Green Toronto Nominations are open

Hey gang! The lovely folks at Green Living are looking for the greenest people you know – read on!

Who’s the greenest of them all in Toronto? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Green Toronto Awards, the City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence. The City of Toronto, in partnership with Green Living, invites residents to nominate local individuals, companies and organizations leading the way to a greener Toronto.

A winner in each of nine categories will receive an award and $5,000 to donate to a registered charity of their choice:
• NEW! Local Food — leadership in creating, managing and promoting local food.
• Community Projects — volunteers in action to green our neighbourhoods.
• Energy Conservation — systems and technologies which reduce and conserve energy.
• Environmental Awareness — leadership in raising eco-awareness.
• Green Design — leadership in innovative and sustainable green design and architecture.
• Green Roof — leadership in green roof and living wall projects.
• Leadership — individual leadership which transforms our environment.
• Water Efficiency — leadership in managing and reducing water use.
• Youth — Toronto youth (18 and under) leading by example.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 12, 2010. Nominations may be submitted online at http://www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.

“Torontonians are environmentalists by nature and we celebrate those who are making a real difference in our city,” said Mayor David Miller. “I encourage residents to make a nomination and help us recognize the individuals, organizations and companies that are leading the way to a greener, more liveable Toronto.”

The Green Toronto Awards ceremony will be hosted by Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone on Friday, April 23 on the Main Stage at the Green Living Show, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Front Door Organics – local urban produce, to your door!

You want to eat well. You want to ensure you’re consuming organically grown produce, from local sources. But you’re also busy. Really busy. And you don’t have a whole lot of time to grocery shop, let alone seek out local, organic produce.

Well, you’re in luck, because Front Door Organics will bring it to you. All you do is simply sign up as a new customer and then you can decide which of their offerings you’d like delivered to your door every week. The delivery always consists of 10-15 delicious, local organic items, configured how you choose – a basic fresh box, or a custom fresh box that will allow you to pick and choose what comes in your delivery – including letting you specify what to *never* send you (turnips begone!)

Delivery is available on various days to various regions in the GTA – check here to see if you’re in range. Enjoy!

The Stop Community Food Centre: Growing Together

Once upon a time, The Stop opened in Toronto as one of Canada’s first food banks, providing food to those who couldn’t otherwise get it. Over the years, The Stop has expanded both its real estate and its mandate, because they believe that simply providing handouts doesn’t solve the underlying problems causing people to go hungry. To that end, they have created an entire list of services, all with the aim of allowing the community to work together to provide the necessities of life – including food – for all. The Stop now provides community services including a drop-in, food bank, perinatal program, civic engagement, bake ovens & markets, community cooking, community advocacy, sustainable food systems education and urban agriculture.

The latest addition to The Stop’s formidable army of services includes their absolutely wonderful Green Barn – a sustainable food production and education centre housing a greenhouse, food systems education programs, a sheltered garden, community bake oven, compost demonstration centre and market. This amazing initiative has become a community focal point to allow people to develop relationships as well as healthy food attitudes and eating habits, and is worthy of heaps of praise – in fact, I would be surprised if this initiative doesn’t get copied in cities from coast to coast. If you’re interested in touring the Green Barn at The Stop, they have public drop-in hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

And, if you’re looking for something to do tonight (November 4th) – The Stop’s Annual Fundraiser, What’s On The Table, is taking place at the Green Barn itself. Enjoy the works of loads of fantastic local chefs and bid on wonderful auction items, all to raise money for The Stop. Get more information or buy tickets here.

Toronto Green Living Show: The aftermath

This is the first year I’ve managed to get to the Green Living Show in Toronto – and it was fantastic. Tons of vendors showing environmentally friendly products for house, home, beauty, baby, food… the list was endless. I had a fantastic lunch at the Farm Fresh Fare area, where you tried samples of delicious foods from diverse and fantastic food providers. I drooled over the selection of wines at the Grapes and Hops tasting area, checked out the speakers at the Green Living main stage, and strolled around tons of great booths.

Unfortunately due to a combination of “huge pregnant lady syndrome” as well as “Why would you shut down the DVP for an entire weekend Syndrome”, I didn’t get to spend quite as much time at the show as I would have preferred. Still, here’s the list of the vendors I chatted with or whose booth I stopped by… and just to show you the size of the show, I by no means visited all the booths, I would say I roughly visited half! The great news is, plenty of them love ecochick too and lots have cool reviews, giveaways, discounts and other fun stuff coming up right here in the coming days and weeks. Til then, have fun checking out the links.

Attitude Environmental Products
Some Things Cozy Home Decor and Gift Items
Booda Bellie Organic Clothing
Green Cricket
Green Bean Studios
En Ville Event Design and Catering
Aveda
Malivoire wine
Organic Evolution
Sigrid Natural Skin Care
Featherstone Estate Winery and Vineyard
Southbrook Vineyards
Green Platypus
Planet Forward
Otterbottle
Credo Bags
ecoLiving Cleaners
Loblaws PC Green
Delta Chelsea
Motorola
Toyota
Brick Street Bakery
Ontario Cheese Society
Fenwood farm
The Organic Cotton Company
Childish Notions
Camerons Brewing
Inniskillin Wineries
Winery to Home
Sustainable Gift
Green Beaver
The Stop Community Food Centre
SteamWhistle Brewery
Live Clean
Aromatic Health
Baby On The Hip
Arising – Women in Nature
Pistachio
Green Students Fundraising
Pumped
Stratus Wines
Bullfrog Power
Forest Stewardship Council Canada
Front Door Organics
Green Earth Organics
AmiDog and AmiCat
Grass Roots Store
Me to We Responsible Style
Retire Your Ride
Healthy Environment For Kids
Mapleton’s Organic dairy
Sanyo
Eco-handbags.ca

Green is Black – Giant Closing Eco-Sale!

Giant Closing Eco-Sale at Green is Black!

Torontonians: Have you been to Green is Black at 624 Yonge Street? Well, you’d better get there quick, because they’re closing their doors to focus on online retail. The boutique was one of the first on the block to offer Torontonians the chance to shop guilt free- by offering only the most stylish companies that met strict ecological and ethical standards. The store will continue to operate as an online boutique at http://www.greenisblack.ca that offers international shipping, and is now offering at-home eco-fashion parties. To mark this occasion, Green is Black is offering 25%- 75% off on all merchandise in the store. From their press release:

“Retail is changing, and so is the store,” states Kerry MacMullin, Green is Black owner. “I’m shutting down in order to shift time and energy to the web store, and developing a line of accessories made of reclaimed materials.”

Ethical shoppers need not despair; fittings will be available by appointment at Yonge and Bloor. Additionally, Toronto greenies can opt to host an eco-ethical clothing party. The parties will be in the spirit of Tupperware and Pampered Chef where MacMullin will bring the store to the client’s home, as long as a minimum of 5 guests are present. As a bonus, the organizer will be rewarded for hosting by getting product discounts.

MacMullin reassures that all the store’s favorite brands will continue to be carried, along with the addition of lav & kush and TOMS shoes.

The fantastic sales are available online too. If you haven’t seen the beautiful pieces they carry go check it out now – it’s worth your time!

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 http://www.fashiontakesaction.com. 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 info@kaikids.com, or visit our blog at http://www.blog.kaikids.com

All the best,

Nancy and Peter

Toronto Life: Where To Find The Freshest Food In The City

Torontonians alert: Are you wondering where to find great local food? Wondering which farmer is which? Wondering what the difference is between local meat and supermarket meat? Rejoice: The July issue of Toronto Life magazine tells you Where to find the Freshest Food in the city.

There’s a full 2008 guide to Farmers’ Markets, letting you know where and when the markets take place, as well as how many vendors will be there. There are interviews with several local food producers who’ve been doing things differently for years, and that will give you some fresh insight into the connection between how our food is produced and how it ends up on our table. There’s information on several native, local foods that are only available briefly over the course of the summer, foods that we rarely see in a big-box grocery store and that we’ve been missing out on for years. Blurbs on great local meats, wonderful Ontario wines, cheeses and fish round out the feature. If you’re in the GTA, you should pick this issue up – or borrow one from a friend.

Has a local publication featured something similar in your city? Let ecochick know@ecochick.ca>.

GreenMom Spring Market

It’s May and it’s time for the Greenmom Spring Market on Saturday, May 31st from 10 am to 5 pm, at the CNIB Building in Toronto. From their website:

Enjoy a day of celebrating all the good things that we are doing to make Toronto and our world a better place! Discover new green products and services, meet like-minded families, and eat organic and healthy food all under one roof. Join us in this one-day green community shopping event and let us inspire one another creating a healthier and more sustainable future.

There will be tons of vendors there, many of whom are only usually findable online so it’s a great opportunity to meet your favourite vendors face to face – and actually get a chance to check out the products in person. There’s an organic cafe, works by local artisans, clowns, great prize giveaways like a wilderness retreat or great gift certificates… everything *except* plastic bags. Nice!

Buy tickets online in advance for $6 (and – if you don’t print the ticket but rather just show your ID at the door, you save money and paper!) or for $2 more at the door (and it’s free for your kids!) Or, you can splurge on the $15 for a Green VIP card, that will get you special offers discounts on select green and local businesses until August 31, 2008, as well as admission to the show. You can use the VIP card to shop in person or online – and you can use it at the GreenMom Spring Market!

Green Toronto Festival

On May 23 and 24, 2008, the Green Toronto Festival returns to Yonge-Dundas Square. This awesome (and free!) gathering will have more than 100 exhibits of green products and services, logally grown food, live bands and special guest speakers – all in a car free environment.

On Friday, they are having a “kids’ day” where there will be tons of activities targeted towards students and teachers between 10 am and 4 pm. Interactive exhibits, live shows, buskers and face painting – it’s all there!

Exhibitors at the show include ecochick favourite Passenger Pigeon , cool green coupon book The Little Green Book of Big Savings, eco-fashion shop Heart On Your Sleeve and plenty more. In addition, Fashion Takes Action is sponsoring the Green Fashion Zone – a collection of 12 vendors who specialize in green fashion and accessories.

Check it out – May 23 and 24, at Yonge-Dundas Square.

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