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New Community Members for October 2018

Good Market October 2018 Blog

Welcome to the 26 social enterprises and responsible business that joined the Good Market vendor community in October 2018! This month’s roundup includes ecotourism destinations, a leading organic exporter, an ayurveda clinic, zero waste initiatives, a vegan cafe, responsible business service providers, and much more. See all 741 Good Market vendors at www.goodmarket.global.

Back of Beyond

Back of Beyond

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Back of Beyond offers seven retreats in secluded natural locations near jungles, streams, reservoirs, beaches and lagoons. The focus is on exploring and enjoying nature in a minimalistic, environmentally responsible way. For new construction, they use sustainably sourced building materials including bamboo, thatch roofs, recycled doors and windows, and clay and mud mortar and plaster. Back of Beyond supports schools and community initiatives near each property, plants trees, and actively works to conserve and increase biodiversity. The owner is a member of multiple environmental NGOs and a trustee of the Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO). Back of Beyond assists wildlife and biodiversity researchers with onsite projects.
https://backofbeyond.goodmarket.global

Ahimsa Vegan Cafe

Ahimsa Vegan Cafe

Mirissa and Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Ahimsa Vegan Cafe offers all natural plant-based meals, snacks, desserts, and drinks. They are open in Mirissa during Sri Lanka’s southern surf season and in Arugam Bay during the east coast season. The cafe is locally owned and furnished with natural and upcycled materials. They supply bamboo and stainless steel straws to travelers and other businesses in the area and support events for the local surf community.
https://ahimsavegancafe.goodmarket.global

Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation

Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation

Matara, Sri Lanka

Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation (WORC) is a not-for-profit organization focused on conservation and ecosystem restoration in Sri Lanka. They support community-based sea turtle conservation in Panama and Pottuvil, mangrove forest conservation and restoration in Koggala, and coral reef conservation and restoration in Rumassala. WORC offers travel experiences in all of these areas. Any income from ecotourism experiences is used to fund ongoing conservation and restoration work.
https://wildlifeandoceanresourceconservation.goodmarket.global

Barefoot Garden Cafe

Barefoot Garden Cafe

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Barefoot Garden Cafe is located behind the flagship Barefoot outlet in Colombo and offers a light menu of food and drinks and a blackboard menu of daily lunch specials. Like Barefoot, the cafe is committed to responsible practices. They sustainably source local ingredients and do not use plastic straws. The space is a community hub and hosts weekly quiz nights and jazz sessions. The Barefoot Garden Cafe can also be booked for cultural events, private dinners, and parties.
https://barefootgardencafe.goodmarket.global

Cecil Organic

Cecil Organic

Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka

Cecil Organic specializes in processing and exporting organic and fair trade certified tropical fruit, coconut, cashew, and spices worldwide. They have been developing a network of small-scale organic farmers in Sri Lanka since 1989 and currently support more than 3,000 farmers through extension services, buy-back agreements, and community development programs. Cecil was acquired in 2003 and now operates under the company name CBL Natural Foods.
https://cecilorganic.goodmarket.global

Good Folks

Good Folks

Galle, Sri Lanka

Good Folks provides business consulting services with a focus on brand and social media strategy, sales and marketing consulting, advertising campaigns, copywriting, content design, and team training. Their vision is to “make sure all companies that do good, do good business.”
https://goodfolks.goodmarket.global

Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Galle, Sri Lanka

Pilgrims operates a hostel and restaurant inside the historic Galle Fort in southern Sri Lanka. They offer water refills, do not serve plastic straws or bottles, and are working on waste management systems and sustainable sourcing. Pilgrims offers salary advances and small interest-free loans to staff for life improvements, emergencies, medical expenses, and family funerals. They also support the Sambodhi Home for the Disabled and partnered with Serendipity Trust to initiate Sambodhi’s Art and Play program.
https://pilgrims.goodmarket.global

Eco Kade

Eco Kadé

Dehiwala, Sri Lanka

Eco Kadé aims to help create a cleaner, greener Sri Lanka. They focus on increasing the accessibility of well-crafted zero waste products and raising awareness about the impact of single-use plastic on our health and ecosystems. Products include shampoo and soap bars to reduce packaging waste, bamboo and stainless steel straws, glass storage jars, beeswax wraps, and reusable travel cups, water bottles, and sanitary products.
https://ecokade.goodmarket.global

Good Travel

Good Travel

Midigama, Sri Lanka

Good Travel brings together the responsible travel community in Sri Lanka. They focus on raising awareness, supporting the transition to socially and environmentally responsible practices, and making it easier to find food, accommodation, and travel experiences that are “good for people and good for the planet.” The social enterprises, responsible businesses, and community-based initiatives in the Good Travel network are helping to make Sri Lanka an ethical travel destination.
https://goodtravel.goodmarket.global

Singharaja Garden

Singharaja Garden

Yattapatha, Sri Lanka

Singharaja Garden is an eco-lodge near the Sinharaja rainforest World Heritage Site that offers accommodation, yoga retreats, vegetarian meals, and trekking, mountain biking, and kayaking experiences. Their mission is to help visitors “enjoy Sri Lanka sustainably and responsibly.” Singharaja Garden uses renewable energy and a biological filtration system for wastewater treatment. They educate guests about waste prevention and responsible travel practices. Food is sourced from an onsite fruit and vegetable garden and from local organic farmers. Team members are recruited from the surrounding community and are provided with on-the-job training, fair wages, which are 35% above customary rates, bonuses, interest-free micro loans, and opportunities for personal development. The founders of Singharaja Garden have been involved in social and environmental projects in Sri Lanka since 2002. They are focused on education and are currently supporting the development of the village school in Yattapatha. Social and environmental volunteer opportunities can be organized for interested visitors.
https://singharajagarden.goodmarket.global

Green Choice Lanka

Green Choice Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Green Choice Lanka is an environmental advocacy organization focused on reducing disposable plastic waste and making it easier to transition to an environmentally responsible lifestyle. They offer compostable bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo and paper straws, areca leaf kolapath plates, wooden cutlery, and takeaway containers and reusable bottles, mugs, and bags. Green Choice Lanka engages in cleanups and awareness campaigns, works with manufacturing companies to reduce packaging, and partners with other environmental groups to support the transition to a Zero Waste Lanka.
https://greenchoicelanka.goodmarket.global

CSR Sri Lanka

CSR Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

CSR Sri Lanka is a member organization of Sri Lankan companies committed to transformative corporate social responsibility (CSR) also known as CSR 2.0. They provide strategic guidance to help companies transition from ad hoc CSR projects to creating sustainable value, adjusting business models, processes, products, services, and corporate policies, and incorporating sustainability and responsibility into their DNA. CSR Sri Lanka engages the corporate community to address natural priorities. Initiatives include Business for Waste, Water and Sustainable Business, Circular Textiles, Sustainable Agriculture, and Sustainable Tourism.
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AYUR

AYUR

Dehiwala, Sri Lanka

AYUR aims to create a strong and disease-free country by providing food and drinks based on Ayurvedic traditions. Each product is carefully researched and blended to balance the doshas and support holistic health. AYUR sustainably sources ingredients from local suppliers and uses recyclable glass bottles. They contribute a portion of all proceeds to provide educational materials to children who are living in tea estates or areas directly affected by war.
https://ayur.goodmarket.global

Planet Lover

Planet Lover

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Planet Lover provides affordable products for a plastic free lifestyle.They aim to offer competitive pricing to promote the shift from plastic and Styrofoam alternatives. They locally source areca leaf plates and contribute 1 percent of profits to planting more areca nut trees. Other products include compostable toothbrushes and takeaway boxes, and reusable stainless steel straws. Planet Lover participates in cleanup campaigns and reforestation projects organized by local environmental groups.
https://planetlover.goodmarket.global

Paletas Frescas

Paletas Frescas

Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Paletas Frescas aims to make health and wellness fun through their unique range of fresh fruit popsicles. They source all natural ingredients directly from local producers and suppliers.
https://paletasfrescas.goodmarket.global

Wastebusters Sri Lanka

Wastebusters Sri Lanka

​Ruhunupura, Sri Lanka

Wastebusters Sri Lanka is a resource and community for people to share waste reduction ideas, initiatives, and know-how. The goal is to support the transition to environmentally responsible alternatives and make Sri Lanka a cleaner, better, and safer place to live. Wastebusters sells reusable stainless steel straws at affordable prices. If surplus is generated in the future, it will be reinvested to support Reforest Sri Lanka reforestation initiatives.
https://wastebusterssrilanka.goodmarket.global

Parwathi Products

Parwathi Products

Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Parwathi Products manufactures traditional rice flour, kurakkan millet flour, corn flour, and gram flour from locally sourced ingredients. They work directly with farmers in the Batticaloa area and share the sales income with them. Their mission is make healthy food affordable and accessible to people in their community.
https://parwathiproducts.goodmarket.global

Max Knives

Max Knives

Galle, Sri Lanka

Max Knives specializes in handcrafted knives. Each piece is custom made in their workshop in southern Sri Lanka from natural, sustainably sourced materials. A portion of profits is used to support families in need.
https://maxknives.goodmarket.global

SLYCAN Trust

SLYCAN Trust

​Colombo, Sri Lanka

SLYCAN Trust supports collective local and global action on climate change, sustainable development, animal welfare, gender, and social justice. They engage in research, legal analysis, policy advocacy, awareness creation, capacity building, action campaigns, and networking with like-minded organisations. Their Meatless Monday campaign encourages people to transition to a meatless diet for health, animal welfare, and climate change mitigation. SLYCAN Trust partners with the Climate Action Network, the Nairobi Work Program of the UNFCCC, and the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE).
https://slycantrust.goodmarket.global

Fit Sugar

Fit Sugar

Dehiwala, Sri Lanka

Fit Sugar creates healthier alternatives to baked goods and desserts. Their products are vegan and refined sugar free, and they offer options for diabetics, celiacs, and people with allergies and other special dietary needs. Fit Sugar sets aside 10% of profits to donate to local causes and people in need. They also enable customers to contribute to “suspended” cakes which can be redeemed by people from disadvantaged groups who are celebrating a birthday or special occasion.
https://fitsugar.goodmarket.global

Bridge Market

Bridge Market

Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Bridge Market is a curated marketplace in Batticaloa town that brings together small-scale rural producers from the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Priority is given to producers with natural, healthy, and organically grown products. Bridge Market is open every Saturday near Kallady Bridge.
https://bridgemarket.goodmarket.global

Project Spero

Project Spero

Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Project Spero was started by a group of young people to support less fortunate members of the community. They sell healthy food and naturally grown plants to raise funds for social service. Spero means “hope” in Latin, and the Project Spero team wants to give hope to people in need.
https://projectspero.goodmarket.global

Akastiya Ayurveda

Akastiya Ayurveda

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Akastiya Ayurveda specializes in naturopathic treatment, ayurveda therapy, and using food as medicine. Their clinic offers consultation, treatments, meditation and yoga programs, and residential care for elderly women. They grow herbs and vegetables in their own facility and have developed a range of food supplements based on patients’ health and nutrition needs. Akastiya provides preferential employment opportunities for people with disabilities and women in need.
https://akastiyaayurveda.goodmarket.global

Spara Foods

Spara Foods

Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Spara Foods helps women from female-headed households and low income communities develop their own food enterprises. The women entrepreneurs focus on serving fresh and healthy Sri Lankan food made from locally sourced ingredients including heirloom rice, rice flour, and unrefined natural sweeteners. Spara is committed to environmental responsibility and uses washable ceramic dishes to reduce waste.
https://sparafoods.goodmarket.global

Sellamuthu Flour

Sellamuthu Flour

Kallady, Sri Lanka

Sellamuthu Flour sources local ingredients and produces whole grain kurakkan millet flour, ulundu black gram flour, red rice flour, and white rice flour for the local market. They provide a healthy, affordable alternative to imported white wheat flour for people living in the Batticaloa area.
https://sellamuthuflour.goodmarket.global

Padmavathi

Padmavathi

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Padmavathi is women’s clothing brand that both celebrates and supports hard-working, dedicated women. They select workers and suppliers from disadvantaged communities and focus on improving their living conditions, their skills, and their confidence. Their clothing is locally made from natural fiber textiles and sustainably sourced materials like handmade beeralu lace and coconut shell buttons.
https://padmavathi.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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