Top 10 Plastic Free Options

We have been so impressed with the amount of folks coming in looking to make the small changes to live plastic free!

At Generation Green we  continue to look for innovative products that can make these consumer choices affordable and accessible.   We also want to continue to encourage people to reuse and reduce their waste by refilling, purchasing in bulk, practicing mindful consumerism and if visiting our in-store cafe, please bring back any packaging received to have composted.

Here are our top 10 plastic free alternatives  as we head into Plastic Free July!

  1. Reusable Straws – we stock Onyx Containers stainless steel straws, locally made glass  straws from Brook Drabot and silicone straws made in Canada from Colibri. To make it even easier to bring your own straw, we have some lovely, local carrying sleeves from Twinkle & Blink and Colibri wide bag fits 4 of their silicone straws easily!
  2. Produce/Bulk Bags – another fantastic local find from Practical Homestead, that we recently stocked. That plastic, good for nothing roll at the grocery store is definitely a huge focus for many to replace and has us happy dancing over here at GG!
  3. Ditch the saran wrap and try one of these options – Abeego beeswax food wraps or also from Practical Homestead washable, food safe bowl covers, sandwich and cheese wraps.  Of course Colibri has long been stocking us with reusable sandwich and snack bags that you’ll find a hundred and one uses for!
  4. Bulk!! Bring in those bottles & jars and fill them here at Generation Green with shampoo, body wash, lotions, dish soap, laundry soap & more (see our full list here).
  5. Oral Health – Bamboo toothbrushes from BAM Brush and our fabulous find (that took forever!) from Flosspot Gold is vegan corn fibre dental floss.  Also available in refill!
  6. Razors – invest in a solid brass safety razor from Well Kept that will last you forever!!  Did you know that it’s estimated that over 2 billion plastic razors are discarded in the US alone!?!
  7. Shampoo & Conditioner bars from The Unwrapped Life hit the shelves here a month ago and we’re pretty darn impressed with them!  The biggest being that they replace approx 2.5 bottles, so wastefree and economical!
  8. Carry a cup/bottle! This is an easy one! Find one you love and bring it everywhere to have filled.
  9. Cutlery – we have travel cutlery from Joseph Joseph called Go Eat that contains a magnetic fork, spoon and knife that all clip together conveniently in a silicone storage case.
  10. We love that more companies are thinking about packaging, like Glowing Orchid Organics with their new paper tube deodorant that we are now stocking (and love!)

Lastly, REFUSE – have your say to what you purchase and how you purchase it.  It’s an ongoing effort but changes are happening! Be one of the change makers!

Conscious Consumerism – Fashion

If you’re looking to be a more eco-friendly consumer when it comes to your clothing, you’ve come to the right place! Fast fashion is mass produced inexpensive clothing retailers create in response to the latest trends, which leads to the over consumption of clothing by customers, ultimately creating more waste on Earth. There are more than a few problems with fast fashion. First off, have you ever thought about why you can buy that H&M top for $5? Well, huge producers like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, etc outsource their factories in developing countries, paying their workers unbelievably low wages, in poor working conditions in order to sell their clothing so cheap. Second, producing such inexpensive clothing based off trends that come and go creates a problem for our environment. Often these clothing items don’t last long due to poor quality and when the trend dies off, that cheetah print top you bought last month will most likely end up in the trash or stuffed in the back of your closet.

The fashion industry is one of many huge polluters destroying our planet, thrifting your clothing is just one more way to live a greener life. If you care to learn more about the damaging effects of the fashion industry I highly suggest the documentary “The True Cost”, which discusses the ethical and environmental dangers of fast fashion.

Holly in one of her thrift find outfits

To counter the effects of over producing clothing, thrifting is an amazing alternative way to shop. There are already so many stunning pieces out there just waiting to be found! Thrifting is about finding pieces you love, that you might not normally think to get at a big department store.

Since starting to thrift I’ve grown into my own style, discovered pieces I love to wear, that make me feel confident. Not to mention the excitement you feel when you find a pair of jeans that hug your curves just right, and you only paid $2.00 for. In addition to the great pricing, your style will become completely distinctive. Finding cool and unique pieces ensures you’ll never have an awkward ‘who wore it better’ situation at work or school.

Also, you can find high quality clothing items that will last you much longer, and survive the come and go of trendy fashion. We have some great local fashion designers right here in Winnipeg that design and manufacture statement pieces that will take you through all seasons and last forever!  Check out a couple of our personal faves; Prana Vida StyleLennard Taylor & Sarah Sue Design Plus your supporting local! Win Win! But if you really want to stick with the trends you can still find them at the thrift store, often for a way better price.

Plato’s Closet is one second hand shop that selects the clothing they sell, and they choose pieces that are more trendy and appeal to the fashionistas out there. Plato’s is a great place to start if you’re just getting into the swing of things. Value Village and Salvation Army are also really good chain thrift stores and I highly suggest giving them a shot as well! And last, but definitely not least, there are many vintage shops in Winnipeg that offer a wide variety of vintage clothes.  

All in all, thrifting is great for the environment, your wallet, and your style. What could be better! Check out the tips below on how to begin your thrifting journey, and good-luck!

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  1. Don’t expect to find everything you want the first time you go. Thrifting is a process, and it takes time and patience.
  2. Look in ALL the sections, some of my absolute favourite jackets, jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters are from the men’s section.
  3. Keep your eye out for colours and patterns that you love and go from there. Having a place to start can make the huge selection a little less intimidating.
  4. Don’t forget to look at accessories! Purses and jewelry can be very expensive to buy new and the thrift stores have a large selection for a quarter of the price.
  5. Try EVERYTHING on! You never know until you try it! If you find something your not 100% sure about, give it a shot and you might surprise yourself.

Written by: Holly Simpson