Canadian Ethical Subscription Boxes Fairly Traded Marketplace

Last year for my birthday I got a subscription to Causebox. Most people know it as the top subscription box if you’re looking for ethical items. The products in their boxes are often vegan, low waste, ethically sourced, and use sustainable materials. 

As much as I love my Causebox, I wanted to find a Canadian brand that offered something similar. I’m always looking to support local businesses that source their products ethically both in Canada and around the world. 

I put a question out on Instagram and I got lots of responses! Thank you! I did some research and here are the top Canadian, ethical subscription boxes I suggest:


Shop Small Co, Toronto, ON

Shop Small Co. supports Canadian women who are artisans and makers. Their boxes feature local, handcrafted products and are shipped quarterly. Also, keep an eye out for their Virtual Markets to shop from their vendors directly! 

Miller Box Co., Hamilton, ON

Miller Box Co. focuses on quality products made by Canadians who care about you and your impact on our environment. Theirs isn’t a subscription box, but a customizable gift box!  The thing I love about this company is they have pre-curated their box themes, making it easy to buy based on any occasion. 

The Maple Box, Vancouver, BC

The Maple Box is brought to you by Maple magazine. They focus on organic living, sustainability, and natural health. This is a quarterly subscription box featuring products that nurture life in the True North. 

Life Without Plastic, Gatineau, QB

Life Without Plastic curates healthy, Earth-friendly, and plastic-free products. A portion of the proceeds go towards fighting plastic pollution. They’ve also written a book with step by step actions to reduce plastic in your everyday life!

The Gift Refinery, Sarnia, ON

The Gift Refinery is a curated subscription box of conscious, Canadian brands. Their products range from makeup, skincare & haircare to jewelry, stationary, wellness, pantry items, housewares & more! I love that they offer mini self-care boxes, as well!

Box Custom Gifts, Waterloo, ON

Box Custom Gifts is another customizable, gift box option featuring local makers. One thing I love is how unique their themes are including: date night, house warming, camping, and pets! Each box also includes exclusive coupons/discounts from their vendors. 

Meraki Box, St. Catharines, ON 

And I’ve saved my favourite find for last! A friend recommended this box and I love that they are black female owned. Meraki is a quarterly subscription service that comes in 2 sizes. The packaging itself is stunning and the products inside are made by small businesses all over Canada. 


That’s it! Thanks to everyone who sent me recommendations. I’m thrilled to discover these new local, ethical brands. They are great gifts as we get into the holiday season. 

Did I miss one? Let me know! I’m always looking for businesses to support and feature. 

Honourable mentions: Shout out to Globein and Earthlove!! While they aren’t Canadian, they are both focused on offering sustainable and eco-friendly products from around the world.

August 24, 2020 — Melanie Vert
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