Aries Earth Dough creates non-toxic, safe and plastic-free play dough for children of all ages to enjoy. Backed by a nature loving mother-daughter duo, this Kelowna-based company is inspired by all things wild and free. Their low-waste dough creations come in various colours and can be accessorized with hand-made wooden stamps. Visit their Facebook or Instagram page @aries.earth.dough to purchase!
Bowie Mae focuses on reducing floral waste in the Okanagan by donating preloved arrangements to local non-profits and creating handmade flower pressing keepsakes. Coined as "The Flower Ripple", Erin gathers fresh blooms from events, trims, and rearranges them to be given a second life. During the 2019 wedding season, Bowie Mae saved and donated over $30,000 in florals! Whether you wish to donate your flowers after an event or would like a pressed creation of your own, Bowie Mae cherishes your flowers and wants to see them ripple through the community, brightening up the lives of those who need it the most.
Civilized Sasquatch is a local, independently owned business that specializes in creating natural, sustainable, artisan men's products. They offer a wide range of handmade items such as beard oil, soaps, solid cologne, and even artisan products for your dog! Their small batch-style and handmade recipes ensure their products are of the highest quality. The use of minimalist, recycled packaging keeps them as sustainable as possible. Check them out on Facebook @beefupthebeard.
This unique fair trade store is a local, family-run business who offer a large selection of beautiful handmade items. Globally Fair offers fun finds from 30 different countries! They pride themselves in knowing where their items come from as well as what they’re made of, offering customers the option to be more conscious of their purchases and consumerism. Check out their Instagram page @globallyfair.
Happipad is a proudly Canadian startup based right here in the Okanagan. With a mission to increase social, economic and environmental sustainability, Happipad provides an inclusive home-sharing platform. With 1 in 5 Canadians reportedly feeling lonely and 1 in 3 bedrooms in Canada being empty, Happipad created an initiative to solve these issues together! If you are looking to fill a room or are in search of an affordable housing option, check out their website today to learn how you can become a host or guest.
Little Wild One has a passion for high quality toys and clothing that are responsibly and ethically made. Focusing on play that encourages development, Little Wild One specializes in naturally-inspired toys that make a difference in your home, community and around the world. Visit their website today to see what fun options they have in store!
Lush Valley Lifestyle is a Kelowna-based company that has created a luxurious yoga mat for all of the yogis out there! All mats are cork and designed in Kelowna and also feature unique aspects like being: vegan, chemical-free and being delivered in plantable packaging. If you are in need of a new yoga mat, make the local choice!
Visit this small family-run farm and retail shop to find the most luscious home, beauty, and edible delights - all utilizing the grown-on-site lavender and packaged in eco-friendly options. The views and gardens on the farm are spectacular and act as a nectar corridor for pollinators and habitat for a variety of insects, birds, and small animals.
Looking to host a party or team-building event that brings fun and charitable giving all into one? Look no further! People Power Parties brings you various crafting event options that allow you to bond with your friends, co-workers or to make new friends all while supporting a charitable cause of your choosing. When you book a party or event, you get to select which craft you would like to make and the partnering charity or non-profit you would like to support. Fun and fundraising? Yes please! If this sounds like an event for you, contact People Power Parties today.
PS. Did we mention Green Okanagan is a partner organization? Visit their website to learn more about what kind of events they offer and how a portion of each ticket sold will be spent.
Smiley Wileys is a one-of-a-kind party decoration supplier! All items available are sustainable, eco-friendly, and handmade. With items for baby showers, holidays and weddings, they have a little something for everybody. For more information on the Smiley Wiley's available products - made from recycled material - check out their Instagram @thesmileywileys!
The High-End Hippie is an Okanagan-based wellness company that strives to create products that allow you to embrace a green lifestyle without sacrificing beauty, style, health or the environment. Their luxurious personal care products are plastic-free, professional grade and cruelty-free. The High-End Hippie also offers a mobile spa service, bringing relaxation and nurturing of the mind, body and spirit to your own home. Visit their website to explore their produces and services.
The Market Bags' is a wonderful local startup with a goal to create reusable shopping bags that will help inspire people to make small, simple changes - leading to a waste free lifestyle for a sustainable environment. For every reusable bag sold, they donate partial proceeds to local charities, ensuring children and families get access to fresh produce and nourishing foods. Explore their products on Instagram @themarketbags!
Having always been inspired by creating new items from preloved goodies, Zoller Designs brings wonderful waste-free products to life. These upcycled scrunchies are made from material sourced from second-hand stores, garage sales, old clothes and more. If you love thrifting and scrunchies, look no further! Currently Zoller Designs offers an array of scrunchies and will be sewing up new products in the future. Visit their Instagram (@zoller.designs) or Etsy to order!
BlackOAK is small batch scrunchie business! They offer a variety of patterns and variations to suit your top knot, messy bun and everyday needs. Differing lines such as swim, classic, velvet and limited edition will have a style for any occasion. They are available in Queen size and mini; and, you can even get matching sets for you and your little one! To see more of their locally made items, follow them on Instagram, @blk.oak.
Brush Naked provides people with an environmentally friendly way to change a daily habit: brushing our teeth! Their moso bamboo handles and plant-based bristles make their brushes 100% compostable. You can dispose of your toothbrush guilt-free with Brush Naked! They offer adult and children brushes, toothpaste, and even travel tubes so you can take your eco-brush wherever you go. Check out their social media today @brush.naked.
EverPresent Giving is a business local to the Kelowna area. With a passion for making every gift special, they are experts in creating handmade fabric bags that can be reused for all of your gifting needs. They come in various sizes, colours, and can even come with names or special customized sayings. EverPresent Giving makes wrapping fun, easy, and fabulous!
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centres that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more. As these items are preloved, they are sold at a fraction of the retail price! Some of their preloved furniture pieces are also upgraded and upcycled by volunteers for a fresh look, giving the items a second life. With locations throughout the Okanagan, the ReStore is your first choice for low-waste renovation supplies, home goods, and furniture.
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Home Again is a wonderful Consignment Boutique offering fabulous finds at an even better price! They offer gorgeous accessories and high-end additions that have been gently used and are just waiting for a spot in your home. Follow them on Facebook for a peak at some of their latest items @homeagainkelowna.
Local Love Gifts specially curates locally-sourced, thoughtful gifts from the beautiful Okanagan valley. With everything from goodies to wine and more, they are able to create the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Find them on Instagram to see what they've curated or to inquire about custom orders!
Mason Jar Lids is a Kelowna-based zero-waste supply store! Their mission is to rid our planet of harmful disposable materials by making it easy and enjoyable for people to go low waste. They offer modern, useful, long lasting products that are built upon the successful traditions of the past. If you are local to the Okanagan area, you can also select "Local Pickup" at the checkout so you don't have any shipping emissions with your order! Visit their website and follow them on Instagram today.
Om Naturale creates farmcrafted natural soaps, lotions, shampoo (including shampoo bars!), conditioner, toothpastes, and many other natural body and home care products - most products are unpackaged and they also offer a BYOC refill program! All products are made by hand using ingredients from their family-run farm in Armstrong. Find Om Naturale products at the Kelowna Farmers Market, Vernon Market, and for a full listing of retailers visit their website.
To all of our fellow coffee and tea drinkers, Pinyon Products has waste-free options for you! Their selection of reusable coffee filters, tea bags, and nut milk bags are made with organic materials sourced from Canadian suppliers. In the Okanagan, their products can be found at Farm Bound Zero Waste, and they are also available on Amazon. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @pinyonproducts.
Sustainable Passion is a small local business that specializes in holistic and spiritual healing and is also home to a carefully curated zero-waste store. With green goodies to browse as well as art, sustainability and spirituality-based events and services, they truly embody what it means to live life to the fullest with minimal impact. Their zero-waste shop offers various budget-friendly, hand-made and locally sourced items. Some of their services include tea readings, tarot and tree oracle readings, life purpose activation and coaching. Visit their website to learn more about their unique services, and follow them on Instagram @sustainable_passion to watch for new products and events!
The Kind Hive is a local initiative that creates reusable and sustainable beeswax wraps! These creations are made with the best ingredients including Canadian beeswax, natural food-grade tree resin, as well as organic cotton and jojoba oil. Pick from many fun patterns and wrap your food more sustainably! Visit their Facebook or Instagram page @thekindhive today.
The Rogerie is a one-of-kind Kelowna business that combines engineering, a love of sustainability, and a desire to reduce plastic waste all into one fabulous company. They create colourful and unique consumer products from waste plastic that otherwise would have been destined for the landfill. Their biggest feature are their funky succulent planters that have a built-in reservoir to maintain moisture for those times you forget to water! Other products currently available include earrings, guitar picks, and more. To reduce their impact further, The Rogerie ships with minimal packaging and also offer electric car delivery for local orders. Be sure to check them out for all of your plant and gifting needs!
Going plastic free doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality or the environment - Bottle None is here! Each of their solid shampoo and conditioner bars save 3 plastic bottles, have their pH balanced, and leave your hair feeling silky, smooth and with salon-like quality. Bottle None uses a circular manufacturing strategy, making their travel cases out of locally-sourced plastic that is broken down and repurposed. If you damage or no longer want your travel case, send it back to Bottle None and it will be recycled to create a new case. Visit their website for a list of retailers locally and online.
Founded in 1992, Carbon Cut offers its clients clean, green, and professional grade horticultural services from residential to commercial properties. All equipment used by the company is solar powered, from the vehicle, to the mower, to the trimmer. This energy- and climate-wise local business has won awards for their landscaping and arborist work, and they are excited to offer zero-emission yard care for you!
With all of the things your smile needs and none of the things it doesn't, Gaia Smiles provides a locally-based zero-waste tooth powder alternative. As the second step in our digestive process, Gaia believes our mouths deserve the same care and attention our guts are getting! Visit their website to purchase and to browse available retailers.
Hair Of The Dog Pottery is the result of the wonderful works of Paula Schneider. Based in the Okanagan, her local pottery comes in various styles making it the perfect piece to add to your home or gift to another. See her Instagram or Facebook at @hairofthedogpottery to see what she is crafting!
Little Rebuilt is a wonderful local business that is helping to reduce waste in the Okanagan, one unique piece at a time. They repurpose usable construction waste into gorgeous, naturally-inspired items for your home, office or business. Visit their Instagram to browse their creations or ask them about custom orders!
Locality is an Okanagan-inspired subscription box! Available by annual subscription or by ordering your box per-season, they have a little something for everybody. All items included in the Locality box are locally sourced or handmade. Check them out on Instagram or through their website to subscribe today, @iamlocality!
Okanagan Candle Co. is a locally-based small business that makes beautifully scented Soy Candles to remind us of our gorgeous region. They also offer custom candles for business, work or gift purchases. With a selection of scents and locations to purchase from, you can visit their website to find a vendor near you!
Our Footprints Co. is an amazing refillery that offers consumers zero-waste, local and sustainable choices with minimal impact on the planet. With everything from household supplies, personal products and more, they are striving to combat the single-use plastic epidemic by offering simple alternatives. No container? No problem! Our Footprints Co. has containers available for you to fill if needed. They also accept donated containers that are sanitized for others to use. Visit their website to shop and learn more about their membership program and compost program.
Seed and Sparrow is a Kelowna-based company that specializes in designing climate resilient landscapes. Inspired by the natural world, they are passionate about designing beautiful, locally-adapted landscapes that are beneficial to you and the local ecology. They focus on building landscapes such as pollinator-friendly habitats, edible and medicinal gardens, as well as fire- and water-wise landscapes. Contact them today for your site planning, design, project management, tree assessment and consultation needs!
This luxury cosmetics retailer is located in downtown Kelowna, and offers a personal facilitation for customer beauty routines, customized to the personal needs and concerns of each individual. The Green Vanity offers make-up lessons, a cosmetic container recycling program, and waste-free beauty brands at their location. Take a peak at their Instagram to see more of their available products and services @the.green.vanity.
Want to share the local love? The Local Gift Card has got you covered. Built on the premise of supporting local and giving back, the Local Gift Card is the perfect present for conscious consumers. It is home to an array of local businesses throughout the Okanagan with anything from photography, to local shops, to yoga and more. Recipients can use the gift card at any participating business.
If you are a business wanting to get involved with the Local Gift Card, send them an email and let them know you heard about it through Green Okanagan or use our referral link (https://thelocalgiftcard.ca/GO-supporters/)! Their business referral program gives money back to GO, whilst having you kickstart your partnership process. Visit their website to learn more today!
The UP Project is an initiative run in partnership with the Okanagan's Habitat for Humanity, with proceeds going towards bettering community and environmental sustainability. This green program helps reduce millions of items from the landfill by repurposing and upcycling home decor and furniture to give them a new life. Their efforts are run by volunteers who help contribute to a circular economy by creating unique items just for you! Furniture collected can be sold as is or customized to your liking, bringing your vision to life. If you have a DIY project in mind but are looking for help or inspiration, be sure to connect with them. Follow their social media @theupprojecthfho to see what they're crafting!