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New Community Members for September 2018

Good Market September 2018 Blog

Welcome to the 21 social enterprises and responsible business that joined the Good Market vendor community in September 2018! This month’s roundup includes an ecovillage network, a recycling initiative, water filtration, mental health support, a responsible travel blog, business development services, and much more. See all 715 Good Market vendors at www.goodmarket.global.

GENOA

Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia

Ban That, Thailand

Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia (GENOA) is a network of networks that brings together communities, organisations and individuals who are striving to live sustainable low-impact lifestyles. Within GENOA, ecovillage refers to intentional communities, indigenous and traditional villages, spiritual communities, and urban neighborhood communities. GENOA supports learning and exchange through articles, videos, an online directory, training, consultancies, convergences, and bridging resources. They have developed ecovillage education materials specific to the Asia and Oceania region. GENOA follows sociocracy principles for governance and decision making. They promote gift culture and offer sliding scale rates so that lower income groups are able to participate in trainings, workshops, and events.
https://genoa.goodmarket.global

Mosquitostop

Mosquitostop

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Mosquitostop specializes in mosquito repellent powder, cream, balm, and spray that is made from locally sourced, natural ingredients and is safe for infants and all ages. Their products were developed to protect families from dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases and from the toxicants found in other repellents. Mosquitostop contributes to local children’s homes and to Lady Ridgeway Hospital to help cover the costs of children’s surgeries.
https://mosquitostop.goodmarket.global

Seva Village Rest

Seva Village Rest

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka

Seva Village Rest is a training center, farm, and guesthouse that was developed in the northern community of Vavuniya by Sevalanka Foundation, a not-for-profit development organization that works with rural communities throughout Sri Lanka. The restaurant serves food grown on the farm. Seva Village Rest hosts retreats, workshops, training programs, and community-based travel experiences. They can accommodate 85 people for residential programs and 100 for day programs. Seva Village Rests contributes to kids’ education and provides livelihood support to people with special needs.
https://sevavillagerest.goodmarket.global

Mindful Glass

Mindful Glass

Lake Isabella, United States

Mindful Glass specializes in handmade glass pieces that can be used to set intentions and practice mindfulness throughout the day. They are made by melting soda-lime glass on a metal rod over an open flame. The molten glass flows and can be shaped by hand movements and tools. Each piece of Mindful Glass is unique. Different color palettes can be selected for different intentions. Like prayer beads, talismans, and other mindfulness tools, Mindful Glass can be held to focus on the present moment, remember a loved one, transition to healthy habits, or support an environmentally responsible practice. The goal is to support personal growth and wellbeing and help create a better world. Mindful Glass donates to Beads of Courage, a nonprofit that serves children living with serious illness.
https://mindfulglass.goodmarket.global

​NatnZin

​NatnZin

Colombo, Sri Lanka

​NatnZin is a responsible travel blog that shares information on how to travel sustainably and support the positive growth of local communities. They highlight public transport options, homestays, local businesses, and community-based organizations. They also offer itinerary planning services for responsible travelers looking for a curated local experience. NatnZin serve as ambassadors for Visit.Org, a global responsible travel organization.
https://natnzin.goodmarket.global

​Pureit

​Pureit

Colombo, Sri Lanka

​Pureit provides safe and affordable drinking water through in-home water purification. Their water purification devices remove harmful viruses and bacteria and can be directly connected to the tap. They do not require gas or electricity. Pureit water filters are safer, more economical, and more energy efficient than boiled water or bottled water, and they reduce the consumption of single-use plastic water bottles.
https://pureit.goodmarket.global

Rust Diaries

Rust Diaries

Kotte, Sri Lanka

Rust Diaries makes it easier to be “eco-fabulous.” All of their clothing and accessories are made from sustainably sourced materials and designed to be in harmony with natural ecosystems. They use upcycled scrap materials and natural colors extracted from flowers, plants, barks, clay, rust, and other minerals. Rust Diaries specializes in naturally dyed fabric, clothing, scarves, shawls and wraps, and handmade jewelry.
https://rustdiaries.goodmarket.global

Mindia

Mindia

Galle, Sri Lanka

Mindia collaborates with local producers to create bags and accessories from environmentally responsible materials. They aim to develop long-term relationships with customers and offer durable products that reduce the need for future consumption. Mindia bags are made from upcycled and gifted fabrics.
https://mindia.goodmarket.global

Plasticcycle

Plasticcycle

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Plasticcycle is a social enterprise initiative under the John Keells Group that aims to serve as a catalyst and significantly reduce plastic pollution in Sri Lanka. In partnership with the Sri Lanka Recyclers Association, Plasticcycle has placed specially designed recycling bins throughout Colombo to support responsible disposal of bags, bottles, cups, jars, and other recyclable plastics. Bin locations are available on the Plasticcycle website. Plasticcyle also educates the public on the impacts of plastic waste and works with individuals and businesses to change purchasing patterns and reduce plastic consumption.
https://plasticcycle.goodmarket.global

Peacock House

Peacock House

Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Peacock House is a farm in southern Sri Lanka that focuses on rural employment and free range egg production. The farm has been designed so that the birds are able to practice natural behavior. The hens are able to move freely between a large outdoor pasture area and a nighttime shelter. The pasture has been covered with nets and fencing to provide protection from predators. Vines and trees have been planted to provide shade. Peacock House has been verified as free range under a local participatory guarantee system (PGS).​
https://peacockhouse.goodmarket.global

Project Bloom

Project Bloom

Angoda, Sri Lanka

Project Bloom was started by a group of teenagers to help adolescents with mental health issues, raise public awareness, and erase the stigma associated with mental health. They work through a network of volunteers, partners, and supporters. Project Bloom organizes weekly sessions at the National Institute of Mental Health in Angoda, support groups, monthly workshops, and advocacy programs. Their BloomChat service is run by teenagers for teenagers. Privacy is guaranteed.
https://projectbloom.goodmarket.global

Thadhee Bonsai

Thadhee Bonsai

​Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Thadhee Bonsai creates ornamental bonsai trees and provides bonsai workshops, consulting, maintenance services, rental, soil, pots, and equipment. They see bonsai as a means to “inspire and elevate the human spirit” and connect people with nature. Thadhee Bonsai uses natural, traditional techniques with no synthetic agrichemicals. All biodegradable waste is composted. They help small-scale producers throughout Sri Lanka create bonsai and provide maintenance and consulting services.
https://thadheebonsai.goodmarket.global

Guru

Guru

Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Guru produces linen shirts, shorts, pants, and dresses in Sri Lanka. They focus on creating flexible income opportunities for people in rural areas, particularly older women who do not have access to other sources of employment. Their own Guru brand aims to make natural fiber clothing more affordable and accessible. Their network of tailors also produces clothing for other brands.
https://guru.goodmarket.global

 

Wolfi's

Wolfi's

​Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Wolfi’s Homemade produces authentic German food, jams, and chutneys in Sri Lanka from local ingredients. They source directly from small-scale local suppliers and environmentally responsible producers. Popular products include homemade mustard, pickles, red cabbage, sauerkraut, liver pate, and German sausage in natural casing. Wolfi’s is committed to benefiting the local community and donates to people in need.
https://wolfishomemade.goodmarket.global

Safa Counselling Centre

Safa Counselling Centre

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Safa Counselling Centre was started as a not-for-profit service provider by an umbrella organization of Muslim Women’s Associations in Sri Lanka. Their trained counsellors provide empathetic, non-judgmental support to individuals and families dealing with stress, depression, trauma, addiction, and conflict. They offer pre-marital workshops that are intended not only to reduce the rate of divorce but also to help couples develop and maintain healthy relationships. Safa Counselling Centre aims to expand their counselling services and workshops island wide.
https://safacounsellingcentre.goodmarket.global

Hot Pot

Hot Pot

Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka

Hot Pot specializes in healthy traditional Sri Lanka food including rice and curry, string hoppers, manioc, halapa, and lavariya. Priority is given to local, organic ingredients. Hot Pot is committed to waste reduction and gives donations and discounts to people in need. They participate in the Galle Fort Market and provide catering services in southern Sri Lanka.
https://hotpot.goodmarket.global

Pulup

Pulup

​Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

Omanlanka is a company established by an Omanian entrepreneur and a Sri Lankan coconut producing family. They manufacture high quality organic coconut products for health conscious international consumers under the Pulup brand. Pulup is committed to fair trade practices for workers and farmers and aims to raise awareness about the health benefits of organic virgin coconut oil for consumption and personal care.
https://pulup.goodmarket.global

CN Associates

CN Associates

Angoda, Sri Lanka

CN Associates provides business support services including management consulting, accounting, payroll, company registration and secretarial services, and reports for statutory compliance. They offer free consultation and discounted rates for startups, social enterprises, and entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds. CN Associates also supports startups by partnering with business boot camps, incubators, and accelerators.
https://cnassociates.goodmarket.global

Dili

Dili

Wattala, Sri Lanka

Dili creates handmade sculptures from natural clay and nontoxic paints. Themes include Sri Lankan wildlife, culture, and rural people. They source materials from environmentally responsible suppliers and use biodegradable or recycled packaging. The pieces are air dried to reduce energy consumption. Dili offers free art classes to children in the surrounding community and aims to help other rural artisans with online marketing.
https://dili.goodmarket.global

Mana

Mana

Welisara, Sri Lanka

Mana was started to provide healthy, whole food alternatives to fast food. They make their own sandwich buns from whole grain flour and all sauces are made from scratch from natural, locally sourced ingredients. Mana is committed to waste reduction and uses compostable packaging.
https://mana.goodmarket.global

Haimish

Haimish

Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Haimish creates hand painted cotton tote bags and pouches to reduce the consumption of single use plastic bags. They specialize in customized designs so that the bag has meaning and is more likely to be used.
https://haimish.goodmarket.global

Know an initiative that’s good for people and good for the planet? Encourage them to get involved. The online application is available in English, Sinhala, and Tamil at https://www.goodmarket.global/vendor-application. Urdu translation is completed, and translation into other languages is now underway. Learn more about the community translation project here.

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