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As Canadians hunker down, small eco-friendly business are struggling to stay afloat, here are 10 Ways To Support The Small Eco Businesses You Love Right Now.

a local vintage shop

Thanks to social and physical distancing requirements so many of the small eco businesses I love have been forced to close their doors. Many of them are finding it challenging to stay afloat and many have had to layoff staff, which is always tough.

It’s a scary and uncertain time for so many. But there are ways that we can support them right now and for some, you don’t have to spend a cent.

1. SHOP ONLINE

Many shops are still offering online shopping. For example, Sustain Eco Store is offering an online ordering system with contact-free, local pickups (phone orders are also available but are limited to our pickup hours, so you are best to order online to ensure the item you need remains in stock). Find full ordering instructions here along with the contact-free pickup procedure.

Or you can check out Leave Nothing But Footprints. They have a lovely selection of comfy clothing (cause we can never have enough of that) for you to choose from.

2. PURCHASE A GIFT CARD

You can grab a gift card for yourself to use at a later date or you can give it to someone special. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just around the corner.

If you know someone who has lost their job, a gift card to a local grocery store is a great way to help out.

If you have a fav yoga studio, you can support them by buying a gift card now that you can use later. We are not going to be home forever (hopefully).

3. ORDER TAKEOUT OR DELIVERY 

We all have our fav, local bars and restaurants we hang out in. Get your favourite meals delivered right to your door. Or order online then pick at the door. This is a super-easy way to support a local haunt in your neighbourhood.

4. BOOK AN ONLINE CLASS 

So many yoga and fitness studios are offering digital sessions. This is a great opportunity to support small businesses and get top advice from a pro.

a woman doing a virtual yoga class

 

Muse Movement Studio in Toronto, for example, posts a new mat class on YouTube, twice daily Livestream classes on in their Instagram Live, as well as private sessions on Zoom for $40.

5. ENGAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

If you can’t spend money, you can always repost one of your fav eco brands. Social media is a great way to let your followers know which brands you love and why. I mean who doesn’t love to get a shot out! You can take this one step further by using word of mouth if you like a business tell others about it. It’s that simple.

 

6. SUPPORT SMALL FARMS BY SIGNING UP FOR A CSA

A lot of farms rely significantly on business from restaurants, so getting more orders from the local grocer will help to offset some of the setbacks. One practical way to give back and support the farms is to sign up for a CSA, or community-supported agriculture.

a local organic grocery store

 

They offer customers the opportunity to sign up for a CSA which will provide them with local and seasonal food throughout the entire summer and fall and in turn guarantees many small farmers a source of revenue throughout the growing season. It also supports our business as a small grocer in the community.

7. WRITE A REVIEW 

Giving a small business a 5 star revies on Google or Yelp really helps them out, a lot. When people search and see good reviews it does have a direct effect, so go ahead and do that!

8. DONATE VIA GO FUND ME 

The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund is part of the Small Business Relief Initiative: a program supported by GoFundMe and our partners. The Small Business Relief Initiative  will supply financial assistance and support to businesses across the country by providing grants, tools, and resources to help during the crisis

9. SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS 

Both artists and musicians make a living from gigs or exhibitions, which in times like these, is impossible. So local artists, bands and creatives that you love need your help more than ever. Show your support by purchasing merchandise or buy their work.

10. HOST AN INSTARGEAM IVE WITH YOUR FAV BRAND

I love this one, if you have a decent following this is one way to introduce your flowers to the brands you love. Pick a topic and get people to write-in questions. Tell your followers why they need to know about these brands!

How are you supporting small businesses? Please share in the comments.

 

 

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Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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