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Curated! I love my Wool Dryer Balls

Dryer sheets, along with other scented household products including fabric softeners, contain a cocktail of industrial chemicals.  As single use items, they do not biodegrade but do leach their chemicals. These convenience items are not necessary!

Moss Creek Wool Works hand crafts each dryer ball from pure wool.  No colourings or scents added… just pure wool from free range sheep.

Using 3 balls in a dryer load leaves clothes static free and reduces wrinkling. If you want to scent your clothing, you can add for favourite essential oil to the dryer ball!  Fragrance without industrial chemicals. Yay!

And using wool dryer balls can reduce the drying time significantly (20%-50%).   Given the dryer’s high use of electricity (you see that plug!) this is a meaningful reduction.  No single use dryer sheets can do that.  

Use these dryer balls up to 500 times! And then, well, they are wool! … leave them to naturally biodegrade.

The packaging is not only delightful, but also plastic free!  And did I mention they are down the road in Norfolk County?

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Curated! Lets ditch some Plastic





Have you ever considered the quantity of plastic in the packaging and product of dental floss?  It might be a small thing, but everything we do is small until we add it up through our lifetime and across a population.  And when there is a great alternative, why wouldn’t we choose it?

SenzaBamboo dental floss is 100% plastic free.  The floss is made of natural silk.  By spinning the floss cleverly into a cocoon, they were able to ditch the plastic knob in the middle.  The cocoon is sealed in a waterproof cornstarch bag that is placed in a paper box.

This is what is possible by just trying and committing. 

We also added their charcoal infused toothbrush with bamboo handle and 100% compostable packaging. 

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Curated! Nuts to You





All Nuts to You nut butters are palm oil free!  It is difficult to find nut butters without palm oil… even the ones that are organic. (Why is palm oil free important?)

Packaged in a glass jar and metal lid, the only plastic is the lid seal.

This hazelnut butter is unusual and delicious!  Made with a single ingredient: dry-roasted organic hazelnuts, and hence it is organic, non-GMO, vegan and gluten free.

All the nuts to you nut butters that I have tried are delicious!  I was so delighted to discover they are a family business located in Paris, Ontario!  

We are also carrying their smooth and crunchy organic peanut butter with similar credentials!

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Curated! huh?




















Label claims are confusing

We select the products in our curated market so we can support others who, like us, and you, strive to make a difference. It is always a matter of weighing one aspect against another.   “Do I purchase conventional loose produce or local certified organic packaged in plastic?”

Its complicated. And there is a lot of BS out there. With the rise of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spin, we consumers intuitively know that while many of the claims may have merit, but it is difficult to sort out their comparative “goodness”. 

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Choosing to tread lightly

To help us with our own purchasing, we consider these aspects to help us evaluate “goodness”.  They are based in our knowledge and judgement of their impact on ecosystems and people.  I should be clear, that we have found that quality is often aligned with sustainable production, and exceptional quality is always a prerequisite in our collection.

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Our Bird Friendly certified coffee is grown in a biodiverse forest ecosystem that supports wildlife including our migratory songbirds… and Howler Monkeys too!

All  Bird Friendly coffee is certified Organic too.  Most is also certified Fair Trade and the others are direct trade with estate growers with better than fair trade prices.


“Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.” ~IFOAM.org

The organic certification forbids the use of GMOs, so all certified organic products are also non-GMO



More than 80% of all genetically modified crops grown worldwide have been engineered for herbicide tolerance.2 As a result, the use of toxic herbicides, such as Roundup®, has increased fifteen-fold since GMOs were first introduced.3 All genetically modified food crops are modified to withstand the application of agro-chemicals.  

Most packaged foods contain ingredients derived from corn, soy, canola, and sugar beet — and the vast majority of those crops grown in North America are genetically modified. 1


Factory farming inflicts unimaginable cruelty upon livestock.  Imagine a laying hen’s life in a cage with 4 other hens, unable to turn around without shoving one another… feet forever on chicken wire… laying almost daily for years. This is the life of hens in industrial egg production facilities.  Factory farming is a monstrous example of what happens when decisions are made by uninvolved people using only money to decide and without regard to the consequences.   


It is legal to confine hens to these cages for their entire lives.

NOpalm

Palm oil is an environmental disaster laying waste lush biodiverse forests to monoculture. There is no excuse for the monstrous suffering inflicted by the palm oil industry. 

Palm oil is not heathy and there are many alternative oils.  It is used primarily in processed foods to keep them appearing fresh as they travel through long industrial supply chains. 

Palm oil is in most processed foods, most soaps and many cosmetics.  It appears on labels in sneaky forms like vegetable oil and  ammonium laureth sulphate and Glycerin.

Homeless and lost, this orangutan is darted by rescue workers

The problem with plastic arises from one of its best qualities: it does not breakdown in natural systems.  That is great for something you want to last forever, but it is a very bad characteristic for single use items like product packaging, bottles, takeout food containers, and all items with short useful lifespans. 


While decisions in big companies are made based on a spreadsheet, independent suppliers are influenced by other measures of “goodness” like the wellbeing of their co-workers and their families, their passion, and providing value to their customers. They are innovators inspired by factors other than money.

Local and independent companies are more likely to use local suppliers. Instead of profits being concentrated in the hands of big companies, they are distributed throughout our communities.  This results in more resilient networks of suppliers and allows our collective values to thrive.

Passion led us here

Vegan is a great way to go cruelty free.  By ensuring the vegan option does not contain palm oil we can know it did not contribute to clearcutting Indonesian forests.  And with strictly non-GMO vegan options, we know that it did not contribute to ecosystem poisoning.  And if it is certified organic, we can know it sustains soils and water.


The rise of the use of glyphosate in everyday foods in the USA correlates with 20 prevalent diseases including gluten intolerance.  While no study has proved causation, neither has one revealed another cause.  

Canadian producers drench millions of acres of wheat with glyphosate days before harvest to enable an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.