Oh Canada… Happy Canada Day everyone! I’m super proud to be Canadian (my suitcase is the Canadian landmark case by Heys) and I love when things are made locally, ethically, and sustainably. I’ve really been pushing myself to buy things that are local and #madeincanada as of late.
To celebrate Canada Day today, I put together a list of my fav Canadian brands, from clothing and accessories, to food, and skin care.
My fav sustainable Canadian brands:
Graydon Clinical Beauty– Let’s kick this off with one of my absolute favourite brands Graydon. Basically I want all their products. I started with Face Glow, then Elements [sun complex], and my last purchase was their Aloe Milk Cleanser. They source bioavailable ingredients from Canadian growers as often as possible and their products are all made in small batches. All natural, gluten free, and plant based, this brand is no joke when it comes to efficacy. Some of their products on my wish list are: Superfood Mask + Scrub, Face Food Mineral Mist, and Green Cream.
Matt and Nat– Who doesn’t love a Matt and Nat bag (and now shoes)?? Though not technically #madeincanada, they are designed in Canada, vegan, made out of recycled materials, and ensure ethical working standards for their factory workers… so I think we can give them a little leeway 😉 Their products are also water proof, which is a big deal for our Canadian winters!
Giddy Yoyo– Ahhh a chocolate bar, one of the best indulgences there is. Except with Giddy Yoyo, it’s not really an indulgence since it’s super healthy with all the raw-ness of it (melted at temps below 105F) and the superfoods added. Also it’s dark chocolate which means it itself is a superfood and there are actual health benefits of eating it. They also pay above fair-trade wages to the Ecuadorian cacao workers. The chocolate is raw, gluten free, organic, and vegan. They also have a bunch of other products but of course my fav is their delicious chocolate!
Berg and Betts– As stated on their website, Berg and Betts is a proud Canadian company. They’re a “sustainable timepiece” brand that uses scrap leather from designers around the world. Usually when a designer cuts leather for a piece, the cut-offs cannot be re-used as they are too small and end up in the waste. Since a watch band is a small thing, Berg and Betts uses these off-cuts to create their beautiful watches. Made in Canada and on my wish list!!
Nicole Bridger– I am a big fan of the Nicole Bridger brand. First off their clothes are stunning, with clean lines, beautiful textures and gorgeous draping. Second of all, the pieces are made out of sustainable materials with many of their suppliers being GOTS certified. Third of all, they have a factory a short distance from their store in Vancouver where 90% of the pieces are made. Are you getting exhausted by how amazing they are yet? Fourth, they make pieces that are meant to flatter the woman’s body and the brand promotes some serious body positivity!
Southbrook– I included a chocolatier so now I of course have to include a vineyard! Southbrook is Canada’s first biodynamic winery. What does that mean? Well it is similar to organic (southbrook is also certified organic), in that there are no synthetic chemicals introduced during farming but biodynamic wines take it one step further by taking the ecosystem of the farm into account. Common things such as yeast additions and acidity adjustments are also not allowed. I’m not a wine connoisseur (I average a glass a week) but my brother who frequents Niagara wineries has assured me that this one is good!