Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Placencia School, Belize, Central America

We have just returned from a trip to Belize, where we visited the local school in Placencia Village. As part of our BUY 1, GIVE 1 PROGRAM, we handed out workbooks to each child. We met with the principal, gave a brief talk about Ecojot and who we were. They were so excited and some of them immediately began writing or creating something in their books. It was a pleasure to see, a happy day for these wonderful children and a proud moment for us.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Local giving

Ecojot is featured in the Toronto Star Living Section. A gift guide that showcases locally made product.
We are even quoted as saying "We've got great people, so it is possible to make this product here. We're positioning ourselves as a company with a deeper purpose." Mark Gavin.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Sneak peak

Here's Pepper, the gorgeous cat we used for the Spring Shoot. Seen with Margaux his owner before and after. Thanks Pepper, you're a doll!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ecojot wins Design Exchange Award!

Ecojot won Bronze at the 2010 Canadian Design Exchange Award. The category was Visual Communications Brand & Identity. Please note, our program is "BUY ONE, WE GIVE ONE!"
Thanks to all the judges at the DX for giving us our first award and wonderful recognition of our designs and our philanthropy work.

Friday, November 12, 2010

kids in Kenya

IDP makeshift school where Mark gave out the Ecojot workbooks.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jumbo art

Ecojot donated 40 Journals to this great cause. Here is a letter from Juliana as well as her own artwork in an Ecojot Jumbo journal...

"We will be visiting the women's correctional facility November 20th where we will hold a workshop for forty women. The foundation WWish was founded by my friend Laura and helps women build their self esteem and learn how to love themselves again so they can begin healing from their earlier trauma and obstacles that have taken them down some hard roads.  Your journals will be part of their healing process. We will teach them about writing to relieve stress but also about drawing and letting their emotions spread across the page to help heal sorrow and anger."

If you wish to send us your work using any of our products, we'd love to see it. Who knows we may even publish it!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We love "Ecojots"

Listen + watch the beautiful kids from Okurase Village with their "Ecojots".

Monday, October 25, 2010

Children from Okurase, Ghana

These are the lovely, happy children from Okurase Village in Ghana, holding their Ecojot notebooks!
The kids loved the notebooks. When walking the children back home two little boys asked me if they could take the notebooks to school. These two boys are fortunate enough to actually go to school but they have no notebooks or supplies of any kind. They were happy to know they could use them in any way they needed. 
Ecojot WE LOVE YOU. Wait till you see your video. Cindy Swenson from Project Kurase.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

baby at Ecojot!

Our cutter Jason and his partner Lily recently had a baby. Jason bought the baby to our factory yesterday, well, not much was done after that! The place was disrupted and you can see why. Beautiful Miranda!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Beautiful shot taken by Lesia Dallimore of her daugher plodding in the pumpkin patch. If you have great fall shot, send it in and we may put it up.
Ps. Footage coming soon of Mark's trip to an IDP camp in Kenya!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ecojot featured on Print and Pattern

Our designs, including some of the Jane Goodall line (for purchase here) featured on Print and Pattern today.
thanks Bowie!

have a great and sunny weekend, wherever you are :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Donkey Sanctuary

We visited the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada this weekend where we met our sponsored donkey Poppy and her mama Pansy. This is a wonderful refuge for abused, neglected and no longer cared for donkeys who can live out there lives in absolute comfort & bliss.