Origins; 3 Treats Today Only!

3 Treats today only at Origins! Shop online and you can choose a free sample size Mask or Cleanser. Will it be the soothing No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes and the Origins Organics Foaming Face Wash, or perhaps the Plantidote Mega Mushroom Skin Calming Face Mask and the Perfect World Deep Cleanser with White Tea? Who knows, indeed? Head over to Origins and find out. Happy Halloween!

Midnight in the Garden: Fashion Takes Action’s Green Gala, Saturday Nov 8

From the inbox: I would love to attend this event. Wonder if we can make it to TO for the weekend…

Toronto ON., October 27, 2008 – Canada’s Greenest Fashion Events – The Sustainable Style Show and the Green Gala, will take place on Saturday November 8th at the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. This year’s Green Gala theme is Midnight in the Garden, and there will be many stars shining bright.

A mix of professional models and Canadian media and celebrities will rock the runway: City TV’s List West, and Anne Mroczkowski, Sun TV host and Juno nominee Tara Slone, Fashion Television’s Mary Kitchen, recording artist Lily Frost, jazz artist Larra Skye, The Hills After Party’s Jessi Cruikshank, fashion expert Moe Kelso of CBC’s ‘Steven and Chris’, Rogers TV’s Candice Batista, and Cosmo TV’s Jacqui Skeete. MuchMusic VJ Hannah Simone will emcee, and acclaimed artist Tara MacLean will perform live!

This year’s designers are: Project Runway Canada winner Evan Biddell, TFI New Labels winner Eugenia Leavitt, Nada Yousif, Katya Revenko, Jason Meyers, Carrie Hayes, Zoran Dobric, Thien LE and Damzels in this Dress. Nine of these designers recently showed at L’Oreal Fashion Week.

The Sustainable Style Show will take place on the same day from 10am to 5pm and will feature a group of hand-selected, quality, eco-friendly fashion and beauty vendors selling products and holiday gift ideas to the eco savvy consumer. This is the first green event to focus solely on fashion and beauty and admission is $10 at the door. The Green Gala will be held from 8pm to 12am and tickets are $75 and $85 in advance and $100 at the door. Tickets are available online at Both events will raise funds for Environmental Defence and Fashion Takes Action.

Kai Kids Shopping days

Just got a note from Kai Kids:

Save the date!

It’s back – our second Kai Kids on Location Shopping Day on the Danforth!

Many of you couldn’t make it to our first sale in July, but we hope you can make it out to our first of two holiday shopping days on Sat. Nov 1, 2008! (the next one will be on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008).

Taking place in a funky retail space on Danforth Avenue near Greenwood, we will have all of our organic, recycled, upcycled, eco-friendly and Fair Trade products on display to help you with your holiday shopping. Plus, for this one day only, we will have special sales on many items, from BornFree glass baby bottles to organic cotton onesies and sleepers to sexy, eco-friendly maternity and nursing wear!

You can place orders in advance for pickup at our one-day location, or shop in person. Come on out and try things on, have a good look at items you might be curious about and take advantage of our special sale prices.

You’ll also get a look at our newest products:

- Stainless Seal non-toxic, non-leaching, recyclable food containers

- Dress Me Up’s charming, handmade organic teething bon bons, soft cloth balls blocks, bibs and burp cloths

- Adorable organic cotton fruit and veggie-printed PJ’s from New Jammies

- Eco-Me’s make your own non-toxic cleaning kits for home and baby

-Unscented, organic, allergy and eczema-friendly Little Twig bodywash/shampoo, bubble bath and lotion.

Tell your friends, bring along your kids (we’ll have some toys and colouring books to keep the wee ones occupied), and mark your calendars! Join us for green parenting tips, conversation and some fantastic holiday shopping!

Saturday Nov. 1, 2006 at 1390 Danforth Avenue (just east of Linsmore Avenue, one-minute from Greenwood subway station) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, email, or visit our blog at

All the best,

Nancy and Peter

Giveaway Tuesday: Green Christmas – How to have a Joyous, EcoFriendly Holiday Season!

And from the winner is Lauren M. who said…

“I hate giving my nieces more shiny, brand new “stuff” that is pretty meaningless. So I’ve decided to put together a dress-up box for them. I’ve been collecting second hand costumes, masks, hats, wigs, anything that could be good for playing “dress up”. I’ll find a basket or box at a second hand store or on Freecycle. Hopefully they will like it… but it could just be another weird gift from the crazy aunt!”

Love it, Lauren! Please email me at talk at ecochick dot ca so that I can send your book!

Soon, very soon, the Hallowe’en decorations will be down and the Christmas decorations will be going up (if they aren’t up already). And oh, the woe: While Christmas is magical and wonderful for everyone, it’s not so happy for the planet. christmas is notoriously eco-hostile: From the use of wrapping paper that usually isn’t recycled, to the overconsumption that’s one of the hallmarks of Christmas, it’s so tough to get through the holidays with your Green conscience intact. What’s an ecochick to do?

Here’s step 1 to your green cred salvation: A great book called Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season, by Jennifer Basye Sander, Peter Sander and Anne Basye. The stocking-stuffer sized book has fantastic ideas for green gift-giving, holiday card alternatives, ecofriendly holiday decorations and more. Inside, you’ll learn how to:

  • Choose which is better – a real tree or a fake tree?
  • Learn easy ways to turn your Christmas into true Family time, rather than Shopping time;
  • Great ideas for eco-friendly celebrations;
  • Ideas for green gift giving

And much, much more. This book is little but it packs a huge wallop of ideas!

Interested in a copy? ecochick has one to give away! Simply post in the comments below by Wednesday, November 5 and tell me what you’re doing to make your Christmases greener. The giveaway will be drawn by Random.Org and posted here after the 5th, so be sure to check back and see if you’re getting a copy of Green Christmas.

Don’t like your odds? Then you can purchase a copy of Green Christmas at or at Chapters. Enjoy and good luck!

New ecochick feature; Giveaway Tuesdays!

ecochick’s been getting lots of stuff to try out and to share with you. So from now and into the forseeable future, Tuesdays are Giveaway Day on ecochick! Keep your eye out for great stuff, from makeup to skincare to reusable bags to much, much more.

The best way not to miss anything? Go over to the sidebar where it says “Subscribe to ecochick” and do just that! It’s totally free and non-spammy. You can get ecochick in your feed reader, or straight to your inbox – whatever you prefer. That way, everything gets delivered to you as soon as it happens, so you’ll be the first to know when something new and awesome is ready to give away.

Enjoy and good luck!


Eccolo: Writing Green

For those of you who need to write things down because you’re prematurely senile like me, there’s always a home for a good notebook. Made in Italy, these pretty, sleek books come with 100% recycled leather covers and paper from certified wellmanaged regrowth forests. In a few pretty and handy designs, these books will be both useful and admired. The Terra journal, shown at right, has a handy elastic to keep the cover shut and hold your notes, receipts or photos – whatever you have tucked inside the pages of your book – safe. The Nature journals have pretty silhouette art and inspirational sayings, while the Rustico journals look worn and weathered from the beginning. So pretty!

You can find Eccolo journals at your local Chapters Store.

Planet in Focus Festival – Free Passes for This Weekend!

The Planet in Focus festival is on this weekend in Toronto! From October 22-26th, 2008, Toronto will host more than 100 environmental film screenings in addition to panel discussions, a special children’s program and industry workshops for budding eco-filmmakers.

Planet in Focus promotes the use of film and video to frame and explore social and ecological focal points, and as a catalyst for awareness, discussion and action.

As David Suzuki says, “Nothing could be more important than the potential educational value of environmental film.

With this ethos on our sleeve, we strive to screen the most creative, insightful, and inspirational programming available. We reach out warmly to both new and traditional audiences, aiming to create a welcoming and energized forum where environmental art, science, industry and activism can come together.

The festival is complemented by year round programming with a hands-on video workshop for youth, the Cross-Canada Tour and other special events. Each day’s program features pre and post-screening discussions, panels, workshops and networking events, designed to further engage with the films’ subjects, and foster dialogue and community amongst audiences, filmmakers and broadcasters.

Want a pair of All-Access Passes?? Just comment on this post. First come, first served. You need to be in the GTA and plan on attending the event. If you’re first, you can take two tickets; if the first person only needs one, there’s one more up for grabs. Good luck!


So first of all, you need to just go to this website and play with the thread. Go on, just do it. I’ll wait.

How cool was that? As a non-fan of flash websites, that thread makes up for a lot of the annoyance. As does the clothing at Montreal-based Covet. Covet makes lovely, slouchy, comfortable and stylish garments out of sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo and soy. Soy? I have never heard of using soy. But apparently, it enhances the comfort, lustre, moisture-permeability and dry and drape properties of both cotton and bamboo, making them both more gorgeous and more durable. View the entire fall 2008 collection at their website.

It’s available at stores across the country, with online shopping coming soon – in the meantime, they will accept your order via phone. Check it out.

Green Beaver Winter Body Product Giveaway!

Green Beaver on ecochickAnd the winner of the Green Beaver giveaway is stsammy who said…

The Apres-Ski Face Cream is exactly what I need right now! My face is already starting to winterize since the furnaces have turned on… this sounds like just the ticket (and perfect for my cross-country skiing! I want the burn in my legs, not on my cheeks!)

Congratulations stsammy! Please email me at talk at ecochick ca to claim your gift!

We’ve talked about Green Beaver before. This wonderful, all-Canadian line creates natural products without chemical preservatives, dyes, perfumes – basically any chemical compounds are big no-nos in any Green Beaver product. Their products are 100% Natural, Biodegradeable, Vegan and Gluten-free. And that is very good for you.

There are those of us who love summer, and there are those of us who hate winter. And then there are the really crazy among us who go outside willingly in winter and… do things like ski and skate and snowboard and basically expose themselves to all the elements while people like me huddle under the blanket. So if you’re one of those people, you will probably greatly appreciate Green Beaver’s Apres-Ski Winter Body Products, including their Winter Body Lotion with colloidal oatmeal for deep moisturizing, Winter Bath Therapy, also with oatmeal to soothe dry, itchy skin; Winter Hand Balm with beeswax and shea butter; and Winter Lip Balm with Aloe and Vitamin E. If you use these products, your skin will look as healthy and non-chapped as if you just spent the week at a spa, rather than in the frigid Canadian north. And oh, look: I have all of those things to give away. Simply comment on this post by Wednesday, October 29 and let me know which Green Beaver product sounds the most delicious to you, and why. And then you might be the lucky giveaway winner of this awesome Green Beaver set!

Can’t wait for the giveaway? Then you should check out Green Beaver’s online retailers or find a store near you.

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