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‘Feel-good gifting’ from Festive Marketplace

You can feel great about the gifts you purchase at UCC Festive Marketplace this year — you’re supporting our students, small local Canadian businesses, and businesses that give back to our UCC community and to local and global communities.

Many of our vendors have donated to the Festive Auction and are providing a 10 per cent discount. Look for “UCC10” where a code can be applied, starting on Friday, Nov. 26 when Festive goes live! Here are the many other ways that our vendors give back:

Donating all or a portion of profits to local charities:

The goal at OnePieceADay is to encourage the worldwide community to develop sustainable habits. All proceeds go back to OnePieceADay to support their work in saving the planet.

Wonderkind is a gift catering service that provides unique and high-quality products in a thoughtful gifting experience. Wonderkind supports registered charities such as Second Harvest Food Rescue, Dress for Success and Opportunity International Canada.

Orangefish was started to help Canadian artists and designers get their creations out to a larger audience. Orangefish has supported many charitable organizations. In 2020, in response to the pandemic, a portion of sales were donated to the Daily Bread Foodbank.

The Jaxx & Marbles team believes in giving back to the conservation of the lakes and land in our Canadian countryside; 10 per cent of sales are donated through a unique program that takes place every year just prior to the holidays and just prior to summer. By using the donation codes provided at checkout, they will direct your contribution to support the organization of your choice.

JoeBro provides male grooming products that contain natural ingredients that are 99.9 per cent Canadian sourced and made in small batches by hard-working Canadians. A percentage of monthly sales is donated to support groups for women, men and children as well local foodbanks.

Kim Smiley’s lace jewelry is made by hand in Toronto by newcomers for a living wage. Everything they do is tethered to an unwavering commitment to empathy. Under the auspices of Kim Smiley’s Charitable Foundation, Empathy Empire, every purchase powers empathy education around the world.

Support local small businesses and hard-working Canadians:

As the entire game industry was turned upside down, Kids Table Board Games was selling more online in order to provide engaging games to purchasers. However, this left out the local brick-and-mortar game stores. In response, shoppers can leave a note on KTBG’s site with their local shop information, and if they already carry KTBG products, they will donate 20 per cent of the proceeds of your order to the named store.

Support sustainability, ethically sourcing their materials and paying a living wage whether at home or overseas:

Happiness is…value ethical production. They keep their carbon footprint low, pay ethical wages, and all their clothing is knit, cut, sewn and dyed locally in Canada.

Vita Lenta Lifestyle sells beautiful handmade products that provide fair wage employment to women around the world while celebrating and preserving ancient artisan techniques.

The Brave Brown Bag has been the most elegant way to “brown bag it” around the world with style and sustainability since 1996. Hand-crafted totes in artisanal wax cotton, leather and upcycled sailcloth are on offer.

Lovbird tees are made from 100% organic cotton and are manufactured paying a verified fair wage; further, all the cottons and dyes used in the T-shirts are certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standards GOTS.

Advocate for regulation of toxins in health and beauty products:

Beautycounter (Jody Howe) is skincare that is good for you and is also a movement. These clean beauty products protect both people and the planet. As leaders in clean, they advocate for human rights and climate justice while minimizing the environmental impacts of their products, packaging and footprint.