I have been enjoying some candy. Nothing new in that, but this pleasure comes with the rationalization that I am also helping a good cause. The candy, which comes in a golden box resembling a honeycomb, is called Gather. It’s gather as in gathering honey and a percentage of profits goes toward a critical environmental cause, protecting the honeybee and its pollinators.
Harbor Sweets in Salem, Mass, produces Gather. I discovered Harbor Sweets when I escaped into a backstreet to avoid hordes of tourists who had overrun the small city attracted by its notorious links to witchcraft. I found a small firm dedicated to fine, primarily handmade, chocolates superior to the mass produced goodies usually found on store shelves.
I’m nibbling through a package of six, suggested retail price (SRP) $12.50. all chocolate with a taste of local wildflower. The colorful box, celebrating honeybees, contains three individual truffles -- caramelized honey, pomegranate molasses and sour cherry, and three dark chocolate--- cashew caramel, coconut cluster and sesame crunch. For $18.50 (SRP) you can double your pleasure with a dozen in a box.
Harbor Sweets has adopted what the trade terms cause marketing.. Honeybees are critical to the nation’s agricultural ecosystem, but pesticide and parasites have contributed to the loss of nearly 50% of the bee population in one year. A portion of revenue from Gather will go toward protecting the bees and their pollinators.
The Munchery believes that....
FEED MORE THAN YOURSELF
We believe everyone deserves real, nourishing food. Every time you order, we donate to a local food bank, providing someone in need with a meal. We love watching those numbers add up: over 2 million meals to date.
Unwittingly, I seem to have adopted cause marketing on my kitchen table. Occasionally, being lazy about shopping and preparing food, I order ready-made lunches or dinners from an online service called Munchery. I researched Munchery recently and found that I am contributing to another good cause. Munchery says that it donates a meal to a local food bank to feed the needy every time a customer orders a lunch or dinner. So far it claims to have donated more than two million meals.
Also on my dining room table, I picked up a can of soda called Arya Curcumin, a blended tropical fruit drink. It’s kind of spritzy with a pleasing, tart flavor. Arya says that its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory elements, a blend of acai, blueberry and green tea are 27% more effective than regular curcumin, a powerful bioactive found in turmeric. Arya says a percentage of net profit goes toward research on cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Not yet in my pantry, but you never know, is another indulgent product called Good Spread, an all-natural peanut butter. Management tr[ptyd that for each purchase of Good Spread, it donates an equivalent amount of “therapeutic food” to undernourished children.
Oh, there are many things I can enjoy and feel good about myself at the same time. There’s an outfit called Faucet Face, which sells bottled water called “Tap is Terrific,” water bottles and related products., Faucet Face donates 2.5 % of sales to educate people in rural India in assembling biosand water filters. The unit is a simple concrete container which houses layers of sand which trap and rid water of sediment, pathogens and other impurities. The filter, which eliminates more than 90% of impure elements, is easy to build, costs nothing to operate and is easy to maintain.
Use of the inexpensive filters spreads quickly, as neighbors see how effective the unit is and seek one for their own protection. As one user told Faucet Face “The filter is like a round the clock doctor who protects us from waterborne diseases.”
Returning to sweet snacks,, we arrive at Project 7, a do-good firm which manufactures a line of sweets, sugar-free gums and mints and crunchy snack food, all very healthful of course. Chew a sweet and make a donation
Founder Tyler Merrick proclaims: “Project 7 exists to do good around the globe. With the understanding that people are going to buy things, we decided to make things that they're already purchasing and use them to solve everyday problems around the globe. Simply, we make products that give back to seven areas of need for good around the globe. Join us in spreading good.
“The 7 causes chosen by Project 7 include: Feeding the Hungry, Healing the Sick, supporting those who Hope for Peace, Housing the Homeless, Quenching Those who Thirst, Teaching them Well, and Saving the Earth. “
Periodically, Amy’s Bread, a mini-chain of bakeries in Manhattan, teams with a chef to create a new sandwich. to feature in its Chef Sandwiches for Charity campaign. The latest is a surprisingly good vegetarian delight from chef Lynn Bound, of Feinstein’s ’54 Below, a Broadway supper club where the sandwich was previewed recently for Manhattan journalists. The fortunate charity this season is Broadway Barks, an annual dog and cat adoption event created by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, it is a free party with Broadway performers, July 30th in Shubert Alley in the heart of the theater district and benefits more than 25 animal shelters and rescue groups in New York.
This sandwich –christened Broadway Beets--was almost good enough to turn me into a vegetarian. Roasted beets, camembert cheese, kale leaves, pickled and diced cauliflower, carrots and spices dressed with lemon juice and olive oil, on a seeded whole wheat sandwich roll. The Broadway Beets sandwich is available at Amy’s Bread stores in New York. A percentage of revenue will go toward helping homeless canines and felines.
Photos: Courtesy of each company mentioned