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April 22, 2022

Sustainable Tourism is all about the changes we make, no matter how small, that allow us to take bigger steps forward in ensuring our environment remains protected and unspoiled. We want to highlight some businesses that are making a difference in our community, including ways you can learn more and take your first steps to sustainability…

REFILL AND REDUCE

Credits: @kimnorcross via @masonjarmerchant

Refilleries are an important addition to our community, as they allow us to refill everyday products without all the plastic waste that’s normally associated with our household staples. It means you’re more likely to buy as much as you need, greatly reducing the amount that is thrown out.

MASON JAR MERCHANT
9220 Glover Road

Mason jars aren’t just beautiful, but useful and practical too! The more glass we used in our everyday lives, the less household waste we produced. Since 2015, the Mason Jar Merchant has brought hundreds of eco-friendly products into our community and knows that swapping plastic for glass is the best way to start your low-waste journey!

CHUCKLING DUCKLING FARM
9188 Glover Road

Alongside offering an in-store refillery, that will soon be available online, Chuckling Duckling was also able to create its own line of soothing bath, body, and home products. These products are not only incredible on your skin, but respect the planet as well, containing all-natural ingredients that are grown and sourced locally.

ECO-FRIENDLY PACKAGING

Sustainable packaging helps both the producer and the consumer to reduce their environmental impact. Simply changing out plastic elements to biodegradable ones can greatly reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills.

KRAUSE BERRY FARMS
6179 248th Street

At Krause, they’ve switched all their take-out containers and cutlery to biodegradable ones; meaning you can enjoy fresh hot waffles served year-round from their Waffle Bar with little impact on our environment!

MARIA’S GELATO
101 – 9103 Glover Road

Implementing new changes to help reduce their carbon footprint, Maria’s has not used any styrofoam packaging materials since 2016, which has saved over 5,000 containers from going into the landfill each year! They’ve also switched out their gelato cups, spoons, and napkins to biodegradable and encourage you to bring in your own reusable cups, mugs, and tumblers when possible.

FLOWER FORT
Call for address (604) 787-3337

If you’ve ever received a flower arrangement from Flower Fort you might have noticed that the green foam, commonly used in the floral industry, is missing. By avoiding this foam they’re helping to protect our environment from the plastic material that breaks into tiny pieces and the potential toxins that can easily leach into our water systems.

DOWN 2 EARTH PLANT PARLOUR
8912 202nd Street

As so much more than great food, Down 2 Earth focuses on the intersection of compassion, health and sustainability. With their menu packaged in environmentally friendly dinnerware, there is no worry as you take care of the earth through their fully vegan, dairy-free, and plant-based menu.

REPURPOSE AND RELOVE

Making secondhand purchases is naturally eco-friendly, as you’re giving new life to something typically destined for the landfill. Shopping at a local thrift or vintage store is a simple and easy way to go green, plus you can curate a one-of-a-kind wardrobe and find unique high-quality goods for your home.

VILLAGE ANTIQUE MALL
23331 Mavis Street

Since 1984, this antique mall in Fort Langley has provided a wide range of antiques, collectibles, home décor, vintage finds, and much more! With over 60 independent sellers inside, you’re sure to find the perfect one-of-a-kind piece for your home.

REMPEL MERCANTILE
9183 Glover Road

This beautiful store carries antiques, restored furniture, and collectibles. As the owners home away from home, each piece has been carefully curated and meticulously restored. We can’t wait for you to discover the rich history behind each piece!

MORPHOLOGY STUDIO
9048 Glover Road

As a slow fashion art and design shop, Morphology produces clothing in a way that respects the environment; older textiles are transformed into something completely new. This means more time is spent on the design process, ensuring each piece is quality made and truly one-of-a-kind.

COPPER REATA
106 – 22575 Fraser Highway

Located in beautiful Murrayville, Copper Reata’s ever-changing vintage and antique decor and furniture stock means you never know what treasures you’ll find. Their store also features sustainably packaged products such as body scrubs, cocktail kits, and candles.

COUNTRY LANE ANTIQUES
9179 Glover Road

Country Lane offers one-of-a-kind, authentic antiques that have been carefully refinished, restored and even sometimes repurposed by their in-house craftsmen. Discover the unique story behind each crafted piece, as it might just end up being cherished by you!

NAPIER’S COUNTRY ANTIQUES
6743 216th Street

Napier’s “one-stop” vintage shop is located in the beautiful and Historic Milner Village of Langley. Home to pop memorabilia, collectibles, furniture, vintage auto parts, hardware and tools, a Vancouver trolley and three highway trailers full for you to explore!

GREENSPIRATION

Credits: Langley Centennial Museum

It is important that we seek out inspiration from others and learn about the different sustainable practices and approaches we can use.

LANGLEY CENTENNIAL MUSEUM
9135 King Street

The museums latest exhibit, Green Art: Sharing Sustainable Approaches and Practices, features works created with at least 75% green or repurposed materials. With the purpose of raising awareness about the different types of consumer waste, these works demonstrate how sustainable art can be created differently through reusing and repurposing similar materials. On display from now until the 21st of May, this exhibit will help you find creative ways to reuse and reduce waste every day!

These are just a few of the ways businesses are creating change in the Township of Langley. For more information on other businesses, please visit us at Tourism Langley.