– Seasonal #2 – In this post, I propose 5 eco-friendly gift ideas for your eco-friendly friend or for yourself, because there are so nice that we would like to keep them for ourselves;). Most of them are made in Canada or in Quebec because I believe it is important to encourage local businesses, and even more during a pandemic. However, note that some of the businesses that I present to you in this post also ship in the U.S. or worldwide.
- Daily essentials kit – HabitatBotanical – $49
Habitat Botanical is an eco-friendly company that creates homemade beauty products. Their daily essentials kit includes a deodorant, a shampoo bar, a conditioner bar, a body wash, and a lip balm. These products are all locally made in North America. The packaging is compostable, the products are vegan and cruelty-free, and made of natural clean ingredients. It is simply perfect and affordable!
* Shipping in US and Canada.
2. Vegan leather products – Matt & Nat
Matt & Nat is a Montreal-based company that creates and sells bags, shoes, and accessories made of vegan leather. Their products are also cruelty-free and made with recycled materials. The company is now international with many stores in Canada, United-States, and some in Germany, UK, Japan, and Australia. Their bags are beautiful and have a simple design that fits with every outfit. Their products can be bought directly on their website, but they also sell them in other stores such as Simons, Bentley, Urban Outfitters, and Little Burgundy.
3. Non-toxic nail polish – BKIND – $16
BKIND is a vegan and cruelty-free company from Montreal. They make skin-care products and their mission is to offer natural and ethical products. Also, 2% of their sales go to organizations that help animals such as Blitz Rescue. Concerning their packaging, it is 100% recyclable and some of the cosmetic containers are made with plastic found in the oceans. BKIND sells a collection of beautiful nail polishes that are made without the toxic ingredients that can be found in nail polishes from pharmacies.
*Shipping in USA and Canada.
4. Local box – Sois écolo
Sois écolo is a business from Quebec that sells products from local businesses. They sell individual products, but also some themed boxes filled with products from local businesses. For example, their box for kids contains a bamboo toothbrush from Ola bamboo, some candies from C’est bonbon, a chocolate bar from Rochef, and a garden box from Mano verde. Sois écolo offers a lot of choices and is the perfect gift if you want to support local businesses! Note that they also sell some cause boxes where 30% of the purchase will be given to a local hospital, for example.
For more information about cause boxes: https://soisecolo.com/blogs/campagnes-en-cours
*Their website is in French only. Shipping in Canada.
5. Vegan candies – Squish
Squish candies is an artisanal candy store from Montreal that sells a complete collection of delicious vegan candy. Squish candies stand out from other brands with their exciting packaging and their unique flavor. Their vegan gummies are made without gelatin and with high-quality plant-based ingredients. Their Santa-Approved Vegan Kit (picture) includes the vegan unicorn magic mix, some sour peach hearts, sparkling bears, and rainbow bears.
This is it for my 5 eco-friendly gift ideas, I hope you enjoyed and it made you discover some of the wonderful brands we have here in Canada and in Quebec. Those businesses all have something in common and it is their ethics and respect towards what they sell to their customers. Whether it is vegan for the protection of animals or their use of recyclable packaging, these companies have great values that are worth sharing during Christmas time!