Everyone loves the gift of flowers. The standby of tardy husbands and sweet valentines everywhere, flowers lift the mood of any occasion with their glorious colours and scents. As with most things these days, though, if you start to think of where the flowers came from, what pesticides or chemicals might have been used in their growth, what emissions might have come from flying them from their original home… they start to smell a whole lot less sweet.
If you’re in Toronto, though, you can take advantage of EcoFlora. EcoFlora makes a point of using organically grown flowers from local growers as much as possible, and when it’s not, they source their flowers and equipment from fair trade and organic suppliers. As a result, your bouquets will be beautiful displays of local greenery, which oddly has become very unique. Nice!
Check out Ecoflora at http://www.ecoflora.ca.
Someone said “Necessity is the mother of invention”. The internet says it was Plato. The makeup gods say it was Suki Kramer. Tired of products that always irritated her sensitive skin and her allergies, Suki quite literally took matters in to her own hands and came up with the suki line of fresh finish mineral cream makeup products and pure skin care products.
Made from organic, vegetarian, cruelty-free natural ingredients, these products are good for your skin and for your environment. Suki’s products are also unique in that they are multitaskers: The triple cream eye definer can be used as a shadow, liner or brow definer; the pure cream stain is used for lip or cheek. Even better, the shades of each can be mixed and matched and blended to come up with your own signature colour.
Ah, all that organic good-for-you stuff is fine and good, but how well do they work? Asks you. Most awesomely, says ecochick. The pure cream stain as a lip colour goes on with a smooth, rich glide (use a lipstick brush to apply). The colour varies in intensity the more you put on: use a little bit for a hint of colour, a lot for full-on look-out lady lips. The product is very matte and as a result long-lasting; our team had it on for hours with no need to reapply. If you like a look with more shine, you’ll need to add a lip gloss on top. Either way, lips feel smooth, soft, and look sweet!
The Triple Cream Eye definer works similarly in that if you want intense colour, just put more product on! Since it’s a cream, it feels different if you’re used to a powder – it goes on exceptionally smoothly and spreads beautifully, but it isn’t dry instantly. So the eyelids may feel a little clammy temporarily – blending very well helps this. But it’s worth it – this cream has kick ass staying power.
The sukicolor line also includes tinted active moisturizer – the equivalent to foundation, liquid formula concealer, and rich pigment mascara.
Suki products are available via lilou organics online and various retailers across Canada.
The manufacture of clothing is one of the most environmentally taxing on the planet, between growing cotton fibres, manufacturing polyester from petroleum, harvesting and weaving silk.. the list goes on. While organically grown cotton is definitely better for the environment, and alternative fibres such as hemp and bamboo kick polyester’s ass, the most environmentally friendly alternative is to not consume. It’s easy, just don’t buy anything from virgin fibers… meaning, anything brand new from a store. But.. what’s a fashion conscious chick to do?
Enter On & On. This unique designer takes homeless clothing and redesigns them in to new, fun and fabulous fashions – with nary an environmental blip! They even provide a service for people to bring in their own clothing and get new re-jazzified duds back. Each piece is utterly unique, one of a kind new-vintage chic. Styles range from girly frills to all-business attire, from bohemian draped scarf-skirts to fit-like-a-glove skirts.
The On & On Boutique is located in Montreal, and their clothes are available at several shops across Canada – and even in France! Check their website for details.
In this world of laptops, BlackBerrys and iPhones, it’s a wonder paper is ever used anymore. Yet it is, and more than ever. Paper is kind of an environmental jerk, given the sheer amount of natural resources needed to create virgin paper, never mind the processing, chemicals and bleach.
Fun, stylish and funky, in lots of different sizes and attractive designs, these paper products will have you inspired to write. Ah, but their beauty is not just on the outside. This paper has got it going on. 100% recycled, made from post-consumer waste. Made in Canada, at a plant powered by alternative energy. Biodegradeable, including all the glues and the inks. And, as if that wasn’t enough, a portion of the sales will go to an environmental cause. This paper has got it going on.
It’s available at grass roots and other retailers.
Urban Forest Soap sells incredibly delicious handmade products, all hand made in Wakefield, Quebec – just outside Ottawa. Their creations include soaps, bath salts, lip balms and more. Their assortment of scents ranges from original and unique to standard and beloved – Anise and Espresso, Cinnamon and Patchouli, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus, plain old lovely Lemon, and more. The lip balms are equally as enticing – imagine soothing your pooched puckerer with smooth Spearmint, Tangerine, Vanilla Latte, or Chai Tea!
What’s even better is that all the ingredients in every product are spelled out right there on the website. Nearly every one is pronounceable, which is a shocker for beauty products!
Their table at the Ottawa Farmers’ market sells out every week, but don’t worry – you can get their products at several shops around Ottawa. You’re elsewhere? Don’t worry, you can place an order via email and pay with a cheque or money order – full online shopping isn’t available yet, but they’re working on it.
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Startup Ottawa featured ecochick on October 24, 2007.
P’lovers has been open in Halifax for many years. With store locations now in Ontario and Nova Scotia, P’lovers has also extended into online shopping, with a wide variety of products including personal care, home office, books, outdoors and more.
Toronto-based Grassroots sells everything from body care products to household goods to air and water filters. But Grassroots doesn’t just sell – you can also find plenty of information on green initiatives such as the various political parties Eco-platforms. Nice!
Druide, a Quebec company creates natural botanical products for hair, body and face, including shampoos, lotions and baby products. Their website can be a little tempermental, so if you get a dead link, try, try again.
Arbour is a bricks-and-mortar store based in Ottawa which also has a great online store. They sell a wide variety of products from natural home cleaners to baby care products to solar and alternative energy products. The website also offers green living tips on every page, and they ship all across Canada as well as to the US and several other countries. Nice!