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Monday, September 22, 2014

Celebration & Best Shopping

Today we celebrate one month of Wholly Canadian! Wow.

It's been an incredible ride connecting with local & fair-trade companies.

Wholly Canadian exists to champion local & fair-trade companies, and we're doing exactly that.  See our blog posts that share this journey.

Canadian-made kiddie car by Thorpe & North American-made blocks

In just one month we've had 1,634 unique users, and 9,319  sessions. It would seem Canadians are really interested in whole-life local & fair-trade living!

Here's some of what has made Wholly Canadian great, according to our followers:

Favourite things

Ingriguing thing (as stated by our followers)

Celebration!

To celebrate our one month anniversary on the 22nd, we're giving away. . .

22 FREE "Best Shopping" listings

to any Canadian and/or fair-trade product companies that resonate with localism and fair-trade principles.


Christmas is coming. This is a great time to join the list that Canadians have been craving. . .an easy directory for local & fair-trade shopping!


Local and/or Fair-trade companies:

To receive this offer, all you have to do is comment on this blog today, listing your company and website, and we'll get in touch with you!

-your listing will be listed complementary until the end of the year! No strings attached!

-if you see more than 22 companies that have commented, please still enter your company name just in case they do not qualify or send us their info. . .


Followers:

Do you want your favourite company to be listed on our "Best Shopping" directory? . .send them this blog post link and have them comment. Act fast!

22 FREE listings being given away today to the first 22 companies that respond.

Go ahead, let's celebrate local & fair-trade today. . .

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 6:00 AM 24 Comments

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tell us your favourite local company

The Craft Sale Season is upon us. Which ones will you be visiting this season? The craft sale season connects beautifully with Wholly Canadian's Christmas Challenge. 


This year, I've decided to buy three gifts for baby and keep it simple. . .

 

1. Local/Canadian-made gift

2. Fair-trade gift

3. Second-hand/ Re-purposed gift

 

The great thing is that this paradigm fits every age.

Three gifts. Simple.

 

Want to join me in this? We're calling it the Wholly Canadian Christmas Challenge.

 

See us on twitter and join our hashtag: #WhollyCanadianChristmasChallenge

 


Last year I did a blend of used and local gifts via a remake of  The Golden's Book: "Baby's Christmas. You can read more aobut it here.

 

 

While many people are not in the same baby-stage, I posted this as a catalyst to get  creative juices going. . .

 

How can a spirit of goodwill inform your purchases this year? You see this paradigm isn't just for babies. See Why

 

 

To purchase gifts in a paradigm of goodwill requires curiousity--no matter what stage of life you are in.

 Again, my challenge to Canadians is to get curious about the stories behind their purchases.


What do you suggest Wholly Canadian gives baby and husband for Christmas 2014?

Go ahead and do some publicity for your favourite local or fair-trade business by answering this question.  Make their day!

 

Wholly Canadian followers love learning about new products.  To make ethical shopping easier, we just launched our "Best Shopping" directory! 

Do you know a local business that would benefit from this?


Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 58 Comments

Monday, September 15, 2014

Christmas Present

Last week I posted about "Christmas Past." I posted about the joy that local & re-used gifts can offer via a remake of The Golden Book's: "Baby Christmas."

While many people are not in the same baby-stage, I posted this as a catalyst to get  creative juices going. . .

How can a spirit of goodwill inform your purchases this year? You see this paradigm isn't just for babies. See Why

To purchase gifts in a paradigm of goodwill requires curiousity--no matter what stage of you life you are in!

 Again, my challenge to Canadians is to get curious about the stories behind their purchases. It's heart-wrenching thinking about the countless children involved in child-labour to produce toys, candy, and food for North American children (and adults).

This Christmas ask three questions:

 

  1. Who made it, and were they paid a fair-wage?
  2. Where was it made?  (Go beyond the country. . .begin to question the standard of working conditions of where it was made)
  3. Are we consuming or gift-giving from the heart? (i.e. is this just another thing in our already full house?)

 

Moving from Christmas Past to. . .Christmas Present

This year, I've decided to buy three gifts for baby and keep it simple. . .

1. Local/Canadian-made gift

2. Fair-trade gift

3. Second-hand/ Re-purposed gift

 

The great thing is that this paradigm fits every age!

Three gifts. Simple.

Want to join me in this? We're calling it the Wholly Canadian Christmas Challenge.

See us on twitter and join our hashtag: #WhollyCanadianChristmasChallenge


Also, give us suggestions as to what Wholly Canadian's baby should get for Christmas 2014.

Our followers love learning about new products!  To make ethical shopping easier, we just launched our "Best Shopping" directory! 

Do you know a local business that would benefit from this?

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 4 Comments