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Innovation meets sleek design at Karst, a paper company that makes stunning notebooks, without the trees, water, chlorine or acids. In what seems like an impossible process, Karst uses stone to make paper. The result? Smoother, brighter, and more durable sheets that connote analog luxury in a digital age. Thoughtful, well-designed and exceptional quality, Karst parallels the values that I hold dear, giving us a reason to slow down, scribble, and reclaim screen-free moments. Having become part of my daily journaling ritual, these notebooks elevate my writing experience and lend themselves to a time where stationery was functional and beautiful.

How They're Sustainable

Unlike traditional paper that is made from our precious and threatened ancient forests, Karst uses one of the most abundant substances on earth – calcium carbonate. Taking it a step further to ensure long-term renewability, Karst only sources recycled stone, repurposed from the mining and construction industry. This stone is crushed into a powder and combined with a non-toxic, recyclable binding agent to make the paper. No water and no trees are used. With a manufacturing process powered by solar energy, Karst has a 60% smaller carbon footprint than traditional paper.

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Solving one of the most tedious aspects of travel, PROJECTKIN’s packing cubes are functional and sustainably-made. A first of their kind, these beautiful cubes are made from flax linen, and are designed by award-winning Nordic designer Thomas Bentzen. PROJECTKIN is based out of Copenhagen and is committed to finding eco-friendly travel options for the conscious wanderer. Unlike their static-inducing polyester counterparts, these linen cubes are a much lovelier place for one’s clothes to travel in.

How They're Sustainable

Using materials from nature, PROJECTKIN’s line is raw, natural, and biodegradable. Using fibres like natural hemp, flax, vegetable tanned leather and biodegradable plastics, this brand is changing the static travel accessories industry to provide options that have a lighter footprint. Where possible, they use recycled and biodegradable materials in their production, as well as choosing to partner with growers who do not contribute to deforestation or water depletion.

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The gateway product to sustainable living, Credo Bags has designed reusable bags for everyday life, helping even the most change-resistant amongst us get excited about conscious living. This line includes the first North American-made reusable mesh produce bag, an eco-alternative to the unnecessary thin plastic bags. Credo’s Market String is an ode to the iconic French shopping bag, demonstrating that sustainability can be incredibly chic.

How They're Sustainable

500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are thrown away every year, with an average in-use lifespan of only 15 minutes. After their 15 minutes of fame, they often end up in landfills, the ocean and in the stomachs of unsuspecting marine life. Credo helps us combat this wasteful resource, by ethically manufacturing their line using sustainable and reusable fabrics such as organic and recycled cotton, hemp and organic linen.

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The resurgence of natural dyeing as a modern medium is perfectly encapsulated by Wild Woven Collection, a slow, intentional brand that uses plant botanicals to create modern heirlooms for the home. With a soothing colour palette derived from kitchen and garden staples, these pieces are unique, exquisite, and completely natural, devoid of harsh chemicals that most dye bases are made of. My love for natural dyeing is brought alive by Katelyn and Christine’s vision, and their standard of quality is equal to my own, making them a brand I highly recommend to anyone looking to texturize their spaces. Designed to fit all the essentials, use this toiletry bag to pack for a weekend away or to corral the basics in your gym bag.

How They're Sustainable

Mainstream dyes are known to be highly toxic and carcinogenic, severely impacting local waterways, which pollutes the water supply, degrades soil and causes death of aquatic life. People working in textile factories are often exposed to these harmful vapours and chemicals, causing health and reproductive issues. Furthermore, those of us who purchase these items are exposed to the same chemicals. Wild Woven Collection’s range of ethically and naturally dyed textiles are derived from staples such avocado pits, onion skins, leaves, root powders and more, showing us that beautiful shades don’t have to come at a personal and environmental cost. All products are ethically made and botanically dyed in Canada. In this collection, the toiletry bags are made using a natural cotton canvas, and the Desert Rose rose-toned pink colour is made using avocado pits and skins. The Olive green is a marbled, deeply pigmented olive made using marigold flowers and minerals, and the hand-painted Black Walnut & Olive Green combines WWC’s signature brushstrokes in neutral tones derived from black walnut husks and olive green made using marigold and minerals.

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The resurgence of natural dyeing as a modern medium is perfectly encapsulated by Wild Woven Collection, a slow, intentional brand that uses plant botanicals to create modern heirlooms for the home. With a soothing colour palette derived from kitchen and garden staples, these pieces are unique, exquisite, and completely natural, devoid of harsh chemicals that most dye bases are made of. My love for natural dyeing is brought alive by Katelyn and Christine’s vision, and their standard of quality is equal to my own, making them a brand I highly recommend to anyone looking to texturize their spaces. A set of these tonal throw cushions look great on a neutral couch or bed. Dyed using the heartwood of Acacia Catechu, a small thorny tree found in India, Burma, Peru and Indonesia. The wood is steeped in hot water, and this liquid is then dried and ground into a powder that is used as a dye. The dye material is called “cutch” and it’s become a quick favourite for its ability to provide a range of tones including the rose and terracotta colours featured on these cushions. These throw cushion covers are handmade from organic cotton muslin.

How They're Sustainable

Mainstream dyes are known to be highly toxic and carcinogenic, severely impacting local waterways, which pollutes the water supply, degrades soil and causes death of aquatic life. People working in textile factories are often exposed to these harmful vapours and chemicals, causing health and reproductive issues. Furthermore, those of us who purchase these items are exposed to the same chemicals. Wild Woven Collection’s range of naturally dyed textiles are derived from staples such avocado pits, onion skins, leaves, root powders and more, showing us that beautiful shades don’t have to come at a personal and environmental cost. All products are ethically made and botanically dyed in Canada.

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A quickly-growing sustainable candle brand based out of Vancouver, Canada, Mala the Brand has swoon-worthy scents that are unique and so different – Cereal, Silk, Milk and Sugar?! We love this BIPOC-owned brand (a one-woman show!) that hand-pours their candles in small-batches. Their ingredients include natural soy wax, wooden wicks (the coziest!) and lead-free cotton wicks, high-quality essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance blends. Their candles instantly uplift and relax, for the most rejuvenating at-home spa feels.

How They're Sustainable

Mala the Brand uses only non-toxic scents in their candles to ensure no chemicals are sent out into the air when burned. Their wicks are clean, and their natural soy is a much better ingredient than the leading candle wax material – paraffin. Mala also plants a tree for every candle purchased, through their partnership with Tree Era and Trees for the future. They’ve planted over 13,700 trees so far, helping to improve the environment and neutralize their own emissions. They also have a local “empties” drop off program, creating in part, a circular model that aims to reduce as much waste as possible.

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Taking inspiration from the road less travelled, LOHN creates scents designed to transport you to another time and place. Believing that scent is part of our personal journey, LOHN candles and perfume create a sensory experience that are designed to remind us of moments in time. In the ancient world, trade routes developed in part around the pursuit of perfume ingredients like amber, tea and spices. Vic and Kat, the Toronto-based duo behind LOHN imagined the scents of the mountains, seas, forests and fields along that journey. With scent profiles that are truly swoon-worthy and unlike any candle brand I’ve ever smelled, LOHN has perfected the art of blending delicate fragrances that instantly transported me to the lush places I had visited. Not only do they sell perfumes and candles, they also own a custom scent blending studio in Toronto!

How They're Sustainable

LOHN’s candles are hand-poured by founders Vic and Kat in Toronto, made with clean scents and use sustainable coconut and soy wax. Their packaging is recyclable and they’ve collaborated with a local artist on their gorgeous candle box art. Wicks are non-toxic, and every candle is vegan, paraben-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. It’s clear that Vic and Kat know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to blending scents, as each candle is expertly layered with notes that compliment and intrigue the senses.

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A leader in Turkish towels, Stray & Wander offers a curated collection of ethically-sourced products from Turkey. With a focus on bringing handmade and fair-trade products to the global marketplace, Stray & Wander is on a mission to help us value our bathing rituals, while helping to preserve the ancient traditions behind these art forms. Believing in the beauty of imperfection that handmade products carry within them, each towel also carries the energy of their maker, something so unique to each piece. In an industry inundated with poor replicas, cheap materials from China passing off as the real deal, and unethical production, Stray & Wander is a pioneer in bringing authentic Turkish towels to the Canadian market. Choose from their hand towels, full-size towels or “roundies” – a circular piece that’s perfect as a towel, baby blanket or picnic blanket!

How They're Sustainable

Lisa, the founder of Stray & Wander has a background in non-profit work, which is what propelled her to start a brand that fully supported local artisans and women makers. Working with women’s cooperatives, family-run businesses and individual artisans, Stray & Wander buys directly from the artisans who set their own prices for their goods, and are thus paid fairly for their work. Each product is made one at a time, by hand, in the traditional Turkish way. By supporting these women artisans, Stray & Wander is able to help create sustainable livelihoods for those living in rural communities, giving back to the areas where their partners live and work. Devoid of any polyester fibres, all products are made from organically-grown Turkish cotton that is as luxurious as it is sustainable.

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These gorgeous meditation pillows will take your daily practice to the next level, with their cushiony filling and beautiful covers. With an interior lining that is filled with buckwheat hulls, you can add or subtract to the filling to create your own personal level of comfort. These meditation pillows are completely unique, with no two being alike, as each cushion is made from a unique combination of rescued fabrics, shades and geometry. Conveniently, the outer shell can be unzipped for hand-washing, and also has a side handle for easy carrying. These make great gifts for yogis, new moms, or anyone who wants to add some textual interest to their living spaces.

How They're Sustainable

Made in Minnesota, these cushions are called Zero-Waste Meditation Pillows because of their truly zero-waste design and creation process. Maggie, the founder of Ethel Studio is on a mission to eliminate global textile waste, and to do so, she sources all of her fabrics from scraps, swatches and damaged garments. She sources what she can, naturally dyes some of the salvageable fabrics, and uses the pieces to create stunning pillow covers, with a design that is a modern take on the traditional quilt. Any pieces that are too small to be sewed onto the cover are used for pillow fill or made into paper! What’s even better is that Ethel Studio provides a truly closed-loop process, encouraging customers to send their cushions back if they need something fixed. Mending services are available anytime throughout the product’s lifetime. From every purchase, Ethel Studio is donating 10% of sales to the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center.

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With a mission to create a waste free future, Pela is a leader in compostable phone cases, being the world’s first phone case to ever fully biodegrade. These phone cases are unique in that you don’t need to take them to a special facility – they will biodegrade in your backyard compost! Durable, strong and available in a multitude of colours and designs, these cases are the only ones I’ll ever buy!

How They're Sustainable

With more than 1 billion plastic phone cases sold ever year, Pela is the world’s first 100% compostable phone case, fighting against landfill waste. Pela cases have 25% less carbon emissions, 35% less water usage, and 70% less waste production than conventional plastic phone cases use in manufacturing. The fact that they are 100% compostable means they are zero-waste at the end of their lifespan.


 

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