Guelph's Good Giving Guide
by Candice Lepage
As a B Corporation we are always very aware of the impact we have on the world around us. Sometimes we want to minimize our impact, like in waste, and other times we want to increase our impact, like in building community.
The holidays can be a difficult time to make choices that align with our values, but luckily, with a little planning and help, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are some ideas for giving local gifts which align with your values.
Increase your Impact!
Gifts for people who want to pay farmers, trades people and manufacturers a living wage
Grey Rock Clothing Co - sweat shop free and fashionable clothes!
Planet Bean Coffee - fair trade beans! Try Cafe Feminino which is a co-operative coffee farm owned and operated by women in Peru
Gifts for people who want to improve wellness in third world countries
Grosche which donates materials to create access to safe drinking water with every purchase of coffee or tea accessories and products
Lucky Iron Fish which send a fish to a community in Cambodia with their Buy One Give One deal
Gifts for people who want to build community
Make a donation to 10 Carden St's Indigogo Campaign in someone else's name
Make a donation to help restore the Petrie Building facade
Gifts for people who want to encourage more artisan crafts
Reduce your Impact
As though those gifts didn’t already come with significantly less packaging than your average discount or department store buy you can also find:
Gifts for people who want to share experiences
Taste deTours tasty tours of downtown Guelph
Buy a year long membershipto The Board Room - enjoy hundreds of games without needing to buy or store any of them
Understand Your Impact
Gifts for people who want to celebrate and preserve the nature around us
Membership to the Guelph Hiking Club
Membership to Nature Guelph
Make a donation to help preserve The Old Growth Forest at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre
Go out and cast a vote for the kind of world you want to live in!