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The selection of items in the Beginner’s Sustainability Box were specifically selected because they are a practical sustainable alternative for commonly used items. They are all beginner friendly items that are easy to swap into your everyday life!

All the products are a combination of reusable, plastic-free, and natural products that help to minimize our impact on the environment. *Suppliers are subject to change as we improve our product selection.   

 

Laundry Detergent Sheets- Kind Laundry 
Recyclable Packaging | Plastic-Free | Plant Derived Ingredients | Less Carbon Emissions

Never lug a jug of laundry detergent home ever again! Paper-thin detergent sheets that replace traditional liquid laundry detergent. These strips are packaged in plastic-free recyclable boxes that are more environmentally friendly than liquid detergent which comes in large plastic jugs. Laundry strips are also significantly lighter and take up less space than liquid detergent, which reduces fuel consumption from transportation and carbon emissions. Close to 1 billion plastic laundry jugs are discarded in the US annually and only 30% are recycled which means 700,000,000 jugs end up in the landfill and waterways every year. 

Kind Laundry is a Toronto-based company that strives to sustain and support the environment by eliminating one plastic detergent jug at a time. Founded by Bernard and Angie, their past experiences with ‘eco-friendly’ detergents on that market inspired them to create a genuinely eco-friendly detergent alternative that is natural, and plastic-free.

How to Use: 1 strip = 1 load. Use up to 3 strips for very heavy loads. Load into the laundry machine the same way you would load liquid detergent.

Made From: sodium dodecyl sulfate, fatty alcohol polyglycol ether, PVA (polyvinyl alcohol), deionized water.

Reusable Cotton Facial Rounds- Cheeks Ahoy
Handmade | Reusable | Less Environmental Impact | Compostable

Soft, and face-friendly reusable cotton pads are environmentally-friendly alternatives for single-use cotton pads. Cotton is one of the most water and pesticide intensive crops in the world and therefore the less cotton you consume, the better. According to the WWF it takes approximately 2,700L of water to produce enough cotton for 1 t-shirt. Using reusable cotton pads decreases cotton consumption and inadvertently decreases carbon emission from production and transportation processes of single-use cotton pads. The reusable cotton pads included in your box are multi-colored so they can be easily distinguishable for different purposes.

CheeksAhoy is a Peterborough, Ontario based company started by Leah in 2013 after she had her first baby. As a new mom she realized there was a more eco-friendly alternative to many products and runs her company with the goal of helping families care for the environment while saving money.

How to Use: Use like a regular cotton pad for toner, removing makeup, or washing your face. Use the mesh cotton laundry bag in your box to collect soiled pads and throw in the wash on cold. 

Made From: 100% cotton flannel

 

Mesh Cotton Laundry Bag- Cheeks Ahoy 
Handmade | Reusable | Organic Cotton | Compostable

An easy way to collect your reusable cotton pads and wash them. 

CheeksAhoy is a Peterborough, Ontario based company started by Leah in 2013 after she had her first baby. As a new mom she realized there was a more eco-friendly alternative to many products and runs her company with the goal of helping families care for the environment while saving money.

How to Use: Collect soiled reusable cotton pads (or any small washables) in the bag and throw in the wash on cold.

Made From: 100% organic cotton 

 

Wool Dryer Balls- OLSEN + OLSEN
Handmade | Reusable | Biodegradable | Energy Saving | Compostable

Wool dryer balls are a natural way to decrease drying time, decrease energy usage, and eliminate static. Dryer balls increase airflow while drying which helps to save time and energy by at least 25% for up to 1,000 loads (2-5 years). They also help to get rid of static, decreases wrinkling, and softens clothes. Add essential oils such as lavender or lemon to the dryer balls before each load to add fragrance.

OLSEN + OLSEN is a family business based in the Quebec Laurentians. Started by a mother and her 2 daughters, they have a passion for ecological living and were inspired by the needs of the planet to create in-demand sustainable products to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint. 

How to Use: Leave in dryer for up to 1,000 loads. Optional: add scents or essential oils for fragrance

Made From: 100% wool

Cellulose Sponge Cloth- Goldilocks Wrap 
Compostable | Natural Materials | Reusable

Replace a whole roll of paper towel with one sponge cloth. A cellulose sponge cloth, also frequently called a ‘Swedish Dishcloth’ is a great alternative to paper towels as they absorb up to 20x their weight. These cloths can replace up to 17 paper towels because of their absorbency and are perfect for all surfaces and tasks. They are easy to clean, and do not have a ‘wet dishcloth smell’. It is estimated that the average household uses 1 roll of paper towel a week, multiplied across millions of households worldwide decreasing single-use paper towels in any way possible helps to reduce carbon emissions and deforestation. 

A company based in Victoria, British Columbia, Goldilocks aims to help people use less plastic wrap and live more minimally. The name Goldilocks comes from the belief that lasting change comes from a balanced lifestyle; not too hot, not too cold. 

How to Use: Replace paper towels and cloths with these reusable, dishwasher safe, and compostable sponge cloth. Can be washed in top rack of dishwasher, boiled in water, or in laundry machine and air-dryed (do not put in dryer)

Made From: 70% cellulose, 30% cotton, water based inks

 

Beeswax Wrap- Goldilocks Wrap
Handmade | Natural Materials | Plastic-Free | Compostable

Switch to beeswax wraps and keep your food fresher for longer, naturally! Beeswax wraps are a natural and eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap and last for up to 1 year with proper care. The wraps are made of cotton material coated in oils/beeswax to create a moldable wrap for storing food or covering bowls. The average person uses 2000 sq ft. of plastic wrap each year which is not recyclable and ends up in landfills and waterways. Beeswax wraps can keep food fresh for longer, are easy to clean and can be composted at the end of its life. 

A company based in Victoria, British Columbia, Goldilocks aims to help people use less plastic wrap and live more minimally. The name Goldilocks comes from the belief that lasting change comes from a balanced lifestyle; not too hot, not too cold. 

How to Use: Use like plastic wrap, wrap up vegetables or cover bowls with this reusable beeswax wrap. Use the heat of your hands to 'activate' the wrap and mold it. Wipe down or wash in cold soapy water by hand, and do not apply heat. Not microwave or dishwasher safe, and not recommended for meat or freezers. 

Made From: 100% cotton, Canadian beeswax, tree rosins, jojoba oil

 

Cotton Mesh Produce Bags- Bee Kind 
Reusable | Natural Material | Biodegradable | Plastic-Free | Organic Cotton

You’ll never have to use those pesky single-use produce bags ever again with these aesthetic organic cotton produce bags. These mesh bags are a reusable alternative to plastic produce bags and can also be used for a multitude of other purposes. While grocery stores have begun to charge 5 cents for plastic bags, plastic produce bags are still widely used and free. 160,000 plastic bags are used every SECOND, or 5 trillion every year. Not using a bag for produce with peels/skins, and using reusable produce bags for certain produce significantly helps reduce this astonishing number. The tare weight is also clearly printed on the bag so the weight can be deducted from your purchase, or simply unbag when weighing the produce. 

Bee Kind is a women powered team based in Vancouver, British Columbia that strives to decrease plastic usage. A portion of their profits are donated to marine conservation efforts, and they are passionate about spreading the message of sustainability to their community through activism.

How to Use: Replace single use plastic produce bags with your reusable cotton produce bags when grocery shopping. Can also be used as a lunch bag, vacation laundry bag, wet-bag, and more! If it needs to be washed, wash on cold and air dry.

Made From: 100% organic cotton 

 

PEVA Reusable Snack Bags- Zero Waste Mvmt
Reusable | Less Environmental Impact

These PEVA bags are reusable and can be used to pack lunches, ice packs, freeze food, and more. They are durable and leak-proof with their double seal and are the perfect replacement for single use zippered bags. The average lifespan of a plastic bag is 12 minutes, yet takes hundreds of years to break down into microplastics which leech into our waterways. Switching to a reusable alternative is more environmentally friendly and decreases waste. 

Zero Waste Mvmt is a company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba founded by Zac and Janelle. Their main goal is to promote low waste lifestyles after seeing the ways in which trash is disposed of. Additionally, a tree is planted with every purchase form Zero Waste Mvmt!

How to Use: Replace traditional single-use sandwich bags with these reusable bags. Hand wash with warm soapy water and place open side down over a glass to dry. Not dishwasher or microwave safe, and avoid turning bags inside out. 

Made From: FDA-grade PEVA (BPA safe, food safe, recyclable)

 

Bamboo Toothbrush- OLSEN + OLSEN
Compostable | Less Environmental Impact | Plastic-Free

Approximately 3.5 billion plastic handled toothbrushes are thrown out in landfills every year. Bamboo toothbrushes have a biodegradable handle and the bristles can be biodegradable or removed from the handle and disposed of. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing and least water intensive plants which makes them one of the most sustainable materials. Bamboo is also very strong and naturally antibacterial which makes it perfect to replace plastic handled toothbrushes. 

OLSEN + OLSEN is a family business based in the Quebec Laurentians. Started by a mother and her 2 daughters, they have a passion for ecological living and were inspired by the needs of the planet to create in-demand sustainable products to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint. 

How to Use: Replace your plastic handled toothbrush with this biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. Replace every 3-4 months. 

Made From: Bamboo and Nylon 4

 

Evergreen Soap Bar- Diphy Wellness
Handmade in Small Batches | Plastic Free | Recyclable Packaging

Bring the scent of a fresh winter day indoors. These evergreen bar features the super food of skin care – spirulina powder. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and high in antioxidants, making it ideal for anti-aging, acne and eczema. Also made with oatmeal and aloe vera to provide your skin with nourishment as you wash!

Notes of eucalyptus, citrus, paired perfectly with delicate floral notes. This aroma has cedar, balsam, violet, powder and musk base notes that will have you feeling like you are taking the scenic way home through snowy evergreens.

Diphy Wellness creates small batches of handmade, non-toxic, and eco-friendly self-care products

How to Use: Rub in wet hands to create a lather. To make it last as long as possible, store on a soap dish and let dry.

Made From: Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil), Sodium Palmate (RSPO Palm Oil), Aqua, Sodium Safflowerate (Safflower Oil), Glycerine, Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Aloe Vera), Avena Sativa (Oatmeal), Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol (Vegetable Derived), Sorbitan Oleate, Oat Protein, Titanium Dioxide, Spirulina Algae (Spirulina Powder), Evergreen Fragrance Oil

Non-gmo, non-sls/sles, vegan, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic (will not clog pores), biodegradable, cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free

 

Christmas Spice Soap Bar- Diphy Wellness
Handmade in Small Batches | Plastic Free | Recyclable Packaging

The Christmas spice bar is quite sugar, spice and everything nice! It features rose clay which is a soft, moisturizing clay that will leave even the driest of skin soft and supple – just what your skin needs in the wintery months!

Assorted berry tones blended with the entrancing fragrance of cinnamon, clove buds, and nutmeg, enveloping your senses in a warm and delicate embrace.

Diphy Wellness creates small batches of handmade, non-toxic, and eco-friendly self-care products

How to Use: Rub in wet hands to create a lather. To make it last as long as possible, store on a soap dish and let dry.

Made From: Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil), Sodium Palmate (RSPO Palm Oil), Aqua, Sodium Safflowerate (Safflower Oil), Glycerine, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol (Vegetable Derived), Sorbitan Oleate, Oat Protein, Kaolinite (Rose Clay), Christmas Spice Fragrance Oil

Non-gmo, non-sls/sles, vegan, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic (will not clog pores), biodegradable, cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free

 

Peppermint Lotion Bar- Diphy Wellness
Handmade in Small Batches | Plastic Free | Recyclable Packaging

Minty, fresh and relaxing. This peppermint lotion bar will nourish, moisturize and give your skin a natural glow.

Minty notes reminiscent of classic peppermint candy canes completed with strong and aromatic herbaceous undertones that will leave you in the perfect festive mood.

Lotion bars are the solid version of the traditional lotion. These bars are solid at room temperature and melt into your skin with body heat. 

Diphy Wellness creates small batches of handmade, non-toxic, and eco-friendly self-care products

How to Use: For best results rub the lotion bar on dry skin. This allows the bar to melt upon contact with skin and to be absorbed easier. Store away from sunlight or heat.

Made From: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Elaeis guineensis (RSPO Palm Oil), stearic acid, Shea Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitamin E, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

 

Shampoo & Conditioner Bar- UpFront Cosmetics
Plastic Free | Recyclable Packaging | Less Carbon Emissions

Shampoo and conditioner bars are a great alternative for plastic bottled shampoos/conditioners. They do not have any water content which results in less carbon emissions from transportation. 

1 bar replaces approximately 3 bottles of shampoo/conditioner.

UpFront Cosmetics creates high-quality, scientifically researched beauty products that are good for you and for the planet. They are leaping bunny certified, vegan, and cruelty-free. Their products are made in New Brunswick, Canada and have even been featured in Vogue!

How to Use : Glide bar over wet hair or lather in hands. Massage and scrub into hair to build up a lather. Rinse well. Store bar in a dry location.

Ingredients: *Ingredients may vary depending on specific bar, for more specifics visit UpFront Cosmetics website

Example Shampoo Bar: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate *CB ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine *CB, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate*CB , Behentrimonium Methosulfate *RO, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Sodium Lactate, Hydrolyzed Oats, Panthenol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil,  Orange Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil and Geogard.

Example Conditioner Bar: Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Orange Wax, Tucuma Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Extract,  Panthenol, Vitamin E, Geogard , Orange Essential Oil and Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil.

 

 

Natural Loofah Sponge- ZeroWasteMvmt
Biodegradable | Natural Materials | Plastic-Free

100% biodegradable loofah sponge made from plants! These are a great eco-friendly alternative to synthetic dish sponges and plastic shower loofahs and are completely zero waste.

The sponges are double layered and stitched with a cotton hanging loop.

Zero Waste Mvmt is a company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba founded by Zac and Janelle. Their main goal is to promote low waste lifestyles after seeing the ways in which trash is disposed of. Additionally, a tree is planted with every purchase form Zero Waste Mvmt!

How to Use: Wet with water to let it expand. Lather with or without soap, squeeze out excess water and hang to dry.

Made From: Loofah