Friday, November 22, 2019

2020 Wall Calendars for Good Causes, Part 2

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust calendar for 2020, with a photo of elephants

As I mentioned in my prior calendar post, lots of folks still use paper calendars to keep track of their time. So I always enjoy sharing some that help support good work around the world.

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescues orphaned baby elephants in Kenya. I first heard about the trust on Twitter from Yashar Ali; he’s a huge fan. And I just discovered that SWT has a 2020 calendar.

International Animal Rescue calendar for 2020, with a photo of orangutans

International Animal Rescue has an Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo, Indonesia — and IAR has a 2020 orangutan calendar.

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue calendar, with a photo of a lab on a big expanse of grass

Many rescue and shelter organizations focused on dogs and cats (and other domestic animals) have calendars, too. Many of those rescue organizations work with a particular breed, such as Safe Harbor Lab Rescue.

2020 First Responders & Rescue Animals calendar, with a photo of fire truck and firemen in full gear holding various small animals

I’m also seeing some cool pairings of people and animals. “First responders from all over the State of New Hampshire volunteered to pose for photos” with adoptable animals (as well as some which had already been adopted) from the Manchester Animal Shelter to create this 2020 calendar. Proceeds go to the shelter and to charities chosen by the first responders.

Minnesota Wild 2020 Canine Calendar, with a photo of player holding a dog

Members of the Minnesota Wild ice hockey team teamed up with Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue to create this 2020 calendar. “All net proceeds benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation, Coco's Heart Dog Rescue, and Soldier’s 6 - a local non-profit that provides honorably discharged veterans and first responders who may suffer from PTSD with service animals.”

Seva 2020 calendar which says "see the change" and identifies Jon Kaplan as the photographer; photo is of a little girl
Not all charitable fundraising calendars are animal-focused, of course. Seva puts out a lovely calendar every year. (Seva “works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.”) You can get the 2020 calendar at the site for buyers in the USA or the one for buyers in Canada; the USA site has a number to call if you live elsewhere.

Kitchen Organizing: 11 Impressive Bread Boxes

Red bread box, made of steel, shaped like a ball

The best way to store your bread is on your counter or in a bread box at room temperature. Take care to keep your bread away from sunlight, heat, and high moisture levels, they can cause the bread to mold early. Yuck! — Dave’s Killer Bread

If you want to follow Dave’s advice, I’ve got some interesting bread boxes for you to consider. The one above is the Wesco Super Ball, made of powder-coated steel. It has air vents to help prevent moisture build-up, as many high-quality bread boxes do.

I first found it on Red Candy, but you can find it many other places, too. This won’t work for everyone — it will depend on the type of bread you buy (or bake), among other things — but it sure is eye-catching. It comes in eight colors; you don’t have to get it in red.

ceramic bread bin with lid sitting next to it, showing the grooved cutting board side of the lid

I found this ceramic Emile Henry bread box on the Food52 website. As Emile Henry explains, “The unglazed interior helps absorb moisture. The wooden lid, smooth on the top, is grooved on the cutting side for collecting crumbs when slicing bread.”

bread bin with lid sitting next to it, showing the cutting board interior surface

The Wesco Super Ball is made in Germany; the Emile Henry box is made in France. Now let’s move on to Italy; that’s where this bread bin from Legnoart originates. It’s made from wood fiber with an ash cutting board for the lid. (That’s the interior side of the lid in the photo.)

bread bin - orange with a row of brightly colored flowers, looking like something from the 1960s

OK, back to some color. This is a special edition of Brabantia’s roll-top bread bin; if you aren’t into this look, there are 10 much more standard options. It has ventilation in the base, and a flat top to something can be stored on that top. (via the Independent)

white bread bin, oval shaped, sort of a futuristic look

The Gnam bread bin from Alessi is made from thermoplastic resin and comes in black, white and orange. ( doesn’t have the orange version.)

blue bread bin covered with orange foxes

Because I’m always attracted to cute, you get to see the Mr Fox bread bin from Scion. It’s made from powder-coated steel with a bamboo lid. Warning: This photo is from John Lewis; other sites show it with a darker blue.

terra cotta bread pot, vertical orientation rather than horizontal. Original Suffolk Crock per wording on the crock itself.

Another very different option is the terracotta Henry Watson bread crock.

white bread bin with pattern of leaves

This bread bin from Davis & Waddell is made of bamboo.

bread bin with space underneath for a bread board (shown with bread on it)

While some bread boxes have cutting boards incorporated into their lids, Ella’s Kitchen provides a bread board that slides under the bread bin. You’ll note that this bread bin, like the Brabantia one, has a flat lid to allow items to be stored on top. It’s available in six colors — and for an extra charge you can get it in any color you specify.

walnut bread bin, open
walnut bread bin, closed

This stunning walnut bread bin from Manufactum was actually the one that inspired this post; Clara Jeffery pointed me to the gift guide that included it. The fold-down front lid, which can be easily removed, has a cutting board on the interior side.

red bread bin with hinged lid open

And finally, let’s end (as we began) with a red one. The Tempteva bread box is made of steel and has ventilation holes. It has non-slip feet and a lid that stays open when lifted.

And a word of caution: Bread boxes can take up a lot of counter space. Be sure to measure carefully before deciding on one! And if the bread box is going under some cabinets, make sure you’ve got enough clearance for the lid if you’re getting a lidded box.