Updated: May 30
No one wants to see the environment polluted, but at the same time, we love receiving gifts as tokens of appreciation at work. The more gifts we give, the more waste there is likely to be, which is why sustainable gifts are growing in popularity among employers now more than ever before. A gift must be seen as having a positive impact on the environment to be considered sustainable. Luckily, there are a lot of sustainable products that make excellent gifts, whether they are made from recycled materials, sustainably sourced materials, reusable, or actively discourage the use of wasteful materials such as plastic.
Simply put, eco-friendly corporate gifting refers to gifts that help your clients and employees reduce waste and live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Eco-friendly gifting also allows you to make a statement about the values of your company.
Businesses are shifting to greener gifting practices for a variety of reasons:
1. Sends out a strong message about company values
Choosing high-quality eco-friendly corporate gifts over disposable alternatives shows that your company is willing to go green whenever possible. It demonstrates that your company does more than simply publish a defined sustainability statement on the company website.
According to Cone Communications, 92% of customers prefer companies that actively support environmental issues over those that do not, and 87% are more likely to buy products with benefits that support these causes.
2. Boosts the brand image
'70% of US and Canadian consumers believe that a brand's sustainability or eco-friendliness is very important.'
Sustainable corporate gifts made from renewable resources, recycled, compostable, or recyclable materials, or gifts that help consumers live more sustainably, are a sure way to boost your brand's image. According to a study conducted by IBM and the National Retail Federation, roughly 70% of US and Canadian consumers believe that a brand's sustainability or eco-friendliness is very important.
3. Customer Loyalty
Consumers are becoming more tech-savvy and environmentally conscious; therefore, businesses that take environmental responsibility seriously tend to have more loyal customers. According to Inc.com, while 66% of global customers are willing to pay more for sustainable goods, more than 73% of millennials are willing to do the same.
4. Employee satisfaction
Employees value working for environmentally conscious companies more than ever before. An eco-friendly and personalized corporate gift may make your employee feel like a valued member of the team, but it also confirms that your company represents the values they seek. Check out our blog on eco-friendly gifts for colleagues to find out which gift is best for your coworkers.
List of eco-friendly corporate gifting companies in Canada
An eco-friendly corporate gifting company located in Toronto. They are a sustainable solution providing eco-friendly products sourced from sustainable Canadian brands and shipped in 100% recyclable packaging. Every supplier with whom they work produces cruelty-free products.
2. Raven Rising
An e-commerce chocolate shop located in Sudbury, Ontario. Their chocolates are made with traditional ingredients sourced from Indigenous peoples and businesses in Canada and around the world. They strive to provide ingredients that are sustainable, ethically sourced, traceable, Fair Trade, and organic.
A full-service environmentally and socially sustainable florist in Toronto. Features local, Fair Trade and organic options. All locally-purchased orders are delivered on foot or by a fuel-efficient hybrid electric car.
Elegant honey and honey products sourced from local beehives in Toronto. Their honeybee hives are kept in backyards and on rooftops as part of their sustainable agriculture initiative. They are cared for by urban Registered Beekeepers who use organic, sustainable methods.
5. Cup of Té
Handpicked, organic, and ethically sourced teas, with a new line of biodegradable tea bags. A one-stop shop for the finest loose-leaf organic teas and teaware in the world. Driven to overcome the obstacles, they add something extra beneficial to communities by donating $1 from each Starter Kit to mental health awareness.
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Brazilian-style chocolate, handcrafted in small batches in-house, made entirely from scratch with fresh, Fair Trade ingredients sourced locally. They are the first Toronto-based chocolate crafting business exclusively dedicated to a whole Brazilian-style chocolate experience.
Makers of high-quality, all-natural skincare products for self-care enthusiasts. They manufacture small-batch, cruelty-free products in Toronto with minimal waste and pack them in environmentally friendly packaging. They have also pledged to donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental charities.
A popular gift among coworkers, Hamilton-based Coffeecology offers subscriptions to their fair trade, organic, and bird-friendly blends. With a mission to create positive changes with just good coffee, they support the Cafe Femenino Foundation, a movement that empowers women in remote coffee-growing regions in nine countries.
Offers high-quality, non-toxic golf balls that dissolve in water, as well as biodegradable bamboo golf tees. These golf balls are made of corn starch and are coated with a non-toxic PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol) coating for protection. No-guilt golf ball shooting for making relaxing memories while not harming the environment!
Unique and artistic wood pieces, handcrafted from locally sourced, discarded wood and metal and finished with food-safe oils and beeswax. Wood is derived from logging refuse or areas harvested for other types of timber using eco-friendly techniques and practices.
Campbell River, BC
Their artisan soaps are handcrafted in small batches using natural ingredients and the traditional cold-pressed method, representing the creator's Haida Gwaii heritage, representing sustainable community initiatives.
12. I-Hos Gallery
A collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork created by First Nations artists expressing authentic Indigenous culture. They have high operating standards and cultural content, allowing visitors to interact with Aboriginal people during their cultural tourism experience.
Soy candles are made by hand with coconut soy wax and natural wood wicks that burn cleanly. They provide Jar Return and Candle Refillery Programs to reduce their environmental footprint.
Handcrafts and hand extracts million-year-old Quebec stones, as well as, transforms recycled wood into luxury, long-lasting lifestyle products, which make perfect gifts. Lithologie chooses to work with local suppliers and manufacturers, and they focus on a 'circular model,' which involves using wood scraps from factories that produce wooden planks.
Check out our FREE guide list of sustainable companies in Canada to help your business get started on eco-friendly corporate gifting.
The future of gifting
This year's top corporate gifting trend is sustainability. With the holidays quickly approaching, businesses are requesting practical and responsible gift items to both align with their brand's values and meet customer demands.
According to a 2019 study, 46% of people have a more favourable opinion of a company if the gift they receive is environmentally friendly. Many businesses are beginning to recognize the value of choosing branded sustainable gifts that are of high quality and that recipients will want to use.
'46% of people have a more favourable opinion of a company if the gift they receive is environmentally friendly.'
With Good Earth Gifting's sustainable initiatives and practices, the future of gifting is on the right path. GEG is a company that educates about environmentally friendly practices and encourages other businesses to do the same.
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