We believe making small, thoughtful changes in the way we do things as a business can have a positive impact by motivating people to choose a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. 

We are constantly reassessing how we can design and produce our goods to be more sustainable every step of the way – from the materials we use, where they’re made, how long they’ll last, and what happens to them after. 

We believe that sustainability practices should be shared and we always want to learn more about how we can do better. We’re not perfect, but we’re trying our best! We hope to give you little bits of information to look for when buying goods — because we know that greenwashing can make it challenging sometimes. 

Natural Materials

When designing our products, we aim to use natural and sustainable materials, whether it’s for clothing, self-care products, or home goods. 

Clothing Collection 

We’re committed to using natural & upcycled fabrics

Natural fabrics come from renewable sources—think cotton, hemp, and linen, and recycled fabrics are made with fabric waste — like Recover cotton.  Whereas synthetic fabrics come from petroleum i.e. nylon, polyester, etc. which we aim to avoid.

Our upcoming Touch of the Earth timeless collection of basics is made of hemp & organic cotton, milled and knitted in the United States (Did you know Canadian factories don't currently have the expertise to transform raw hemp?). Hemp is considered one of the most significant sustainable fibres since it adapts easily to different climates and it doesn’t require the use of pesticides, fertilizer, or irrigation. Hemp fabric is also

  • biodegradable
  • hypoallergenic
  • antibacterial and antimicrobial
  • durable & long-lasting
  • has a great capacity ratio (meaning it will keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter)

Our Art Tees are made out of organic cotton fabric milled and knitted in Canada. We committed to organic cotton so that we would offer a more affordable option from our hemp collection, while maintaining a low ecological impact. Compared to regular cotton, growing organic cotton means:

  • increasing biodiversity
  • mitigating climate change by eliminating intensive fertilizer
  • reducing water contamination and consumption 
  • preserving soil quality
  • reducing energy requirements

Our Olann x Merge knitwear collection is a close design collaboration with Emily, a talented Vancouver Island knitter that we’ve had the chance to work with for a few years now. She sources her wool and mohair entirely in Canada, and uses natural dyes whenever possible. Her experience and attention to details is reflected in the outstanding quality of her pieces, creating timeless knits that will last a lifetime.

Self-Care Collection

Both our bubble bath and soaps are handcrafted using only natural ingredients. We use coconut oil as a base for our Balmy fragrance, and are currently working on sourcing a locally made oil. We aim to reduce as much as possible the use of synthetic agents, under 1% of the total content, and go for natural alternatives whenever possible.

Made in Canada 

Our clothing, self-care and home goods are mostly handmade or manufactured in Canada

Why? Because it means:

  • Supporting small makers
  • Close collaboration & supply chain
  • A shared vision of quality & design
  • Ensured fair working conditions

From Quebec, Ontario, to BC, we work alongside skilled artisans to bring these designs to life. Every one of them has a different expertise to bring to the table, and we’re honoured to work with such talented people. 

Longevity

Our goods are made with love and passion for design, using quality materials. Once the product is yours, we hope that you will do your best to give it the lifetime that it was meant for.

If you find yourself not wearing or using something anymore, we encourage you to:

  • Gift it
  • Sell it
  • Repurpose it See here how to repurpose our self-care packaging (inspired by nature of things)
  • Recycle it  

But pretty please, do not throw it in the trash. 

Community

It’s our duty to give back to our community. This year, Merge donated to the following organizations: 

 

Whether you’re a business or an individual that has insights on how we can improve our sustainability practices, please feel free to reach out at hello@shopmerge.ca