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Waste Free Living – Bulk Additions/Changes

We have been answering so many questions lately about our refill products, that we felt we should probably fill you all in on some changes and additions.

First off we want to give a huge shout out to all of you that have been using the refill system in an effort to reduce waste.  We have been amazed at the amount of interest and use at this location, so much so that we want to keep adding to it!  Please be sure to let us know your requests and if there is enough interest then we would look at bringing that in.

The biggest change that many have noticed is the brand switch of our main household line.  We had been stocking and offering bulk products for the past 5 years from Sapadilla Soap Co. and have now been replacing it with a line from The Unscented Company.  The reason for the change had nothing to do with the product itself, it’s a fabulous line!  Unfortunately though Sapadilla has been sold to a US Corporation called Gorilla Glue and this is just not inline with our mission and commitment to stock Canadian.

The Unscented Company is from Montreal, it is entirely plant-based, biodegradable and yes, unscented.  However, we know many loved the scents that the previous line offered so we are encouraging customers to try their hand at scenting using essential oils that we stock in store.  We have considered offering a custom scenting add-on if there was enough interest.

In addition to the The Unscented Company we have a hair/body line available for refill from local manufacturer, Pure Anada, our always in demand Dry Patch lotion from Di Erbe and from Mama Pacha we offer refills for their popular Calendula infused diaper cream & wipe away bum spray as well as their face cream and beard oil.  Our newest addition is an unscented castille liquid soap that is locally made in Steinbach by Naturally Powerful.

The last of the Eco-life cleaning products are available for purchase & refill until they are finished.  There are also some of the bulk concentrate available for retail purchase on a clearance price.  This line is no longer being manufactured it seems after the farmer that created it passed away.  It’s a wonderful line that we have carried from day one and are sad to see it fall away.

Lastly, we have heard from many of you that are interested in making your own products that you are wanting us to bring in raw ingredients.  We are slowly doing this!  We currently have organic dried Calendula, lavender and rose petals. We plan to add a couple of carrier oils next, citric acid and some popular clays.  Again if there is something you are hoping to find here and there is enough demand we will do our best to add it to the line up!

Of course we should also mention our small bulk food section, this is the list of what we currently offer for organic bulk food:

  • Adagio Acres Naked Oats *MB
  • Tamarak Farms Quinoa *MB
  • Wildman Rice *MB
  • Pistachios
  • Spanish Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Non GMO Popping Corn
  • Garbonzo Beans
  • Medjool Dates
  • Aluminum Free Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Lightly Dusted Ginger
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Lentils
  • Cane Sugar
  • Trail Mix
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Xylitol

One last reminder, you are more than welcome to bring in your own container to fill, we will weigh it before you fill and deduct that off the product price.  Please only bring CLEAN and dry containers to be filled.

Thank for doing your part to reuse and reduce as well as support local!

 

November Staff Product Picks

Colibri Snack Bags
Colibri Snack Bags

Savannah’s Pick – Colibri Snack Bags

November is a lovely month full of university midterms…That leaves me with late nights, early mornings, and minimal time to prepare lunch for myself on a regular basis. This usually results in me eating grapes, carrots, or dates constantly throughout the day. Being as waste free as possible though, packing these up in a zip lock bag for school would just not be cool.

Colibri re-usable snack bags are certainly my go-to. They are the perfect size for snacks, fruits, or veggies. They are super quick just to grab in the morning and zip up (no complicated plastic zippy top). And have a waterproof inside. So I can put wet or dry foods in there, and at the end of the day just flip it inside out and give it a wipe clean on the inside, and boom, good-to-go for tomorrow. These are seriously rad and they come in like, a ton of different patterns and sizes-come check them out!

*Colibri snack bags are proudly made in Manitoba 

GG Organic Shampoo
GG Organic Shampoo

Dallas’s Pick – Generation Green’s Organic, Vegan Shampoo

For November I chose our very own line of shampoo as my staff pick. The Generation Green line manufactured by Di erbe Inc. essential oil blend shampoo was quite the little lifesaver for me this past month. Maybe it was because of my gruelling University schedule that I was falling asleep in the shower and possibly forgetting to actually wash my hair, or maybe the shampoo I was using ran out of steam, regardless… my hair was greasy (I couldn’t even pull it off as just really, really shiny). I was so fed up with my extra shiny hair that I came in to work on a day off just to pick out a new shampoo.

Thankfully, I fell in love with GG’s own after the first use as it left my hair soft, lightly naturally scented and most importantly, clean. You can’t get much better than a shampoo (also available in conditioner, body wash, and hand lotion in unscented and essential oil blend) that is locally made, contains no funny sounding/impossible to pronounce/unpleasant ingredients (foaming agent free! Woo!) AND refillable. I’m so excited that this shampoo is now a part of my life, bring in a little (or big) container or purchase a convenient pre-filled plastic bottle at Generation Green to try it out for yourself!

*Di Erbe is a Manitoba organic, vegan skin care manufacturer

Gorp Bars
Gorp Bars

Ana’s Pick – Gorp Bars

This month, my staff pick is one of my favourite Made in Manitoba Products– Gorp Bars!

These bars make the cut for so many reasons. They are made without the use of fake sugars, preservatives, fillers or colouring. They also don’t use high fructose corn syrup and I guarantee you can read and pronounce every ingredient listed on the back of the package. They are packed with nuts, seeds, and oats which are great for heart health as well as long-lasting energy, not to mention flax and hemp containing omega-3’s and tons of fiber.

I love taking them hiking, eating them before or after a soccer game, or anything in between. They are a healthy and convenient energy food that tastes amazing!

Gorp also commits to give 10% of their net profits to third-world agricultural initiatives and children’s aid programs which is super cool. You can find all three flavours (Cocoa, Hemp & Almond, Peanut Butter & Apple, and Peanut Butter & Raspberry) here at Generation Green. Sold individually or in cases of 16.

 

Barletta Beeswax Candles
Barletta Beeswax Candles

Sherry’s Pick – Barletta Beeswax Candles

I love to burn candles, and one of my favourite moments is when I can curl up with a book, a good cup of tea, and enjoy the warmth a candle creates.

I personally will only use clean burning candles, and my favourite would be Barletta Beeswax candles. Not only are beeswax candles clean burning (no black smoke here), they also act as an air purifier and can rid the air of dust, odors, molds, viruses and environmental toxins. I also love the scent that beeswax candles offer, which was surprising to me due to the fact that I easily can get headaches from scents, but this is a scent that is created naturally from the beeswax.

Barletta Beeswax candles are made with 100% Manitoba beeswax, they are hand poured & dipped and available in over 75 different shapes and sizes! My personal favourite is the mason jar candle that Barletta Beeswax created as a memorial fundraiser candle, for our staff member that we tragically lost.  All the profits from these candles go to the University of Winnipeg Amy Gilbert Memorial Scholarship Fund, and have quickly become known as the “Amy Candle”.