Sustainable Ottawa

One great thing about the eco-craze is the fact that plenty of people aren’t waiting for “someone else” to do something – lots of people are banding together and getting “something” done all by themselves.

One such group is Sustainable Ottawa Community Energy Co-Operative. Set up in 2007, the amazing Sarah, Pam and Rock have created a space for Ottawans to not only find out how to live more eco-friendly, but to also give us a benefit when we spend our dollars on sustainable services (ie. members-only discounts!) The website strives to provide a great range of information, such as tips on how to maintain a healthy lawn and garden or put in solar water heating. In addition, the co-op uses the power of numbers to make it easier for everyone to access ecofriendly goods and services. For example, there are several businesses within Ottawa that are members of the co-op and who give discounts to other members including The Table organic vegetarian restaurant, La Tierra Co-op, ecomama and more.

Membership costs $40 for five years, ie. free, and will get you advantages at many ecofriendly shops, and they’re adding more all the time. Depending on what you use it for could pay for itself within weeks. Check it out, Ottawa!

Origins Friends and Family Discount

Origins is holding a Friends and Family event – and since you read ecochick that makes you one of both!

Head on over to and enter in Offer Code 0508FF at checkout to receive 25% off your order – and free shipping! Or, click here to download the coupon to shop in store.

If you’ve been thinking of switching to healthier skin care, this is a great opportunity to check out Origins Organics products, the first full line of prestige skin, body and hair care products to be certified under the consistently stringent standards of the USDA National Organic Program.

Enjoy! Total Green Sweepstakes is giving away stuff!

You know how ecochick likes the giveaways. This one is awesome for a few reasons: One, it’s a US based website but the contest is open to Canadians (unusual and most excellent!) and secondly, you would not believe the swag. is a website that allows users to sign up, search and read or add reviews on beauty products – any product you use. It gives you a place to find the real scoop on whether that product is awesome or awful. And by contributing to the reviews on the site, you get the chance to enter the contest and possibly win either the cool daily giveaways or the amazing grand prize – 2008 Saturn Vue™ Hybrid filled with tons of great green and organic beauty products from Origins, Suki, RAW Natural Beauty, and Sephora. To enter:

1. Search for your favorite (or not-so-favorite) beauty products on

2. Write and submit your review and see if you’re an instant winner. They’re giving away hundreds of fabulous, Earth Day-inspired daily prizes, including conflict-free diamond jewelry, eco-spa trips and more!

3. Also, each time you write a review, you will be entered to win* the new 2008 Saturn Vue™ Hybrid, filled with tons of great beauty products from Origins, Suki, Sephora and RAW Natural Beauty.

What are you waiting for? Head to now!

Earth Day Discounts

The inbox had a bunch of Earth Day email, some including discounts and specials. Yay!

At Origins, receive a free Peace of Mind On-The-Spot Relief sample plus free shipping, today only.

At GreenFeet, save 20% on your purchase today only, simply enter code ONELOVE during checkout.

I’ll post more as they arrive….

UPDATED: Toronto Green Living Show: Ticket giveaway and ticket discount for ecochick readers!

UPDATED: Good news: The awesome folks at the Green Living show have provided us with 3 pairs of tickets to give away to lucky ecochick readers!

If you’re going to be in Toronto this weekend and want to attend the Green Living Show, here’s what you do: Simply check out the Green Living Show Website and take a look at who’s going to be exhibiting, speaking or presenting. Then leave me a comment below and tell me what it is you’re most looking forward to seeing at the show. Is it a certain thought-provoking seminar? A specific funky eco-vendor? The options are endless. Just post your pick in the comments by Thursday, April 24 at 12 Noon eastern daylight time and I’ll let you know that afternoon if you’re one of the lucky ones (just don’t forget to leave me your email address).

Even if you don’t get the giveaway tickets, you’re still eligible to get a great discount. Simply navigate to the Green Living Show website, go to Buy tickets, and enter the coupon code 20JA to get 20% off your admission price. Nice!

This is going to be a really excellent show, with plenty of exhibitors, an Organic Marketplace, and great seminars. Take in the Eco-Chic Exhibitor Fashion Show, listen to Robert Kennedy talk about Sustainability, attend a panel on Sustainable Packaging, and just so much more.

Check it out if you can – you’ll be glad you did.

Take a load off, Toronto

The folks at Toronto Hydro are smart cookies.

They know the hot Ontario summer is one of the highest demand times on the power grid. And they want to try to do something to help people lower their use, instead of just saying “cut back – you figure it out”. Finally, they also know that clotheslines are no longer banned anywhere in Ontario.

So, on three consecutive weekends – April 26, May 3 and May 10 – they’re giving away free clotheslines and discounts on other items at select locations across the GTA (you’ll need proof of Toronto residence, and there’s 500 available at each location each day).

That’s hot.

Origins Discount Extended!

Origins has extended the 25% off discount until December 18: Use code 1207FF2 to get 25% off all purchases!

Origins has a new discount deal – and this one’s pretty sweet! From Sunday, December 16 through Tuesday, December 18, enter code 1207FF2 at checkout and get 25% off your purchases. Plus, receive complimentary gift wrap and free second day shipping (except for the Canadian shipping surcharge).

Looking for ideas? I recently tried the Origins Organics Nourishing Face Lotion and it’s really nice – smooth and soothing. It contains several essential oils, so if you’re used to a scent-free face cream this might not be for you – but if you like scents, it smells divine. Check it out!

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