I love Lee Valley. If I need something for my home or if I want to get a gift, this is always my first stop (of course, after checking out some vintage shops first). They sell neat and useful gadgets that are eco-friendly and made to last (quality!). They also sell many plastic-free games and toys that teach problem-solving skills and non-violence (unlike most video games and toys out there today).
The holidays are just around the corner. Why not choose vintage goods? Buying second-hand is eco-friendly in that you are not using new resources and energy to produce a new item. In addition, I find that vintage items were made to last - therefore they are better quality. Finally, the items may be more unique because they are not mass-produced.
I’ve never really thought about my toothbrush, even though it’s made from plastic. Sure, I’ve seen those alternative toothbrushes at the store but never made the switch. According to Brush with Bamboo, over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes end up in oceans and landfills every year.