• Packed with Purpose Promotes Feel-Good Gifting

    POSTED December 5, 2018

    These curated gift boxes contain goodies from companies that do good.

Do you have high standards for gifting? Looking to give something that’s ethical, sustainable, fair trade and eco-friendly? And maybe has a nice dose of social impact, too?

We have just the thing.

Stuffed with treats from socially conscious companies, Packed with Purpose’s curated gift boxes bring joy to the giver, receiver and the world.

PwP’s partners (called Purposeful Purveyors) advocate for workforce development, wellness, women's empowerment, the environment and youth development.

With over 55 partners, there’s plenty of room for flexibility and personalization in a gift box. At a recent conference in Chicago for women entrepreneurs, for example, attendees were gifted an assortment of products made by women in Chicago.

Isn’t it nice to know that your gift will truly keep on giving?

In this Box (pictured):

Atlantic Rainforest Dark Chocolate from Harper Macaw
in Brazil and crafted in Washington, D.C., these exceptional bars are made with only the purest cacao. Each bar adds an average 40 square feet of land to the Brazilian rainforest, protecting rare biodiversity on our earth. harpermacaw.com

Soy Candle from Bright Endeavors
Bright Endeavors transforms the lives of young Chicago moms by training them in the production of hand-crafted soy candles. brightendeavors.org

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip from Cooper Street Cookies
Cooper Street Cookies partners with a job placement agency to employ adults with special needs or disabilities in their bakery. These individuals now handle nearly 100 percent of all cookie production, including baking, packaging and labeling. cooperstreetcookies.com

Better Chocolate Bites from Sulpice
This artisanal fair-trade brand is committed to sourcing cacao from areas that uphold human rights and maintain fair worker treatment. Chocolates are made with the highest quality ingredients, are non-GMO, gluten-free, and contain nothing artificial. Plus, a portion of every purchase benefits Common Threads, a nonprofit that fights childhood obesity through hands-on cooking, and nutrition and educational programs for low-income children. sulpicechocolat.com

Trail Mix from Together We Bake
Together We Bake provides second chances to women in our nation’s capital. Through a workforce training and personal development program, these women—many of whom have histories of trauma, abuse or addiction—are able to secure careers within the food service and hospitality industry. new.togetherwebake.org

Planet Access Company
The Packed with Purpose gift box provides employment to adults with developmental disabilities, who carefully assemble our gifts at Planet Access Company, our packaging and shipping partner. planetaccesscompany.com

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 


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We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.


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