It is said that life is our greatest teacher and that people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Prior to starting Bioterra, Yakira Mukendi and Maria Ostapenko were complete strangers with similar values, passion and beliefs. Their paths crossed by chance and soon after, it was clear that they were a natural fit. With Maria’s vision for an eco-friendly shop that carried products that she, herself, used and Yakira’s passion for sustainability and love of nature, Bioterra Eco Shop was born.
How It All Began
Each person has a story to tell...
Maria Ostapenko spent six years living and teaching in a small rural Mexican community. Over time, her social circle became full of environmentalists, social activists and people who genuinely cared about reducing their ecological impact. They fought against beach privatization and the destruction of endangered mangroves by large hotels, the proposed construction of a marine park and the use of plastic bags and straws by local shops and restaurants. Some of these battles were won and some of these battles were lost, for now. Seeing how hard her friends worked, with passion and dedication, to protect the environment in this small town sparked a fire of enthusiasm within Maria. Since then, she has been trying to do better, to continue to change her habits, to reduce waste and to inspire others to do the same.
... Here’s ours!
Growing up in a small, rural town in Saskatchewan, Yakira Mukendi has always been raised in an eco-conscious family. Her mother had a knack for upcycling and creating as well as a passion for composting and recycling. Teaching her to be a steward of the earth, Yakira’s mother played a vital role in cultivating a love of nature within Yakira. Now, being a mother herself, Yakira is determined to pass on these critical values to her little one. After all, children are the future and we must lead by being the example.
Great products in one place!
Bioterra Eco Shop helps fantastic, ethically made products find their way into the hearts of eco-conscious individuals like yourself. The products that we carry are made from ingredients and materials that won’t harm you, others or the environment. We take the time to really get to know the story and the people behind each brand.
Small is Beautiful!
We have a lot of respect and admiration for companies that produce small batch, handcrafted products and these will always be our top choice. You just can’t beat the quality you get from something that was made with time, patience and care.
We like to think of it as a ripple effect.
Regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your journey in becoming more eco conscious or have been living a zero-waste lifestyle your whole life, we believe that any action is better than no action. Each one of us has the power to change our behaviour and, together, we can create a cleaner world.
To help make things a little easier, we have hand-picked quality products from across Canada and around the world that we love, trust and use ourselves, made by people who care about the environment just as much as we do!
Where The Magic Happens
Integrity, quality and trust are at the core of everything we do. We have an amazing team of hard-working individuals at our warehouse located in
St. Catharines, ON. They work hard to ensure that your purchased items are carefully put together and quickly shipped in 100% recyclable packaging.
Our friendly customer service team is always happy to help answer your questions without making you wait and worry. Our goal is to provide you with an enjoyable, simple and stress-free shopping experience.