Tis' the season for giving and receiving! Unfortunately, it is during this joyous season that we see a peak in our yearly waste contribution, with all the extra shopping bags, wrapping paper, packaging, parties, and cooking.
In Canada we produce over 545 000 tonnes of garbage between mid November and New Year’s Day.
As always, we are committed to sharing our best tips to help reduce waste during this gift giving season and with that we bring you a list of our favourite sustainable gift ideas, perfect for giving or to inspire your own wishes this year.
Holiday Vegan Cheese Board Bundles
Fauxmagerie Zengarry : $55
Everything you need to assemble your holiday cheeseboard in one place.
This bundle includes 3 Zengarry cheeses: our seasonal Cranberry and Pistachio Double Crème, Creamy Swiss and popular Garlic and Fine Herbs flavours; as well as 2 packages of gluten-free vegan crackers, Peach and Prosecco jelly from Provisions in the Niagara region, Canadian grown and roasted Maple Pecans, and of course Zengarry's new Fresh Basil Pesto.
We've also included one of our new reusable produce bags. A bundle worth over $75, for a special price of $55. A saving of over 25%.
Zero Waste MVMT
Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials Bundle : $78
Shopping for someone who lives in the kitchen? Zero Waste MVMT has compiled a beautiful collection of all their zero waste favourites specific to helping reduce waste in the kitchen. All the essentials that will help kickstart a new lifestyle, in one box!
3 Pack Natural Loofah Sponge
5x Reusable Snack Bags
1x Wooden Dish Brush
1x Solid Dish Bar
1x Red Cedar Soap Tray
2 Pack Eco Dish Cloth
Zero Waste MVMT is a Canadian company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their mission is to inspire people and encourage them to live a more sustainable lifestyle by collectively reducing waste and making sustainable products accessible to everyone.
"Together, we can help our precious Mother Earth thrive for generations to come."
Use code holiday15 for 15% off your purchase!
MULTI-USE BALMIE SET : $36
Axiology is a woman founded, vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that promotes waste-free living.
These 3-in-1 multi-use Balmies for eyes, lips, and cheeks make a great gift for those inner beauty gurus.
Balmies are 100% zero waste which means they're tube and cap free. They're wrapped in paper and rest in a recyclable carrying case.
COSMIC GOOSE Coffee : $19
For the coffee connoisseur, Zenbassadors Miriam & Zoey from @smallkitchenbigplates shared a favourite from their own wish list with us
"We're huge coffee fans here, and we are always on the look for sustainable quality coffee; our go-to brand is Java roasters; two women run the roastery from Toronto (Go Girl Power!!). The Java roasters are committed to transparency, sustainability and quality; every coffee they produce is beyond amazing."
Their mission is to source amazing coffees from farmers who share their values and are committed to quality. Definitely a go-to Christmas present! Plus, they ship across Canada, so it's accessible to everyone.
Shopping for the "hard to shop for" friend?
Give the gift of choice with a gift card to an online thrift store. It requires no guess work on style preference or sizing and you're guaranteed they will love it every time.
Thrifting is about more than just finding amazing deals on your favourite brands. It’s about shopping with intention, rejecting throwaway fashion culture, and standing for sustainability.
"At ThredUp, we believe in a sustainable fashion future."
Garden Path Soaps
Apple Crisp Bar Soap : $5.75
Garden Path Soaps purpose is to create the very best, natural, earth-conscious soap that you’ll absolutely fall in love with!
Woman owned, made with natural ingredients and handmade on site!
They do not include chemicals, dyes, or preservatives and are made with renewable plant oils and natural ingredients, in recyclable packaging, and are biodegradable.
All of this AND they smell amazing! They even offer products for our furry friends!
Charcuterie Board : $67
Chop Value, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, curates wooden homeware, office and decor products made entirely from recycled chopsticks.
The natural variations of their materials make each piece one of a kind. Food-safe mineral oil is used to enhance the grain finish. All of their boards come equipped with feet on the base to prevent slipping during use while also protecting delicate surfaces.
Their mission is to redefine the term waste to resource, one chopstick at a time.
Not to mention, this board would look great served with a variety of Zengarry cheeses. 😉
TreeFleece Golden Spruce Hoodie : $78
Keep your friends and family warm with these stylish and sustainable hoodies from Tentree Apparel.
Vancouver company, Tentree Apparel, has an Earth-First commitment to making choices in a world where the planet and its people come first, while practicing ethical manufacturing and using sustainable materials.
Tentree's Golden Spruce collection takes basics and elevates them into legend status.
Their warm and cozy hoodie makes sure you can still be comfortable and iconic at the same time.
The best part is every time you purchase an item, they plant 10 trees! It's the gift that keeps on giving.
finn + emma
rattle buddy : $28USD
For the little ones in your life, a cute and cuddly friend by finn + emma is sure to make them smile. Made from only the finest 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and all natural wood.
And on top of that, all their garments and accessories are produced in fair trade settings that focus on social and economic independence for local people, women especially, working to provide for their families in a safe and fair environment.
Vegan Baked Goods
Homemade vegan treats are a simple yet meaningful gift that you can bake at home to gift to your loved ones, neighbours and friends. While vegan baking may sound daunting if you’re new to plant-based eating, there is no need to stress! Check out these vegan holiday goodies as well as expert tips to help you deliver delicious .
Vegan Baking Hacks and Must-try Holiday Recipes: https://www.zengarry.com/post/vegan-baking-hacks-and-must-try-holiday-recipes
Download our Holiday E-Cookbook for even more holiday baking and meal inspiration!
Fun Tip: Buy vintage casserole dishes from the thrift store to gift these treats in. They are usually cheaper than disposable ones and can be reused by whoever you are gifting the baked goods to!
(featured, Dreena's Kind Kitchen) : $34
Kickstart someone's plant based lifestyle or gift them the inspiration of delicious plant-based meals through a vegan cookbook! Check out some of our favourite, female, Canadian chefs and their delicious recipes.
Plant-Savvy Cookbook Round-Up: Our Top 10 Favourites: https://www.zengarry.com/post/plant-savvy-cookbook-round-up-our-top-10-favourites
Concerts, Museums, Exhibits
Sometimes the best gifts don't come in a big beautifully wrapped box, but rather in the form of memories to be made.
If you know the person you are shopping for has a favourite artist coming to your city soon or has been wanting to go to see that one exhibit at an art museum, gift them the experience by buying the tickets to go. It is also a gift to yourself as you get to join in on all the fun as their plus one!
You can support local sustainability initiatives by visiting a butterfly conservatory or local botanical centre as a fun day trip.
We hope we were able to provide you with some inspiration to help make your holiday shopping a little easier and a lot more sustainable this season!
After all, the most important gift you can give is love and kindness to one another and our planet.
from the Fauxmagerie Zengarry Team