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Eco-Friendly Corporate Gifts from Black-Owned Canadian Businesses

Updated: Oct 3, 2022


Black boss person in an office environment, holding a laptop on left arm, while right hand rests on their hip.

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.


Everyday Essentials

Home Scents

Food & Drink


EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS


Now more than ever, people have been making the conscious decision to start living sustainability and shopping with intention. This especially rings true for the things we use on a daily basis.

Omo Bamboo Shop's bamboo cutlery set (spoon, fork, knife, chopsticks, straw, straw cleaner) in a green carry pouch

OMO BAMBOO SHOP

Toronto, ON


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.


THE GREEN JAR SHOP

Toronto, ON


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.

The Green Jar Shop's kit of essentials for the New Moms, including cream deodorant, snack bag, two pairs of nursing pads, baby balm,  small bamboo spork, baby shoes, unbleached cotton towel,  Soapworks shampoo and conditioner bar, and a felt carry bag. All in white and muted grey tones.


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

Toronto, ON


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.

Front photo of KOA's assorted of skin care products in frosted bottles and tin cans, with a transparent carry pouch.

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.


These everyday essentials are practical eco-friendly corporate gift ideas that simplify daily routines, especially when they go back to the workplace.



HOME SCENTS


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.


SEVENTH AND OAK

Toronto, ON

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.



APPRENTI ÔR'GANIK

Montreal, Quebec


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.

Apprenti Organik's bundle of tied brown-tipped incense beside a kraft paper tube container.

‘There’s an energy of love and harmony that is received by everyone that uses the products.’ ―Appren