Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
Raw Natural Material Donations
In the Spring of 2022, Black Sheep Mattress donated 205 pounds of our excess cotton batting to the Calgary and District Beekeepers Association, a non-profit organization promoting and encouraging good beekeeping practices in southern Alberta and Calgary.
As you might know, bees are dying off at a horrible rate and with that come serious consequences to our ecosystem. Our cotton is a 100% natural, pre-consumer recycled product that has never been treated with any chemicals, insecticides or pesticides, and so makes for the perfect material to use for bumble bee nests, beehive insulation, and toxic free smoker fuel.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to contribute our materials to local beekeepers and play a smart part in helping to save the bees.
What started as us trying to do our part to help our family and friends, led to a bigger community initiative once we realized the demand for masks during the pandemic. Our small team shifted from their regular production to creating high quality organic cotton masks. In the first year, we donated many masks to local organizations serving Calgary's more vulnerable populations and the frontline workers supporting them.
To date, we've contributed mask donations to:
- Enviros - frontline social work programs for at-risk youth
- Birth Unlimited - distributing masks to new and expectant mothers going through the birth process during this challenging time
- The Alex Centre - to distribute to clients including impoverished Calgarians and homeless youth
- Emma House - a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness among pregnant women and youth
- Calgary Seniors' Resource Society - an innovative organization that strives to keep seniors healthy, independent and safe in their homes as long as possible.
- East Village Carya - providing a full spectrum of interactive counselling and development services for people of all ages — from babies to youth to older adults — and their support network.
- And finally, a small number of mask donations have gone to a local business near and dear to our hearts - Urban Courier - our Calgary delivery service. This amazing team has been ensuring mattresses get to the people who need them during this challenging time.