This week we are talking about everyday items you can switch over to sustainable options. My mom suggested this topic and I’m so glad that she did. When I first learnt about the fair trade movement, I was overwhelmed by the amount of items I used everyday that weren’t fair trade. It can be expensive to switch everything over all at once. But in this blog I talk about 5 items that you can easily switch over as a start to a more sustainable life.
If you’re like me, you drink a hot beverage 2-3 times a day. What a great opportunity to make sure the products you are buying make a positive impact on people and the planet! Whether it is tea, coffee, or hot chocolate...there are so many brands out there that do just this.
One of my new favourites is a brand we carry called Lake and Oak. This brand is made by a holistic nutritionist in Toronto who creates her teas with naturally-flavoured plants. The tea tastes amazing while healing your body of common ailments such as anxiety, stress, and inflammation! The flavour of these loose leaf teas match their amazing fragrance. Loose leaf is also a great option for reducing on packaging!
2. SoapAltr Soaps is made right here in Hamilton with local, wildcrafted botanicals. In this way, washing becomes a ritual connection to the land that sustains us. Their soaps are both organic and vegan. And they seriously smell amazing...I am always smelling them in the store.
Matr Boomie soaps are made in India using ancient ayurvedic techniques. This organization aims to raise women’s social status through economic independence and empowerment. One of my favourite parts about this product is that it’s wrapped in upcycled fabric...another great alternative to unnecessary packaging in our lives!
Mugs are something we all use at home and on the go. I’m trying to bring a travel mug with me more often to save on single use to-go cups. A lot of coffee shops give a discount for bringing your own mug too...helping the planet and your wallet!A great alternative to a traditional mug is a copper one. Recently, I’ve learned about the benefits of copper. These include anti-aging, immunity-boosting, skin healing, and mental and joint health. We carry a brand called Kaarigar Copper based out of India. They make products such as reusable water bottles, tumblrs, mugs, straws etc. out of 100% copper. I once heard someone say that copper is like jewellery for your kitchen!
If you prefer a ceramic mug, we just got new ones in from She Sells Sanctuary. This organization ensures safe, healthy environments for their artisans in Nepal. Their mugs and bowls come from the Thimi Region in Kathmandu Valley which has been producing pottery for hundreds of years. Each piece is handmade and unique. I love how they incorporate modern styles with traditional methods to produce a timeless piece.
Glasses are another opportunity for social change in our lives! G Fox and Co. is a company out of Toronto that hand-makes all of their items. They strive to hire from under-represented groups such as the LGBTQ+ community. These glasses are a great alternative to plastic because they are made out of wood, which is biodegradable. Not a glasses wearer? G Fox and Co. also has a great sunglasses line.
5. LotionEspecially in these cold, winter months our skin is so dry! Many lotions contain fillers and don’t seem to really moisturize like we want them to. We carry two brands that are amazing for your skin any time of year.
The first one is Shea Butter from Mamaa Trade. This product specifically empowers 60 women in Northern Ghana. It is high in Vitamin A, E, and fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties. This product has no filler and is 100% shea butter extracted from the nut. Instead of buying multiple products for multiple areas and purposes, this one product can be used for acne, rashes, burns, insect bites, stretch marks, skin inflammation, aging, muscle aches, damaged hair, eczema and more!Another product we just got in that I’m excited about is Baobab Oil. This oil also comes from Northern Ghana through Mamaa Trade, as well. It is sustainably sourced and it’s dense source of vitamins give you vibrant and healthy skin. It also stimulates skin-cell regeneration while protecting from the elements such as sun, wind, pollutants, and infections. Use it to combat psoriasis and eczema, as well.
So, as you can see, you don’t have to compromise on quality when buying fair trade and sustainable products. If anything, the quality is much better! Switching over items we use everyday such as these is a great way to start the road to a sustainable life.As Mother Teresa once said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
That’s also your hint to next week’s blog topic!Thanks for taking the time to read this and Happy New Year :)