Updated: Nov 29, 2022
In today’s modern-day work environment, self-care is seen more as a necessity than a luxury as it has been proven to boost employee productivity. This can, however, be challenging for companies to implement, especially with a more remote workforce.
According to this survey, 27% of Canadians go a year or more without taking a holiday, while 36% go six months to a year without a break. Knowing that your colleagues are going through similar busy work-life schedules, there's no better time than now to help them incorporate self-care and wellness into their day.
Conscious businesses also know that supporting Black-, Indigenous-, and People of Colour (BIPOC)-owned businesses means creating more jobs and encouraging economic growth. As a BIPOC-owned, sustainable corporate gifting company, we at Good Earth Gifting are committed to celebrating diversity and bringing visibility to marginalized groups in the corporate gifting world.
Below are a number of great gift options from sustainable BIPOC businesses, bringing fresh takes on wellness at work - and on-the-go. These local brands use responsibly-sourced, eco-friendly ingredients and materials while making a difference in their respective industries.
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Hydration is key to a healthy work-life balance, and what better way to get a head start on wellness (and avoiding single-use plastic) than Grosche’s reusable water bottles that give back.
Owned and operated by Helmi Ansari, Mehreen Sait and family, Grosche is on a mission to provide safe, clean drinking water to those in need. Every bottle sold provides 50+ days of one of life's most basic necessities. Since 2010 their Safe Water Project has expanded operations to 6 countries (South Sudan, Uganda, Malawi, India, Pakistan, and The Philippines)!
Partnering with Trees for the Future - planting 10,000 trees in Haiti and Africa (so far)
Partnering with Carbonfree - for a negative carbon footprint
40% reduced energy use at the head office and warehouse - replaced with 100% green renewable energy
Keeping waste out of landfills by selling unwanted products and take backs at a discounted price
With so many benefits, these water bottles are perfect little companions - anytime, anywhere and on-the-go.
Loose Leaf Teas
For tea lovers, Toronto-based Cup of Té is one to keep an eye on. Having been featured on Oprah’s Favourite Things List 2020, this company’s mission is to bring handcrafted, organic products to discerning tea drinkers. The specially-curated collection of six ethically-sourced teas has all of their best-sellers - with a portion of sales supporting mental health awareness causes.
Cup of Té’s loose-leaf teas are perfect with their new biodegradable Luxe Tea Filter Bags or our On-The-Go gift box, which includes reusable tea bags and this water bottle that gives back. Also, for a limited time, proceeds from their scoop and infuser All Black Everything Bundle supports the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.
Beyond Fair Trade Chocolate
Colleagues need a little pick-me-up? Chocolate is known for having high nutritional value, antioxidants, and mood-boosting properties.
Toronto’s Chachalate, founded by Ryan Lee, is on a mission to bring real chocolate to the world. Made from scratch from ethically-sourced cocoa beans, with no preservatives or fillers, the brand prides itself on naturally fruity flavours, transparency and being beyond fair trade. Their short supply chain ensures that farmers get paid much more than both the commodity and fair trade prices.
Keeping up with the current online trend, Ryan offers a one-hour Virtual Tasting experience, where participants try three of Chachalate’s signature, single-origin chocolate bars made with only two ingredients (cocoa beans and organic sugar cane), while learning about chocolate. Each one has the same recipe, is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free - the only difference is where the cocoa beans come from (Tanzania, Madagascar, India).
Chocolate has over 600 individual flavour compounds (more than coffee or wine) giving it that complexity in flavours.
Human-centric companies have started implementing corporate wellness programs into their operations, one of which is introducing yoga to the workplace.
The rise in yoga’s popularity can be attributed to its many benefits in improving wellness, fitness, flexibility and overall quality of life. In addition, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and addresses a topic often overlooked: mental health.