Sustainable Living

Sustainable Small Businesses to Know About in South Fraser and the Fraser Valley

This month we are sharing our love for small businesses with you. We’ve talked about some of the practical reasons to support small businesses and how big a part they play in our communities.

[Related post: 6 Reasons Why to Support Small and Local Businesses]

A Few Interesting Facts About Small Businesses

Small businesses are significant contributors to our communities and to Canada’s economy, but we were amazed to learn just how much! See below for a few interesting facts about small businesses in Canada.

Sustainable Small Businesses in Surrey, White Rock, Langley, and the Fraser Valley

Republica Coffee Roasters

Located in: Fort Langley, BC
Shop here: republicaroasters.com
Follow on Instagram: @republicaroasters

What this business is all about:
Republica Coffee Roasters aims to provide high quality and freshly roasted coffee to the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia. But not only is their coffee heavenly to drink, it is fair trade and organic and their whole bean packaging is one of the few I’ve been able to find that is plastic-free! In fact, this is where I turned to source coffee beans when looking to reduce my plastic use.

At Republica we are very aware of our community and environment. We are the only local coffee roaster that provides its coffees in paper bags lined with PLA, a biodegradable corn based liner, instead of the commonly seen plastic or plastic lined paper bags. Our bags are completely biodegradable once the tin tie on the top of the bag is removed.

https://www.republicaroasters.com/about-us/

Unika

Located in: Chilliwack, BC
Shop here:
unikalife.com
Follow on Instagram:
@unikalife

What this business is all about:
Alison and I featured a series on slow fashion in August and were surprised to learn about the many unsustainable practices occurring in the fashion industry. A budget-friendly alternative to fast fashion is to purchase second-hand, and Unika provides an amazing selection of top quality brands to stock your closet while being kind to the planet. Sadly their Langley store closed but the good news is that you can purchase online or visit their Chilliwack location in person!

Not For Long Children’s Boutique

Located in: Surrey, BC
Find out more here: notforlong.ca
Follow on Instagram: @notforlongboutique

What this business is all about:
Not For Long Children’s Boutique sells high-quality consigned children’s items alongside new products. They sell products in-store as well as online (for local pick up only). I’m a fairly dedicated secondhand clothing shopper and have found some gems at this store and love wandering through whenever I’m in the area!

The Passionate Home

Located in: Langley, BC
Shop here: thepassionatehome.com
Follow on Instagram: @thepassionatehome

What this business is all about:
I have loved this store for at least 15 years! I love a good refinishing project and it is so inspiring to walk through The Passionate Home and see how they re-create pieces with paint and upholstery. They stock pieces from local artisans, vintage items, as well as a selection of new goods.

I often find vintage furniture to be less expensive and better constructed than new – and you can put your own stamp on it as I did with the armoire for my daughter’s bedroom. Also, used furniture is often a more sustainable way to go as you would generally purchase locally with no plastic packaging required for shipping, and older furniture is often made of a sustainable material like solid wood rather than plastic or particle board.

The Passionate Home is a supplier of Annie Sloan chalk paint and they offer courses in furniture refinishing and upholstery so you can plan your own project!

The Passionate Home is filled with re-purposed, vintage and chic one-of-a-kind pieces that are hard to resist and dangerously affordable.

https://www.thepassionatehome.com/pages/about-the-passionate-home

Chuckling Duckling Farm

Located in: Fort Langley, BC
Find the website here: https://www.chucklingducklingfarm.com/
Follow on Instagram: @chuckling_duckling_farm

What this business is all about:
Chuckling Duckling offers handmade, natural face and body lotions, massage bars, bath bombs and soaps from their beautiful shop in Fort Langley, BC. They grow many of their own ingredients and purchase others locally wherever possible. I was very excited to find that they offer refills of many products while looking to reduce my plastic usage back in July. You can shop online here!

Clerk and Co.

Located in: Langley, BC
Shop here: clerkandco.com
Follow on Instagram: @clerkandco

What this business is all about:
It seems that these days the decorative objects in our homes are easily acquired and easily disposed of, and are sometimes made of unhealthy materials, as I found when looking into the composition of area rugs for my daughter’s room.

This is part of the reason why I love to acquire unique and well-made pieces for my home that stand the test of time, and one of my favourite sources is Clerk and Co! Christiana offers a carefully curated collection of items that include vintage rugs, brass objects, eye-catching textiles, and other statement decor pieces. The Clerk and Co. website is often updated with new items so be sure to check back regularly!

Little and Lively

Located in: Abbotsford, BC
Find out more here: https://www.littleandlively.com/
Follow on Instagram: @littleandlively

What this business is all about:
Little and Lively offers well-made and well-designed clothing for the whole family. We love Little and Lively’s commitment to transparency, sustainable and ethical production, and support for our communities!

We visit our sewers almost every single day. Watching our clothing come to life in the hands of passionate makers never gets old. And knowing that our business is enhancing the character of the historic downtown neighbourhood we live in makes us proud.

Seeing our neighbours—families with beautiful, playful, ever-growing children—wear our clothing makes us even prouder. When we design, we think about the busy, vibrant lives our friends and family are leading. We create pieces that will stand up to the wear and tear of all that living, and get passed on again and again.

https://www.littleandlively.com/pages/transparency

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