.
Box selections come from many regions, but they are all the product of love for the craft and nature. In the name of sustainability, many of the water pitchers and glassware use recycled glass. Animal by-products, such as bone, are used in a variety of ways too. Leaves, reeds, grasses and other natural materials transform into colorful and long-lasting baskets. Many products also use upcycled materials. For example, past boxes have included macrame plant hangers and shopping bags made from recycled saris.
Co-founder and CEO Vlad Ermakov says, “We started GlobeIn with the vision that there are millions of people working really hard around the world producing great products that are both beautiful and practical.”
There is no production line or manufacturing plant for the GlobeIn community. Products are mostly handmade using techniques handed down for generations. This is a key component of the GlobeIn philosophy — to not only support artisans financially but culturally as well. GlobeIn believes in “curating and sharing sublime creations made by hand with our community.” As it says on the GlobeIn website, “We search the world for exceptional craftwork created by artists in small collectives where their techniques are rapidly vanishing. We believe that through our success, we can excite young artisans to learn these incredible techniques from their elders to help their art thrive.”
Each month, subscribers can select from a variety of options, each with eye-catching products. There are several types of cups, glassware, cooking items, serving dishes, tapestries and so much more. Each item comes with a short, personalized message about the artist, and each box comes with three to five products that represent the work of two or more artists. This develops interest and the story about each piece. There are four or more box selections to choose from each month.
GlobeIn is a true example of a global community. As such, the company believes in supporting charities that align with its goals. As an example, during Earth Month 2021, GlobeIn partnered with World Neighbors. This eco-friendly charity supports women farmers living in five remote communities in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Burkina Faso and Kenya by helping them learn how to build farms to feed their families.
The company offered to send a sample box, which I was thrilled to receive after several years of following the company’s progress. The box included a striking glass pitcher and matching hand-blown wine glasses. I received the package the day before Cinco de Mayo and, since the glassware was made in Mexico, felt it was only right I break them in with margaritas during our celebration. However, the glassware could easily be used for iced tea, lemonade, water or sangria. The quality of the glassware is outstanding. It’s thick, heavy and dishwasher safe. The remarkable red swirl coloring is perfectly inconsistent in all the right ways, as is the unique shape that demonstrates the handmade quality. In short, I adore them.
The box also includes a set of salad forks made out of neem wood by an artist in India. Again, these speak of quality. They are heavy-duty, useful and beautiful.
On the website, this box has a perfect 5-star rating, and I would add mine to it!
Images via GlobeIn and Dawn Hammon