Cities are funny places. We need buildings and roads, concrete and density, but crave green spaces. And once that green space is gone, it’s pretty hard to get it back. But imagine if there was a way to transform a concrete corner in to a pop-up park? There’s pop-up stores, so why not pop-up green spaces to remind us all of the importance of nature not only to our communities, but to our souls?
There’s lots of interesting eco-news floating around out there this week, including what’s happening with BPA liners in cans, a new portable solar panel product launch, and Oysters!
I grew up rural. Country. Farmland and woods. You could see our closest neighbour’s house, but it would take you 10 minutes to walk there. I spent my youth prowling through woods, building fantasy castles on ponds with moss and leaves and stones. I could escape into the farmer’s fields surrounding our house for hours on end, or walk through the forest building stick forts to hide in. And I still miss it today. I still love forest walks, seeing dappled sunlight on a clearing or smelling the rich peppery ferns in a grove. I still know which plants make the best ceilings for houses (Queen Anne’s Lace flowers in an igloo shape = totally magical) and which berries are safe and not so safe to gorge on. (more…)
Picture it. You’re sitting by the pool with a tall mojito on a hot day. You of course have a hat and sunscreen because you’re sun savvy. And if you’re eco-savvy, you also are in the shade because you don’t want the glare to blank out your tablet screen since on your tablet, you have access to almost every magazine you could want, right at your fingertips. Oh, this part isn’t a fantasy, by the way. It’s super easy. All you have to do is download the Next Issue app. Then, right there, you’ve got it all. (more…)
I grew up in the country. The first home I remember was surrounded by farmers’ fields – cows grazing, haygrass blowing in the wind. I became a city dweller many (many) (ssshh) years ago. And I’ve always loved the city. But even in the middle of the bustle, I’ve always sought out green space. I love the energy of the city, but finding a green oasis or even getting completely out into the country reminds me: being constantly surrounded by people and concrete is disconnected from what actually keeps us alive. Fields growing food. Animals grazing. Watersheds cleaning away the toxins we spew in to them every day. Vast forests scrubbing clean the air we breathe. (more…)
Are you at loose ends this weekend? This sounds like a fantastic Green event for you Toronto folk – the LiveGreen Toronto Festival at Yonge and Dundas square, this Saturday from 11-8 pm. There will be a green Street Market, a fun Kids Zone, A Swapsity Swap zone, super informative and interactive presentations on the community stage and super fun and danceable entertainment on the main stage. Lots more information on their website – hop on a subway and come on down for a fun green afternoon!
Last weekend was just so gorgeous. Sunny and warm and beautiful. This summer (yes, I’m calling it summer already) almost feels like it’s too good to be true, after last winter’s misery. But it’s already going so fast – it’s June! My sorels are barely dry and there’s still a pile of hats and scarves at the front door because I feel like it’s tempting fate to put them away. (more…)
Gosh, isn’t summer wonderful? We spent the entire weekend out in the hot hot sun. And remembering some old sun protection habits that we’ve forgotten for the last several long, cold months. We want to enjoy the wonderful outdoorsy-ness of summer, but we want to make sure we’re sun safe. For us, that involves an arsenal of shade, physical coverage, and sunscreens. And we’ve learned a few things along the way. Before you grab the first bottle of goop off the drugstore shelf: Not all sunscreens are created equal, by a long shot. Make sure you check these handy ecochick.ca Sunscreen Tips to ensure you have a great – and safe – day in the sun! (more…)
We love the sun. Seriously, we love it in our family. Summer and sun and all things hot…
But the sun doesn’t really love us here in the ecochick.ca family. Or rather, it loves us too much. (more…)
We’ve spent the last six months doing our best not to go outside whatsoever unless absolutely necessary. But now that the nice weather is here, we can’t wait to get outside and explore. It’s such a wonderful way to spend time as a family, away from work and devices and distractions. Plus, it teaches our city slicker kid how important it is to connect with nature. Since we’re new to this city, we have a lot of super fun and interesting places to check out. Last weekend our explorations took us to Riverdale Farm in Toronto. What a gem! (more…)