PUBLIC Picks: Our Favourite Do-Good Products

Get ready for fall with our fav 5 do-good products that will have you feeling guilt-free after a back to school shopping spree.

1. The Body Shop Body Butters, $6

What’s worse than a surprise calculus test on a bunch of freshmen on the first day of school? Product testing on animals, anytime, ever. The Body Shop has a long time commitment against animal testing, and that’s one of the reasons we love them and their iconic body butters. If the scent of Satsuma reminds you too much of high school in the 2000’s, we recommend Atlas Mountain Rose. Smells like an A+ to us.

2. Sweets from the Earth Nut Free Desserts

This Toronto based super-bakery dishes up goods to delight anyone who’s ever had to deal with the isolation of a food sensitivity. Between their nut free cookie doughs, cheesecakes, muffins and bars, your lunch bag will be filled to the brim with sweet treats. Oh, and did we mention that they also have a gluten free line? Also, every single item is vegan. We’ll take two of everything, thank you very much.

3. Alice + Whittles Boots, $200

Ah yes, those crisp rainy days are coming, and they’re coming fast. While we might not love the Autumn rain, we do love Alice & Whittles rain boots . Started by two UN relief workers, Alice & Whittles favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices and worker empowerment as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change. Let all those feel good vibes erase your bad feelings about the rain.

4. Kotn Tee Shirt, $30,

It’s back to class with this Wardrobe 101 staple, the basic white tee. Nothing builds a wardrobe foundation quite like a white tee, and nobody does it better than Kotn. Kotn sources their “kotn” directly from farming families in the Nile Delta in Egypt, ensures ethical manufacturing, and contributes to literacy programs in the area. You don’t have to be the class Einstein to put this one on the top of your list.

5. 33rd Annual Veg Food Fest, Sept 8-10 at the Harbourfront Centre,

Kick off the school season with a mix of delicious treats and educational talks at Toronto Vegetarian Association 33rd Annual Veg Food Fest. This free event is consistently amazing, and draws herbivores & carnivores alike. Make sure to mark your schedule for Bruce Friedrich’s talk, Seed of Disruption: How Food Technology Will Save the Planet (Saturday Sept.9th 1-2pm). It’s going to be a good one!

Written by Amanda Baker

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