Are you looking for some last-minute holiday gifts? With less than a week left until Christmas, the GreenUP Store has you covered with unique environmentally friendly stocking stuffers that are under twenty dollars each, and are sure to keep you on the ‘nice list.’
Santa brings the best, including what’s best for the planet! All products at the GreenUP Store have been specially selected to allow you, and Santa, the freedom to shop with confidence knowing that anything you choose has been carefully sourced and scrutinized to meet high environmental standards while respecting ethical trade, labor, and human rights practices.
The GreenUP Store at 378 Aylmer Street North in downtown Peterborough is open Wednesday, December 20th until 5 p.m., Thursday, December 21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, December 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, December 23rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store will be closed from December 24th to January 1st.
Reusable Bamboo Utensils
The world produces 225 million tons of plastic each year in the United States alone, and nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists on earth today. Each year, Americans toss out enough single use plastic utensils to circle the equator 300 times!
To-Go Ware fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks sets come in a convenient pouch, providing a sustainable solution and a healthful alternative to plastic waste. These sets make great gifts for those who pack their lunch each day; a great option for teacher gifts and they also come in kid sizes. They are a great pick for tucking inside stockings and lunch bags.
2. Planet Box Pod Packs
These soft little silicone cups fit perfectly inside the Planet Box lunch box to help partition food. These pods keep grapes separated from trail mix or crackers from cheese, making the most of the space in your child’s lunch box. They are reusable and eco-friendly, and are BPA, lead, and phthalate free.
Kids love them as much as parents do as they provide a fun and colourful way to pack a lunch while allowing more diverse food options and less food spoilage.
3. Maple Syrup
What is more Canadian (and delicious) than tucking a bottle of maple syrup into your loved one’s stocking? Golden Treasures maple syrup is from Trout Creek Ontario and has been in operation since 1994, growing over the years to over 16,000 taps over 300 acres of maple bush in the heart of northern Ontario.
The best part about getting maple syrup in your stocking is that you’ll have plenty for pouring over Christmas morning pancakes.
4. Natural Soap
The GreenUP Store carries a variety of natural soaps in several scents. Free to Be, Aide Bodycare, and Buncha Farmers soaps are made locally in small batches with organic ingredients, and natural oils, butters, and botanicals.
Bars of soap are the perfect size for tucking into a stocking or for putting out for holiday houseguests.
5. BIAPR Word Block Decorations
The Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region (BIAPR) is a local agency that provides a range of support services to individuals living with an Acquired Brain Injury. They strive to engage members in meaningful activities and promote participation in our community as a way of enhancing overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Members of the BIAPR have created handmade folk-art festive decorations from reclaimed wood that are available at the GreenUP Store. Decorate your home beautifully this holiday season, with handmade items that also give back to the community.
6. Cloth Napkins
A set of four EcoMum cloth napkins can be easily tucked into a stocking and they also make a great host gift for your next holiday dinner party. Pick up a set of four, lovingly sewed by local home-run business owner, Eco Mum.
Available in festive fabrics and prints that will be enjoyed year-round, these reusable cloth options are great for the lunch box or the dinner table.
7. Reusable Snack Bags
Colibri makes fun, reusable, and washable snack and sandwich bags in an assortment of colours and prints. Made in Canada and available in a variety of sizes, these bags make lunchtime fun and will reduce the amount of plastic in your life.
They’re also great for holding toiletries or storage while travelling, and tuck nicely into any stocking.
8. Alpaca Insoles
These insoles are a must-have item for winter in Ontario! They are one of our best sellers at the GreenUP Store, and are a great addition to any boot for warm feet all season long.
Twoloom Alpacas is a 12-acre farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Northumberland County, so you’ll also be supporting a local farmer when you purchase their products. We also carry their alpaca wool socks, mitts, and hats.
9. Natural Lip Balm
Kiss Winter Away! with Porcupine Creek Farms natural lip balm. Or, get your loved one’s lips ready for the mistletoe with natural lip balms handmade with moisturizing beeswax and organic ingredients from local company, Babar Too, and Canadian favourite, Green Beaver.
Lip balm is a Canadian staple for the stocking. We have lots of options and flavours for the whole family.
10. OtonaBEE Apiary Honey
Honey for your sweet? Naturally sweet OtonaBEE Apiary honey is the perfect treat for a loved one. Liquid and creamed clover and buckwheat honey is available in various sized jars to fit any stocking size.
OtonaBEE honey is 100% pure, just as the bees make it!
When you shop at the GreenUP Store you are directly supporting GreenUP and all proceeds go back into environmental programs in the Peterborough area — that’s a gift that gives twice! The GreenUP Store is located at 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough. Check out greenup.on.ca for holiday hours, gift ideas, and more!
During the holiday season our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. In this spirit we say simply and sincerely, thank you and best wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year, from all of us at GreenUP.