Pictured Above: Sticks, Stones and Sealing Wax by Michael Rennick
With the growing awareness and scary statistics of how our everyday actions collectively impact the environment, it’s easy to feel bogged down by how you can do your part as a consumer.
When it comes to businesses, often thoughts of sustainability and environmental impact can be left astray or shuffled somewhere in the list of future ideas to consider. However some businesses are becoming aware of the profits (money related and more) that green initiatives and being eco-conscious can make.
As a consumer supporting local, ethical and sustainably aware brands and businesses can help contribute to the impact you make on our environment and make you feel really good about doing your part!
Check out and try some of our favourite eco-friendly and local businesses below that have our backs when it comes to living sustainably.
1. Propeller Coffee Co.
We know you probably drink too much coffee anyway (don’t worry, so do we) so why don’t you make yourself feel better about it and drink sustainably?
That is why we loooooove Propeller coffee. High quality and ethically sourced beans are the main stay behind every cup, with their goal of purchasing and sourcing 80-90% of their product directly from farmers. Roasted in an energy efficient and low footprint facility, each batch is tested by staff to ensure coffee quality is up to Propeller par. The company weighs their social and environmental impact equally along side their profits, making sure they use their delicious coffee platform as a force for good. Plus their coffee is packaged in cute biodegradable bags that you can take home with you.
The Gladstone Hotel is happy to announce a new partnership with Propeller coffee! As of May 1, you’ll be able to get a fresh cup of Propeller coffee in our Cafe any day of the week!
“Beer tastes better when you can feel good about drinking it”
That is Beau’s unofficial motto and we totally agree. As a fellow B Corp organization and Bullfrog energy partner, Beaus is making efforts to be sustainable in all aspects of their business. From recycled packaging and labels, the washing and reusing of their glass bottles, sending spent yeast and organic by-products to create new energy to run local farms, and many other green initiatives, Beaus is committed to running an eco friendly business that is delicious and rewarding to support.
Operating on 100% green electricity, 100% green natural gas and brewing with 100% of organic ingredients, you can cheers yourself for choosing sustainable when cracking open the next cold Beaus.
Make sure to try a cold glass next time you’re in our Melody Bar!
3. Unboxed Market
Think of a mix between your regular grocery store and your everyday bulk barn—but then remove all the packaging, unnecessary waste and add an environmentally conscious experience —and you have Unboxed Market!
We are big fans of the Junction’s new sustainable grocery store, marking it as one of the first in the city. Owners Michelle Genttner and Luis Martins both grew up on farms and understood the value and appreciation of food from a young age. With that they also grew an understanding of how much food we waste, and with that came the concept of Unboxed Market.
Shoppers are invited to bring their own clean reusable containers (or rent one from the market with a small deposit!) and buy as much or as little as they want, with items sold in bulk ranging from grains, fruits and vegetables, baking necessities, cleaning products and personal hygiene. The market even goes as far as to use leftover produce for delicious hot menu items and snacks in their cafe.
4. Logan & Finley
Another eco friendly neighbour in the Queen St West area is Logan and Finley—a one of a kind general store with a lil’ something for everyone!
Store owner Julie Skirving is very careful when selecting products for the shop, ensuring everything is locally sourced, ethically made and environmentally conscious. Reusable straws and mugs, lunch bags, natural cleaners and beauty products, reusable makeup wipes and paper towels, and sustainably made clothing and accessories line the shelves of the shop, making it very easy to leave with something that will better yourself and the planet!
Flowers and the environment go hand in hand, but who knew they could get any greener?
Roncesvalles is home to Sweetpea’s—an eco-friendly flower boutique creating and selling contemporary floral designs that are environmentally conscious. In season flowers are sold and wrapped in biodegradable cellophane and bags, and flowers are locally grown whenever possible. The shop also has other odds and ends from cards, to items store owner Sara Jameson has picked up from the One of a Kind Show here in the city.
Feel extra good about buying these flowers for yourself or that special someone!