15 Chic, Eco-Friendly and (Mostly) Canadian Earth Day Finds
We’ve rounded up the most stylish eco-friendly finds in Canada (and a couple from the States, too).
Saje Natural Wellness Dish Wish Refreshing Dish Soap
If you’re going to shop, these Earth Day tips will ensure you’re making the right purchases — like 100-percent natural cleaning products from Canada’s own Saje Natural Wellness, whose brand new line for home is elegant and good for you and your fam. The range includes two types of dish soap, an all-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner, a tub and tile cleaner and biodegradable cleaning clothes — and each item is made with plant and mineral-based ingredients and is free of artifical fragrances. Clean + Canadian? We’re into it.
$10 at saje.com.
Inner Fire Woodland Legging
If your workout attire feels a little tired, look to BC-based Inner Fire to stage a revival. Their printed leggings are made from BPA-free recycled water bottles, so you can feel good about stocking up. Plus, each pair of bottoms has protection of SPF 50, meaning you can enjoy your outdoor yoga sesh worry free (at least as far as your legs are concerned).
$94 at myinnerfire.com.
Graydon Matcha Mint Shampoo
For hair care with an ingredient list you can understand, try Graydon’s Matcha Mint Shampoo. It’s green (ooh!), smells of vanilla and mint and promises to care for your scalp and hydrate and strengthen your hair with matcha, chia extract, hemp oil and sunflower extract. As an added bonus, the brand attempts to source ingredients from small Canadian growers whenever possible and avoids mineral oils, parabens, sulfates, pthalates and artifical dyes and fragrances.
$25 at graydonskincare.ca.
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OneCoffee French Roast
Fair trade, certifed organic by TCO Cert, Canadian and 100-percent compostable! These coffee pods check off all the eco boxes. Plus, there are seven different varieties: French, Peruvian, Ethiopian, Columbian, Sumatran, breakfast and decaf. The pods are compatible with Keurig 2.0 and other single-serve coffee makers from Keurig, Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach, but won’t fit with your Keurig Vue or Tassimo brewers.
$10 at Loblaw, Metro, Sobeys, Whole Foods Market and independent retailers.
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Miik Lulu Off-the-Shoulder Dress
We’re crushing on this Miik dress for spring — and not just ’cause it’s cute. It’s a high-quality garment (forget fast fashion) and is made out of rayon derived from bamboo (a plant that improves soil quality and generates more oxygen than the same amount of trees) that’s grown on certified organic farms. We also love that Miik produced it (along with every other item the brand sells) in the Greater Toronto Area, meaning that the clothing isn’t shipped great distances just to reach Canada.
$175 at miik.ca.
Epic Blend Lavender Orange Body Oil
Use this fragrant oil from Canadian brand Epic Blend to hydrate your body, assist in a soothing massage or spice up bath time by adding a few drops to the water. It’s vegan, cruelty free and contains organic coconut oil, organic sunflower seed oil, plus essential oils and potent antioxidants. And did we mention it’s Canadian? It bears repeating.
$18.50/4 oz at epicblend.com.
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LaSpa SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen Sensitive Skin
Ideal for dry, sensitive skin, this 20-percent zinc sunscreen from Ontario’s LaSpa will hydrate parched faces and offer broadspectrum protection, all in one go. Plus it’s gluten-free for anyone dealing with Celiac disease and is hypoallergenic, recyclable and biodegradable.
$40 at beautysense.ca.
And, yes, you do need to wear sunscreen! Read this one woman’s story about discovering melanoma while she was shaving her legs.
Flow Alkaline Spring Water
Flow (of the 100-percent recyclable paperboard packaging made of 70-percent renewable materials) has two new organic flavours: lemon ginger and cucumber mint. If drinking plain old water sounds like a bore, these new varieties might entice you to maintain your daily hydration levels.
P.S. The water comes from an artesian spring in Ontario.
$2.50/500mL at flowhydration.com and various retailers across Canada.
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Jonah Jay Mikki Blazer
Love the look of leather but love animals, too? Jonah Jay’s line of vegan leather clothing — including this crisp spring blazer — means you don’t have to compromise your values to look good.
$198 at jonahjay.com.
Huna Apothecary Nourish Botanical Face Mist
Refresh in seconds with a spritz from one of Huna Apothecary’s face mists, which are designed to hydrate and perk up skin or set makeup. Based in Manitoba, the brand grows more than 30 organic plant species on a family property nicknamed the Huna Homestead. Naturally, all products are free of animal testing.
$52 at hunaskin.com.
Stray & Wander Turkish Towels
Add a homemade touch to your bathroom or powder room with a set of Turkish towels from Canadian company Stray & Wander. The solid and striped fabrics — also available as hand towels and blankets — are made from organic hand-loomed cotton that has been ethically sourced out of Turkey to support global artisans and traditions.
$45 to $65 each at strayandwander.com.
Odacité Black Mint Cleanser
For anyone looking for a deep cleanse using natural ingredients, Odacité’s brand new Black Mint Cleanser will do the trick. It contains activated charcoal and rhassoul clay to help remove impurities, as well as peppermint and tea tree to enliven tired skin. Plus, you’ll love the light gel texture and satisfying foam.
$48 at thedetoxmarket.ca.
Pixie Mood Annalise Slim Tote
Soft seafoam on a structured tote is pretty, period. Of course, the fact that it’s made from vegan leather and is designed in Ontario (NBD) is the kicker.
$87 at pixiemood.com.
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Seventh Generation Laundry Stain Remover
Target that splash of red wine or dab of sauce on your jeans with plant-based cleaning agents and advanced triple enzymes care of Seventh Generation. The Laundry Stain Remover formula, which has been tested on 60 common stains, is biodegradable and eschews dyes and synthetic fragrances. The packaging is also made from recycled materials and can be recycled itself.
$5.50 at well.ca and select Canadian retailers.
Earth Day tips: Under Carriage Coconut Lime 100% Natural Deodorant Cream
Give your underarms and breasts (and anywhere else you’re sweating too much for comfort) a little TLC with this powdery tropical deodorant cream made from natural ingredients. The light scent comes from essential oils — not synthetic fragrances — and the cream is free of gluten, metals, sulfates, parabens and animal testing, too.
$24 at undercarriagedeodorant.com.
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