If you like, then head on over to Facebook and like us over there too! When you “like” a page, the new items posted (like the tons of other giveaways this week and the great stuff I’ll post after the Green Living show) will show up in your Facebook feed. Nice!

Environment Canada Nature Matters! Essay Contest

I was notified of this cool contest by the lovely @suzemuse on Twitter. Read more below:

Environment Canada is celebrating 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) with a national contest on why nature matters to Canadians. IYB 2010 is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. To help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity, they would love to hear from Canadians between the ages of 9 and 35.

You can take part in these exciting celebrations by telling Environment Canada why nature is important to you! Entries can be EITHER video essay OR written essay.

English and French winners in 3 age categories (both written and video) will be guests of honour in Ottawa (prize includes airfare and hotel) for the Grand Reopening event of the Canadian Museum of Nature, on International Biodiversity Day on May 22, 2010, where their achievement will be honoured. Additionally, all grand-prize winning written and video essays will be displayed at the Biosphère in Montreal during 2010.

The event is a great opportunity for people (contest is open to ages 9-35) to be creative and spread their own messages about biodiversity.  More information including contest rules and judging criteria can be found here, with the Facebook event here.

The contest deadline is March 28th, so get essay-in!

Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda – easy, lovely laundry

OK, so – you’ll buy it for the awesome website alone (“She wasn’t always a three inch tall plastic figurine trapped inside a website!”). But lucky for us, there’s a heck of a lot more reason than that to use Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda. This soda is very simple: Just ingredients that get your laundry clean. Nothing more. No perfumes. No dyes. Just a tub of natural, biodegradable goodness including – if you can believe it – salt. Plain old salt. Who knew.

But the best part is that Nellie’s laundry soda gets your laundry sparkling clean. Including (if I may make a baby-related note here) the most hideous diapers you may ever have the misfortune of encountering. One wash with Nellie’s and the diapers come out bright white… and if this stuff can handle that, it can truly handle anything. Your laundry comes out without being scented by any heavy perfumes .. which means you can either enjoy the lack of scent, or scent them yourself with some essential oil sachets in the dryer (lavender, anyone?)

Nellie’s is available online at their store, or locally in Ottawa at the Extraordinary Baby Shoppe and other locations.


One fine morning in July, ecochick woke up and found the egg she’d been sitting on patiently for nine months had hatched. Poof! All of a sudden ecochick was a mama, and the rest of the world melted away. But now that the ecochicklet can be relied upon to sleep at least an hour or two during the day, ecochick can finally get back to you… and oh, the wonderful things she’s found over the last several months! While stocking up for the arrival of the little one, we’ve found tons of awesome ecofriendly gear for both babies and grownups. So I hope you’re still ready to read about the newest finds… hang on, it’ll be a great ride!

Mind Our Dust

There are exciting things afoot at ecochick! As a result, there’s gonna be some renos going on around here today. VOC free paints, sustainable bamboo floors, recycled fabrics in the throw cushions, you name it. Please bear with me while I get a few things done – but trust me, you will be so excited when you see what’s happening…

Out of range!

Ecochicks – sorry for the airwave silence, I am out of range in beautiful Prince Edward Island. I will get back to posting as soon as humanly possible, I promise – and will announce the recipient of the awesome Soleado Casa giveaway too! Til then – happy eco living!

The Times Online’s Top 50 Green Blogs has yet to grace one of these “tops” lists – but we’re working on it! Since you’re already reading ecochick, you already know it’s awesome. If you’re looking to expand your green blog repertoire, here’s the legwork done for you: the Top 50 eco-blogs according to the Times Online. They’ve got them categorized into News Blogs, Policy, Economics and Energy Blogs, Activists (Macro and Micro), the Must Reads, and more. There’s blogs ranging from big names like TreeHugger, to name-and-shamers The Unsuitablog, celeb green gossipers ecorazzi and plenty more.

Got any more you love? What’s your favourite green blog? (Present company excluded, of course!)

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