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Our shop is a curated marketplace, a collection of personal favourites, from small businesses that I respect, have worked with in the past, and would recommend to anyone. These products are exceptional quality, seamlessly blend sustainable design with an appealing aesthetic, and help us make better decisions when it comes to reducing our impact.

 

I have chosen to bypass giants like Amazon, whose values and ethos are questionable, and instead, work directly with these incredible small businesses, to bring you this intentionally designed list of products that I personally use. This is an easy way for you to see my top recommendations, as well as a way for you to shop worry-free, as all the products here have been vetted by me and checked for greenwashing and false claims. All you have to do is browse, and click!

 

As always, I encourage mindful consumption, so only buy if you need something! This is a wonderful way to support small businesses, which in turn boosts our local economy. Let’s use this opportunity to create real change in the way we shop!

 

 Please note that this is an affiliate shop, where you will browse for product here, but place your order on the individual brand’s websites. I sometimes make a small commission off of your purchases, at no extra cost to you! Thank you for supporting this platform!


 


 

Lifestyle

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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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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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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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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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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.


 

Kitchen

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An absolute favourite of mine, sponge cloths (or reusable paper towels) are the must-have kitchen staple for a low-waste life. I’ve collaborated with Ten and Co to create my very first product, a beautiful sponge cloth that features everything Forage inspired – herbs, mushrooms and delicate flora for a vintage and nature-inspired look! If you haven’t heard of sponge cloths, they’re are a total game-changer, and have been used in Swedish and European kitchens for decades. The point is for them to replace paper towels and J-cloths, both of which are incredibly unsustainable. Paper towels are made from bleached paper which comes from our precious ancient forests, and J-cloths are made from plastic fibres, which break off and head into our waterways as microfibres (one of the worst forms of plastic waste). These cloths can be used for up to 6 months! They never stink as they are made from plant cellulose fibres, making them naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Ten and Co has the cutest designs, and we love these the most!

How They're Sustainable

More than 13 billion pounds of paper towel is used every year in the US alone. To combat these wasteful single-use sheets that require clear cutting of forests, sponge cloths are a far more sustainable option, where one cloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towel. Each cloth can be used for up to 6 months and is fully biodegradable and compostable in your home compost, making them fully zero-waste.

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This is perfect for the avid alternative milk drinker! Almond Cow makes it super easy to make your own nut or oat milk, with no mess, no straining, and a mechanism that automatically separates the pulp from the milk. Any alternative milk can be made on demand – almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, oats, and more! You can add your choice of sweetener as well, for the perfect blend. With the separated pulp, you can make cookies, oatmeal or whatever creative recipe you’d like. The Almond Cow has its own jug to store your milk in, and you can buy nuts or oats in bulk, directly on their website as well.

How They're Sustainable

Most shelf nut milk cartons are made of a blend of plastic and metal. Since only 9% of plastics are recycled, most of this goes into the trash. The average household drinks around 3 gallons of non-dairy milk a month, which amounts to around 144 plastic cartons per family going into landfills and the ocean every year. That’s more than 78 million plastic cartons not being recycled, contributing to our dire plastic problem! Every Almond Cow prevents 500 plastic cartons of milk from entering landfills and the ocean. So far, Almond Cow has prevented over 1,500,000 single-use cartons from ever being made. Additionally, many grocery-store nut milks are full of fillers and actually contain very little nut content. With Almond Cow, you control exactly what’s going into your nut milk, for a healthier and less wasteful result. The pulp that gets separated for you can be used for cookies or other recipes (it’s often thrown away in production facilities), helping you to use all parts of the nut, creating less waste.

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A traditional staple in Indian kitchens and homes, stainless steel containers are making their debut in the west, with an increasing number of people beginning to understand the detrimental health concerns that plastic Tupperware poses. Stainless steel is a far better option, as it is BPA/BPS-free, non-leaching, doesn’t absorb bacteria, non-staining and non-porous (prevents contamination and why it is so often used in commercial kitchens). Plastic containers begin to break down immediately upon washing, and when heated, the break down rate is accelerated 55x, meaning any endocrine disruptors or chemicals are just seeping into your food. This BIPOC-owned brand makes their products at an incredibly high grade, making them long-lasting, not to mention beautiful in your home. Their straws are a personal favourite, as they are light-weight, easy to carry around, and come with a cleaning brush. Learn more about stainless steel products here.

How They're Sustainable

Stainless steel containers don’t just save you money in the long run, but it also prevent more plastic waste from entering into the landfills. Plastic Tupperware can take up to 500 years to decompose. It is estimated that around 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws are in the world’s oceans and shorelines. Dalcini’s products are 100% reusable but also 100% recyclable, as they don’t contain any silicone, plastic or chemical resins. Stainless steel is infinitely recyclable – 75% of the tin cans and stainless-steel products produced in the last 100 years are still in circulation! In terms of ethics, Dalcini manufactures all of their products ethically, in India, where skilled craftsmen have been making these products for over 200 years. No child labour is ever used.

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Designed to replace 8 pieces of traditional cookware, this pan is gorgeous, and has quickly become a cult favourite. The Always Pan replaces your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve and store with this pan, making it truly multifunctional. For those of us living minimally – the van life, tiny homes, tight spaces, small apartments – this pan helps reduce clutter, helping us live more intentionally while still allowing us to cook incredible meals.

How They're Sustainable

Made with an exclusive, non-toxic ceramic coating, the Always Pan is devoid of potentially harmful materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals and nanoparticles. The spatula is made from natural beechwood, the steamer basket is made from recyclable stainless steel. Investing in ethical labour practices, Our Place provides supportive environments and compensation to their teams so that they people who make their products have time, energy and resources to connect with the people they love. Our Place has also partnered with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council on access to food. As part of their Healthy Neighbourhood Market Program, they host community events in partnership with an incredible, locally-owned neighbourhood market bringing fresh, healthy food to South LA.


 

Beauty & Wellness

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Skincare has become synonymous with self-care in recent times, but Eluo takes the traditional benefit of masking and turns it into a ritualistic art form, elevating your skincare practice into an experience of cleansing, mindfulness and sensory engagement. This collection of soothing clay masks is rooted in ancient historical beauty rituals, one frequented by the revered Cleopatra. Seamlessly blending slow, age-old skincare within a modern dialogue, Eluo digs deep into the earth to bring us clays that naturally refresh and restore. One of my personal favourites, using Eluo masks is a weekly ritual I immensely look forward to. Read more about Eluo here.

How They're Sustainable

Devoid of harsh chemicals, preservatives, and synthetic exfoliators, these masks are purely clay-based with natural ingredients and essential oils. Better for our skin and for our earth, you don’t have to stress about washing this mask off and letting it go down the drain, as the natural ingredients are not harmful to our waterways, compared to other chemically-formulated masks. Eluo masks come in paper boxes and beautiful glass vials making them low-waste and recyclable.

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Inspired by the landscapes of New Zealand and the world, Wild Lather was an idea born over the Pacific Ocean by husband + wife team – Liz and Conrad. Their soap-making is a slow living process in its entirety, where clay and solar infused botanicals are swirled together with steam distilled essential oils, and then left to air-cure for a full month. This time-honoured practice is slow, but so worth the wait, as the soap bars are nourishing, cleansing, and hydrating, nothing at all like the oil-stripping mainstream options. The unique triangle shape reminds us to breathe, and infuses mindfulness back into our daily cleansing ritual. Wild Lather’s scent profiles are swoon-worthy and I really love the way these feel on my skin! Learn more about palm oil-free soap here.

How They're Sustainable

Plant-based, palm-oil free, free of synthetics, and made by hand using organic plants. These bars are multi-use to encourage less consumption and plastic waste, and can be used for full body bathing, shaving, hair wash, face wash and sustainable travel. We throw away 552 million plastic bottles a year from shampoo and conditioner alone. These multi-use soap bars are packaged in paper to combat waste in landfills.

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Recapturing that antiquated experience of shaving, Well Kept is the epitome of slow living. Turning what is usually a hasty run over with a plastic razor into a slow, intentional and luxurious experience, these safety razors are self-care in their entirety. It’s hard not to feel completely present when using these razors, a dose of something we could all have more of. Providing a super close shave, we’re given a peek into what our grandfather’s grooming practice was like.

How They're Sustainable

Over two billion plastic razors and cartridges are discarded annually in the US alone. Well Kept’s razors are made from solid brass and designed to last a lifetime, significantly reducing your usage and impact. The razors are plastic-free, have recyclable packaging, and come with recyclable blades as well.

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Founded by Sarah York, this incredible soap company has a few core values that they stand by: simple, natural, ethical and transparent honesty. Only using high-quality, natural ingredients, Bell Mountain Naturals is free of the fillers that mainstream soap brands use, such as parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, dyes and artificial fragrances. Their line of adorable little gem-shaped soaps is not only great for gifts or travel, but the fact that they won’t strip your skin or render it irritated is a win-win. I love the Santa Ynez Mini Gem the most, but all of these soaps are rich, smell incredible and keep your skin clean and hydrated. Learn more about palm oil-free soap here.

How They're Sustainable

With a pledge to always be palm oil-free, Bell Mountain Naturals prides themselves on sourcing ethically and sustainably harvested raw ingredients. All their products are made with natural botanicals, mineral rich clays, plant-based oils and butters, and therapeutic-grade essential oils. The brand is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified. Their packaging is also recyclable, reusable or compostable, for a zero-waste experience.

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The only Ayurvedic brand proven with clinical results, Sahajan is a brand that I 100% stand behind. BIPOC-owned and local to Toronto, every Sahajan product is an effective and luxurious experience, rooted in 5000-year-old Ayurvedic wellness. This ancient science originating from India has deep understandings of skincare. Sahajan has effortlessly blended these ancient teachings to fit our modern lifestyles, offering products that are effectual, gentle and deeply cleansing. The Essential Oil Cleanser is a personal favourite, one that I literally can never be without! It effortlessly and gently removes any trace of makeup on my face, including stubborn waterproof mascara. The result is clean, hydrated and silky soft skin, with no oily residue or stickiness. I will easily use this cleanser for the rest of my life!

How They're Sustainable

Natural, organic, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and local (made in Canada), these beautiful glass bottles are easily recyclable (not the plastic tops). Sahajan’s gentle ingredients promote healthy skin, while maintaining the health and preservation of our waterways and environment – no harsh chemicals mean a non-compromised water supply.

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Based in the UK, Fysha (which means natural and handmade in Greek), uses high-quality ingredients in their soaps, like Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has been ethically cold-pressed in Greece. Choosing to blend their ingredients to make the most luxurious soaps, this BIPOC-owned brand believes in products that complement the earth and our skin. Frustrated with synthetic, liquid soaps and gels that strip our skin of its natural oils and that come in wasteful packaging, Amina, the founder of Fysha, decided to create what she couldn’t find. Through finding her saving grace, olive oil, when visiting her husband’s family in Greece, Fysha was born. I absolutely love these blocks of soap – the scent profiles are subtle and the soap lathers so luxuriously. Learn more about palm oil-free soap here. Though based in the UK, shipping is hassle-free, with no duties for EU customers as products are dispatched from the EU.

How They're Sustainable

Each bar of soap is made with cold-pressed EVOO from Greece, using wooden spoons to mix together the ingredients and protect their vibrational qualities. Each bar is handmade and cured for 60 days, the individually hand-stamped, and hand-wrapped in plastic-free packaging that’s FSC Certified, biodegradable and recyclable. The bars are all 100% palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and use only 100% plant oils and natural ingredients.

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This therapeutic body care line is BIPOC-owned and handmade in Montreal using natural and organic ingredients. A one-woman show, Alexe had been making body products for her friends and family for 3 years in her kitchen. She started getting requests from other people for her products, and slowly, her passion transitioned into a business. Apprenti Ôr’ganik’s mission is to raise awareness against harmful chemicals and artificial components that exist in our everyday products, while promoting healthy and earth friendly living. Alexe finds that the beauty industry is toxic and very superficial, so it’s become her personal quest to get people to reconnect with nature and what’s real. By being aware of what we eat and put on our bodies, we slowly open a door to a healthier and happier version of ourselves.

How They're Sustainable

All of Apprenti’s products are slow-made by hand, using “active” ingredients. With a belief that nature has so much to offer, this brand believes that it is important to reconnect our body and soul with it. Apprenti Ôr’ganik’s products are devoid of synthetic ingredients, parabens, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, petroleum and mineral oils. They only use natural ingredients, plant-based food grade oils, steam distilled therapeutic essential oils, and certified organic ingredients. The products are cruelty-free, don’t test on animals and are vegan.

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Blending a traditional Indian tea experience with a contemporary interpretation, Ahista itself means “at a slow pace”. Bringing to mind the art of slow living, this BIPOC-owned tea brand encourages us to take a step back, and savour each sip with intention and thoughtfulness. All the tea blends are handmade and sustainable, reaching a level of quality that has landed Ahista at various Michelin-starred restaurants, cafes, and boutique hotels worldwide. I’ve personally tried a bunch of their blends and am blown away by the quality, exceptional taste and feelings each sip evokes.

How They're Sustainable

All of Ahista’s teas are produced with a high degree of skill and craftsmanship. Their Premium teas are handcrafted and produced with minimal mechanical intervention. Choosing to work with local tea farmers in famous tea regions of India, Ahista ensures they protect and positively affect the climate and land, while also supporting the livelihoods of the marginalized tea farmers in Assam and Darjeeling. They also have ventured into lesser known tea producing areas such as Sikkim, Nilgiri, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, a practice that helps sustain the organic revolution by supporting more farmers to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs. In terms of product sustainability, Ahista’s boxes are paper, with vegetable-based inks, and their tea bags are 100% biodegradable, made from plant-based materials – a blend of abaca (made from banana plants and PLA).  Additionally, Ahista’s partnership with Save the Children allows for an underprivileged child in India to be fed for one month, with every gift box sold.

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Handmade in Toronto, this blend of nourishing oils, magnesium and probiotics is a beautiful and potent composite that helps you ground into the healing powers of Mother Nature. Earth Connection Oil is wonderful to help you fall asleep at night (I drift off so easily whenever I apply this!), is great for anyone struggling with Restless Leg Syndrome, nerve function, sore muscles or skin issues. It’s a blend of organic cold-pressed oils such as sunflower oil, magnesium citrate and mycobacterium vaccae. Use it on your entire body, including face!

How They're Sustainable

Made by hand by MJ Renshaw, a Manual Therapist in Toronto, this oil uses sustainably-sourced, organic, cold-pressed oils and is produced in very small batches. The bottles are glass and are gorgeous, easily reusable or recyclable. MJ is doing her part in being an ally for Black lives, so any BIPOC can use her discount code LOVEEQUALITY for 22% off.

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Eu-Genia in Greek means the “origin of goodness”, and that is exactly what you will find in a tin of Eu’Genia Shea butter. There is nothing better than a simple moisturizer that is devoid of chemicals and petroleum-based additives, one that delivers skin-nourishing goodness and healing properties when applied. Touted as amazing in the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and various other publications, this BIPOC-owned shea butter brand is probably one of the best out there, available in three different strengths of shea, from a little to a lot, depending on what your skin needs. With a special pregnancy formula specially formulated to target stretch marks, this makes for an amazing gift for a new mama or mama-to-be. Use it on your lips, hands, feet, elbows or any dry areas!

How They're Sustainable

Eu’Genia Shea is family-run social enterprise, dedicated to all natural premium shea butter moisturizers. The brand is dedicated to fair wages and opportunities for their female workers in Ghana, donating 15% of profits back to them in the form of an education fund. This brand is a mother-daughter duo, gifting the world their grandmother’s best kept midwifery secret – raw, unrefined Ghanian shea butter. The butters all come in tins, making them easily re-usable or recyclable, completely devoid of plastic. I’ve personally made the switch from Vaseline for my dry lips to Eu’Genia’s shea butter, and I won’t ever go back – the results are incredible and I love knowing that I’m supporting an earth and person-friendly product!

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I use these reusable makeup pads daily! Instead of buying single-use cotton pads to remove your makeup, a clay mask or to apply toner, switching over to reusable and washable ones is not just more sustainable, but far more cost effective in the long term (on average, $50 is spent annually on disposable cotton rounds, whereas a pack of 8 reusable rounds can last years). Reusable makeup rounds are also far gentler on the skin, unlike some cotton pads that can feel abrasive and rough. They also hold up when in use, unlike disposable pads that can tear between your fingers when wet. Some of the uses outside of face makeup removal include mascara and lipstick removal, minor wound care, face washing, toner application, face mask cleansing, and they can also be used as ultra-light breast pads!

How They're Sustainable

These beautifully soft face rounds are made in Quebec, Canada, from 55% hemp (the most sustainable fabric!) and 45% organic cotton. The labels are made from FSC Certified paper, and unlike disposable pads, they come in a paper box, not a plastic sleeve. Though disposable rounds are often made from cotton and can be composted, they usually get tossed in the garbage and end up in landfill. Furthermore, mainstream cotton pads are not made from organic cotton. Regular cotton farming is one of the most polluting industries there is, as both water and pesticides are used in abundance for crops to grow (it takes over 20,000 litres of water to grow just one kilogram of cotton, meaning a sleeve of disposable rounds uses around 1550 pop bottles of water!). This isn’t just a waste of resources, but the pesticide use deeply harms the surrounding ecosystems and our waterways. Lastly, the cotton industry employs millions of people, many of whom do not receive fair wages or safe working conditions, and many of whom are children. If you use one cotton pad in the morning and one at night, that’s around 730 per year! Think how many you’d save by going the reusable route!

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For those dealing with dry skin and/or eczema, Satya Organic is the BEST brand I’ve ever used! Their effective and soothing formula is so gentle and smooth, providing immediate relief and moisturizing benefits. I personally love using it on my lips (I’ve tried hundreds of lip balms and nothing has worked to stop my lips from chapping and peeling, except this!). The formula is plant-based, fragrance-free and steroid-free, using just 5 natural ingredients: organic calendula petals, organic cold-pressed sweet almond oil, organic beeswax, organic cold-pressed jojoba, and organic colloidal oatmeal. This brand is proudly Indigenous-woman owned. Their stick is refillable, meaning you can use the same plastic tube over and over again, refilling it with their pouches that are compostable and biodegradable. You can also choose to buy their products in a glass jar, an aluminum travel tin or compostable pouch.

How They're Sustainable

Made from just five whole and effective ingredients, Satya is simple, fragrance-free, USDA Certified Organic, packaged in sustainable materials including recycled paper and veggie/soy-based inks. Their refill pouches are compostable and biodegradable, and they are 100% carbon neutral with the Great Bear Rainforest. As a Certified Aboriginal Business, Satya has a circular way of looking at things, where they put people and planet alongside each other. They also help to fight poverty and ocean plastics with their partnership with Plastic Bank. They never test on animals, and are backed by Health Canada as a proven and effective topical anti-inflammatory that replaces chemical-based steroid creams. Satya also proudly upholds 13 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, an international blueprint for a more sustainable future. Could we love them any more?

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With regular toothpaste coming under review in recent years, natural toothpaste has seen a resurgence, for both its organic properties, as well as being low-waste. Living Libations entered the natural toothpaste game early, have been consistent in their clean ingredients and simple yet effective formulas. Their ingredient list is comprised of very few, but active natural ingredients that are kind to us, and to the earth. I love their Neem Toothpaste the most, as it always leaves my mouth feeling extra clean!

How They're Sustainable

With ingredients that are not harmful to us (unlike many of those found in mainstream toothpastes), Living Libations’ formula is comprised of plant-based ingredients and clays found in the earth, one of the first substances ever used for teeth cleaning. Their clean ingredients are also kind to the earth – when we wash our conventional toothpaste down the drain, we can’t help but wonder where it ends up and if our water and marine life are impacted. This brand also packages their toothpaste in reusable glass jars, as opposed to wasteful plastic tubes. Many natural toothpaste brands have started using aluminum tubes as an alternative to plastic, however, unless you’re slitting open the tube and scraping out all that’s left, it’s highly unlikely the tube will get recycled!


 

Fashion

Description

A personal favourite, Raum Goods Slip Ons are not just cute shoes to wear in the warmer months, but they’re specifically designed for earthing. Each shoe has a copper rivet in its base. With copper being a highly conductive metal that channels the earth’s electricity into our bodies, these shoes essentially help us plug our feet to the ground. These beautiful, zero-drop shoes allow us to absorb the benefit from the earth, on any outdoor surface, without actually having to be barefoot. Raum’s thin, soft leather sole allows our feet to feel the texture of the ground, activating all the healing pressure points on our heels, arches, toes, and balls of our feet. Rubber or plastic soled-shoes act as a barrier to the earth’s energy, insulting them from the beneficial electrical contact we need. Raum has thus designed their shoes to be soft, supply, easy to pack, ethically-made, and beneficial to our health.

How They're Sustainable

Raum shoes are hand-crafted in Gaziantep, Turkey, where a small atelier and group of artisans have been making footwear for generations. Each shoe has over 200 steps to create the finished product. Raum’s team hand-selects the best and softest vegetable-tanned leathers that are locally-sourced, often a by-product from the local buffalo trade. Each pattern is hand cut, using the same method of bespoke shoemakers. Raum uses 100% waxed cotton threads that are hand-stitched in a laborious process that make the shoe incredibly durable, bypassing the mainstream and lower-quality option of cement or glue. Since every shoe is handmade using real, natural tanned leather, every shoe is slightly different, therefore unique. With an effort to maintain fair working conditions, natural materials and added health benefits from their 100% copper rivets, Raum is one of the most sustainable shoe brands there is. Learn more about earthing here.

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Made from organic cotton, these socks are grown, spun and knit in the US, for a truly local experience. Founded on the belief that there is a better way to make clothing, Harvest and Mill chose the path that supports their local community and the earth at large. These socks are comfy, warm, and pair well with any outfit, even making socks with sandals look dope AF.

How They're Sustainable

Harvest and Mill demonstrates that not all cotton is white, showcasing the plant’s beautiful fibres that are naturally brown, tan, green or cream coloured. Because heirloom cotton doesn’t need to be dyed, it uses significantly less water, energy and resources. A pair of these socks saves 30.8 days of drinking water and 3.9 square feet of farmed land. They also prevent 1.3 miles of driving emissions from entering the atmosphere with their USA-made process, and 0.1 lbs of dye chemicals from entering the environment. On a larger scale, Harvest and Mill has 70% less GHG emissions compared to other sustainable fashion brands, they use 53% less energy, and 50% less water. They are 100% carbon neutral and their clothing is made using natural colour, meaning they are 100% dye, chemical and bleach-free. With plastic-free packaging and shipping materials, as well as a supply chain that is 5x short than the average sustainable clothing brand, Harvest and Mill’s sustainability checks out entirely! Additionally, this brand only works with small and independent American farms, factories and mills that support their local communities and neighbourhoods.

Description

Harvest and Mill’s cotton jersey joggers are the chic loungewear you always knew you needed but could never find. Cotton jersey is remarkably breathable, with natural stretch and comfort. Without being too heavy, and also not too lightweight, these joggers are Goldilocks’ go to. They feature a modern cut with a rib knit leg cuff, drawcord waist and two side pockets. Made from 100% organic cotton that is un-dyed, unbleached and USA-grown.

How They're Sustainable

Harvest and Mill’s heirloom cotton doesn’t need to be dyed, using significantly less water, energy and resources. A pair of these joggers saves 202.1 days of drinking water and 21.8 square feet of farmed land without pesticides. They also prevent 8.8 miles of driving emissions from entering the atmosphere with their USA-made process, and 0.7 lbs of dye chemicals from entering the environment. On a larger scale, Harvest and Mill has 70% less GHG emissions compared to other sustainable fashion brands, they use 53% less energy, and 50% less water. They are 100% carbon neutral and their clothing is made using natural colour, meaning they are 100% dye, chemical and bleach-free. With plastic-free packaging and shipping materials, as well as a supply chain that is 5x short than the average sustainable clothing brand, Harvest and Mill’s sustainability checks out entirely! Additionally, this brand only works with small and independent American farms, factories and mills that support their local communities and neighbourhoods.

 

 

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One of my favourite footwear brands, Nisolo is a leader in design, quality and sustainability, in an industry that is notorious for unethical practices. With a highly transparent approach, this brand is open about their factories, workers and wages, giving us an unfiltered glimpse into the world of shoemaking. Choosing to work with skilled craftsmen in Peru who have been passing down the art of shoemaking for generations, Nisolo is an American company in foreign lands that chose to sustain a long-held tradition, instead of exploit. These sandals are comfortable, versatile and perfect for traveling, easily my go-to when the weather is warm.

How They're Sustainable

Read in depth about their living wages here. Nisolo combats climate change by protecting trees from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. So far, they have protected 138,180 trees from getting uprooted. They’ve also partnered with Soles4Souls, a program where they collect old shoes, giving them to micro-entrepreneurs in the developing world, allowing them to resell them in their community. This program provides employment opportunities to people who would like to start their own shoe business but lack the capital to do so, and is an affordable source of shoes for the underserved local population. This initiative also helps combat the excessive amount of landfill waste that fast fashion has created.

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Founded by a husband and wife team who left their jobs at the UN to start a footwear brand, Alice + Whittles’ entire ethos is built around sustainability, ethical manufacturing, simplicity and craftsmanship. Known best for their chic rubber boots, this BIPOC-owned brand doesn’t compromise on style or quality. These have quickly become one of my favourite pairs of boots, perfect for wet springs and cool autumns. Knowing the importance of the depth of their research, the founders of Alice + Whittles embody true change-makers, choosing to reside alongside the craftsmen who produce their products, from Sri Lanka to Portugal.

How They're Sustainable

This brand is deeply engaged with all aspects of the value chain, ensuring fair pay, good working conditions, advance payments, and the improvement of the position of women and disadvantaged groups. Their rubber is 100% naturally fair traded, made from the sap of rubber trees in sustainably managed forests in Sri Lanka. The boots are 100% plastic-free, lightweight, waterproof and use 80% less energy to produce.

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Redefining basics, Tradlands makes clothing that lasts, unlike fast fashion alternatives that fall apart after a few washes. Sadie, Tradlands founder, noticed that men’s clothing always seems to be made better, is longer-lasting, with fabrics and styles that are classic and simple. She wanted to create the same option, for women. Tradlands ensures durability, favourites that can be worn over and over again, and an inclusive range of sizes and options for anyone. They create archetypal clothing, like button-ups, t-shirts, easy dresses, and chinos – all made responsibly.

How They're Sustainable

Wearing clothing 50 times instead of 5 (the fast fashion average) reduces carbon emissions by more than 400% per item, per year. This is why quality is of the utmost importance to Tradlands – so that the clothing they make holds up and can be worn over again. Tradlands makes their clothing in small batches to avoid overproduction and wastage. Their entire design process is slow and thoughtful, with development that is properly planned out, instead of new drops every 2 weeks. They believe that a beautiful garment means nothing if human beings and the environment are exploited in the process, choosing to work with factories that have high-standards, social welfare policies in place, living wages, clean, airy environments, and never any children. This includes US-based standards of working hours, over-time payments, and never any triple shifts.


 

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Tricia, the founder and artist behind this BIPOC-owned brand is a magician with thread. These bags are a personal favourite, as I love the trendy yet timeless look of them. Perfect for travel, busy marketplaces, and a hands-off vibe, these bags are so well-made, stylish and super chic. The love and care she infuses in each bag is tangible (so much better than anything mainstream or factory manufactured). With a philosophy centred around timelessness and goods that are made to last, Tree Fairfax hopes to change how we move about in the world – lighter, carrying only what we need.

How They're Sustainable

All the leather used is from 100% local sources that are traceable and native to the region (Fairfax, VA). Tricia is a one-woman team, making her bags from her living room couch, for the most authentically hand-made experience there is. She diligently hand-stitches each bag to perfection, working from a made to order plan which helps reduce waste while simultaneously ensuring that each bag is made with the utmost attention to detail and the highest quality possible.

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Scrunchies are back and we’re thrilled about it! Not only do they hold back hair and double as cute arm candy, they’re the nostalgic nod to the 90s that I so dig. Due to their current popularity, many are being churned out faster than ever, meaning they’re often made from unsustainable materials and questionable ethics. Sammi of Soft Focus has created what she calls “The Zero-Waste Scrunchie”, produced here in Toronto. In an array of soft and neutral colours, choose one for every day of the week and feel good about supporting a small business. I love these scrunchies and am amazed at how soft, strong and beautiful the fabric is!

How They're Sustainable

Made locally in Toronto, The Zero-Waste Scrunchie is aptly named as it comes from the cut-offs from Soft Focus’s loungewear sets. Choosing not to waste the leftover fabric, Sammi, the brand’s founder, decided to fulfill a demand for hair accessories while making use of the excess fabric. These scrunchies are made from the sustainable fabric Tencel (lyocell made from cellulose fibres), and are 100% Tencel twill.

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My go to for scarves, this brand is owned by my mum! This beautiful brand reimagines traditional Indian textiles in a modern aesthetic, bringing to the North American market coveted natural fabrics like wool, silk, cotton and felt. The range of scarves available is vast, and each one is produced using a different method – traditional block printing, hand-painting, natural dyeing, weaving etc. From lightweight summer scarves to heavier-weight winter ones, these accessories are meant to be treasured and passed down.

How They're Sustainable

Working directly with both family and friends, every piece produced by the Winter Elephant is 100% ethical, child labour-free, and created in a clean, healthy and supportive environment. My parents visit India annually, touring the small-scale factories and working directly with their makers. I’ve visited myself and was able to witness the hand-painting technique that one maker uses, where he brush-paints the fabric on the sunlit roof of his house! Supporting this business means you’re supporting a BIPOC-owned business, contributing to the livelihood and entrepreneurial efforts of small-scale textile makers in India, and helping to revive a craft that is at risk of being thrown over for larger production facilities.  With a stress on natural fabrics, you can rest assured knowing your threads aren’t harming the oceans.


 

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