Green Toronto Awards – deadline February 27 for nominations!

Hey Toronto/GTA ecochicks, do you know someone who has been an amazing influence on others in the area of living green? Then you should make sure that person gets the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a Green Toronto Award. The city of Toronto wants to recognize the people who are making Toronto a cleaner, greener and more liveable city. Individuals, organizations and companies are eligible to win. You can nominate someone in categories as diverse as Community Projects, Energy Conservation, Environmental Awareness, Green Design, Green Roof, Leadership, Market Transformation, Water Efficiency, and Youth. The selected winners will be honoured at a ceremony in April in conjunction with the Green Living Show, and will also have a $5,000 donation made to a registered charity of their choice.

But don’t delay: The deadline is February 27, 2009 (tomorrow!) So hustle! And good luck to your nominees.

Rikrak – Modern and Sustainable Patchwork from Etsy!

Whenever I’m looking for ecochick inspiration, I can always count on Etsy to find me something fresh and new. Today’s find? Ottawa based Rikrak. Rikrak makes a wide range of lovely, handmade items from upcycled/recycled fabrics. Look at this gorgeous Chocolate Peppermint Vintage Bib for your little one’s messes, or these neato Bedsheet Fridge Magnets to add a little retro funkification to your kitchen. Or how about this recycled, vintage fabric Clutch as pictured at left?

And as if all this gorgeousness wasn’t enough, Rikrak is having a buy one, get one half price sale on *everything* in the store. Just buy your items and you’ll be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of the lesser priced item. What more incentive do you need?

You can also find Rikrak at her blog – and don’t forget to check out her Great Big Giveaway. Enjoy!

Green Log Awards: Nominations are Open!

The 2009 Green Log Awards nominations are open. From their press release:

Following a stellar premiere in 2008, the non-profit GREEN LOG Homes & Lifestyle Awards has announced the 2009 Call for Entries. The goal of the Green Log Awards is to recognize and shine a spotlight on the remarkable green building solutions which enable us to “Build a Greener World One Home at a Time.”

As part of our mission, the Green Log Awards program provides both information and inspiration. The GREEN LOG Homes and Lifestyle Awards program was founded in 2008 and continues in 2009 as a “bottom up” social media initiative to engage Internet users and connect individual homeowners with the products, services, and web sites that are on the forefront of the green building trend.

Last year’s Winners included plenty of companies providing a wide range of eco-friendly home services – and would be a great resource for you to check out if you’re looking for a provider to service your next home improvement project.

Do you know of a company that provides a valuable green solution to home building? Then you should nominate them for a Green Log Award Here. Happy Nominating!

Bobo Wrap: The luxury alternative to wrapping paper

Sometimes, something comes into my inbox and I literally get so excited I jump out of my chair. This was one of those emails.

Are you the kind of person who finds wrapping gifts a tedious chore? You can never get them to look luxurious and gorgeous and pampery. No matter how valiant the effort, you end up with something that looks like a 5 year old was let loose on it. And you know – never mind the eco-hostility of most wrapping papers, which are made from non-sustainable paper, used once then thrown away. Bah!

So this. THIS. Made me weep for joy and immediately pull out my credit card. Check out Bobo Wrap. Bobo Wrap is a gorgeous, far superior alternative to boring old wrapping paper. Available in a wide range of colours and sizes, Bobo Wrap is designed to be easily used and re-used on a variety of gifts large and small. No more searching for scissors and scotch tape; no more destroying the pretty wrapping creation by ripping it apart. Simply take the appropriate Bobo Wrap, tie it artfully on your gift (it’s beyond ridiculously easy) and voila – done. Ranging in price from $14 to $36 USD, you are certain to find an option perfect for every gift – and the best part is, the more you give, the more likely you will be to get one back.

Bobo Wraps are available on their website – they’re also available in Canada at Paper Things in Toronto, The Papery in Toronto and Gem Entrepot – Quebec. Check them out!

Juice Beauty: Deliciously Organic!

Have you checked out Juice Beauty lately? Maybe it’s something about being trapped in the middle of a Canadian winter, but the bright fresh colours and the images evoked by the whole concept of “juice” – natural, citrussy, fruity scents, bright, crisp formulations – seem particularly attractive right now (as she looks out at the 3 feet of snow on top of the barbecue…)

But it’s not just the great marketing that makes Juice Beauty so attractive. They use fresh, local ingredients sustainably cultivated from USDA Certified Organic Farms. All their fun and funky cartons and sales materials are printed on 100% recycled paper, use soy based inks, and are VOC free. Any other paper is Forest Stewardship Council certified, which promotes environmentally conscious and sustainable use of forests. Further lightening the carbon footprint, over 80% of all Juice Beauty products are manufactured in a solar powered plant in sunny California.

And there’s a whole lot of product-based reasons to like Juice Beauty too. Check out their (OMG delicious-sounding) Organic Lip Moisturizer with shea butter, orange and vanilla; the sweet Organic Facial Wash, with organic grape and apple juices, organic sunflower oil, honey and more; or really treat yourself (or someone you really, really like) with an Eco-Chic Beauty Bag, the bag made from recycled rice bags and repurposed aluminum, the contents including gorgeous Lip Plumper, Green Apple SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer, and more.

You can purchase Juice Beauty products on their website or in Canada at your local Sephora.