Updated: Oct 3, 2022
We show love to our family, friends and pets - but what about fellow coworkers? The colleagues with whom you share, not only tasks and workload (and sometimes lunch) but also spend an average of 40 hours per week with. The month of February promotes spreading love and inclusivity; what better way to show gratitude and appreciation for your workmates than with eco-friendly gifts from Canadian Black-owned businesses?
‘Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.’ ― Sheryl Sandberg
While we acknowledge the eco-gender gap in sustainable consumerism is heavily targeted towards women, there is another void often overlooked in the eco-conscious space: the representation of Canadian Black-owned businesses. At Good Earth Gifting, we use our platform to promote local brands that successfully juggle the delicate balance of creating great products and services while being kind to our planet and its future. Many of which are passionately run by Black makers and artisans.
To celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, show colleagues some love with eco-friendly gifts from these incredible Black-owned Canadian businesses, making their mark in our community.
Food & Drink
Omo Bamboo Shop is an ecocentric company, passionate about providing sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics by offering bulk refills of basic essentials. They carry a range of items made primarily of bamboo, from on-the-go necessities like these glass mug water bottles and cutlery set to more luxe items like these wrist watches - all perfect ideas for corporate gifting.
Helping eco-friendly living be more accessible to people in Toronto is The Green Jar Shop. Founded by sisters Tannis and Mara Bundi, this boutique filled a gap by providing zero-waste products and an in-store refillery, ideal for bulk purchases of personal care and household products. We are big fans of their range of specialty care kits that contain safe and sustainable essentials for the New Mom, as well as, The Starter Lunch Kit and Sanitizer Kit, which would make great eco-friendly gifts for occasions like employee appreciation.
‘We believe eco-living can be simple and every small step matters.’ ―The Green Jar founders, Tannis and Mara Bundi
The Green Jar Shop is also currently participating in a number of recycling programs, accepting #5 takeout containers on behalf of Case Reuse, oral care products and writing instruments on behalf of TerraCycle, and prescription pill bottles and bread/milk tags on behalf of Earthub.
KOA Natural Skincare co-founders Aryn Holness and Tijani Jackson believe that transparency in ingredients and their purpose in each product is an integral part of their operations. Their plant-powered skincare solutions are formulated and made in small batches with 100% natural ingredients - free from parabens, phthalates and silicone - and are safe for all skin types.
For those always on the move, KOA’s Essentials Kit 2.0 has everything needed for a clean self-care arsenal, including versatile cult favourites, Volcanic Exfoliating Mask and Everything Balm, in one convenient travel kit.
Ranging from diffusers to candles, home fragrances are great, versatile gift options to elevate the home office. The sensory experiences of our homes influence well-being which benefits overall productivity. They make excellent gifts for remote workers - like this Home Scents collection from Good Earth Gifting.
Do you have colleagues that often daydream about travel? You can transport their senses with Seventh and Oak’s Travel Bug Collection with candles inspired by destinations like Cebu, The Bahamas, Bora Bora and New Orleans. Their small-batch, natural candles are handmade - from mixing to packing - with non-toxic, ethically-sourced materials.
On top of promoting creative uses of their candle jars once empty, S&O launched a Jar Return Program, where customers are encouraged to send back their used jars for rewards and discounts. This initiative has repurposed over 155 jars into new candles.
With nature being their biggest inspiration, Apprenti Ôr'ganik promotes holistic skincare through a deeper connection to the Earth. Proudly made in Montreal by the hands of their founder, Alexandrine Pierre, these Therapeutic Soy Candles and Handmade Incense have a soothing effect to reduce anxiety while encouraging users to prioritize mental health.
‘There’s an energy of love and harmony that is received by everyone that uses the products.’ ―Appren