With a lot of sales popping up this weekend and all of the frantic spending before the holidays, I think it is important to note that it is crucial to support local stores more this year than ever before.
Canada, like every other country, has experienced economic hardship in 2020. So, let's come together and support some of our great local businesses who dedicate their brands to having a minimal impact on our planet! 🌎
Choose to shop small, local, and for the environment this "Black Friday" weekend.
Frank & Oak - An incredible unisex clothing brand hailing from Montréal that promises to deliver products that last while ensuring minimal impact on the planet. They even offer an amazing monthly subscription box so you can have eco conscious clothing delivered to your door every thirty days.
Eco & Amour - Toronto based minimal waste home and body store that aims to inspire people to cut down on their daily waste. Your one stop shop for everything from body lotion to lunch bags!
KOTN - A Montréal home and clothing brand setting the standard for quality essentials, ethically made from natural fibres. Being a certified B-Corporation, KOTN is very transparent about the materials used, wages paid to workers, and their impact on the environment.
Mejuri - The most stunning jewelry line with their headquarters in Toronto, Mejuri is dedicated their respect of human rights, health and safety, fairly sourced high-quality materials, and sustainable environmental impact. They have something for everyone in various price ranges.
Encircled - 100% made in Canada, Encircled creates wardrobe essentials, believing that less is more when it comes to our closets. Significantly low carbon footprint, 100% green-powered Toronto studio, and 60% of their fabrics are knit and dyed locally. Also a certified B-Corporation.
Matt & Nat - Founded in Montréal in 1995, Matt & Nat is a vegan leather brand, crafting the most beautiful hand bags and belts (and even collars for your furry friend!) The inside of their bags are even made from recycled plastic bottles. Matt & Nat is a great example of affordable, sustainable fashion.
La Canadienne - Consciously made shoes for city life in Montréal, they use environmentally friendly dyes and protective agents, as well as recycled materials are used for packaging materials.
Tamga Designs - One word: AMAZING. An ethical and sustainable women's fashion store that is a member of the 1% for the planet initiative. On each TAMGA product page you'll see the exact water, energy and emissions that are saved through a TAMGA purchase!
Prana Vida - Yoga and lounge clothing made in Winnipeg and Vancouver, Prana Vida uses sustainable and natural fabrics, and their packaging is even compostable.
Gaia & Dubos - Unisex clothing brand and accessories made completely from ecological materials and handcrafted in Quebec under ethical working conditions.
Elate Cosmetics - Founded in Victoria, B.C., they create safe, effective beauty products using cruelty-free ingredients, ethical marketing, and sustainable practices. Elate is certified by Leaping Bunny and PETA, and all of their ingredients are fair trade. Their products are 75% waste free and they aim to make it to 100% zero waste in four years. I cannot tell you enough good things about this company, they are truly revolutionizing the beauty industry.
These are just some of countless sustainable Canadian brands, but the best part about shopping with these brands is that you can plant every time you shop online! 🌳
An estimated 86.7 million people are expected to shop online for Black Friday this year, and if every person used OurForest, the browser extension that plants trees when you browse online, we could turn our searches into an entire forest!
OurForest is on a mission to combat climate change while encouraging sustainable shopping and an eco-conscious lifestyle. They believe that the world needs millions of people practicing sustainability imperfectly, rather than few doing it perfectly.
Click here to download OurForest and give back to the environment! Mother nature will thank you! 💕