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New Community Members for March 2019

Good Market May 2019 Blog

Welcome to the 34 social enterprises and responsible businesses that joined the Good Market community in March 2019! This month’s roundup includes mutual health insurance, blockchain for transparent supply chains, peer-to-peer solar energy trading, responsible travel destinations, zero waste initiatives, and much more. See all 903 Good Market approved community members at www.goodmarket.global.

SOLshare

SOLshare

Dhaka, Bangladesh

SOLshare has developed the world’s first peer-to-peer solar electricity trading platform. Bangladesh has more than 5 million solar home systems, but an estimated 600,000 kWh of energy is wasted every day because the home system batteries are unable to store all of the power produced by the panels. SOLshare taps into this excess power by linking solar home systems into modular microgrids, which makes it possible for households and small businesses to share and sell their excess energy using a peer-to-peer trading platform with a dynamic pricing system and mobile money payments. SOLshare focuses on helping people in rural off-grid areas access clean energy, but their decentralized microgrid technology has global potential.
https://solshare.goodmarket.global

Salvage

Salvage

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Salvage produces a range of unique accessories from recycled fabric off-cuts, leather waste, kitesurfing kites, bottle caps, newspaper, and other waste materials. Products are designed and marketed by Ruby Studio, and all profits go back into charity initiatives that lack other funding including an HIV drop-in center, battered women’s shelter, a community gym and drug rehabilitation program, and a lifeguarding program. Salvage also provides income for marginalized people including women recovering from abuse and men recovering from drug addiction. Each piece is unique, and the art of making the jewelry becomes therapeutic. Salvage products Recycle and Rehabilitate.​
https://salvage.goodmarket.global

BeeBee Wraps

BeeBee Wraps

Cambridge, United Kingdom

BeeBee Wraps was started to reduce plastic waste and food waste by providing a natural, sustainable, and compostable alternative to single-use plastic clingfilm. The wraps are made from organic cotton and a special blend of beeswax, tree resin and organic jojoba oil that provides the perfect amount of grip to wrap food and keep it fresh. All of the materials break down in a home compost heap and return to nature with no toxic residue. BeeBee Wraps are made by hand in Cambridge using local beeswax from the surrounding beekeeping community.
https://beebeewraps.goodmarket.global

Zero Waste Goods

Zero Waste Goods

London, United Kingdom

Zero Waste Goods is a curated marketplace that makes it easier for people to support progressive, planet-friendly brands, find responsible products, and transition to a zero waste lifestyle. They organize meetups, events, a membership club for business owners, and London’s first zero waste Christmas market. In order to make the market inclusive, Zero Waste Goods maintains a range of products from low cost to premium, chooses accessible venues, and offers discounts to students and free tickets for children. A portion of profits is donated to Cool Earth to offset carbon and prevent deforestation.
https://zerowastegoods.goodmarket.global

Botanic Hues

Botanic Hues

Malabe, Sri Lanka

Botanic Hues creates shawls, bags, and clothing using traditional hand-dyeing techniques and natural colorants made from locally sourced leaves, roots, tree bark, flowers, and seeds. Most synthetic textile dyes contain toxic heavy metals and other chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment. Naturally dyed textiles from Botanic Hues provide a beautiful, safe, and environmentally responsible alternative.
https://botanichues.goodmarket.global

Fields of View

Fields of View

Bengaluru, India

Fields of View is a not-for-profit research organization that designs games and simulations to help make better public policy. They harness the immersive power of games to address real-life issues like urban poverty, energy, transportation, water, disaster management, and waste. Fields of View uses a participatory research methodology and actively engages with local partners and stakeholders at all stages of the design and development process. They have developed games and simulations to elicit public preferences, test policy, model complex systems and build capacity, and make policy accessible across literacy levels and languages.​
https://fieldsofview.goodmarket.global

Rootbridge

Rootbridge

Oxford, United Kingdom

Rootbridge Ecosystems recognizes, supports, and connects local initiatives that contribute to healthy social-ecosystems with a particular focus on spiritual ecology and climate action. They leverage existing resources and capabilities and catalyze new relationships and global networks. Rootbridge facilitates workshops, training programs, and co-creative gatherings and offers editing, writing, and strategic support services.
https://rootbridge.goodmarket.global

OSU Plant Powders

OSU Plant Powders

Colombo, Sri Lanka

OSU has developed a collection of local plant powder blends that harness the healing power of nature. Ingredients are sourced from Sri Lankan forest gardens and organic producers and hand-blended in small batches. The founders have a background in naturopathy, herbal medicine, and Ayurveda, and they have developed each blend to provide key phytonutrients, optimize immune function, support digestion, strengthen the nervous system, and enhance wellbeing from the inside out.
https://osuplantpowders.goodmarket.global

Uplift Mutuals

Uplift Mutuals

​Pune, India

Uplift Mutuals is a not-for-profit mutual health protection organization that serves vulnerable communities in India. Their bottoms-up approach to health insurance is based on risk reduction and mutual governance. Member contributions are pooled to provide preventative health services including community clinics, multi-specialty health screenings, a 24-hour medical helpline, discounts on medicine and medical equipment, a preferred provider network for price discovery, women-centric health coaching, and mutual aid. Members are able to access information and services and participate in governance through a mobile app that is available in local languages. Uplift Mutuals is a member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).
https://upliftmutuals.goodmarket.global

Page & Bloom

Page & Bloom

London, United Kingdom

Page & Bloom is a social enterprise that creates hand-crafted paper flowers from pre-loved books, maps, sheet music, and other recycled paper and supports women who are rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse. The women are referred by domestic violence shelters and charities. Page & Bloom provides free training and employment opportunities. In addition to supporting women in need, the flowers provide an environmentally responsible alternative to imported cut flowers. Page & Bloom offers a range of individual flowers and bouquets, flower-making workshops for parties and corporate events, and a bespoke design service for personalized gifts, weddings, and event decor.
https://pagebloom.goodmarket.global

Hideaway Resort

Hideaway Resort

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Hideaway Resort started as a family home nearly 40 years ago and expanded to welcome guests. It now has 14 rooms and bungalows, a restaurant, cafe and bar, a curated retail space, and a yoga and wellness shala. Within the grounds, the team is able to create the kind of world they wish to live in, “one based on caring for the earth, and all the sentient beings who live on it.” Hideaway avoids single-use plastic and offers free filtered water to all guests and travelers. They support social enterprises and responsible businesses, source locally grown produce, use organic, fair trade ingredients whenever possible, and donate to local causes like Girls Make Waves and Wasteless Arugam Bay. They have built a strong team by investing in people from rural areas and providing opportunities for personal development and growth. Hideaway is frequently used for yoga, meditation, and surf retreats. The wellness shala offers yoga classes, ayurvedic treatments, massage, and a residency program for healing practitioners.
https://hideaway.goodmarket.global

Edible Routes Foundation

Edible Routes Foundation

New Delhi, India

Edible Routes Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to finding local solutions to global environmental problems. From their base at Aali Farm near the Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida, Edible Routes Foundation focuses on environmental education, waste management, water harvesting, natural farming, and ecological restoration. They offer a monthly Nature Kids program to connect urban children with the wonders of nature, support a garbage dump restoration project in a low-income area, and maintain a nursery for native plants and trees, an office garden for organic produce, and a Metta Garden for other living beings. Funds earned through consultancies, campaigns, and workshops are used to provide services to marginalized communities free of charge.
https://edibleroutesfoundation.goodmarket.global

Tea People

Tea People

Reading, United Kingdom

Tea People is a social enterprise that contributes 50 percent of net profits to support educational development in the tea growing region of Darjeeling and reinvests the remainder to expand the business and its impact. They offer premium loose leaf black, green, white, and oolong tea, herbal infusions, natural fruit infusions, biodegradable pyramid teabags, bespoke packaging and tea blends, and tea accessories. Tea People partners with New Leaf Trust to improve educational infrastructure, facilities, and capacity in areas most in need. They also support individual students, especially girls, who want to acquire higher education but are not able to due to financial constraints. Tea People has included their social mission in their registered legal documents and is a member of Social Enterprise UK.
https://teapeople.goodmarket.global

Tracified

Tracified

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tracified is a software company that works with agriculture, fisheries, poultry, and dairy supply chains to build trust through traceability. They integrate with food suppliers available data sources, verify the data using blockchain technology, and plug in with common ecommerce services so that the data is easily accessible to consumers. Tracified supports sustainable supply chains by making product origins and production practices transparent.
https://tracified.goodmarket.global

Biji-biji Ethical Fashion

Biji-biji Ethical Fashion

Pelabuhan Klang, Malaysia

Biji-biji Ethical Fashion uses high quality waste materials to provide an elegant alternative to “fast fashion.” They work with local seat belt manufacturers to source rejected and off-cut seat belt material in bulk. The belts are carefully sorted and sewn together into unique and durable bags. Biji-biji also partners with Nakakoma Orimono, a traditional kimono maker in Japan, to turn unused kimono material into one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bags. Without their intervention, these materials would end up in a landfill. Biji-biji is committed to fair trade practices and is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.​
https://bijibiji.goodmarket.global

One Among Trees

One Among Trees

Thanamalwila, Sri Lanka

One Among Trees is a permaculture farm in the dry zone of Uva Province in southeastern Sri Lanka. They practice sustainable agriculture and natural building and offer alternative education programs, workshops, and responsible travel experiences. One Among Trees is “in pursuit of learning the new, relearning some old, and unlearning the disruptive ways and means to achieve a balance in coexistence.” They reinvest a portion of profits to support workers’ welfare and children’s education and to expand social and environmental causes.​
https://oneamongtrees.goodmarket.global

Inverse K

Inverse K

New York, United States

inverse K is a poet and technologist dedicated to exploring and explaining complex ideas through the art of verse. Services include performances, event hosting, moderation, and Raps Ups, school programs, consulting, and custom content creation for events, projects, or organizations. inverse K also offers workshops on freestyling, lyric writing, rap delivery, and public speaking. Priority is given to high-impact work with mission-aligned individuals and organizations. Services are available on a sliding scale to accommodate nonprofit organizations.
https://inversek.goodmarket.global

Serendib Chocolate

Serendib Chocolate

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Serendib Chocolate is the first bean to bar artisanal chocolate made from Sri Lankan cocoa beans. Their mission is to link directly with small scale farmers to expand production of high quality local cocoa and support rural livelihoods. Serendib roasts at altitude in a small chocolate factory in the Sri Lankan hill country. A team of skilled local women handle the full process: roasting, cracking, winnowing, conching, tempering, and pouring into molds. Initial products include cocoa nibs, dark chocolate with unrefined brown sugar, and dark chocolate with kithul palm jaggery.
https://serendibchocolate.goodmarket.global

Apes in Drapes

Apes in Drapes

New York, United States

Apes in Drapes is an independent podcast created by a wandering poet and community organizer. It is an exploration of the human mind, societal frameworks, and sustainability. Each episode focuses on a particular topic, ranging from Plastics & Packaging to Free Will & Awareness, and includes references and links for further exploration.
https://apesindrapes.goodmarket.global

Kasama Consulting

Kasama Consulting

Nawala, Sri Lanka

Kasama Consulting provides tailored training, coaching, and technical services to social entrepreneurs with a particular focus on female entrepreneurs. The word “kasama” means companion or friend in Filipino. Kasama Consulting serves as a companion during the business development process. They support changemakers to design and run enterprises that have a positive impact on the world. Subsidized services are available based on clients’ income levels and ability to pay.
https://kasamaconsulting.goodmarket.global

Aswanna Kithul

Aswanna Kithul

Matale, Sri Lanka

Aswanna Kithul was started to encourage responsible and healthy food production that protects people, animals, and the environment. They support rural livelihoods by sourcing kithul palm syrup directly from tappers in low income areas and paying above the normal market value. Aswanna Kithul makes it easier for urban consumers to access pure kithul palm syrup with no refined sugar or other additives.
https://aswanna.goodmarket.global

Simply Eco

Simply Eco

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Simply Eco Sri Lanka is a not-for-profit initiative that provides compostable or reusable alternatives to single-use plastic products. They offer bamboo and stainless steel straws, bamboo cutlery, areca leaf plates, reusable produce bags and gift bags, reusable water bottles, and bamboo toothbrushes. Simply Eco makes it easier for people in Sri Lanka to transition to a more sustainable, zero waste lifestyle.
https://simplyecosrilanka.goodmarket.global

Drift BnB

Drift BnB

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Drift BnB is a centrally located bed and breakfast in Sri Lanka’s capital city that is known for its artwork and plants. The mural on the front wall of the hotel is part of the Sea Walls ocean conservation project and is intended to remind people of the importance of keeping our forests and oceans clean. Drift BnB offers private rooms and affordable dormitory beds. They have a water refill station, minimize single use plastics, segregate and recycle waste, and actively support other local businesses that prioritize people and the planet.
https://driftbnb.goodmarket.global

Pink Babanas

Pink Babanas

Ragama, Sri Lanka

Pink Babanas was started to introduce healthy new banana products and recipes to increase banana consumption, benefit Sri Lankan farmers, and minimize food waste. They source bananas directly from producers and donate a portion of profits to reforestation initiatives and to support environmentally responsible farmers.
https://pinkbabanas.goodmarket.global

Likuid Spaces

Likuid Spaces

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Likuid Spaces is a coworking space in the heart of Colombo that focuses on community, collaboration, and creativity. They offer fully equipped work, meeting, and event spaces, rooftop workout sessions, and regular learning and networking events. Priority is given to topics like environmental sustainability, social enterprise, workplace ethics, and wellness, and discounts are available for students, female entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs. Likuid Spaces partners with a network of local organizations and contributes three percent of all membership fees to local charities.
https://likuidspaces.goodmarket.global

Moss Colombo

Moss

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Moss is a centrally located bed and breakfast in Sri Lanka’s capital city that was established to be an small oasis of calm and green. Moss offers private rooms and affordable dormitory beds. They have a water refill station, minimize single use plastics, segregate and recycle waste, and actively support artists and other local businesses that prioritize people and the planet.
https://mosscolombo.goodmarket.global

Ayubo.life

Ayubo.life

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ayubo.life is a mobile app that aims to bring healthcare online and make it easier for busy people to incorporate wellness into their daily lives. They offer fitness and nutrition plans, consultation scheduling, chat, and video calls with doctors and other health professionals, access to lab reports, and medicine delivery. People can pick a daily goal, track workouts, see their wellness dashboard, and participate in challenges.
https://ayubolife.goodmarket.global

The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio

Panadura, Sri Lanka

The Clay Studio produces handmade ceramic tableware as a safe, durable, and environmentally responsible alternative to plastic. They provide free training and technical services to the local pottery community.
https://theclaystudio.goodmarket.global

NGage Goodvocacy

NGage Goodvocacy

Colombo, Sri Lanka

NGage Goodvocacy provides marketing and communications services for responsible brands, develops creative campaigns for social causes like equality, peace, unity, and social justice, and drives environmental advocacy, activism, and sustainability initiatives. They provides media training and consultancy for cause champions, project owners, and business and government leaders to help them communicate their vision, mobilize followers, and achieve their goals. NGage Goodvocacy offers reduced rates and pro-bono services for social and environmental campaigns.
https://ngage.goodmarket.global

Deiva

Deiva Farm

Saravanai, Sri Lanka

Deiva is a fruit and vegetable farm in northern Sri Lanka that’s committed to sustainable agriculture. They want to raise awareness about organic practices, encourage healthy living, and protect the natural environment. Deiva Farm uses a portion of their income to cover education expenses for children in their village.
https://deivafarm.goodmarket.global

O'girl

O'girl

Colombo, Sri Lanka

O’girl creates handmade greeting cards, bags, gift boxes, wrapping paper, gift tags, and paper art from banana fiber and recycled waste paper. Cards are left blank to encourage self expression. The O’girl brand is an initiative of Step by Step Consultancy Services and Real Life, a network that focuses on life coaching and strengthening family relationships.
https://ogirl.goodmarket.global

Leo Club of Colombo Knights

Leo Club of Colombo Knights

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Leo Club of Colombo Knights is a youth-led voluntary service organization connected with Lions Clubs International. The Colombo Knights club actively works for the betterment of the community with a particular focus on environmental action. Their Sow and So initiative focuses on promoting and distributing seed balls. They have also been involved in environmental clean ups, energy saving challenges, and community gardening.
https://leoclubofcolomboknights.goodmarket.global

Exotic Henna

Exotic Henna

Gampaha, Sri Lanka

Exotic Henna produces henna paste from all natural ingredients and applies mehendi body art. Henna is an antimicrobial medicinal plant with cooling properties. Exotic Henna aims to raise awareness about the health benefits of traditional natural henna and the risk of synthetic alternatives that are entering the market.
https://exotichenna.goodmarket.global

Angela's Creations

Angela's Creations

Galle, Sri Lanka

Angela’s Creations focuses on hand-crafted dolls, soft toys, and housewares. Some of the dolls and toys are made with upcycled waste materials like plastic bottles and scrap fabrics. Others are made with cotton and other compostable natural materials. The dolls and toys are stuffed with locally sourced natural fiber from the kapok tree. Angela’s Creations contributes a portion of profits to support families in need.
https://angelascreations.goodmarket.global


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