Ethical is Easy
Reducing, reusing and repurposing is now more than ever on-trend and important to our lifestyles. Some of our favourite Toronto shops house exclusive and ethical home decor items. Not only are they super chic but they are consciously lessening the impact their businesses make.
By their own words: handmade, unique, organic and exquisite. Nos Natura has been delivering handmade beautiful furniture to customers inspired by nature. They believe in creating high quality home living with nature’s best beauty. Not only that, but their ethical business practises speak for themselves.
“Nos and Natura, two Latin words which together mean “We by Nature”, resonates the philosophy of our eco-luxury brand.”
Nos Natura is noted for their commitment to sustainability and fair trade. Not only is this furniture maker talking about supporting sustainability they are enforcing it.
The solid woods that are sourced are not fully cut down, instead the trunk is left intact. As a result, the tree is left alive and thriving as a part of the ecosystem. Soon-to-be discarded trees are instead turned into something beautiful and new. They also work with partners who practice and believe in fair trade. Working with local communities they promote employment for women, fair pay for workers, and create positive change. It’s great to buy ethically!
For each bed sold Huppé donated $4 for Trees for Canada last year. In 2019 they planted 2,500 trees in five provinces across Canada.
Did you know that Huppé has invested $350,000 in purchasing and installing a next-generation heat recovery system and air exchanger? “With this new equipment, we can recover the heat generated in our stain and varnish chambers and use it to heat the factory.”
- 75% reduction in our natural gas consumption
- Net reduction in greenhouse gases of 104.5 tons per year
- Equivalent to the CO2 captured by 740 mature trees
What we love about EQ3 is its commitment to Canadian business and employees.
“Product design, R&D, and custom upholstery manufacturing takes place under the same roof at our HQ in Winnipeg, Canada. This means a sofa goes from designer’s sketch to production line all in the same building. Chances are we can even tell you the upholsterer by name.”
You can be rest assured knowing that your furniture is Canadian made, and therefore as ethical as possible. Workers are paid a fair wage and products are not shipped from across the globe. This helps hugely in reducing carbon output and helping support the Canadian economy.
A custom millwork company located in South Etobicoke, Anazaō makes beautiful handiwork. Specializing in furniture they also create custom millwork ceilings, countertops and more. Revive, regain and recover, as well as being their motto is what Anazaō means. Lumber is reclaimed from old barns and factories, in addition to underwater or felled trees.
They are members of The Sustainable Furnishing Council and the Canadian Green Building Council. All of their products are available in natural or organic finishes. You can be rest assured that your purchase is good for the environment and therefore ethical for your home.
Habitat for Humanity
When we do renovations, we donate to Habitat for Humanity whenever possible. Repurposing as much as we can helps us feel good about our work. Habitat builds homes for families in need by reusing furnishings and materials from other homes. The ReStore provides a place for donations and as a result is keeping waste out of the landfill.
There are so many options this day and age to choose thoughtfully when buying. We can all do our part to shop and create more ethical spaces.
When given the opportunity, we love to refinish dated furniture to provide it with a new life. Recycle, reuse, repurpose whenever possible.