If you’re a blog reader, you probably know that bloggers get hit up CONSTANTLY to write about stuff. My inbox is littered with press releases that show people not understanding that bloggers aren’t desperately searching for something, ANYTHING! to write about. I don’t have deadlines, I don’t have a certain number of inches to fill, I’m not going to write about your product just because. Smh.
I have very very strict rules about sponsored posts. If you all had any idea how many offers I turn down…
But every once in a while a pitch comes through for something that I’m actually enthusiastic to write about. When that happens it’s like the clouds part and I get to touch blogging nirvana.
In this case it was an email from Uncommon Goods. I was unfamiliar with the company before now, but once they sent me their information I was just like, “Is someone punking me? Is this a Christmas miracle?” If someone sat down and made a list of all the ways I personally would like a retailer to work, they couldn’t have done better than Uncommon Goods.
Their goal is to sell cool stuff that doesn’t hurt anyone or anything. That might not sound like a lofty goal, but if you have an awareness of how things get to market, it’s surprisingly hard to do. The products they sell are most often made in the US, by hand, and many out of recycled materials. They take care of their employees by paying them a living wage. They give back to the community by supporting non-profits, including a couple that are near and dear to my heart – RAINN and Women for Women International. And they do cool things like holding events that teach creative professionals how to improve their businesses.
That’s all great if they were a non-profit, but a retailer actually has to sell things I would actually want to buy. I got my choice of a few different items from their catalogue, and I chose the Aquafarm. It’s a fish tank that is made so that plants and fish can live in harmony, with the plants cleaning the water and the fish feeding the plants. It doesn’t use dirt, it uses these porous stones that you just sprinkle the seeds on top of. I really thought it had to be a scam, but look! Honest to goodness sprouts! I followed the directions and then just left it to do its thing and in a few days, sprouts. Just like it claimed.
I really wasn’t in the market for a fish tank when I chose this option, but I thought I might know of a few precocious kids who would love this. I have a nephew and a couple of friends of kids who would lose their brilliant little minds to watch a science experiment happen in front of their eyes and learn about symbiosis. It’s such a cool thing for any little nerdlets in your life. Uncommon Goods has lots more cool ideas for gifts. You can check those out here, or click here for a great gift for the absent minded guitar player in your life, or maybe here for gifts for any budding architects.
Normally when I ask Atti what a fish says he opens and closes his mouth to make a little pop pop sound. When we picked out our new little friend at the pet store I told him to say hello and he stared deeply into the fish’s eyes and said, “pop pop.” He doesn’t speak to the dog or cats in their language, but to the fish he made an effort.
**Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, but in keeping with my policy all words, pictures, and opinions are my own. I really am this excited about this company and the product.**