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Farm Crawl Hamilton 2014

Have you ever wondered how organic farms work, or the pace of life outside the hustle and bustle of the city? On May 24, you’ll be able to find out if you take a little road trip through the greater GTA countryside and participate in the Farm Crawl Hamilton. (Aside: In my young and single days, pub crawls were one of my favourite ways to lose a weekend. But now, old and happily encumbered with family, this Farm Crawl sounds like a way better time – and no hangover to boot.) (more…)

Ecofriendly Fall Gardening

Yeah, it’s August 25. I know, I know. For those of us who are Summer Lovers, it’s high time to mourn. For me, while I do love summer, I also love fall. Crisp evenings, cozy sweaters, finally putting my feet back in to socks and shoes and not worrying about the condition of my toenails.

But did you know your backyard could use a little work too? There are plenty of ecofriendly ways to prime your yard for winter and have it looking its best for next spring.

Fall is a great time to add to your compost pile, as it will decompose all winter. Learn more about great composting practices at Go Organic Gardening.

Organic Gardening has a great Fall Cleanup Guide including how and when to mulch, and what to make sure you don’t miss on the cleanup.

There’s plenty you can do to your lawn to make it look its best come spring – all outlined at The Organic Gardener.

Check the Farmers’ Almanac for weather predictions to plan your gardening and yard work time, as well as figuring out what jobs you should be doing in the garden in August and September.

But most of all – enjoy your garden. Fresh air, outside, helping the planet – there’s nothing better.  

Carry your own water: OtterBottle giveaway!

Congratulations to Alyjane who  said…”I love that some money goes to teh David Suzuki foundation and they that they look great, but I have to say, the fact that they are dishwasher safe is my favorite feature!!” You’re getting an OtterBottle!

And while we’re talking about water… remember OtterBottle?  Those awesome, uber-useful bottles from a Canadian company that come in most excellent, gorgeous designs? The ones with two lids – a screw cap and a sports top? The BPA-free ones, that are dishwasher safe?  The ones ranging in size from 500 ml to 1 l? The ones where a contribution will be made to the David Suzuki Foundation with every bottle sold? Yeah, I thought you remembered them. Well, I have a brand new OtterBottle right here to give away to a lucky reader.

Just head on over to the OtterBottle website and take a peek around. Then come back here and tell me your favourite thing about OtterBottles in the comments by Wednesday, April 28. The bottle will be given away by random draw and the recipient will be contacted via e-mail, so ensure you leave me a way to contact you. And, good luck!

Home Depot Holiday Light Exchange, November 7-8!

Do you still have some old incandescent light strings hanging around? Want to get some snazzy new energy efficient LED lights? Then grab your old lights this weekend and head to your local Home Depot for The Eco Options Holiday Light Exchange, Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th from 10am to 5pm (Hours may vary by store).

Last year, they collected over 163,000 incandescent strings, equating to a reduction of 2,380,156 kWh (enough electricity to power 213 homes for one year!) and 718 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

For each old incandescent holiday light string you bring to any Home Depot on November 7th and 8th between 10AM – 5PM (where open), you will receive an instant rebate coupon for 50% off of up to 5 new strings of energy efficient Seasonal L.E.D. lights.

You’ll save energy and money this holiday season and you can rest assured that your old holiday lights will be responsibly recycled. Home Depot’s recyclers are able to recycle up to 80% of each holiday light string brought in. From their website: The old holiday light strings will be put through a wire chopping system and through air, gravity and sensory sorting all components will be separated. All copper and copper alloys will be sent for re-melt to copper and brass mills and all plastic, glass and any other waste will be sent for reprocessing resulting in new insulators for electrical wiring, plastic injection molding and in some cases, road fill and base. Did you know that seasonal L.E.D. lights:

  • Are 95% more energy efficient than incandescent holiday lights
  • Will save you money!
  • Last seven times longer (about twenty years)
  • Do not heat up and are extremely durable making them a safer option for holiday lights

Let us help you make your holiday season this year a green one.

Head to your local Home Depot this weekend and take advantage of this great deal!

Marmot EcoPro Sleeping Bags – Camp with Conscience!

Summer’s here! And when you head out to the backcountry for a weekend, eco-warrior, keep your green cred going by making sure your supplies are as eco-friendly as possible. If you’re in the market for a sleeping bag, Marmot has a new line of EcoPro sleeping bags, with fill made from 80% post-consumer recycled content – pop bottles, water bottles, you get the picture. In a range of colours, these sleeping bags are made in a range of sizes and warmths that will take you from early spring to late fall. Easy to pack and carry, they’ve also got lots of fancy features if you’re interested in things like Snagless Draft Tubes or Hang Loops.

Marmot products are available at retailers across Canada.

Osprey ReSource Series – cool recycled backpacks

Interested in outdoor pursuits, but your backpack has bitten the dust? Check out the ReSource Series of backpacks from Osprey. These durable, lightweight packs are made from ground up water and pop bottles. Check out the breakdown:
- 100% recycled PET fabric
- 70% total recycled materials by content
- 100% Recycled mesh pockets
- 60% recycled content spacer mesh
- 55% recycled stretch woven pockets
- 100% recycled binding tape
- 100% recycled webbing
- Recycled buckles – reground from buckle scrap
- 100% recycled fabric zipper pulls

(Non recycled foams, threads, zippers, piping and hypalon)

They’re also totally cute – in six different styles and a range of colours to suit everyone’s taste. Osprey packs are available at retailers across Canada.

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