Mother's Day: an invitation to thank the givers of life even more than we may on a daily basis. No matter how close to - or far from - your mother you are (in any sense), a celebration of Mothers is a celebration of life, itself. Should you not be in the habit of observing holidays, this coming Mother's Day is a great time to create a new tradition that's sure to add joy and gratitude to your life and to the lives of those you love. Besides, traditions do not have to be traditional! In my own life, creating and keeping traditions is one of the most beautiful gifts Mamma Wonka has ever given me. I so much treasure her teaching me to not only celebrate wholeheartedly, but to consciously dedicate time to creating special moments.
All of us have life-givers close to us to thank and to celebrate, whether she be mother, partner, sister, grandmother, daughter, aunt, or friend. Let's take a selfless day to cherish their life's work and to nurture them as they have nurtured the entire human race! And, since you have taken over the creation of your life from She who gave it to you - every day you birth a new life experience - make sure to nurture yourself as well with nutritious foods and healthy indulgences.
Motherly love is not limited to the human race. This edition of our ChocoLetter is also dedicated to the orangutan mothers of Indonesia who are losing their homes, their babies, and their lives. Their impending extinction is a direct result of the palm oil industry's wanton destruction of their natural habitat. ABC News recently reported that "Hundreds of critically endangered orangutans in western Indonesia could be wiped out by the year's end if palm oil companies keep setting land-clearing fires in their peat swamp forests." "They are just barely hanging on," Ian Singleton, conservation director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, said of Sumatran orangutans. "It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears."
Deforestation not only threatens the flora and fauna of that forest, but is one of the most powerful forces drivingglobal climate change. I've asked a friend who works inrainforest and wildlife conservation to help me identify the most effective, transparent organization working to preserve the orangutan and her home. I'll report back via our blog and Facebook.
But these organizations can only help balance supply and demand. The real work is in educating ourselves so that our purchasing dollars vote for life - not for extinction. Just as much as our own lives lie in our hands, the very existence of all species lies in our hands, as well. If we don't want to support the eradication of yet another species, let's not purchase products that contain palm oil. Besides, refined palm oil is extremely detrimental to your health - best to use olive or coconut oil.
Important distinction: the culprit isn't cocos nucifera, grown in Indonesia for coconuts and the nectar of its flowers (coconut palm sugar). In fact, purchasing organic coconut and cacao products from Indonesia is a vote for the preservation of its wildlife. Our cacao and coconut palm sugar from Big Tree Farms grows in biodiverse rainforests alongside mangoes, passion fruit, guava, and vanilla orchids... an example of true sustainability. Let's outweigh the demand for palm oil with demand for high integrity food!
Let's bring on our celebration of all mothers, be they in Indonesia or closer to home. We've prepared several beautiful items that will express all you wish to say in one bite. And, in the role you and all of us must play as life-giving mothers of the future, you too deserve some health-promoting, orangutan-saving, rainforest-protecting, superfood-infused raw organic chocolate!
your chocolate girl vanessa
The perfect collection to delight, pamper, and nourish! Included in this complete Mother's Day Gift Package she will find:
Notes on Shipping Schedule: If you place an order now that you'd like us to hold for delivery right before Mother's Day, no problem! Just let us know in the notes section of your order. Last minute Mother's Day orders will still arrive in time if placed by 12pm on Tuesday, May 8th.. but you risk that we run out of our truffles or MammaChoc! Priority Mail orders ship within 1-4 business days and are delivered 1-3 days after, but it's best to allow 4 business days if you live far from the North East (we ship from zip 11101). USPS Express Mail orders are prioritized to ship within 1 business day, and arrive within 1-2 days. All domestic Express Mail orders are guaranteed by Gnosis Chocolate. You'll receive an email from USPS with a tracking number so you can follow its journey! If it's hot where you / the recipient live(s), please make sure someone is home to bring the delivery inside (away from heat) or ship the package to your office (especially for truffles!!!) Thank you in advance for your orders!
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We know Gnosis has the potential to be the model for how an unfunded company's operations and business model can be self-sustainable, can educate a large group of people without advertising, and can give back starting on day one. Our bars are the vehicle for a larger message of empowerment - so we have the honor and responsibility to make products that are healthy and delicious not only for your body and taste buds but for the planet as well.
We strive to raise the bar (yes, pun intended!) for other companies like us. Sure, it's more expensive to package our goodies and source ingredients the way we do... but only in the short run. In the long run, we save much more by operating with the big picture in mind. By voting with our dollars, we are literally shifting the marketplace to make sustainable supply chain and packaging options more affordable and available in greater variety.
Possibilities are endless when we decide to stand up for integrity! Won't you stand with us?