It all started with a trip to Asia, when a motherdaughter duo, Ernestine and Coco Lammers, discovered beautiful goods infused with beautiful stories. After their travels, the pair created Kanti Goods, named after the Sanskrit word for beautiful. Since 2010, Kanti has shared these goods at signature events and local art markets, and in its online shop. Kanti not only sells fine, worldly goods, but also is weaving itself into the social and environmental fabric of the Austin community.
As a social enterprise, Kanti’s mission is to invest in social and environmental returns. Many of its products come from organizations that give opportunities to underprivileged women and small-scale artisans while encouraging the use of local materials and fair production methods. By supporting their livelihoods, Kanti helps them acquire new skills, opportunities and economic independence within their communities. In order to give back to the local community, Kanti contributes to local nonprofit organizations.
One way Kanti gives back to the environment is by using recycled packaging. When the company first started, its gift bags were made from recycled newspaper by a polio organization in India. When those bags were no longer available, Kanti came up with an innovative way to turn this eco-effort into a local cause. Now, a group of Texan volunteers, along with Suubi Ministries, a newly formed nonprofit organization, make Kanti’s recycled gift bags out of this very magazine, Natural Awakenings Austin, as a fundraiser for an orphanage in Uganda. This is just one of the many ways in which Kanti is helping to support the local Austin community while working to help improve global and local causes.