The Waterloo-Wellington, Ontario Good Living Guide

Find socially and environmentally conscious products, services and resources in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and area. Click on a category below or scroll down to get started.

Fair trade clothing & gifts
Eco-friendly supplies
Second-hand retailers

Fair trade coffee & food
Farmers markets
CSAs & organic seeds

Public transit
Bicycle retailers
Car & bike shares

Eco-friendly moving boxes
Energy & water programs
Green cleaning services

Green & blue bin programs
Electronic waste disposal
Other recycling programs


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Finding that perfect gift can be tough. Finding that perfect gift that hasn’t contributed to sweat shops, deforestation or other global problems can be even trickier. We’ve got you covered. Explore ethically sourced and second-hand products from local retailers.

Fair trade and sweatshop-free clothing, gifts and art (back to top)

  • Keep your eye out for Fair Trade-certified products.

    Keep your eye out for Fair Trade-certified products.

    Grey Rock Clothing | Sweatshop-free and ethical clothing
    29 Quebec Street, Guelph, Ontario (map)

  • Harmony By Earthwinds | Includes fair trade accessories, clothing and jewelry from around the world
    42 King Street South, Waterloo (map)
    492 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph (map)
    35 Wyndham Street North, Guelph (map)
  • More Than Half Clothing | Fair trade clothing boutique
    8 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario (map)
  • Ten Thousand Villages | Fair trade, artisan-crafted accessories, home decor and gifts from around the world
    80 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario (map)

Sustainably sourced building supplies and furniture (back to top)

  • Radiant Roofing and Garage | Offers roofing material made of 95% recycled content
  • ReStore | Recycled construction materials (a Habitat for Humanity program)
    120 Northfield Drive East, Waterloo, Ontario (map)
    200 Preston Parkway, Cambridge, Ontario (map)
  • The Timeless Material Co. | Reclaimed and repurposed furniture and building materials
    305 Northfield Drive East, Waterloo, Ontario (map)
  • Forest Stewardship Council label

    The Forest Stewardship Council label is your guide to sustainably sourced paper and wood products.

    Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber | Many of the home improvement stories in Waterloo-Wellington carry FSC-certified stock. Ask a store rep to point you in the right direction.

Sustainably sourced paper products (back to top)

Baby supplies (back to top)

Verifloral logo

When you stop to smell the roses, stop to look for this label too.

Used and Consignment Shops (back to top)




Tummy grumbling? Craving your mid-afternoon caffeine fix? Planning the menu for your dinner party next weekend? Find fair trade and local options in your community that will leave both your stomach and your social conscience satisfied.

Fair trade food and drink (back to top)

  • Eating Well Organically | Local, organic and fair trade food
    104 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario (map)
  • Eco-Coffee Corporation | Fair trade wholesale options
    300 Mill Street, Unit 1, Kitchener, Ontario (map)
  • Keep your eye out for Fair Trade-certified products.

    Keep your eye out for Fair Trade-certified products.

    The Environmental Studies Coffee Shop | Student-run, Rainforest Alliance-certified, locally roasted
    University of Waterloo (EV1-138), 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario (map)

  • Planet Bean Coffee | Fair trade, certified-organic, locally roasted coffee
    2 Wyndham Street, Guelph, Ontario (map)
    259 Grange Road East, Guelph, Ontario (map)
    Unit 1-1467 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario (map)
  • Raintree Café | Fair trade coffee
    220 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario (map)
  • Red Brick Café | Fair trade coffee
    8 Douglas Street, Guelph, Ontario (map)
    77 Westmount Road, Guelph, Ontario (map)
  • Serrinia Café | Fair trade coffee
    300 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario (map)
  • Seven Shores Urban Market and Cafe | Local food and fair trade products
    10 Regina Street North, Unit 4, Waterloo, Ontario (map)

Farmers Markets (back to top)

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSAs) & organic seeds (back to top)




Transportation in Canada accounts for nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. From bicycles to buses to community car shares, choosing greener alternatives for getting from A to B will help reduce your ecological footprint.

Public transit (back to top)

Bicycle Retailers (back to top)

Car and bike share programs (back to top)




Who offers green cleaning services? What can I do to improve energy efficiency in my home? Where can I print my flyers on FSC-certified paper? Find socially and environmentally responsible services in your area.

  • Ampersand Printing | Green printing options
    999 York Road, Guelph, Ontario (map)
  • Ecomaids | Green cleaning using EcoLogo-certified products
    Marshall Drive, Guelph, Ontario (map)
  • eMERGE Guelph | Home-efficiency audits, retrofits, sustainable community-building
  • Frogbox | Eco-friendly, reusable plastic moving boxes
    585 Colby Drive, Waterloo, Ontario (map)
  • Guelph Solar | Solar panel installation
    39 Hearn Avenue, Guelph, Ontario (map)
  • REEP Green Solutions | Home energy efficiency and water conservation programs
    20 Mill Street, Kitchener, Ontario (map)

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Waterloo-Wellington is home to the world’s first-ever blue bin recycling program, started in Kitchener in 1983. Be part of this awesome tradition by taking advantage of your community’s many waste-reduction services.

Green bin (organic waste) programs (back to top)

Blue bin recycling programs (back to top)

Electronic waste disposal programs (back to top)

Other waste disposal programs (bicycle, lumber, motor oil, paint, etc.) (back to top)

Other Recycling and Reusing Programs (back to top)

  • Computer Recycling | Refurbishing donated computers
    66 Queen Street South (Basement), Kitchener, Ontario (map)
  • Reuse Centres (Wellington County)  |Residents pay a fee to dispose of items, but are free to take anything at no charge
  • Recyclopedia | Online resource to help people figure out what to do with stuff they no longer want or need
  • Wellington Reuses | Online bulletin board to list items that you no longer want, or to look for items that someone else is giving away

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The world is full of good people doing awesome things. Waterloo-Wellington is no different. Find cool local initiatives, volunteer opportunities and campaigns to sink your socially and environmentally responsible teeth into.

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