On Sunday July 10th, my non-profit Raine Network hosted a hugely successful artisan market in support of Humanity Unified, an organization I've had the pleasure of being a part of since February this year. The event, Arts & Artisans, brought out over 100 people with only 15 vendors on-site selling everything from cookies to jewelry to hot sauce! As an organization that works with young, female and marginalized entrepreneurs, it was so touching to see so much support come from the local community. We were even featured in Novella Magazine!
One of the most valued components of all our Raine Network events and our network of young professionals is the connections that stem from them. I've watched so many incredible collaborations come to fruition from our events and network, and have had the pleasure of meeting such incredible and inspiring young people and organizations, Cambio Market being one of them! Gelaine and Jerome approached me just before the event looking to possibly get involved with us in the future. I absolutely loved their brand and needed to meet these lovely people, so I sat down with Gelaine last week to chat more about their socially conscious start-up.
Cambio Market is a Toronto-based online market place with curated products for the socially conscious shopper. With a strong focus on supporting Toronto-based and Canadian social enterprises, I instantly felt very connected to their products, their cause, Gelaine's gorgeous smile, and her passion for influencing her community to think of their social impact when shopping, even with just the small purchase of a hair scrunchy.
The duo were generous enough to send some of their products and I just had to do a feature on them as I'm already a huge fan - and am seriously in
love with my new hair scrunchies and my adorable new (cereal) bowl!
The hair scrunchies are produced by a London, Ontario based social enterprise called Ezzy Lynn, who partner with the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, to help endangered species. All materials are sourced locally in Ontario and each scrunchy is designed with a specific animal print so you can choose which you'd like to symbolically adopt! Mine - a cheetah and a lion!
The adorable bowl is sourced from a Toronto-based sistering organization, Inspiration Studios; a program empowering women impacted by poverty, trauma and mental illness through craft and economic empowerment.
The earrings come from Jennifer Rong Designs, a Toronto-based artisan with a passion for sustainability. They are crafted in laser-cut oak with 18kt gold-plated posts. Jennifer uses only reclaimed wood and found objects and materials from Toronto in her work, for example scrap wood and wood chips. There is absolutely no waste produced from her work - incredible!
The Cambio Market duo also aim to support international social enterprises, especially those based in the Philippines, which happens to be Gelaine's birth place. When visiting earlier this year, she was amazed of the social action in place and wanted to show it to the world by incorporating it into her market.
I literally cannot wait to see what else they add to their online market in the upcoming months, especially around the holiday season - "hint hint" to all my family and friends.
*I'm constantly inspired by young people here in Canada. If you know someone doing something amazing for the future of sustainability and social change, send me an email at email@example.com and get them featured here on Sunshine & Raine!*