Ethical souvenirs

Cynthia Langlois

I’ve long been an ardent supporter of fair trade production, sustainable development, traditional know-how and local craftsmanship. As the owner of the boutique Magasin Général, I want visitors to Montreal to discover beautiful, quality products. For my first collaboration with Mt1642, I’ve put together a list of eco-friendly products that I think are really worth checking out!

Magasin Général

Located in the Delta Hotel by Marriott Montreal—a first for a downtown hotel in Montreal—the boutique Magasin Général shines the spotlight on local, eco-friendly products by Quebec creators. This delightful shop offers a fabulous selection of jewellery, bags, magnets, postcards and other locally produced articles.

475 President-Kennedy Avenue

Savonnerie des diligences

Body care products, soaps, edible vegetable oils and essential oils... this boutique offers pure, simply designed and authentic products that don’t compromise on quality. Their soaps, which suit any skin type, are the pride of a family-run business that’s committed to a more sustainable future. Savonnerie des Diligences has been growinga following of satisfied and loyal customers since 2005.

PLB design

Created by Quebec graphic designer Pierre-Luc Bouthillier, PLB t-shirts are made in Quebec from organic cotton. Both comfortable and stylish, they are printed by hand with eco-friendly water-based inks, ensuring greater durability. These inks contain fewer environmentally damaging chemicalsand are certified by Québec Vrai.

Demain Demain

Demain Demain is an eco-responsible company that successfully combines beauty and utility. Featuring exclusive illustrations and designs, the textiles used in creating their reusable bags and place mats are woven in Montreal from recycled water bottles! From theirlocally sourced materials to the manufacturing, Demain Demain’s products are 100% Montreal-made.

Velvelt Moustache

Founded in 2007 by Majorie Labrèque-Lepage, Velvet Moustache is a Montreal-based company that makes top quality stuffed animals, cushions and accessories. This “environmentally friendly bestiary” stands out for its charm and distinctive designs, eco-responsible values and manufacturing practices, which are local from beginning to end. Velvet Moustache creates a meeting place where the imaginary colours the day-to-day, where adults and kids come together and where nature invites itself onto our couches and beds.