From our friends at Ethiquette.
Our two top picks this year – Great little somethings that go easy on the earth and benefit communities overseas
Lilidom Organic+Fair Trade – Children’s clothing
Thai ethically produced Jewelry
The Thai Jewelry collection includes pieces produced by a community development project in Bangkok and a development organisation, which works with Thai village communities and also Thai Silk weavers.
Multi strands of rough Lapis and polished Onyx on waxed cord necklace with Sterling Silver closure. Necklace length approx. 50 cm.
hed Agate balls accented with a large silver sphere and small Sterling Silver beads with Sterling Silver closure. Necklace length approx. 52 cm.
retail price: from $25 to 95 $
Recycled Shoulder Bags
Canada Goose™ Jackets
Men’s Expedition Parka pictured here,
suggested retail price: $610
|For someone really special, give a gift that will keep them warm even on the coldest of winter days. Canada Goose makes high quality down-filled parkas and has kept all of its production here in Canada while paying decent wages to its employees.Available all across Canada||
Women’s Trllium Parka pictured here,
suggested retail price: $510
|Eating Drinking and Being Merry
Organic and Fair Trade Delicacies
|Already distributed in Quebec for the last few years, this South African wine is now more widely available across Canada. The Winds of Change label is made from organically-grown grapes and transformed by the workers of the Sonop Wine FarmAn innovative blend of rich spicy shiraz and a brooding Pinotage (typical from South Africa) . Full-bodied ripe tannins with good length and structure. Pairs well with lamb and game as well as grilled meats and pasta.
Two Good Reasons to Choose this Wine:
Winds of Change is certified organic by the SKAL certification agency.
Winds of Change is certified Fair Trade by the FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organisation) since 2005.
POINTS OF SALE
We also invite you to consider buying organic wines this holiday season. What makes these wines different from others is the reduced environmental impact on native soils. The grapes were grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and the fermentation is done entirely with traditional yeast.
A selection of organic wines made in Canada may be found by clicking here.
For Quebec residents, you have the option of choosing an entirely local organic product from the Négondos vineyard or to browse the large selection of organic wines available at the SAQ.
Organic Turkey, Duck, Goose or Roasts
When you’re sitting down to your holiday meal, serve something you know is healthy for the whole family. For example, choosing organic meat or fowl from a local farm, rather than the come-from-afar varieties available at most supermarkets, is a good choice for your bodies and the environment. It not only means less pesticide, hormones and preservatives, it means less transport emissions and a boost to your local economy.
- Canadians can find local organic farmers using the following list courtesy of the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) website.
For those in the Montreal and surrounding area, look to these farms:
- Saint Vincent Farms
- Morgan FarmsFor even more gift ideas, type “noel” into the search box on ethiquette.ca or click here.
To find a local store which specializes in eco-friendly or fairly-traded products, visit our Points of Sale section by clicking here.
- Eco-Greeting Card Celebrates the ‘International Year of Forests’ (inhabitat.com)
- Hope For Women (thegreenists.com)