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Vote to Help Save Our Oceans!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Thank you to all who voted. Receiving 62% of the vote, our winner is CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA. We're thrilled to donate a portion of the year's profits to this worthy organisation.

Just over a year ago, we wrote about how, despite being a small start-up, we wanted to contribute to something bigger than us. You can read about it here, but we decided that at the end of the 2016/2017 Financial Year, we would donate a portion of our profits to an organisation that aligns with our values. 

That time is NOW and we're so excited because we want YOU to help us choose the recipient organisation! We've narrowed it down to three organisations based in Australia that are committed to protecting the environment. Each of the organisations have in some way promoted a plastic bag ban or the clean up of our oceans, though each group has its own mission statement and focus.

The three two contenders are as follow:

1. CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA: This grass-roots organisation was created in 1989 by "average Aussie bloke" Ian Kiernan when he organised a clean-up of Sydney Harbour. Over 25 years, 27.2 million hours and 288,000 tonnes of rubbish later, Clean Up Australia has spread nationally and then globally to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainably every day of the year.

  1. GREENPEACE AUSTRALIA PACIFIC: This organisation is an offshoot of the well-known international group. Large enough to cover all areas of the environment, its values statement includes to "...seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices."

Unfortunately Greenpeace Australia Pacific has informed us that due to a policy of only accepting donations from individuals, they would be unable to accept our donation. We respect their decision and will therefore remove them from the competition.

3. AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY: Billing itself as "the only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes," part of this organisation's focus is to work to improve water quality and reduce pollution and marine debris. 

A simple vote to help save the planet... too easy.

Voting is open until noon (AEST) on 30 June 2017. To vote, simply write your choice in the comments below




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Why Not Now?

Go into the world and do good, Jack+Jules

We’re a small company right now. There’s just the two of us, working in a converted office in the back of a garage (which doubles as our warehouse). Fueled by coffee and chocolate, our hodge-podge surroundings are perfect for now.

But we have plans, ideas that are swirling behind the scenes. We launched online seven months ago and while we are happy with our progress so far, we have visions of a future that is bigger than this.

So often, in life and business, we are advised to move slowly, to wait until the right time. Don’t expand too quickly, don’t borrow more than you can afford, don’t risk too much. Often this is prudent, but sometimes you have to dare to be bigger than yourself.

We’re not alone when we say we would like to make a real difference in the world around us. One of our dreams is to direct some of our profits to help others, to use our resources to make the world a better place. When we’re big enough, when we’re successful enough, when, when, when…

When should be now. Why wait? The world needs help now, in whatever form available.

So we’re excited to announce that beginning July 1, 2016 (the start of the Australian financial year), we will be donating a portion of our profits to environmental causes that align with our values. We’re still working out the details, but felt this was important enough to announce now.

Each year we will choose a different recipient. We may ask for help in this regard, we may need some suggestions to narrow down the field, but our focus will be on environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Why not now?

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Give Thanks

Photo credit: Felice Arena

This past Thursday, Thanksgiving was celebrated in the United States. And in a few places outside of the United States. 

As American transplants to Australia, we both claim Thanksgiving as our favourite holiday for its simplicity: a day to gather with friends and family, eat traditional foods and be grateful. 

No gifts, no special decorations, few expectations other than a turkey and some side dishes. If there's pie for dessert, you've hit the jackpot.

As we are still feeling the afterglow of Thanksgiving, we present to you the Jack+Jules' list of reasons to give thanks:

1) Pie. It may sound trivial, but everything really is a bit better when pie is involved;

2) Traditions. They bring us together with the ones we love. Don't have any traditions? Create your own, and they don't have to be...um, traditional. How about Spaghetti Night Fridays? Or Australia Day Pancake breakfasts?

3) Coffee. If you think you know coffee and haven't been to Melbourne, think again. We still have a special place in our hearts for our Starbucks, but our barista brew is what gets us in front of our computers each morning.

4) Travel. It's a big, big, big world out there and there's lots to see. You needn't go far, but keep those eyes open and get those boots walking. You'll be richer for it. 

5) Our Loved Ones. Both near and far (and thank you Skype/Viber/WhatsApp/etc... for making it that much easier to keep in touch across the miles). 

On that note, we're off to check some travel sites to plan our next trip to visit some loved ones. We'll probably have some pie and coffee with them.

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving everyone,


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