Canadian Ethical Gift Shops for Every Occasion

Once we embraced a commitment to ethically shop for ourselves, our intentions quickly spilled over into our purchases for other people. We have found giving ethical gifts a fantastic way to get creative and discover inspiring brands to show our friends how awesome ethically made products can be. Today we are sharing our go-to shops  for gifts that give back! 

Cambio Market

Toronto-based Cambio Market was founded to give socially conscious people access to products that "look good, feel good and do good". Every single item in their online shop is hand made, fair trade, ethically sourced and gives back to a social cause. They are passionate about empowering shoppers to stand for a world of respect for the environment, as well as the fair treatment and pay of all workers, by providing a trusted source for the purchase of jewelry, bags, accessories, home wares and greeting cards that help socially responsible business grow.

We have come to adore their sassy yet charming greeting cards by Good Paper, colourful and fun upcycled jewellery from Olivia & Diego as well as their elegant necklaces by Purpose Jewelry. A much appreciated bonus to the Cambio Market shopping experience are the "impact" symbols found beside each item - telling the shopper how their purchase of the item makes a positive difference to people and the planet. 

Thrive Lifestyle

Thrive Lifestyle is a sustainable fashion and home decor shop selling independent, local and ethically sourced items. The shop has a strong online presence as well as a brick and mortar shop on Salt Spring Island in BC. What began as a Canadian-made children's label blossomed into a men's and women's line of clothing, accessories and home decor inspired by the beauty of the West Coast. Their mission is to help their community thrive through encouraging choices that honour the environment and the people who make their products.

We appreciate Thrive as an online West Coast Canadian source for some of our favourite ethical lifestyle lines including Muttonhead, Nudie Jeans, Harlow Skin Co and sustainably made home goods. Most admirably, Thrive's very own clothing line offers men, women and children casual Canadian made clothes with a trendy edge.

Giving Gifts

Giving Gifts is an online and brick and mortar shop on Main St. in Vancouver with a plethora of gifts for literally EVERY occasion. They offer fair trade and eco friendly gifts that give back so shoppers can "buy the change they wish to see in the world". At Giving Gifts you can find water bottles, food containers, kitchen gadgets, natural body care, baby blankets, toys, books, stationary, clothing, jewelry, and more! 

We are delighted to have this shop as a Canadian source for some of our favourite ethical brands including Krochet Kids, The Giving KeysInner Fire and sustainably made kitchen and "meals on the go" items. Check out their special people section for a useful resource in finding thoughtfully created items for specific special people in your life and their Giving Crates for quick yet meaningful gifts for a variety of special occasions!

Greater Goods

A Canadian-made ethical shopping paradise for Calgarians, Greater Goods is a brightly lit space in Bridgeland that features locally handcrafted items, a cozy tea and coffee bar and regular DIY workshops for artisans to share and grow their love of handmade goods. Shop their bath and body products, jewelry, ceramics, leather goods, home decor, greeting cards and more, all supporting the talents of Canadian artisans.  

Greater Goods is our go-to for a peek at what's new in the local handmade scene, topped off with a warm drink from Teariffic and a sweet treat from Pretty Sweet YYC.  The moment you step through the elegant brick entry-way, the passion for local creativity and entrepreneurship is palpable and their rotating inventory means every visit is an opportunity to discover new and inspiring Canadian made products. Take a peek at their instagram to keep updated on what's new and exciting at Greater Goods! 

Ethical Swimwear: The Search is Over!

Tracking down ethically made swimsuits was like trying to find Carmen Sandiego, a mystery that had us searching all over the world! After almost a year of keeping our eyes peeled for outstanding swimsuit creators we've found 4 that we are feeling quite enthusiastic about..

Mimi Hammer

A Montreal-based brand offering both swimsuits and apparel. Their classic styles, completely adorable patterns as well as high standards for ethics and quality have us jumping up and down squealing "cute cute CUUUUTEEEE!" over, and over. 

Nettle's Tale

Based in Vancouver, Nettle's Tale is the body-positive swimwear line we have been waiting for!!! Their swimsuits are ethically made in Vancouver and are consciously styled to celebrate any body type and enjoy any activity. 

Their website says it well: "wear what you want for your body, age, and style. These mix-and-match swimsuits are made for surfing, tanning, kayaking, and running after your kids. They love six-packs, stretch marks, pears, petites, and plentiful busts."

Use the code JUNESPECIAL to save $25 on any order of $125 or more until June 30th, 2016!

Rey Swimwear

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, Rey Swimwear brings together contemporary fashion with vintage glamour. They value making a woman feel her femininity and grace in a bathing suit that offers class and beauty. The company manufactures and sources ethically in the USA, prioritizing dignity for all people involved in the manufacture of their product.

Patagonia

Patagonia is top notch for high quality performance outdoor wear and outstanding ethics. They have a large variety of women's swimwearkids swimwear and men's board shorts. You can also find neoprene items and wetsuits for more active or chilly water pursuits. 

Check out our article featuring Patagonia's story and ethics here.

An important aspect of creating an ethical wardrobe is properly caring for your pieces so they last as long as possible! Click HERE for an excellent article on how to wash your bathing suit so it stays looking new.

Now, may your ethical swimwear dreams come true!