Being a Fair Trade Town means that there is great support in the city for fair trade amongst the community, organizations and businesses. In order to keep track of all the businesses that carry fair trade in Edmonton, Fair Trade Edmonton curates a list here.
From our curated list, we have chosen to highlight 8 businesses that we personally visit!
Blush Lane Organic Market
Situated on Whyte Avenue, Blush Lane Organic Market is an excellent place to find a variety of Fairtrade products. They support sustainable agriculture and local vendors as well such as Sunworks Farm. Plenty of the chocolates and teas offered by Blush Lane are Fairtrade certified! One of my favorite brands that they carry is Lily’s Sweets, which has a lovely coconut dark chocolate.
Location: 8135 102 St NW
Carbon Environmental Boutique
Another great store that has sustainability in mind. They ensure that their products uphold environmental and sustainable standards. They carry eco-conscious beauty, health, children, lifestyle products and accessories! This is a great place to check out fair trade beauty products.
Location: 12543 102 Ave
Earth’s General Store
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your environmental footprint, buy organic or Fair Trade products and learn how to live green, visiting Earth’s General Store is a must! As they say, they are a “real Health Food Store – offering healthy food for your body, your spirit and the planet.”
Location: 9605 82 Ave NW
This elegant patisserie and bakery was opened by Edmontonian Jennifer Stang in 2016 and is located just east of Whyte Avenue. I personally love the pairing of their coffee and chocolate croissant! The majority of their chocolate comes from Fairtrade certified Valrhona chocolate and every pastry is made in-house from scratch. Their attention to detail and quality is certainly reflected in their beautiful, delicious pastries!
Location: 8020 101 St NW
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
MEC is the perfect place to pick-up gear for your outdoor adventures whether you are picking up a new outdoor hobby during COVID-19, or are already an outdoor enthusiast. Here you’ll find everything you need for cycling, camping, hiking and many other activities in between, not to mention incredibly helpful and knowledgeable staff. In a move that aligns with their commitment to social and environmental sustainability MEC began a Fair Trade program in 2014! Be sure to keep an eye out for products with the Fair Trade Certified seal while you are shopping around.
Locations: 11904 104 Ave NW || South Edmonton Common, 1624 99 St NW
A plant-based restaurant loved by vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike, Padmanadi has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best vegan restaurants in the city. Serving a blend of Indonesian, Chinese, Thai and Indian dishes, they are available for everything from lunch to dinner and brunch on the weekends. They pride themselves on decreasing their impact on the environment, promoting compostable and plant-based ingredients and selling organic fair-trade coffee.
Locations: 10740 101 St || 106, 6925 Gateway Blvd
Since 1943, the Sugarbowl has been an Edmonton hotspot. From weekend brunches to late-night beers, they have you covered. Their extensive list of craft and Belgian beers is one of the best in the city and their renowned cinnamon buns are legendary. One of Sugarbowl’s brewed coffees they serve is sourced from a Sherwood Park Roastery called Roasti Coffee Co, which has direct-trade and fair trade coffee beans!
Location: 10922 88 Ave
‘Village Goods’ located on Whyte Ave is a store dedicated to carrying Fairtrade products sourced from all over the world! Here you’ll find handmade scarves from India, greeting cards from Vietnam, ceramic mugs from Nepal and many other unique items in between. When you purchase an item from ‘Village Goods’, you can feel good knowing that you are supporting an organization that values fair wages for artisans, justice, environmental sustainability and cultural traditions.
Location: 10432 82 Ave NW
Blog contributors: Diana Le, Jane Caufield, Lisa Zhu, Naomi Caufield