The Ultimate Sustainable Shopping Guide

The Ultimate Sustainable Shopping Guide

Look no further than this eco-friendly list of sustainable gifts for your loved ones—you’ll find there’s something for every person and every budget. 

A super-cute printed bow tie featuring tiny doggos

From Chihuahuas to Great Danes to Australian Cattle Dogs, these bow ties add a touch of whimsy to any outfit. Made by the Knotty Tie Co. in Denver, Colorado each tie is made to order and manufactured completely in-house from sustainable fabrics (even the fabric printing is done on-site). The company’s mission is to provide fair wages for its employees and to offer employment to newly settled refugees so that they can continue to practice their trade in the garment industry. 

An eco-friendly candle for to suit any mood

At Mala the Brand you’ll find scents like Luna (a combination of bergamot, spice, and cedarwood) and Cereal (a nostalgic blend of citrus, berry, and lemon). Handcrafted in Vancouver, British Columbia these beautiful candles are made from renewable natural soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils. The candle jars are 100% recyclable and if you live in the area you can return them to the studio for reuse—you’ll get a dollar off of your next candle purchase! Mala the Brand has partnered up with Tree Era which means for every candle sold, a tree is planted somewhere in North America. 

A reusable bamboo cutlery set with its own case

To-Go Ware’s ethically-sourced bamboo, compact cutlery set contains a fork, a spoon, a knife, and set of chopsticks. The durable case, which is available in several different colours, is made from recycled plastic water bottles. These little sets make an ideal stocking-stuffer or Secret Santa gift for a coworker—you may even find yourself wanting to pick up a set or two for yourself. 

An elegant pair of gold-filled climber earrings 

Also available as single earrings and in silver, these gorgeous earrings are made by HART+STONE on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Jewelry-maker Emily Hartwell McPhee makes each piece by hand using recycled gold and silver, supplementing with ethically sourced metals when needed. In addition to earrings, she also makes exquisite rings, bracelets, and necklaces. When ordering, give yourself extra time as each piece of jewelry is handcrafted to order.  

A durable, all-purpose pouch

Advertised as a pencil case or makeup bag, these sweet little pouches can be used to store all kinds of objects—including Lunapads! The pouches come in a variety of patterns such as colourful robots, floral patterns, airplanes, and basic prints which means there’s an option for everyone on your gift list. Keep Leaf makes these 100% organic cotton pouches in-house and prides itself on being an ethical company with a focus on long-term employment, fair wages, and employee education.  

A stunning hand-painted scarf for that special someone on your list

This delicate piece of wearable art is hand-dyed and painted on 100% silk charmeuse that has been made in an environment that is Global Organic Textile Standard-certified. Made in Montreal by Noémiah, this one-woman label uses materials that engage local labour from beginning to end—including packaging, labels, and tags. If you’re a fan of this scarf, you can also purchase hand-painted dresses, handmade earrings and necklaces, trousers, and delightful little nudes with gold nipples for planting succulents and other small plants. 

A restorative eye pillow for ultimate relaxation

Do you have someone on your gift list who always feels tired? Give them the gift of relaxation with this cold pack Zen Eye Pillow from eco-friendly Canadian company BOHO & HOBO. These soothing pillows are filled with flax seed so they’ll mold directly onto the eye area. They’re also handmade locally in Kingston, Ontario and have 100% cotton coverlets in a variety of patterns that can easily be removed for washing. 

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