Where the conscientious consumers shop

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Here’s a list of some green boutiques worth visiting this holiday season.

Free the Children, the founder of We Day, has both a store-front in Toronto and an online shop called Me to We store. They offer everything from books, CDs and DVDs, to sustainably produced sweatshop-free garments and travel gear, to handcrafted jewelry and accessories by Me to We Artisans. Free the Children also offers volunteer leadership and travel opportunities to empower young people to be agents of change.

Another store offering fair trade gift options is Ten Thousand Villages with 48 stores across Canada and a robust online boutique. They are a non-profit, fair trade organization that was established in the 1970’s. They state, “Our philosophy of helping to build a sustainable future is based on the principle that trade should have a conscience. Through Fair Trade, artisans receive respect, dignity and hope from working hard and earning fair value for their work.” Their stores have unusual and unique items from around the world, including fair trade coffee, handcrafted clothing and home decor items. Visit “Trade With a Conscience” to find out how your purchase will help to support others worldwide.

A different way to go green with your gift buying is to visit Grassroots Environmental Products. With two Toronto locations and an online shop you can find quality products to help you live a “green lifestyle for a sustainable planet.” Grassroots has a very simple philosophy: “to sell environmentally-friendly products that encourage people to choose natural and organic lifestyle products for themselves, their communities and the earth.” Check out their Green Gift Guide for health and beauty products, home decor items, calendars, kiddy items and more–there’s even something for the “green techie”.

Organic Lifestyle is another online boutique that offers a wide range of eco-choices. By carefully selecting ethical products and abiding by the philosophy “good life, without compromising our health, style or nature,” they offer everything from mattresses, pillows and linens, to kitchen, bath and body-care items. Organic Lifestyle “directly sources from organizations we've met personally and believe they are ethical and socially responsible.”

For more conscientious gifts and products visit Green Living Marketplace.