Guide to Celebrating Sustainably in Edmonton this Season

Dec 1, 2021

Trim down on holiday excess (and your carbon footprint) with this eco-friendly guide to sustainable gifting. With the holiday season arriving, we encourage everyone to try making the holiday season a bit greener as you gather around the tree. Whether you are looking for a unique gift or a way to reduce waste and support local this season, consider giving a gift that will give back!

Share the Local Love

Sustainability is Santa's Middle Name

The Goodwill Impact Centre is the perfect stop for the DIYer, bargainista or upcycler in your life. The incredible work of the Goodwill Impact Centre focuses on sustainability by upcycling and selling candles, modifying old bicycles for individuals who have disabilities and producing towels and clothes from recycled textiles.

From Farm to Table

Here are a few ways to support Edmonton's culinary scene:

  • Purchase a gift card to a local business. Discover some of Edmonton's best local restaurants here.
  • Send a surprise delivery to a friend or join a culinary subscription service.
  • Try your next culinary adventure with Executive Chef Serge Belair’s French-ie Cuisine cooking tutorials.
  • Take an online cooking class with Get Cooking.
  • Pick-up specialty meats or the Field & Forest Holiday Bundle from The Butchery by RNG RD.
  • Have a special holiday night out at The Butternut Tree, where you'll find a menu of seasonal Canadian ingredients.
  • Order catering or take a private cooking class from Chef Scott Iserhoff's Pei Pei Chei Ow.


But wait, there's more! Craving a Spinach Pie that has an environmental footprint of 0.88 kg CO2e? We thought so. Check out High-Level Dinner's carbon footprint menu which will help you measure and understand your environmental impact. How cool is that?

Do-it-Yourself Gifting Ideas

Consider gifting homemade treats such as baked goods, granolas, soup mixes, jams, jellies, cookies, and hot chocolate kits. Handmade products such as scrubs, balms, bath soaks, soaps, candles, and essential oil perfume blends make great gifts as well. Bonus points if you purchase your ingredients and supplies from local retailers!

It's a Wrap!

Celebrate with an Experience

Gifts that Keep on Giving

This holiday season, consider giving gifts that reduce your environmental footprint and create positive change in the community. Celebrating sustainably is a small step that makes a BIG difference as we lighten our impact on the planet. From our family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!

The Edmonton Convention Centre

A version of this article was originally posted by the Edmonton Convention Centre. The Edmonton Convention Centre’s long-standing culture of environmental, economic and social sustainability has allowed it to celebrate sustainably for 37 years. Sustainability is the best gift you can give–and if a building this size can reduce its environmental footprint, so can you!