The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on EVERYONE, but it has been particularly tough for small business owners. When people are trying to avoid going out to shop, it becomes all too easy to order from Amazon or other online retailers that have lots of different stuff in one place.
It has been very encouraging to see that support for small and local businesses has been a consistent message through this pandemic. I hope that you will join me in shopping small, and shopping local (these favourites are Edmonton-based).
Not only are these shops and brands small, locally owned businesses, they are also passionate about the environment. I am thrilled that my community has makers and innovators with zero-waste lifestyles in mind. I am even MORE THRILLED that they have all agreed to participate in a GIVEAWAY for this post!
GIVEAWAY INFO: I’m doing things a bit differently this year! You can enter the giveaway by:
– commenting on this blog post (10 entries for 1 comment, maximum 1 comment)
– commenting on my Instagram post (1 entry per comment, maximum 5 comments – you must follow all connected accounts for your entries to count)
– commenting on my Facebook post (1 entry per comment, maximum 5 comments)
ALL entries will be pooled and SEVERAL winners will be drawn – one for each of the prizes!
Contest closes at 12:00am Mountain Time on Sunday November 29, 2020.
*CAVEAT: Because many of the prizes here will require local Edmonton area pickup, this giveaway is only open to entrants who live in Edmonton and surrounding areas. If you are selected as a winner and are not able to arrange for local Edmonton area pickup, an alternate winner will be chosen.. Winners will be contacted via the medium entered, and will have 24 hours to respond. After this time, an alternate winner will be chosen.
Without further ado – here are my favourite green things for 2020!
If you saw my favourite things post from last year, you will have seen that I ADORE the Earl Grey Lip Balm, and the Lip + Cheek Tint from PLANTiful! Lip balms are still most commonly found in plastic tubes, so the paperboard tubes Amy from PLANTiful uses are a true game changer. Plus, the paperboard tubes hold so much more product, so I’m buying less frequently, and using less packaging!
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I love that @plantiful_apothecary lip balm comes in a cardboard tube that is compostable after you’re done with it! It also holds more than 3x the amount of a standard lip balm tube so you’re getting great bang for your buck, and you don’t have to restock as often! Grab a coupon code from my post (link in bio) for your next order! #yeg #yeggers #yeglocal #yegmade #yegmaker #yegblogger #yegblog #shoplocal #shoplocalyeg #zerowaste #sustainableskincare #crapfreechristmas
PLANTiful has many other body care products available, and they are all infused with healing plants. I recently tried the Sweet Summer Blossom Body Butter and it is TO DIE FOR! I do make my own DIY body butter, but I’ll admit it, I’m an amateur. It is absolutely functional, but it doesn’t have the divine consistency and feel that PLANTiful’s body butter has!! Especially in these winter months, my skin is absolutely loving this body butter. It has helped stave off the typical itchy, red, scaly skin I always get with the dry cold.
GIVEAWAY: You can win a prize pack of PLANTiful products, including my favourites: Earl Grey Lip Balm, Lip and Cheek Tint, and a 2oz jar of Body Butter!
Congratulations to our winner @kota_dawn_ for your Instagram entry!
AND – get a discount on your purchase from PLANTiful! Just use the code ‘juicygreen15’ at checkout! (Valid until December 11, 2020)
You can also find some PLANTiful products through Re:Plenish (see below), Good Goods Co., or order online and do local pickup in Edmonton.
I switched to bar soaps many years ago, after the realization that liquid soaps in plastic bottles were contributing to so much waste. (Yes, you can potentially recycle them, but did you know that “only nine per cent of the 3.2 million tonnes of plastic waste Canadians produce each year is recycled”? – stat from Waste Reduction Week Canada.)
When I started looking into bar soaps, I wanted to make sure that there weren’t any funky ingredients, since I have sensitive skin, and also because I try to avoid toxic chemicals as much as possible. I found that many soaps are made with palm oil, which is a controversial ingredient in the eco-conscious sphere because of the deforestation issues surrounding it.
When I got the opportunity to try Soap So Co. and meet the owners, I was really grateful that one of the very first things they told me was that they only use SUSTAINABLY GROWN and ETHICALLY SOURCED palm oil (by RSPO standards). I also love their paper only packaging. What’s most amazing is that these soaps are beautiful works of art. I never thought I’d get so excited about looking at a bar of soap. Seriously. I now always have a fresh one on the bathroom countertop because just looking at it makes me feel good!
Soap So Co. uses essential oils or fragrance oils (only phthalate free fragrances) in their products, and every one I’ve tried smells amazing. I’m pretty picky about fragrances as well, because I get sick from strong chemical fragrances like those in typical cleaning products. I find that Soap So Co. soaps smell lovely, but are not overpowering. And most importantly, they are sooooo nice for our skin!! Luxurious and moisturizing, not drying out at all. Cherry Almond and Sunsets are my favourites, Transcend is my husband’s, and Lavender Dream is my daughter’s.
Side note: They do also offer liquid soap options and guess what – they come in GLASS containers! No plastic!! LOVE!!!
GIVEAWAY: You can win a $25 gift certificate, a set of bar soaps from Soap So Co, including my family’s favourites of Cherry Almond, Sunsets, Transcend, and Lavender Dream, and a bottle of Calmed liquid gel soap (easy to put into an existing hand soap dispenser)!
Congratulations to our winner Angele Fournier for your blog post comment!
AND – get a 15% discount on your purchase from Soap So Co.! Just use the code JGM15 at checkout!
You can find Soap So Co. products around Edmonton at the Bountiful Farmers Market (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), Re:Plenish, Good Goods Co, Majesty and Friends, The Makers Keep, and many other local shops.
Plastic-free haircare was something I started getting into about 2 years ago, and when I first heard about Jack59, I was already happy with using the few brands I typically purchased. I kept hearing people rave about Jack59 though, and since they are a local Edmonton brand, I thought I should give them a try to see if they were better than what I was using. And WOW. They are so much better than what I was using!! I was shocked at the difference!!
It’s awesome that they carry bars for all different kinds of hair – and they really are different! My daughter has super thick hair and the Citrus Shine bars work the best for her. I have found that her long thick hair is WAY easier to brush now that she’s switched (and now she can actually brush her own hair – she used to complain because it hurt, and I would have to brush it through many tears), and we no longer have to use loads of hair detangler. I have fine hair and I was finding that the other bars I tried would end up leaving build up in my hair. I have now been using the Amplify bars, and my hair is sooooo much better! My husband, who has never used conditioner, uses the Jacked 3 in 1 bar (which can be used on the whole body and for shaving!).
I really appreciate that Jack59 walks the talk in terms of zero waste – no excessive packaging, and any packaging that is used is paper. If I buy straight from them online and do local pickup, I receive my bars in a paper bag with no other packaging. To me, this speaks volumes about their zero waste mission!
I have definitely become a Jack59 convert and won’t use any other hair bars!
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Ditch the plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles with hair bars! I’ve been using @jack59bodyco bars the last few months and I am LOVING them! I’ve tried 2 other brands of hair bars, and I was perfectly happy with them. Then I decided to try these because I heard others raving about them. Now I’m a convert!! These bars are larger than a lot of other hair bars I’ve seen, so they last longer. The shampoo bar lathers so lusciously and the conditioner bar is the creamiest one I’ve experienced – it really makes my hair feel silky smooth! Plus it’s a local Edmonton company – wins all around!
GIVEAWAY: You can win a set of Energize bars (shampoo and conditioner bars) and a bottle of Liquid Gold Hair Oil!
Congratulations to our winner Danielle for your blog post comment!
AND – get a 15% discount on your purchase from Jack59! Just use the code JUICYGREEN15 at checkout! (one use per customer)
You can find Jack59 products around Edmonton at the Bountiful Farmers Market (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), Re:Plenish, The Makers Keep, Earth’s General Store, and many other local shops.
When I found out about Re:Plenish opening in Edmonton, I was SOOOO excited. In case you’re not familiar with it, it is a zero waste refillery and retail shop, located in the Ritchie area of Edmonton. They stock some of my favourite zero waste brands like PLANTiful Apothecary, Soap So Co., and Jack59, AND they have many liquid refillable products as well! They encourage you to bring in your clean containers (can be ANY containers!) to refill, and carry lovely glass containers you can buy as well. I have gotten so many different things from here, including sunscreen, body lotion, dishwasher tabs, Swedish dish cloths, dishwashing cloths, bamboo bandages, bubble tea silicone straws and lids – and there is so much more! It’s so exciting that there are so many zero waste products in one stop, and they are always bringing in new products.
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I made an appointment online to shop at @replenish.yeg today! Brought my jars to get dishwasher tabs, @change.toothpaste tablets, and sunscreen. Also picked up Swedish dishcloths, @luumi_life silicone bubble tea straw/lid, @patchstrips with pandas and bottle brush! Quick and easy!
They are open for in-store customers (they just have to be the ones to do the refilling due to COVID-19), but they offer delivery and curb-side pickup as well!
GIVEAWAY: You can win a $25 gift certificate to spend at Re:Plenish!
Congratulations to our winner @ladykrikri for your Instagram entry!
I’ve written a few posts about how much I love LAMOSE water bottles – they are the only totally plastic-free bottles I know of! They started out in Edmonton and are now based out of Calgary, but when they were still in Edmonton I had many personalized water bottles made for family!
Since they started out, LAMOSE has branched out beyond just water bottles (which are pretty amazing already. They keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. And they contain ZERO plastic, just stainless steel and silicone!). You can also get insulated mugs and tumblers, and now even thermoses! I love that they have different sizes so you can get the size that’s right for you.
And of course, the most fun part – you can personalize your LAMOSE product HOWEVER YOU WANT! You can get a simple name engraved, a logo, a drawing, or even a photograph! The customer service is so excellent – they send you an image of what your product will look like, and tweak it so it’s perfect BEFORE doing the engraving. If you get the chance to visit them in person, you can even watch the engraving!
These are truly amazing quality products – all of my LAMOSE bottles still look gorgeous and brand new.
GIVEAWAY: You can win a $50 gift certificate to spend at LAMOSE!
Congratulations to our winner Ella Moody for your Facebook entry!
You can visit them online, or in-person at Kingsway Mall in Edmonton and SouthCentre Mall in Calgary, AB.
When I visited the Bountiful Farmers Market in Edmonton and came across Nicole the Plant Lady’s booth, Forevergreen Plants, I was so thrilled! So many beautiful houseplants that were healthy and gorgeous! I purchased several plants from her on my first visit, and have been loving them so much, I went back for more. Every plant I’ve gotten from her has been healthy, pest-free, and easy to care for.
During pandemic times, there has been a rise in houseplant purchasing, and for good reason! There is nothing quite like nurturing and caring for plants that clean indoor air, and bring you joy. Especially in a climate where we have winter for half the year! Plant therapy is really the best!
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Ermagerd!! My sensitive plant has its first bloom!! Looks like an adorable little poof/pompom! I got this guy from @plantlady.yeg awhile back and my daughter and I have been fascinated by it. It closes its leaves at night and opens them in the day, and they also close up when touched! Super neat! I’m thrilled it’s doing well enough to bloom for me!
GIVEAWAY: You can win an amazing custom moss art piece and a seasonal houseplant!
Congratulations to our winner Lillian T for your blog post entry!
Nicole makes these custom moss art pieces, which are made with preserved natural botanicals, so you don’t need to worry about watering or misting them! Perfect for areas that don’t have enough light for living plants, or for people who aren’t natural plant parents. Nicole forages for some of the supplies she uses for these – like stones, driftwood, branches, and botanicals – to create a natural mossy forest feel. Isn’t this an amazing mindfully curated piece of art?