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!


Don’t Be On Nature’s Naughty List!

Season’s Greetings! Here are a few little reasons why shopping locally is the greatest idea this holiday season.

Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or year ahead-prepper, shopping locally is always the most cost efficient choice. Benefits include:

Less travel! You’re not only doing a favor for the environment by reducing pollution, but you’re also saving a shiny dollar on fuel!

Hold the shipping, please! By purchasing local products, there are no shipping fees! Hurray! Bring on the savings!

Unique, one-of-a-kind items found nowhere but here. Beautiful hand crafted jewelry, pottery, soaps, and clothing! All can be found in my favorite niches of the city (farmer’s markets, Eco-friendly specialist stores, and artisan shops!) You’re guaranteed to find that perfect gift for your friends and family… and a few things for yourself, of course!

Like a true community, you’re a family. Families support each other. By giving back to your community, you’re allowing small businesses the opportunity to grow. In return, they can provide more, and better services to you! Local entrepreneurs that are appreciated prove to be more likely to stay within the neighborhood and contribute more to the community: e.g. donating to charities, buying from fellow locals.

Let’s wrap this up!

Every year, as soon as I get home, it clicks. I’ve forgotten the wrapping paper! Since I’m a last-minute shopper, there’s no way I will make it through the mass traffic of Christmas Eve and return to the store, so I must resort to what there is at home.

  1. If you’re lucky, there might be some wrapping paper leftover from last year. Perhaps even some gift bags you haven’t thrown out?
  2. Last year, I found old cardboard molds that a TV came in, and I used them to wrap up a couple of gifts for steal-a-gift! No one could figure out what was inside. Can you think of any nifty ways to hide a gift?
  3. Save old boxes over the year and reuse them instead of gift wrap. Cardboard boxes: Masters of Disguise, Christmas Edition. 
  4. One thing I’ve found helpful is newspaper. Yes, newspaper. Those bundles of gray paper we get in the mail that collect dust in a corner somewhere in the house. The things we sometimes use to clean up after the puppy when he has one of his accidents in the living room. We’re going to use that as wrapping paper! (No, no! Not that one! Put the wet paper down!)
  5. Wrapping paper vs Newspaper. What do they have in common? They’re both paper! Sure newspaper lacks the luster and magic of wrapping paper, but isn’t going to the landfill afterward? By reusing and recycling paper (and any other items) around your home, you’re ensuring your name won’t be on Nature’s Naughty list.

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Our 1st Naturally Mom & Me Showcase Event – Photo’s

Our 1st “Naturally Mom & Me Showcase” was a great success!!! So much fun thanks to all of you that came, participated & shared your adorable babies & beautiful pregnant bellies with us!

Yes, there are kinks to iron out,  but just knowing that there are so many of you interested in supporting local, healthy living, eco-friendly & safe products, as well as learning about new ways to achieve that goal, reaffirms that this is a show we would love to put on for you again!

I must give a huge thanks to the Forks Market for accommodating & supporting this event! To EQ3 Furniture for creating our mom’s lounge, to all my wonderful, talented, local manufacturers that participated in the event (AMP Diapers, Colibri Canada, Little Feather Designs, Mama Pacha Herbal Skincare, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Over The Rainbow, PeaPod Creations, Sew Dandee, Tree Hugger Cloth Pads) Click on their names to go give them a big “LIKE” on their Facebook pages!, as well as the presenters that took the time to come & educate us all! (Fit 4 Two, Tressa Main Health & Life Coach, Birth Roots Doula Collective & Winnipeg Baby Wearers Group). Also, thanks to Dandy Blend for sampling, First Food Organics & Anointment Natural Skincare for all the samples! Of course I must thank my amazing “granola girls” for “owning it” every time they step in our store! I couldn’t do it without them! And most of all to all the lovely people who shop local and support small, independent businesses! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again; “It is because of you that we are here, and it is because of you that we will stay” Thank you, Thank you!!!

Here are some of the photo’s of the event & some of our prize winners!