Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t need to be complicated. Across Ontario, there are passionate entrepreneurs operating sustainable home goods shops to make it easier than ever to access low-waste, natural home and personal care items. The next time you run out of your favourite home goods, ditch the big-box stores and try out one of these independent, eco-friendly shops instead.
Ecotique (Toronto, ON)
Nestled in the eclectic Roncesvalles neighbourhood of Toronto’s west end, Ecotique is a sustainable living boutique offering a range of products for anyone hoping to live a greener lifestyle. From reusable bags to toxin-free cleaning products, all the products sold at Ecotique are carefully curated with the planet’s health in mind.
Bare Market (Toronto, ON)
Offering everything from sustainably sourced body care to refillable DIY ingredients, Bare Market is your one-stop-shop for ethical and eco-friendly home goods. The shop is located on Danforth Avenue in Toronto’s east end, but they now offer free daily local delivery for orders over $125 to a number of nearby areas in the GTA and beyond.
Sustain Eco Store (Huntsville, ON)
For founders Jonathan and Celine MacKay, Sustain Eco Store is more than just their business—it’s a lifestyle. Learning more about the toxins within their own home environment led them to discover more about sustainable, eco-friendly living solutions and ultimately launch their own shop featuring a full line of eco-friendly home, cleaning and personal care products. They even offer a sustainable renovation service so homeowners can rest assured that their reno upgrades aren’t harming the environment.
Nu Grocery (Ottawa, ON)
When Natalie, one of the co-founders of Ottawa-based NU Grocery, decided to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, she was frustrated by the absence of a one-stop-shop destination for all her bulk and refillable needs. So, she launched her own business to fill the gap, later joining forces with another eco-conscious entrepreneur named Sia. The result? A zero-waste grocery store where you can stock up on everything from pantry items to personal care products.
Kala House of Colour (Bracebridge, ON)
With its name devised from the Sanskrit word meaning artisan or artistic creation, Kala House of Colour is passionate about curating a unique selection of sustainably-sourced items from around the world. Located in Bracebridge, the shop has been a beloved destination in the Muskoka community for almost a decade.
Replenish General Store (Newmarket, ON)
After learning more about the harms of single-use plastic containers and discovering the benefits of a more sustainable lifestyle, founders Bianca and Thai were eager to spread the word. They opened Replenish General Store in historic downtown Newmarket as the area’s first sustainable goods shop and refillery, offering a wide range of home, kitchen and personal care products that are good for you and the environment.
One Earth (Niagara-on-the-Lake and Thorold, ON)
One Earth is a labour of love that all began back in 2012, when founders Mal Woodhouse and his daughter Terri-Lynn Woodhouse travelled to Spain to complete the Santiago de Compostela—a 800-km walk across the country. During their travels, they recognized their ability to make an impact in the world, and began their quest to find the best ethically made, high-quality products from across the globe. Today, One Earth operates two locations in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Thorold, Ontario.
Change Makers Refillery (Cobourg, ON)
Ever wonder if there’s an easy way to cut down on your plastic consumption without compromising the everyday household items you love? Heading to a refillery when products like shampoo or soap start running low is an easy solution. Cobourg’s Change Makers Refillery & Coffee Bar offers a vast selection of eco-conscious health and beauty products from Canadian suppliers. Bonus: you can stock up on organic, free-trade coffee and treats while you’re refilling your containers.
The Kind Matter Company (Milton and Oakville, ON)
The Kind Matter Company is a sustainable living shop and wellness boutique, offering a wide variety of refillable products, eco-friendly home goods and natural body and hair care items. With two locations in the Halton Region, it focuses on small-batch, Canadian-made products with clean ingredient lists and minimal-to-no packaging.
Ardent Earth (Online Retailer)
When long-time vegan environmentalists Natalie and Rob launched their online shop Ardent Earth, they were hoping to create a simple solution for others like them who were after low-waste, vegan and cruelty-free products that were easily accessible. They’re passionate about researching the best alternatives for leading a sustainable lifestyle so you don’t have to.