Green Light

It’s Earth Day! And what would a gift-giving blog be without a few eco-friendly gift ideas for the occasion? I know…technically Earth Day isn’t a traditional present-exchanging holiday, and there is something sanctimonious about dedicating one mere day to the place that’s nice enough to let us be long-term house guests, but here’s a cool way to approach it. Use Earth Day as an opportunity to encourage green-minded thinking well past April 22nd. Pick up a gift and share it with a friend, neighbour, coworker, or even your kid, and you’ll be one step closer to thanking Ms Earth well past ‘her day’.

To assist you in your green-giving needs both today and in the long-term, I’m putting the spotlight on Edmonton-based Carbon Environmental Boutique. I’m actually kind of in love with owners / married couple Allison & Marc’s philosophy when it comes to the way they stock and manage their store. In a nutshell, when they became parents, they took a long, hard look at the things that filled their home, and began to ask those pesky questions most of us are content to tuck in the dark recesses of our brain. Questions like – just what’s in this paint? Is what we’re using to clean our home actually harmful to our bodies? What our indoor air quality like as a result of the products in our home?

Their approach was actually pretty straightforward: find non-toxic, non-harmful products for their home, which in turn leads to a sort of reverse, simple environmentalism – after all, if you’re not buying toxic products, you’re not encouraging their development either. It’s a really smart way to think about ‘green living’, in that you can take the small area you actually control – your home – and not only have an impact on the environment, but make a better life for your family. With that in mind, here are five of my fave finds for Earth Day (and beyond) gift-giving for you guys today!

Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer – $11.95
How’s this for nifty? These handy satchels are packed with quick-growing, odour & moisture-absorbing bamboo charcoal pieces that tuck into dark, dank corners in your home – like the coat room, basement, bathrooms, or pet areas – to keep it smelling fresh for up to a year. Consider the end-to-end green factor here: the bamboo charcoal the packets are stocked with can grow two feet in a single day, so rest assured you aren’t consuming a non-renewable resource, and once it loses its potency, simply recycle or compost it. Great option if you have a friend that’s moved into a new home, gotten a new pet, plays sports, or has a diaper-wearing baby. Check out the full collection of deodorizers here.

Q Collection Crib Bedding Set – $450
Well okay, this is a leap up price wise, but consider it if you’re a doting grandparent, or organizing a baby shower for a sister or love-you-like-a-sister best friend and want to do a group gift. Available in lush watermelon and soothing sky blue, these mix & match reversible sheet sets manage to mix modern, adult design sensibilities with kid-friendly theming. Organic cotton and a reusable cotton gift tote pretty much guarantee any new little arrival a head start on being green.

The Laundress Collection – $11.95+
A lot has been said about the harmful toxins, phosphates, and chemicals in commercially-produced laundry detergent that are not only harmful to our skin and bodies, but the waterways they eventually filter into. Enter the two women that created The Laundress, a line of specialty products that are, naturally, biodegradable, recyclable, filled with natural essential oils, and free from dyes, additives, allergens, phosphates, and parabens. Oh, and they’ve pretty much eliminated the need for dry cleaning in 99% of cases. In other words, they’ve basically made cleanliness officially next to (green) godliness. To cap it off, the products are simply more effective and concentrated. Each formula is specially designed for a specific type of fabric – meaning you use less to keep your darks in the dark and your whites in the light. With Mother’s Day sneaking up on us, consider topping up mom’s gift of a new sweater or luxury blanket with a bottle of top-shelf detergent.

I Am Not A Paper Cup – $24.95
I have actually wanted to feature this very gift idea for quite some time, so I was psyched to see it on the Carbon Boutique website. Although it may look like a classic take-out coffee cup, this porcelain cup with a silicone lid is certainly a step above your average throwaway coffee holder. The double-walled structure keeps your favourite hot beverage at the temperature it’s meant to be sipped at, and the durability factor means you may never have to buy (and toss) another post-morning cuppa into the landfill again.

John Masters Organics Shaving Bar – $11.20
Yes kids, even your body care products need an evaluation (or maybe that was an obvious one?), the good news being Carbon Boutique stocks a ton of options to take care of everything from your teeth to your hair to your skin. One particularly versatile pick is this 2-in-1 cleansing & shaving bar that gives you a rich, foamy lather so you can get rid of excess hair – both men and women. Infused with moisturizing organic oils and natural ingredients like musky birch and cedar wood oils, this is a great pick as a houseguest gift, stocking stuffer, or even a birthday gift.

See what I mean? It really isn’t all that hard to be green when you approach it from a product-based perspective, and make better choices. All you lucky Edmonton residents should pop down to Carbon yourself to get a full sense of their vast collection of products. The rest of you should take a peek at the store’s website. Oh, and all of you can enter to win a gift basket from Carbon Boutique valued at over $120, including:
– Bambu Coasters
– Bambu Appetizer Tray
– Bedol Water Clock
– John Masters Organics Skincare Sample Gift Set
– Simplicity Soy Tealights 12-Pack
– 4 packages from The Laundress
– Cashmere Shampoo
– Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer

Lovely right? So here’s how to enter:

1) Tell me which of the awesome gift ideas featured in this post you’d give the green light to – and why. Leave a comment on this post by May 14th and you’ll be entered!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around May 15th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: ‘Like’ Carbon Boutique on Facebook. Come back here and report you’ve done so, along with the username you use on FB so I can verify you actually did it!

Love prizes? Check out what else you can win through the Canadian Gift Guide by visiting the Winner’s Circle.
128 Responses to “Green Light”
  1. janicour says:

    Liked’ Carbon Boutique on Facebook. My favourite is I am not a paper cup. I see so many paper coffee cups as litter on the streets.

  2. I love the I am not a paper cup. I travel alot and would use this. Love that it keeps the drink warm, too.

  3. Bonus Entry: ‘Like’ Carbon Boutique on Facebook
    doreen lamoureux

  4. Tegan says:

    I have the I am not a paper cup! It is super amazing – and I get tons of compliments on it whenever I pull it out in coffee shops. LOVE IT.

  5. Holly says:

    I am not a paper cup is an awesome idea! I have so many friends that could really use it. I liked it on FB too.

  6. kb says:

    Love the Laundress Collection, non-toxic cleaning products is the only option at our home. At Ever Bamboo, we’re thrilled to be part of the list. Bamboo charcoal is a natural deodorizer and dehumidifier that is sustainable, reusable, and recyclable.

  7. Gemma says:

    I love the ‘I am not a paper cup’. Great idea and would reduce the amount of litter we see from paper cups.

  8. beewbedard says:

    As everyone above me mentions, I aslo love the “I am no papercup” and for all the same reasons. It worries me on how mnay papercups we all use everyday.

    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  9. beewbedard says:

    Liked Carbon Boutique on Facebook
    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  10. Hello, I too love the “I Am Not A Papercup” and I too share the concern of how many paper cups litter our streets and highways.

    However, I would also give the green light to the Laundress Collection. I am cautious, when it comes to the use of items in which I cannot name, much less pronounce, the ingredients!

    I “LIKED” The Carbon Boutique on Facebook and you can find me under Dawn Cruickshank Baldwin.

    Thank you for another great Giveaway – please accept this comment as my official entry.


    Dawn Baldwin

    Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada

  11. Tammy says:

    I love the I am not a paper cup also, Great idea ,less paper cups laying around on the ground.

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  12. Tammy says:

    I like Carbon Environmental Boutique ~ as TAMMY D on facebook

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  13. Leah says:

    Definitely the shaving bar. I have super sensitive skin so the more natural the better!

  14. I like the Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer ..I can think of many places in my home where this would come in handy,,including my sons room!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  15. I also like Carbon Boutique on Facebook. (Karla Sceviour)

  16. Cairine says:

    I would give the green light to the “I Am Not a Paper Cup”. Because it is porcelain it is easy to clean and feels more like a tea cup. It’s an attractive carrying cup and keeps your beverage warm.

  17. Susan says:

    If I could afford it, I would buy the baby bedding for my new granddaughter. As I can’t, I would vote for the porcelain cup with silicone lid. #CGG

  18. Lindsay Wilkinson says:

    I like “I am not a papercup”. Its cute. Also, I can see the major impact it can have in offices.

  19. Donnas says:

    The Laundress Connection because we have sensitive skin in our household.

  20. Donnas says:

    I ‘Like’ Carbon Boutique on Facebook.

  21. Deb Reynolds says:

    Although I love them all, my personal pick would be the bamboo charcoal deodorizers. I have an old trunk that I love, but things in it get a bit musty, This looks like a good solution.

  22. I like the “I Am Not A Paper Cup” as it is a great reusable cup and environmentally friendly.


  23. tennille says:

    OMG how beautiful is that crib bedding! I have the I am not a paper cup and it is great!

  24. 3angels3 says:

    I give the green light to I Am Not A Paper Cup its just the right size and reusable.

  25. 3angels3 says:

    I like Carbon Boutique on Facebook Michelle B

  26. danosor says:

    I give the green light to”I Am Not a Paper Cup”.

  27. mcmc says:

    love the ” I am not a Paper Cup”

  28. Louise says:

    I like the Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer because with three boys and three cats I got a lot of rooms I could use this:)

  29. Louise says:

    ‘I Like’ Carbon Boutique on Facebook-fb name louise gilbert

  30. Lee says:

    I like the bamboo charcoal room deodorizer-could really use this in the basement.

  31. Arash Naghdi says:

    I like the Ever Bamboo Room Deodorize

  32. Nicole B says:

    The laundress. I never thought before about the toxins in the laundry soap. Plus the fact they are specific for each load type! Fantastical!

  33. Gisele says:

    I love essenttial oils and to be green and concentrated, well then Laundress is for me

  34. debra says:

    love the laundress collection

  35. L P says:

    I love the “I’m not a paper cup”. I’ve always got a cup of coffee on the go so that’s ideal.

  36. L P says:

    I’ve ‘liked’ Carbon on FB.

  37. Jessica Lord says:

    I would love the “I’m not a paper cup” as it would cut down on so much waste from every day tea purchases,

  38. lisa bolduc says:

    i like the crib bedding set because it looks like it is a good quality product

  39. lisa bolduc says:

    i like carbon boutique on fb

    name: Lisa Bolduc

  40. Irene says:

    I like to try The Laundress Collection products for my sensitive skin.

  41. David says:

    I’d give the green light on John Masters Organics Shaving Bar, because it’s versatile as it is a 2-in-1 cleansing & shaving bar.

  42. Diane Brunet says:

    I like the bamboo room deoderize, I have pets so it might be a good environmentally sound solution.

  43. Donna Lyn says:

    The Laundress Collection because I have a lot of allergies and sensitivities

  44. darlene boyle says:


  45. Chalbe says:

    I love the Bamboo Room deoderizer

  46. favgreen says:

    I favour the Laundress collection due to the fact I feel I should be giving more thought to what traditional laundry soap is contributing health wise!

  47. audrey says:

    I like the laundress collection

  48. lindz86 says:

    The I am not a paper cup is the most economical and I think most people would use it everyday!

  49. Debbie Petch says:

    Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer – $11.95 looks great!

  50. blessedta says:

    I like to try The Laundress Collection products for my sensitive skin.

  51. Debbie Petch says:

    I liked Carbon Boutique on Facebook.

  52. Maureen B says:

    I am not a paper cup!

  53. LS watson says:

    I like the “I am not a paper cup” cup! 🙂

  54. Lucky1 says:

    They all are amazing! I would love to win the crib bedding set to give to my sister! She just had her first babyand its a boy!

  55. I like “I Am Not A Paper Cup” and I liked Carbon Boutique on Facebook!

  56. I give the green light to the John Masters Organics Shaving Bar because of the fresh scent and it’s a great gift idea for my boyfriend!

  57. I like Carbon Boutique on Facebook. (Rebecca Roberts)

  58. Carrie says:

    I love the Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer concept!

  59. Great products for our every day lives! Adriana Grillo (FB)

  60. mousecat says:

    I love the laundress collection!

  61. Kiki says:

    I love the Laundress Collection! I really like that the packaging makes these look like high-end products, but they are also earth-friendly!

  62. Jules A. says:

    I love the Laundress Collection because I like the idea of eliminating the need for drycleaning (which I never do anyway). Nice to know there is a solution for any fabric. The bottles are beautiful and would make my laundry room look like a spa (if that were actually possible).

  63. Jules A. says:

    I liked the Carbon Boutique on FB (Jules Austin)

  64. It’s a toss-up between the Laundress Collection ’cause it looks like extra fancy laundry detergent, and the bamboo room deodorizer.
    These products I’m guessing, have that extra luxurious and scented natural appeal compared to the run-of-the-mill commercial products.

  65. Sabrina C. says:

    I like the Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer! It would be GREAT in the cat’s space to eliminate the cat litter odour and I love that it lasts up to a YEAR and when you are done with it you simply compost it! How awesome is that?!

  66. Sabrina C. says:

    I liked Carbon Boutique on FB (Sabrina Cartwright).

  67. Vesper says:

    The Laundress Collection would be great as I have severe reactions to most laundry detergent

  68. Andrea Amy says:

    i love the i am not a paper cup because i have take out coffee all the time so that would be very useful for me

  69. Those bamboo deoderizers look like a fantastic idea! They’d be handy in my basement, the house is old and a little leaky right now…and could head out to my garden when it is done doing its job!

  70. I love and could really use the Q Collection Crib Bedding Set – $450 in soothing sky blue as I am expecting a little boy in July.

  71. Bonus Entry: I liked Carbon Boutique on Facebook…Margaret MacKenzie

  72. Pamalot says:

    I would definitely give the green like to the Laundress Collection. I love the name, like I am a princess doing laundry, making a chore a lot more fun.

  73. Pamalot says:

    I like carbon environmental boutique on facebook
    pam w h

  74. valerie caldicott says:

    The Laundress, a line of specialty products is something I would like to trry. Never even thought about all the chemicals touching skin and harmful.

  75. sean pynaert says:

    The I Am Not a Paper Cup looks pretty cool

  76. Laurie Tilkin says:

    the laundress collection

  77. Kelly P says:

    I’d love to get an I am not a paper cup because I dont like to think about how many paper cups I’m responsible for sending to landfills over the years.

  78. Leah S says:

    The Laundress Collection looks like something I wouldl ike to try, good for the septic tank

  79. Ann Demill says:

    I like the bamboo room deodorizer gets my vote. Liked on facebook, Annie Demill.

  80. Emilia Turner says:

    Liked on Facebook M Turner Turner

  81. Anne says:

    I really like the laundress collection as well!

  82. Emilia Turner says:

    The laundress collection, I like that it is concentrated, looks great, and heathly and biodegradable.

  83. Megan says:

    Love the “I Am Not A Paper Cup” cup. So practical and can make such a difference!

  84. Josie says:

    I love the I am Not a Paper Cup! It’s great! I take my coffee to go a lot and this would be a great way to protect the environment

  85. CAROL ODDY says:

    Have hit the like button on facebook.

  86. Brandy says:

    I think the The Laundress Collection looks great…I would love to find a more natural way to do laundry.

  87. Marlene V. says:

    I would love the reusable cup — I could use one!!!

  88. Anne Derkat says:

    I love the I am not a paper cup. What a great idea.

  89. Di Henderson says:

    I liked Carbon Boutique on Facebook and I would like to try the Bamboo Room deoderizer.

  90. Lori O. says:

    gotta love the I am not a paper cup.

  91. Ashley says:

    The silicon cup would be amazing, I am a coffee addict on those early work mornings. The laundress collection is classic, it would be fantastic to use and look great sitting on the shelf 🙂

  92. CLC says:

    I love the bamboo room deodorizer.

  93. julie says:

    I like the Laundress Collection

  94. I love the porcealin coffee cup

  95. I like the Laundress Collection because it is not full of harsh chemicals and it is better for me and my family


  96. I like Carbon Environmental Boutique on facebook – Belinda M


  97. Janet says:

    The lavender collection looks great!! A must!!!

  98. Brook says:

    Liked Carbon on Facebook.
    My choice would be the Laundress Collection. I suffer from a skin condition and because of this, my family could only use Eco friendly cleaning and laundry products…this was hard back then but we still look at all the choices out there! This line looks fantastic! Would love to try it. Right now I do use a different product but I am always on the look out for something new! I like to switch around and have a few different in my cupboard! Good luck everyone!

  99. charmtime says:

    I think the I Am Not A Paper Cup is my favourite – I love finding a reusable cup that still has the feel of what I know and love!

  100. charmtime says:

    I like The Carbon Boutique on FB (Susan Margaret)

  101. Kevin L says:

    Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer . . never sure what I’m smelling in other deodorizers, so nice to see an all-natural one!

  102. Lyndal Meyette says:

    I like the Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer. It seems like a neat product to try

  103. Talex says:

    May 2: These are some wonderful ‘green’ products – you don’t have to give up quality and aesthetics for practicality. #cgg

  104. Debbie says:

    Love the Laundress collection!

  105. stacey h says:

    i like the crib bedding set. this is great for the soon to be mom

  106. stacey h says:

    ‘Like’ Carbon Boutique on Facebook
    stacey htkka

  107. love the laundress collection

  108. shannon Heitt says:

    i would love The Laundress Collection. I am all for natural laundry stuff. and im assuming its not tested on animals which is a must for my household.

  109. Leah M says:

    I like the I am not a paper cup porcelain mug because I love my tea in the morning and it’d be easy to grab in the morning!

  110. Sherri F says:

    Love the “I Am Not A Paper Cup” !!!

  111. Sherri F says:

    I ‘liked’ Carbon Boutique on Facebook

  112. aimee p says:

    love the cup

  113. Love the I Am Not A Paper Cup

  114. Drina says:

    Wow!! We need that stuff out here in BC…I’m sure there is such a place that features these types of products! I LOVE this store! I’d use ALL of the products mentioned but, hands down, I’d give the green light to the Laundress line of laundry products…with a new baby and two older kids and a hubby who gets grimy at work, I’m constantly doing laundry. So if I can eliminate the waste and toxins I’m exposing my family and the environment to, then I’m all for it 🙂

  115. aimee p says:

    love the not a paper cup

  116. diane says:

    I like the I am not a paper cup product because it would reduce so much waste.

  117. diane says:

    I liked carbon boutique on facebook.

  118. Colleen says:

    I like ” I am not a paper cup”. I like that it will keep your coffee warm for a long time and I am not tossing out a paper cup

  119. Sophia says:

    I already have one of those porcelain coffee cups at home, so my vote goes to the laundress collection. Since our clothes come directly in contact with our skin, I would want to wash them in a cleaning agent that is non-toxic and good for the environment.

  120. Sophia says:

    I liked the Carbon Boutique on FB under Soph Yee.

  121. Kyung Lee says:

    The Laundress Collection because I love laundry products without harmful chemicals and toxins. I liked Carbon Boutique by Kyung Lee

  122. marlene says:

    The John Masters Organics Shaving Bar – $11.20 – would make a great gift.

  123. Brian Lee says:

    I am not a paper cup because of the green aspect.

  124. Ali says:

    The ever bamboo room deoderiser sounds so awesome! I’ve also liked the Carbon Environmental Boutique on Facebook — I love browsing that store!

  125. Debbie P says:

    I like the Laundress Collection. It is something everyone could use and a great way to start going green. Thanks!

  126. Debbie P says:

    Like Carbon Boutique on FB
    Debbie M Petts

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