The theme for the October 2015 subscription box was Elephants—the perfect role model for slow and mindful living. Their curiosity, creativity and sense of touch inspire us.
Unlike elephants, you probably go through the day touching many things without really paying attention to the physical sensation. Virtually, we are hyper-connected through flat screens; physically, though, we have numbed our sense of touch.
This month we chose highly tactile items to help bring awareness to your physical being and create mindful moments using the sense of touch.
The journal wrap, inspired by an elephant trunk, is crafted with fiber from 100% certified recycled plastic bottles. The Mr. Ellie Pooh recycled paper is handmade with elephant dung! We love the softness of the paper and that it’s an acid-free, fair-trade paper that creates sustainable artisan jobs in Sri Lanka while helping to change the perception of elephants in conflict areas.
100% Organic Kitchen Towel
Designed in Brooklyn by textile artist Jane Buck of Foxy & Winston and manufactured fair-trade in India with water based non-toxic inks. This soft and absorbent towel will look delightful in your kitchen or with your tea service.
We discovered Jane’s sweet elephant towel by way of a special project with the Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants. Together, the Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Conservation International and their partners have committed to preventing further elephant poaching by dedicating funding to: “stop the killing,” “stop the trafficking,” and “stop the demand.”
Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea
We selected this calming herbal tea that will make you feel like you’ve been swaddled in a warm blanket on a crisp Autumn day. Rooibos is harvested from the South African red bush plant, so technically it’s not a true tea as it is not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. That is why it is caffeine free. But we call it tea anyway. It’s a wonderful herbal beverage blended with red rooibos, vanilla and almond bits that you can drink all day and the whole family can enjoy it too. It’s gluten-free, sugar-free and the leaves can be re-infused twice! Each 3.5 ounce tin equals 50 8-oz servings. Tea Spot is a woman-owned brand that donates 10% of their sales to cancer and wellness programs.
If you’re new to loose leaf, and haven’t decided whether or not to get an infuser yet, we’ve included a handful of 100% natural unbleached, biodegradable paper single use tea filters from sustainably harvested wood pulp.
Elephant Vanilla Chai
If you’re too busy for a full tea meditation, you’ll love this David Rio Chai mix with sweet vanilla flavors. Just add hot water, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths while you enjoy the aromas of real spices like cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. CRC Kosher and free from hydrogenated oils, trans fats and gluten. David Rio supports the IFAW Amboseli Elephant Project to save the majestic elephants located in the southern border of Kenya, close to Mt. Kilimanjaro.
They do have a vegan chai mix too but this one has some dairy in it. If want to try making your own vegan chai, check out the recipe tips for Vegan Masala Chai on our blog.
Hand Carved Wooden Stamp
Inside the rustic handmade and reusable gift bag is a hand carved wooden printing block from India. Traditionally these blocks were used for printing on fabric and the craft of carving them has been passed down generation to generation. As each block is hand carved by an individual artist there is some variation in size, shape, color and texture. Take a picture of your block and tag us on instagram (@pumeli_ #woodblock) so we can see all of the variations.
Today, these blocks can be used for decoration or for printing on fabric or paper. The key to getting a consistent print is to put a small piece of foam under the substrate. Please note, however, once you use your block for printing, the white, decorative paint that is used to help the carver see the design will be gone forever. The natural wood color is lovely too. But, if you want to add a little color back to it, simply brush a stamp pad over it lightly with white or any color you choose. If you just love the white paint, get another one to use as a stamp and keep one for decoration.
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