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Fall Into Comfort September 26, 2016 13:00

Summer is slipping away, the air is cooling down and a lot of us will soon be entering our yearly hibernation mode. The weather here on the West Coast is pleasant even in the depths of 'winter', but that doesn't stop us from seeking warmth and comfort. 

Now is a great time to switch up your bedding, and for some of you, even your bed. We are proud retailers of Obasan organic mattresses and we're happy to tell you that their current promo is a winner. With the purchase of any Acadia model you will receive a free Banff 2.0 Fall Comforter, filled with organic wool and covered in organic cotton sateen, it's the perfect companion for a new mattress.

 


Composting In Your Kitchen? May 18, 2016 10:30

Here in Victoria, we're lucky to be able to send our food scraps for composting by the city. But what if you want to grow something yourself? Composting is the original recycling after all! Your food scraps get broken down into something to help you grow even more food. Traditionally thought of as something for people with lots of space, many of us shy away from composting ourselves. However, with bokashi composting, it's easier and takes up less space than ever before, even us apartment dwellers can get in on the action.

What is bokashi?

Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning 'fermented organic matter’. 

How does it work?

Bokashi composting starts with the bokashi bran, a mixture of dried carbon material (usually rice or wheat bran) and sugar infused with bacterial cultures, it is fermented and then dried for long term use.

When you add bokashi bran to a bokashi bin with your food scraps, the bokashi bran gets to work fermenting the food scraps. The good bacteria breaks the food scraps down into a 'pre-compost' which can then be buried, added to the compost pile or your potting containers. After two more weeks it is assimilated into the soil and ready for planting.

Why should I compost with bokashi?

The benefits of bokashi composting are many.

Space:

The bokashi bin we sell as part of the bokashi starter kit is small enough to use in even the teeniest apartment.

Ease:

On a day to day basis, all that's required is adding food scraps to the bin, sprinkling on some bokashi bran and leaving it alone.

Speed: 

It takes just 4 to 6 weeks to go from food scraps to nutrient-rich and microbe saturated compost.

Odor:

Bokashi composting has a pickle and yeast type scent, no foul rotting odors.

Pests:

Traditional composting attracts flies, mice, rats, raccoons and bears, these pests are not attracted to the scent of bokashi compost.

Plant growth:

The good bacteria in bokashi composting creates a microbe and nutrient-rich compost that provides an excellent foundation for building productive soil structures. We've had customers report enormous growth increases in plant growth when switching to bokashi compost.

How do I do it?

Easy! The bokashi starter kit comes with everything you need, including instructions.

 


Job Posting: Weekends at Good Planet! May 17, 2016 15:30

Part time (16+ hrs/wk) sales and service
THE GOOD PLANET COMPANY -Victoria, BC

Do you love the idea of working for a company dedicated to offering natural, organic, earth-friendly products and services to the great people of Victoria?

Would you like to work as a valued member of a small, enthusiastic and friendly group of caring, like-minded individuals, working together to ensure the viability and success of a great little company?

The Good Planet Company may be what you are looking for! We have an opening for a part time team member, specifically for weekend work, usually Friday,Saturday and Sunday. Your most important qualifications for this job will be a proven record of excellent customer service and communication skills, confidence, flexibility, and attitude as a conscientious self-starter!

Roles & responsibilities
- Engagement with customers, demonstrating your passion for environmental products
- Collaborate on and help to maintain the store’s visuals and displays
- Cashier responsibilities including accurate processing of sales transactions
- Maintain pricing accuracy on shelves and in computerized POS system
- Perform housekeeping duties as required and/or assigned

Qualifications & requirements:
- You excel at customer service with experience in retail sales
- You are passionate about environmentally sustainable products and business practices
- You have the ability to work retail hours including weekends and holidays when required.
- You are a motivated, energetic and conscientious self-starter
- You are a good communicator, able to relate well to people of all ages & backgrounds
- You are in excellent health, can lift or maneuver large boxes, and to stand for up to eight hours.

Responsibilities include:
- Assisting customers with all product enquiries and in the selection of goods
- Fulfillment of phone and website orders
- Cleaning and maintenance of sales floor and storage areas
- Collaborating on and aiding with creative merchandising of in-store and window displays
- 100% on-time opening and closing of store
- Other retail tasks as required

We provide:
- A competitive rate of pay with regular reviews and pay increases.
- A generous staff discount on all goods and services.
- A paid, 30-minute lunch break on all shifts over 6 hours
- Flexible vacation scheduling
- A fun, collaborative working environment.

Salary:
$12/hour to start, reviews and increases at 1, 3, and 12 months.

To apply: We require a cover letter stating your reasons and qualifications for applying for this position, together with your resume.
This application package should be addressed to Brittany Gamble, Good Planet’s store manager, and delivered in person at 764 Fort Street in Victoria, between the hours and 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.
Selected applicants will be invited for an interview, at which time the applicant will be asked questions pertaining to fair trade, organics, retail business basics, past retail experience and other questions to help us gain an insight into your personality and suitability for this position.

Please be aware that only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.


Natural Sunblock May 11, 2016 10:30

Sunblock, we need it, but some products can do more harm than good. Most of the sunblocks and sunscreens we can buy at the pharmacy give us a false sense of security, while they do indeed protect from sunburn they don't necessarily protect from skin cancer. The FDA stated in 2007 that it is "not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer”. That's not all, chemical sunscreens are thought to actually accelerate skin cancer (rates of skin cancer have gone UP with rates of sunscreen development and use) or contain endocrine disrupting ingredients.

Our sun block of choice is made right here on Vancouver Island, Healing Bliss Botanicals Skin Bliss Sunblock is 100% natural, child-safe, vegan, biodegradable, the list goes on. It's also set in an organic face & body lotion base, so it moisturizes while it protects. We just restocked our favourite sunblock, so come on in to our Fort Street store to snag some. We have SPF 30 & 45 in stock, but it's flying off the shelves so pop in soon.


Change One Thing April 13, 2016 10:00

When you start to dip your toe into the world of green living, it can be so overwhelming that you might want to bury your head right back in the sand. But I have great news, you only have to change ONE thing to make a difference, even better: you get to choose which thing you change.

Find yourself buying bottled water? Get a reusable water bottle! Even if we're recycling plastic water bottles, we're still using energy and resources to do so. But the bottled water industry has other problems too (see here). Purchasing a water bottle is generally one of the first & easiest things people do, remembering to always carry it with you can take a little more work (or am I the only forgetful one?). S'well seems to have really cornered the market here, with stainless steel bottles that can keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours, they not only work great but they look amazing - we always have a range of styles in stock!

http://www.goodplanet.com/collections/home-kitchen/water-bottles

Addicted to grabbing a hot drink on your way to work? Unfortunately those disposable cups often end up in landfill even when you drop it in the recycling bin with good intentions (see here). Most coffee shops will give you a discount on your drink when you bring your own travel mug! A simple switch to make, and sometimes a style statement. Our favourite right now are the Joco travels mugs, they come in a range of colours so handsome that they fly off the shelves here.

http://www.goodplanet.com/search?q=joco

Can't get enough of those sweet iced summer drinks from your favorite coffee shop? Get a reusable straw, over the whole summer this could save 10s or even 100s of plastic straws (per person) ending up on our beaches, in our oceans and who knows where else. Glass, stainless steel and even bamboo are great options.

Can't live without your weekly takeout pad thai? (just me again?) This one is a little more outside of the box, but since those takeout containers are often difficult to recycle, it's worth considering! Take a reusable container to the restaurant and refuse their disposable packaging. Our stainless steel containers are perfect for this.

http://www.goodplanet.com/collections/home-kitchen/waste-free-lunch

The key to starting is figuring out what single-use items you use most frequently, and replacing them with reusables. 

 


Organic Bedding For All April 06, 2016 10:30

When you consider that we spend one third of our life in bed, what we sleep on starts to become more of a concern. Even if you burn the candle at both ends and chase all kinds of deadlines, chances are you're spending 35+ hours in bed each week. We all know about the importance of organic when it comes to food, but the things we surround ourselves with (& sleep) are just as important.

'Organic' can seem like the buzzword du jour, or a cause only for the rich. Here at Good Planet we strive to make 'good' accessible. Which is why we're very excited to offer a new line of organic cotton sheet sets in our healthy bedding section.

 

These sheet sets have a 500 thread count and are certified organic. They're also incredibly cost effective. Just $119 for a queen set and $129 for the king. Each set includes 2 x pillow cases, 1 x flat sheet, 1 x fitted sheet. These beautiful sheet sets are a great first step to a healthy bedroom.

 


Do You Diffuse? March 30, 2016 10:00

We love essential oils here at The Good Planet, we use them in our soaps, scrubs, shampoos and more. But we also love to diffuse them!

The benefits of diffusing essential oils run far beyond deodorizing your home. 

Relaxation

Essential oils can lift the spirit and calm the mind. Lavender is probably the most well known relaxing oil, but chamomile, bergamot, frankincense, jasmine, neroli, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang can all help us to achieve a state of relaxation.

Immunity Boosting

During cold & flu season, essential oils can add an extra layer of defense against illnesses. Cinnamon, eucalyptus, frankincense and oregano can all help boost immunity.

Air Cleansing

When the air in our homes starts to feel a little stale, diffusing certain essential oils can help to purify. Lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sage and tea tree all have air cleansing benefits.

Sleep Aid

Here at The Good Planet we know the importance of quality sleep, when sleep eludes you it can effect every aspect of your daily life. You probably already know that lavender is a commonly used and very effective sleep aid, but there's more! Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot and sandalwood can help those chasing elusive sleep.

Cold & Flu Relief

Essential oils can help us breathe easier when we're struggling due to cold, flu or allergies. Pick up our exclusive "Breathe Better" blend or try eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary or peppermint.

We carry a range of diffusers and essential oils. Our exclusive destination blends diffuse beautifully and our 100% pure essential oils can help ease a number of ills.

 

 

 

 

 


Huge discounts on Obasan rubber mattress demonstration models! February 05, 2016 15:42

ANNUAL DEMO MATTRESS CLEARANCE: UP TO 40% OFF

Have you tried out our wonderful Obasan and Sleeptek mattresses in-store?  You’ll know how amazingly comfortable, adjustable and durable they are, and that they are made in Canada of 100% certified organic cotton, rubber and wool components!

Once or twice a year, we replace our in-store demo models to ensure that everything stays fresh and new for our customers. We do this while they are still in top condition. These demo models are sold off at a discount, and can be considered “new’ except for an occasional scuff mark. They have all been lightly tested in-store, but none have been slept on, none are “returns” or have used in any location other than right here in the store.

These products are sold “as-is” although there is an option to further customize the rubber cores on each side of the Acadia mattresses for optimal comfort at nominal cost.  All items can be  picked up in-store (very easy to disassemble, transport and reassemble) or can be delivered and set up in your home for a $100 charge.

Please note; we require a ten day timespan between the purchase of a demo mattress and the day that you can take it home. This allows us to replace it with a new in-store demo model. Thank you for your understanding.

This is the list of demo models being sold off, effective February 5th, 2016 at 4pm. One model of each available. All prices below are subject to sales taxes. Payment in full by cash, debit or credit at time of purchase.  Financing available. 


Model Name

Size

Reg Price

SELLOFF

Acadia 2 (8” depth)

Queen, mattress only, 41% off

3699.00

2190.00

Acadia 4 (12” depth)

Queen, mattress only, 41% off

5099.00

2990.00

Euro 1 (8” depth)

Queen, mattress only, 41% off

2999.00

1790.00

Harmony (10” depth)
(NEW, in-box, 25% off)

Queen, mattress only, 25% off

3999.00

2990.00

Euro Wood Foundation

Queen, no legs, fits all of above, 50% off
(requires wood or metal bed frame)

750.00

370.00

Wool 3” Topper
(NEW, in-bag, 33% off)

Twin. 33% off

699.00

468.00


For more information, and to try out the actual mattresses listed above, please call us or drop by the store at your convenience.  But be quick, our demo sell-offs never last long!

Warm Woolies, Ahoy! October 28, 2015 14:44

Here at the Good Planet, colder weather is almost (hey, we said almost) looked forward to because that means that it is time to bring out the warm woolies! We are always excited about this because it is such a treat to see what we get.  Each pair is unique, and the colours are always so vibrant and inspiring.

Our warm woolies are all hand dyed, hand spun, and made with love. A women's co-op in Kathmandu, Nepal makes each item by hand, ensuring that you get the best quality product available.  They are fairly traded (almost direct!), so you can rest assured that your purchase is helping overseas women and their families have much improved lives.

So, swing by the Planet and take a peek at the selection.  We have socks, mittens, gloves, hats, and slippers for all shapes and sizes! Grab a pair for yourself, or maybe a pair or two for friends and family! You won't regret it - we promise!

#WarmWoolies a-plenty! #colourful #cozy #fairtrade #shoplocal #shopyyj #fabulousfort #fall #autumn #mitts #gloves #hats

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Fall Bedding Sale - Fall Into Flannel! October 19, 2015 17:34



Our annual Fall Bedding Sale is in full swing. Now is your chance to scoop up some sweet deals on cozy flannels, luxurious sateens, thermal duvets, and so much more!

Flannel is classic. Nothing says "Autumn is here!" quite like the crunch of leaves under your boot, and the desire to curl up under the blankets and sip hot cocoa. Is your bed prepared for the cool nights ahead?

Why Flannel?

1. It's cozy!

Our organic cotton flannels are softer, and thicker than other types of sheets. The breathable cotton is brushed on both sides, making it feel cozier against our skin. Because of this, flannels are better at keeping our body heat closer to us, leaving us comfortable, despite the weather outside.

2. They're affordable and economical!

Who knew that sheets could help you save money? Not only will getting into bed feel like a treat, but organic cotton flannel sheets retain heat better – and longer – than other cotton weaves. This means that you can turn your heater down, and stay just as cozy. If you get up in the middle of the night, you can return to a still-warm bed, helping you to quicky fall asleep again.

3. They are easy to care for, and are long-lasting!

Organic cotton is durable, breathable, and gets softer with each wash. We recommend a cold water wash with a mild soap, and tumble dry low, or hanging your sheets to dry. This ensures that they will last you for years and years to come.

We have been carrying flannel bedding from glo (Green Living Organics) for years. But, we also now carry flannel bedding from Gainsborough by Kouchini. Check out some of our selection below, and don't forget to input the discount code FALL2015 for 15% off at checkout!






Would you like to work at Good Planet? July 07, 2015 17:52

 

Do you love the idea of working for a company dedicated to offering natural, organic, earth-friendly products and services to the great people of Victoria?

Would you like to work as a valued member of a small, enthusiastic and friendly group of caring, like-minded individuals, working together to ensure the viability and success of a great little company?

The Good Planet Company may be what you are looking for! We have an opening for a part time team member involving hours ranging from 20 to 28 hours per week.

Your most important qualifications for this job will be a proven record of excellent customer service and communication skills, confidence, flexibility, and attitude as a conscientious self-starter!

Roles & responsibilities
Engagement with customers, demonstrating your passion for environmental products
Collaborate on and help to maintain the store’s visuals and displays
Count, order, receive and merchandise inventory
Cashier responsibilities including accurate processing of sales transactions
Maintain pricing accuracy on shelves and in computerized POS system
Perform housekeeping duties as required and/or assigned

Qualifications & requirements:
You excel at customer service with experience in retail sales
You are passionate about environmentally sustainable products and business practices
You have the ability to work retail hours including weekends and holidays when required.
You are a motivated, energetic and conscientious self-starter
You are a good communicator, able to relate well to people of all ages & backgrounds
You are in excellent health, can lift or maneuver large boxes, and to stand for up to eight hours.

Responsibilities include:
Assisting customers with all product enquiries and in the selection of goods
Fulfillment of phone and website orders
Cleaning and maintenance of sales floor and storage areas
Collaborating on and aiding with creative merchandising of in-store and window displays
100% on-time opening and closing of store
Other retail tasks as required

We provide:
A competitive rate of pay with regular reviews and pay increases.
A generous staff discount on all goods and services.
A paid, 30-minute lunch break on all shifts over 6 hours
Flexible vacation scheduling
A fun, collaborative working environment.

To apply: We require a cover letter stating your reasons and qualifications for applying for this position, together with your resume.
This application package should be addressed to Brittany Gamble, Good Planet’s store manager, and delivered in person at 764 Fort Street in Victoria, between the hours and 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.
Please note, e-mailed or postal mailed applications will not be accepted.
Selected applicants will be invited for an interview, at which time the applicant will be asked questions pertaining to fair trade, organics, retail business basics, past retail experience and other questions to help us gain an insight into your personality and suitability for this position.
Please be aware that only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.


Choosing A Pillow: A Brief Guide June 04, 2015 17:55

Pillows are a very personal thing, and choosing a new one can be a daunting task.  With so many options, it can be overwhelming. The Good Planet is here to help relieve that pressure, by giving you only the best options and giving you the information you need to be confident.  All of our pillows are certified organic, hypoallergenic, and made in Canada!

There are four key things to consider when you are looking for a new pillow:

  • Sleeping position
  • Body size and shape
  • Pillow material(s)
  • Personal preference


Let's start with sleeping position. Many people suffer through tossing and turning throughout the night, but your ideal pillow is going to be one that best supports you in your predominant sleeping position. Ultimately, the position that you fall asleep in should be the most important one that you consider. You want to make sure that the pillow you choose has enough support for your neck, without compromising the rest of your body.

Body shape and size are the next things to consider. How tall are you? Do you have broad shoulders, or are you more slender? After your neck is suppported, you have to make sure that you are not hunching your shoulders or allowing your spine to misalign. Different body shapes and sizes will find comfort and support with different pillows. It is important to remember that just because a pillow works for you, it does not mean it will work for everyone.

The material(s) of the pillow are another thing to consider. We spend 6 to 8 hours a day with our faces next to our pillows - you want to make sure that your pillow is a healthy one. The Good Planet only carries the best types of pillows - all are organic, hypoallergenic, and made in Canada.

Last, but definitely not least, you will want to take your personal preferences into account. If you don't like it, you won't love it!

Shredded Natural Rubber

 

The shredded rubber pillow is by far the best seller at the Good Planet.  Natural Dunlop rubber is put through a special chipping machine to give a nice fluffy fill that can be moved around to create divots or pull forward to create a firmer feel.  Naturally antibacterial and dust mite resistant, this pillow is the only one we have that is machine washable.  

Great for all sleeping positions.

 


Solid Rubber Pillow

 

Solid rubber pillows are an excellent alternative to memory foam pillows.  Made with the same Dunlop rubber as the shredded natural rubber pillows, they share the same antibacterial and dust mite resistant properties.  

Because of their shape, these pillows are generally recommended for stomach sleepers, or side sleepers with slender shoulders.


Wool Pilllows

 

The wool pillows we offer are certified organic and certified fair trade.  The wool "pearls" help to retain a fluffy loft. The natural properties of sheep's wool wicks moisture away and breathes, helping your body regulate its own temperature.  

Good for all sleeping positions.


Kapok Pillows




Kapok trees (sometimes called silk cotton trees) produce a fibre that makes excellent pillows.  Its high loft makes it ideal for those with broad shoulders.  This pillow does have a zipper, though, so one can adjust the amount of fill and loft.

This pillow tends to be best for side sleepers, but can be adjusted for other positions and comfort levels.


Buckwheat Pillows

 

Buckwheat pillows are the firmest pillows that we offer.  The hulls can be moved around within the pillow to create more pronounced divots and mounds, similar to the shredded rubber.  A layer of sheep's wool helps with noise cancellation and also absorbs excess body moisture.

This pillow also has a zipper to adjust the level of fill and loft, but is generally recommended for back or side sleepers.


Please check out our full pillow selection here.

We have all available to try in-store, so drop in, say hello, and let us help you prepare for the best sleep of your life.


Reduce, REUSE May 13, 2015 14:15

Wes Koch, owner of The Soap Exchange VictoriaFrom an environmental standpoint, some of the best things we can do as a consumer is  REDUCE our consumption and REUSE items as much as possible.  These are values that we hold near and dear, and we are proud to partner with other local business that do too.  The Soap Exchange Victoria has been in business in Victoria for 22 years.  They have their main storefront on 1393A Hillside Avenue, and quite a number of satellite refill stations in other businesses around the city. 

The Soap Exchange products are 100% biodegradable and are made in Canada.  Many of them are concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way.  The crowning jewel, however, is their refill system: A nominal deposit is charged on their bottles and buckets (or you can bring your own if you head over to their Hillside Avenue location).  They do this so that customers are encouraged to bring their bottles and containers back to be refilled and reused, ultimately reducing the strain on our waste and recycling systems.  

The Good Planet is a proud exchange partner for The Soap Exchange.  We will swap out bottles and buckets for new ones, and send the old ones back to The Soap Exchange so that they may be cleaned and refilled there before being re-sold.  We carry the basic line of products from The Soap Exchange, but do encourage customers to check out their website - we are always happy to special order items if you are unable to make it to their storefront!

We asked Wes Koch, owner of The Soap Exchange Victoria, some questions about what he does:

On average, how long do the bottles/buckets last a customer?

We still have customers re-using packaging (primarily powder buckets) that they received from us in May 1993.  That is an amazing 22 years or reusing.  I would say the average “life span” of our packaging is more in the neighborhood of 6 – 8 years.


What's your estimate on how many bottles/buckets/plastic is saved per year from the Soap Exchange users? 

Based on the number of transactions we carry out per month and on the fact that most customers re-fill 4 – 6 products per visit, my conservative estimate would be that we divert 4000-5000 ½ Litre and 1 Litre bottles from landfill sites and recycling facilities per month.  In addition to this, I would estimate that we divert 200 – 300 4 Litre bottles and 80 – 100 20L buckets per month from the waste stream as well.  Multiply that times 22 years of being in business and it is astounding to think of the amount of space this would take up.


What is your best selling product? Why? 

Our best-selling product is our laundry powder (Envirowash)(close to 25% of our sales).  Next would be our unscented dish soap (Soft Shine) and unscented liquid laundry soap (Terge).  Closely following would be our all-purpose cleaner (Nature Power) and bathroom cleaner (Red Marvel).  Our personal products such as our Sensibility Hair Shampoo, Conditioner and Hand & Body Lotion have also been gaining in popularity over the past few years.

What is the biggest benefit of Soap Exchange products? 

There are many benefits to using Soap Exchange products.  One of the most important benefits is obviously the re-using of packaging and the positive impact this has on our local environment.  Another benefit is that it a consumer suffers from a sensitivity to fragrances and dyes, we offer many dye-free/scent free products (particularly products that make continual contact with the hands and body such as laundry soap, dish soap, hair shampoo, hand and body soap, etc).  In addition, virtually 95% of our products are Canadian made with many being locally sourced so consumers are supporting ethical Canadian business as well.  Another benefit would be economic.  As most of our (non-personal care) products are concentrates, customers are required to use much less product to get the same or better results of the more well-known eco and non-eco brands.  In turn, customers should realize a cost savings in their average monthly cleaning product purchase expense of 20 – 30 %.


Are there any drawbacks? 

The only drawback I would suggest is that customers have to make a special trip to our store or to any of our retail outlets/distributors scattered throughout Victoria and the surrounding area.  Convenience is a big factor for people and it is much easier and more appealing for people to be able to “one stop shop” at their neighborhood grocery or health food store.  To help mitigate the inconvenience of making a special trip to our main store on Hillside Avenue, we encourage our customers to bring in all of their containers at the same time and we in turn simply “top up” the bottles that are not empty.  This results in customers not having to come to the store every time a bottle is empty.  They can refill everything at the same time, avoiding having to wait to make a special trip when a bottle runs out.


Essential Oils and Winding Down Before Bed May 07, 2015 17:01

On average, we spend about 26 years sleeping, so as you can imagine, sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives. When we don't get a restful sleep, our cognitive skills lessen as does our bodies' ability to heal and rejuvenate.

There can be many reasons why people don’t sleep. It can be stress, worry, a snoring partner, anxiety, ADD/ADHD issues, parenting small children, depression, hormonal changes, menopause, and the daily trials and tribulations of life.

Whatever our individual reason may be, here are a few ideas to help you settle your mind and body so you can have a restful night.

The easiest way to get started is to try one oil for a few days and then another for the next few days, etc. Put a couple of drops on your pillowcase at night (keep away from where your face will be) and breathe in the aroma deeply. Test out the different ones and find what works best for you.

If dropping essential oils on your pillow is not desirable to you, there are several other options. A water diffuser with a timer is an ideal option as are pillow sprays which can be made very easily...

An essential oil pillow spray that would certainly help you drift off to dream land:

Small Spray bottle (at least 250ml and dark in colour would be best to protect your oils)
1 cup distilled water
1 1/2 Tsp witch hazel, plain vodka, or denatured alcohol
12 drops lavender essential oil

Of course if you aren't a lavender fan, there are other great essential oil options to help you get off to la la land:

Lavender - calming, works as an anti depressant, fights headaches
Clary Sage - relieves stress, helps balance hormones, fights insomnia
Bergamot - helps to relieve anxiety & balance emotions
Roman Chamomile - calms your stomach & nerves-especially effective in children
Frankincense - promotes calmness, relaxation & deep breathing for staying healthy.

Any of the essential oils will create a splendid sleep spray to help you at nights! Try some of these together to see what you like best!

A couple of other tips:
  • Yoga, meditation, and bio-feedback, are all good ways to help you overcome the stresses involved in our day-to-day lives so you can calm down enough to sleep.
  • Always 'unplug' for at least an hour before bed as the harsh glow of a computer or phone screen are very stimulating for the brain, so crack a book, relax and settle in for a restful sleep!

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Every Day Is Earth Day April 22, 2015 15:26



At The Good Planet, every day is Earth Day.  However, we recognize the importance of taking a day to pause, reflect on our impacts, and choose how to act in the best interests of Mother Nature.  We only have one planet Earth, and we need to do everything that we can to protect it.

Last night, we attended a film screening of Bag It hosted by the Victoria, B.C. chapter of The Surfrider Foundation. While some of the facts presented in the film were familiar to us at the Planet, the way they were presented was refreshing.  The film has a way of reaching out to a variety of audiences, and has a couple of different versions (short and long) to make it even more adaptable to different groups of people.

The film examines the true cost of our "throw away" society, and encourages viewers to change their consuming habits.  Small changes can add up to an extraordinary amount if we all just pitch in and do our part.  If you are stuck on a place to start, or need help making some changes to your habits, let us know - we have lots of ideas, and products that can help you do just that.

We have included below the trailer for Bag It. We hope that you will take a few minutes to check it out, and help us spread the word.  Rise above plastic - be a voice for the earth.

From the Planet staff to you, happy Earth Day. Thank you for helping us be a part of the solution!

 




Good Planet now offers low interest financing! April 14, 2015 16:07

It's no secret that Good Planet offers the world's finest, most comfortable, durable and adaptable mattresses.  

But we know that it's not always easy to invest in one without first doing some financial planning!  We have listened to our customers, and have partnered with Financeit in order to provide on-the-spot financing at an attractive 12.99% annual interest rate, far less than the rate charged on a typical credit card.  Whether you choose a 12, 24 or 36 month term (even longer on certain purchases) you have the option of paying the loan off in full at any time with no penalties! 

Not looking for a mattress right now, but need to re-vamp your home with a basket of natural, organic, earth-friendly products? We have you covered! A loan from Financeit can be for purchases of as little as $500.  

Need more details? Just drop by the store, call us on the phone or drop us an email, we'll be happy to answer your questions.  Want to pre-authorize a loan before you come in to the store? Click on the blue box below to get started! 


Basket Bonanza April 08, 2015 12:00

 


Over the past twelve years, Good Planet has carried literally thousands of products. Some are stocked for just a few months, others for a few years. A select few have been perennial favourites since day one.  One of these products is our beautiful Bolga baskets, imported directly from our friends at The
Baba Tree Company in Bolgatanga, northern Ghana.

Good Planet staff know that when our Baba Tree shipment arrives, I am the only one allowed to open it up!  I relish taking each of these completely unique baskets from their container, appreciating the many hours of skill and creativity invested into each one, and then meditatively soaking and re-shaping each one into the perfect form, originally created those 12,000 kilometres away!

Our supplier, The Baba Tree Company is the ONLY transparent company in the Bolga region. Company founder Gregory lives and works in the Baba Tree compound and holds regular workshops to help the weavers choose the best colours and weaving practices. He buys directly from the weavers, and pays the highest price of any organization in the Bolga region.

This is DIRECT FAIR TRADE at it's best, and we are very proud to carry the most beautiful, best made, and most legitimately sourced baskets of ANY on the market.  We have various sized round Bolga baskets and a great selection of the Nyariga style, pictured to the left.

You can read about the basket industry of northern Ghana in this groundbreaking report. We encourage you to drop by Good Planet to check out our most recent and most beautiful batch of baskets yet!  

- Ian 


 

 

 




Bonjour! April 02, 2015 16:43

Sophie the GiraffeWelcome Back, Sophie!

Ever popular, oh-so-natural Sophie products are back in store! After a long journey from France, she's back, and ready to help the little ones in your life with her soothing, yet stimulating features.  
Made in the French Alps with natural rubber and non-toxic food grade paint, Sophie has been safely cuddled and chewed for over 50 years - a history that is hard to beat!  

She's soft, light, and easy to grasp, making her perfect for little hands. Her colouring, scent, sounds, and different textures make Sophie the perfect choice for baby's first sensory and teething toy.

Sophie the Giraffe is so much more than a one trick pony, though.  Her success has allowed her to branch out, and now offers a complete line of 100% natural baby body care.  Made with 98% certified organic ingredients, these products are gentle on baby's sensitive skin, and have no negative impact on our environment.  We are excited to announce that we are now carrying these products, and hope that you will be too!

 

 


This Little Light of Mine.. March 28, 2015 12:43

Earth Hour 2015

Today, March 28th, 2015, marks the ninth annual Earth Hour.  From its humble beginnings in Sydney, Australia, this worldwide celebration has grown to include events from over 126 countries and territories!  Have you participated in Earth Hour celebrations before?  Will you partake this year? Gather some friends, wrangle your family, and talk to your co-workers about get an event started in your area!


 

What does it take to participate? Not much!  The easiest way to celebrate Earth Hour is to simply turn off all non essential lights and unplug your electronic devices.  Find some good company, a couple of candles, and enjoy some time chatting, telling stories, or playing games.  It may feel like one hour of this won't make much of an impact, but the intention of this worldwide event is to remind us that we are all on this planet together. It is up to us to work alongside one another to create more sustainable ways of life for the present and for the future.  If we don't pause to reflect on our impacts now, when will we?

Earth Hour 2015 - March 28th, 2015 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. local time.
If you need to pick up a few essentials to help get you through, we've got you covered!

 

  • Beeswax burns cleanly - no nasty carcinogens are released into the air.
  • Beeswax purifies the air as it burns, neutralizing allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet dander.
  • The warm glow from beeswax candle flames best simulates the light of the sun
  • The mild and sweet natural scent is calming.
  • Long burn times - the 3" pillar alone burns for 35-45 hours!
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    Workshops + Lotions = Love March 25, 2015 15:15

    It is no secret that The Good Planet Company is known for our all natural, delectably good smelling soaps that are not only good for us, but good for our planet too.  We have been offering beginner and advanced soap making workshops for a number of years, and time after time, participants have been left wanting more, more, more!  Well, you asked, we listened!  The Good Planet Company is pleased to announce an addition to our workshop lineup: Lotion Making for Beginners.  

    In this class, you will learn the basics of how to make your very own all natural, and oh-so-gentle hand and body lotion.  The classes are small, so you will have a chance to chat with other like-minded individuals who are trying their hand at a new skill too.  All materials are included in the cost of the workshop, and at the end of the evening, you will walk away with something you made and the knowledge to take on anything! (Okay, maybe not anything but you will certainly have a clear understanding of the basics!)



    Another exciting announcement is the introduction of a brand new Signature Destination Scent: Capri. Allow your senses to take you to sunny shores, where notes of mandarin, lavender, and chamomile will calm you, soothe you, and leave you feeling relaxed and serene.  Found only at The Good Planet Company! Who knows? Maybe it will be your next favourite!

    For more information about the workshops that we offer, click here.  You can find the available dates and register online! (We love to keep it simple).  Hope to see you soon!


    Is All That Glitters Gold? March 17, 2015 16:22

    It is no secret that The Good Planet Company was founded with the intention to be green and clean both in practice and in value. As leaders in the environmental retail sector, we have always been proud of our efforts to minimize our negative impact on the environment with our purchasing criteria, and in-store procedures.

    They say that all that glitters is gold, but when it comes to the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification, Green trumps all.  

     

                                                                           

     


    The VIGBC describes their program below:

    "The Vancouver Island Green Business Certification was built to recognize the efforts of local businesses that are reducing their environmental impact.  For businesses, it is a guide to greening your operations and educating your staff.  For consumers, it is a symbol that lets you know which businesses have green practices.  Together, we can lead by example and protect our natural environment while promoting our local economy.

    The VI Green Business Certification was developed based on researching and studying international best practices from established programs in Portland, Maryland, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Durham, and Fort Collins. Based on the results of this research Green Certification standards were adapted based on the existing programs and services that are locally available to the business community. The certification standards were also guided by industry experts, academics, local governments and members of the business community."

    There are three levels to the certification program; Silver, Gold, and Green.  Last year, The Good Planet Company achieved Gold level status.  After some efforts to make improvements in our retail space, we were able to easily break through the barrier and achieve Green status for 2015!

    We are very proud of reaching the highest level tier, and it has even been rumoured that we have the of the highest scores for a retailer in our region! 

    The staff here at The Good Planet are committed to maintaining this high standard, but we could not do what we do without the support of our friends, families, and customers.  So, a BIG thank you to everyone who supports us in our endeavors.

    Twelve Years in the Making March 12, 2015 17:28

    Welcome to our updated website - it's been twelve years in the making, and we're very proud of it!  

    This is our fourth generation website... our first (2003) was not e-commerce enabled, our second (2005) had a disastrous meltdown, our third (2008) was getting a little tired and jumbled, so welcome to number four!  We think we have it right this time!  

    The NEW goodplanet.com has all the latest bells and whistles, including: 

    • real time inventory - what you see on the site is available in-store, or is readily available to order
    • mobile friendly - browse on your tablet or smartphone 
    • super secure - the same level of security used by banks
    • ease of use - designed for ease of use, and ease of checkout. 

    And, we hope you will agree, it looks pretty good too!  
     
    If you have any questions, or any suggestions about how we might improve things even further, either in-store or on-line, please let us know.  
    In the meantime, have a look around, and we look forward to hearing from you!