Straight from Natural Resources Canada “The best way to warm it up is to drive it. In fact, with today’s computer-controlled engines, even on cold winter days, usually no more than two to three minutes of idling is enough warm-up time needed for the average vehicle before starting to drive”
Let your loved ones know what you think a gift is by sharing a letter.
Here’s an example you can use, edit or draw inspiration from. This is
perfect for Christmas, baby showers, birthdays, weddings and any other gift giving time.
Dear Family and Friends,
This letter is going out to all the important people in our lives who we share gifts with.
This is not an easy topic for us to bring up to our family and friends, but this year we want to share our wishes in regards to gifts for our family. We understand how gift giving is such a big part of so many holidays and celebrations, however we would like to ask you to reconsider when it comes to us. We have so much already that receiving more can lead to us having too much stuff and we are wanting to live simply and responsibly on the planet. It can be hard to go against the mainstream and we would love your help on this path. If you want to understand what we mean better you could watch “Story Of Stuff” on YouTube.
Experiential gifts can have less of an environmental and social impact and create lasting memories, here are some ideas:
-Going together to an event to share time together
-Giving tickets to a play, concert or movie
-Contributing towards lessons for art, sports or music
-A trip around the world on a solar powered airplane!
If you want to give a physical gift, here are some ideas:
-Reused or recycled options are preferred
-Items made of natural materials like wood, organic cotton and metal
-Please keep plastic to an absolute minimum, including the packaging.
-Handmade items from yourself or found locally
-Items made to last forever
-Supplies for art, sports and music
-Organic food, beeswax candles and other healthy consumables
Anything that is produced in a fair and equitable way and does as little harm as possible to people and the planet is really important to us. Supporting small and/or locally owned business and choosing Canadian made goods is a great start!
Thank you so much for respecting our wishes. We really love and appreciate all of you and we are also happy to honour any preferences or requests you have for yourselves. So much joy comes to us simply by knowing you and having you in our lives. By taking care of the planet, we are taking care of each other and that is a gift in itself.
With love and respect,
This letter was prepared by The Better Good which is a store that sells ethical goods on Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon.
VEGAN MILK CHOCOLATE! This stuff is no joke. 100% Fair and Organic. Made from Cacao and Coconuts only, even the sugar.
An all organic, TALC-FREE hair powder for hair on days of unwash. Inspired from our college days, this silky powder is perfect for on-the-go styling and leaves your hair smelling as fresh as a day one wash. Sprinkle a dime size amount of powder into your hands and rub through the roots of your dry hair.
*LAVENDER + CLARY SAGE*
The clean and intoxicating aroma of lavender perfectly partnered with an invigorating clary sage.
The mysterious lady jasmine in full bloom.
*PATCHOULI + AMBER*
The ever musky patchouli cut with a hint of powdery amber.
*VETIVER + BLACK PEPPER*
A woody vetiver layered with dark black pepper & coriander.
New eco lunch bags just in, perfect for late summer picnics and back to school. These durable, washable bags have just enough structure to keep things in place, while still having the soft flexibility to take on any shapes and sizes of food and drink containers. Ranging in size and material, some are insulated and made from recycled plastic bottles (tested to be BPA, PVC and Phthalate free) while others are made from lovely soft organic cotton with fun designs on the front. Good for young and old, hot and cold
Discover ways to live green and provide for yourself in Saskatoon.
Sunday August 18 at 1pm in Buena Vista Park
You’ll see - Urban Homesteading, backyard chickens, intensive gardens, solar homes that produce their own heat and electricity and permaculture design in action.
Enjoy local and/or organic snacks provided by Floating Gardens, Earthbound Bakery and The Better Good.
Rickshaw rides with priority for those with difficulty walking.
Be inspired by your neighbours to live The Better Good life in the city.