Originally designed by Jayne Riew for her friend, author Susan Cain, who had trouble "unplugging" at the end of the day, the Custom Meditation Box embraces the impermanence of thoughts and words, defining a desktop space to let them flow through meditative, creative writing using simple materials that can be utilized again and again. With a playful nod to Susan's omnipresent computer, the form of the box and its lid is laptop-like. Inside, the transitory and forgiving nature of writing lines in sand encourages free expression in a way that blank paper cannot. The lid offers an inspiring quotation and protects the workspace, while the stylus fits into the box for a convenient, self-contained design.
Responsible Business Practices
"To blend an innovative spirit with the nostalgia of artisan craftsmanship; to handcraft unique and clever products."
Artificer Wood Works pays employees a starting wage of $9/hr., which falls within 10% of Jefferson County's living wage.
- Local (Missouri State) minimum wage: $7.65
- Federal minimum wage: $7.25
- Living wage of Jefferson County: $9.94
paid time off
All full-time employees receive 2 weeks vacation and 1 week personal/sick leave per year, as well as having a flexible working schedule. PTO varies by employee. Some are salaried and receive 5 personal days and 10 vacation days that start immediately. Some employees desire and require a more flexible schedule and have chosen to be paid hourly, which does not include PTO.
recycling primary/secondary materials
Their wood waste is reduced and recycled in multiple ways: reducing waste by utilizing scraps in unique and creative ways; donating wood shavings to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation clinic to be used as animal bedding; donating other wood waste to Hoppiness farms to be recycled into BioChar for soil conditioning—a carbon negative process. They also recycle their general waste and take any empty hazardous containers (from paint or stain) to their county's environmental services location where it is disposed of properly.
Along with their wood and some box donations for charity auctions, Artificer Wood Works also donates the funds necessary to plant a tree for every item they sell. Since their founding in 2011, they've been donating annually to the nonprofit organization Trees for the Future, helping to plant thousands of trees. Trees for the Future is dedicated to planting trees with rural communities in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.
Environmentally Friendly Materials
Birch plywood, white sugar silica sand (natural source materials), and velvet.
The Custom Meditation Box is packed in a partially recycled and fully recyclable/compostable box and partially recycled and fully recyclable/compostable kraft paper.
There's one place—and only one place—where you'll find the Custom Meditation Box: UncommonGoods.