Sweet, delicious, soft and delightful come to mind when one thinks of the word buttercream. All of these enticing words are an apt description of Calgary's own Buttercream Clothing. Designed and produced in Calgary and Kelowna, Buttercream Clothing is swiftly becoming a staple in the Calgary-maker scene. An obvious favourite at Alberta markets as well as impressive international popularity, it's a brand we are always keeping our eye on.Read More
The idea of shopping ethically for clothing is a noble one, but for a lot of us, actually carrying out this idea can seem daunting. We can relate to having questions like.. Where can I find these "ethical clothes"? Aren't they expensive? How do I know if they're ethical? What does ethical even mean?!
After committing ourselves to a year of shopping ethically for clothes, we've learned a few ways to make surviving ethical shopping a little easier...Read More
From unacceptable working conditions to the release of hazardous and copious amounts of waste - we are all aware to some degree that most of the clothes available to us are harbouring some dirty secrets. Stories of the garment industry are always disturbing, however they usually lack any practical ways to find out how specific brands we have come to love are contributing to making the industry better or worse. When the only production information you can find about a piece of clothing is a tiny tag that says "Made in China" it can feel impossible to ever really know the story behind your clothes.
GOOD NEWS! We are entering into a really exciting time, friends! As we collectively demand increased transparency and availability of ethically produced clothing, platforms that help us find information about our clothing are mobilizing. We've found some simple and easy tools to help you find the story behind your clothes. Keep reading for ethical clothing search engines and ethical shopping apps!Read More
My New Neighbour is a passion project where the two of us get to unleash our creative gifts with intent to bring attention and appreciation to the world of ethical shopping. We spend a large amount of our free time planning, writing and photographing things we love and think will help you curate an increasingly ethical lifestyle.
This past year has been incredibly rewarding for us and to ensure it continues in this way we are taking the month of August off to replenish our creative juices and refuel our passion for the project. We deeply believe in the importance of rest and encourage all of you fellow passion project-ers to ensure you schedule time to step away from the phone, the computer, the likes and the follows, to care for your most valuable asset, YOU!
See you in September friends!
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!
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 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 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 Keys, Inner 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!
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!