Do your part for the environment too by choosing eco-friendly stocking stuffers from the Peterborough GreenUP store

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The Peterborough GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough offers eco-friendly options for holiday gifts, including locally made products that support the local economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from delivery vehicles. We offer many.  (Photo: Irene Kimmet/GreenUP)
The Peterborough GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough offers eco-friendly options for holiday gifts, including locally made products that support the local economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from delivery vehicles. We offer many. (Photo: Irene Kimmet/GreenUP)

Looking for eco-friendly stocking stuffers in time for Christmas?

With just a few weeks left until the holiday season, consider how your gift meets high standards for the environment, ethical trade, labor and human rights. Whether you source zero-waste, shelf-stable or locally made gifts, your choices can have a positive impact on the climate.

The GreenUP Store and Resource Center is a unique starting point for anyone looking to support nonprofit organizations while making better purchasing decisions. It is also economical if you choose the environment. Ranging from less than $5 to $25, low-impact stocking stuffers are sure to put you on the “nice list” for the planet and your wallet.

Consider the environment when choosing decorations and small gifts. The photo is an example of how you can decorate your tree with homemade ornaments and give away small, sustainable stocking stuffers that have a positive impact on the environment.  (Photo: Irene Kimmet/GreenUP)
Consider the environment when choosing decorations and small gifts. The photo is an example of how you can decorate your tree with homemade ornaments and give away small, sustainable stocking stuffers that have a positive impact on the environment. (Photo: Irene Kimmet/GreenUP)

This year’s GreenUP has lots of locally sourced products from small businesses. To help you get started on your eco-friendly vacation journey, we’ve put together a list of stocking stuffers at various price points below.

Items marked with an asterisk* are local manufacturers from around Peterborough and the Kawarthas. A portion of your purchases to local manufacturers will also be donated to local community climate change programs, so it’s a win-win.

gifts under $5

Gifts under $5 at the GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough include buttons and stickers designed by local artist Briana Gosselin.  (Photo: Funakoshi sticker)
Gifts under $5 at the GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough include buttons and stickers designed by local artist Brianna Gosselin. (Photo: Funakoshi sticker)
  • EcoMum and RDR Creations ornaments
  • stainless steel straw
  • Bamboo tableware, spoons, forks and knives
  • This Old Flame beeswax tealight*
  • Urban Tomato Lady* vegetable/flower seeds
  • Shower steamer from Milieu Market
  • Marie Oliver’s handmade gift bags and stockings*
  • Brianna Gosselin buttons and stickers*

* local manufacturer

Gifts from $5 to $10

Handmade cards, bamboo toothbrushes and handmade soaps are among the gifts available for purchase for between $5 and $10 at the GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough. Packaging-free products, low-waste packaging, or recycled packaging are more beneficial in keeping waste out of landfills and the environment. These products often require less energy to manufacture and therefore produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.  (Photo: Irene Kimmet/GreenUP)
Handmade cards, bamboo toothbrushes and handmade soaps are among the gifts available for purchase for between $5 and $10 at the GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough. Packaging-free products, low-waste packaging, or recycled packaging are more beneficial in keeping waste out of landfills and the environment. These products often require less energy to manufacture and therefore produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Irene Kimmet/GreenUP)
  • bamboo toothbrush
  • Swift Acres Lip Balm*
  • Swiftacre handmade soap*
  • Christmas Card from Three Tree Cottage* and Brianna Gosselin*
  • Handmade cards by Anita Clifford* and Ella Molly*
  • Spruce smooth handmade keychain*
  • Birch Baby diaper balm, baby lotion, or shampoo sample packet from Birch Babe*

* local manufacturer

Gifts from $10 to $15

Gifts ranging from $10 to $15 at the GreenUP store and resource center in downtown Peterborough include liquid wildflower honey from Swift Acres in Apsley. The apiary is surrounded by wildflower fields and located behind Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.  (Photo: GreenUP)
Gifts ranging from $10 to $15 at the GreenUP store and resource center in downtown Peterborough include liquid wildflower honey from Swift Acres in Apsley. The apiary is surrounded by wildflower fields and faces Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. (Photo: GreenUP)
  • Christina Albright small bowl/pottery*
  • Birch Babe Shampoo Bar*
  • birch babe lip tint*
  • Milieu Market lotion bar and cucumber soap
  • Handmade soap made from purple sea urchin
  • Swift Acre Natural Deodorant*
  • RDR Creations Knitted Pocket Animal*
  • Ahimsa Eco Spoke
  • Honey from Swift Acres*
  • Red Mill Maple Syrup Tasting Trio*
  • This Old Flame beeswax candle*
  • Local medical garden herbs/medicinal tea*

* local manufacturer

Gifts from $15 to $20

Gifts ranging from $15 to $20 at the GreenUP store and resource center in downtown Peterborough include Unpaper Towels by Peterborough-based Cheeks Ahoy; These rewashable single-ply cotton flannel fabrics replace disposable paper towels and napkins.  (Photo: GreenUP)
Gifts ranging from $15 to $20 at the GreenUP store and resource center in downtown Peterborough include Unpaper Towels by Peterborough-based Cheeks Ahoy; These rewashable single-ply cotton flannel fabrics replace disposable paper towels and napkins. (Photo: GreenUP)
  • Birds & Beans, Rapids End*, Old Rail Coffee
  • Swift Acre Beeswax Jar Candle*
  • Purple sea urchin bath salts
  • Purple sea urchin black pepper and birch muscle rub
  • Lake Reflections Bee Farm, Abeego Beeswax Food Wrap*
  • Purple sea urchin chocolate face mask
  • Mittens and hats by RDR Creations* and Brianna Gosselin*
  • Birch Babe mascara set*
  • Sweet Flowering Wellness Hand/Body Butter*
  • Remove paper towel from Cheeks Ahoy*
  • Myni’s 3in1 (shampoo/conditioner/body wash) kids starter kit

* local manufacturer

Gifts from $20 to $25

$20 to $25 gifts at the GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough include unique gifts "Beer" (Earrings made from beer cans) from Peterborough manufacturer Keytarella.  (Photo: Keytarella)
Gifts ranging from $20 to $25 at the GreenUP Store and Resource Center in downtown Peterborough include unique “beer rings” (earrings made from beer cans) by Peterborough manufacturer Keytarella. (Photo: Keytarella)
  • Jackson Creek Press Christmas Cards (5 Pack)*
  • Earrings made from Keytelera beer cans
  • Swift Acre Candle*

* local manufacturer

Choosing gifts from local manufacturers is good for Peterborough's local economy as well as the environment.  (Photo: Kim Jun)
Choosing gifts from local manufacturers is good for Peterborough’s local economy as well as the environment. (Photo: Kim Jun)

When you choose to purchase sustainable products, you reduce your impact on the environment and contribute to mitigating climate change. When you choose to buy local, zero-waste, handmade products, you are directly supporting the planet.

The GreenUP Store and Resource Center is located at 378 Aylmer Street North between Hunter and Simcoe Streets in downtown Peterborough and online at shop.greenup.on.ca.

From December 14th to December 23rd, GreenUP Store and Resource Center hours will be extended from 10am to 6pm daily, Monday through Saturday (closed on Sundays). I look forward to seeing you soon!

This article was published in partnership with Peterborough GreenUP.

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