{ Archive for the ‘Environmentally Friendly’ Category }

places to go, people to see: the cure apothecary

Got a dinner party to attend this weekend? Stop by The Cure Apothecary, Queen West’s brand new organic skincare hotspot, for a unique hostess gift. It’s hard to decide which is more appealing, the curated product lineup – including brands like John Masters, One Love, FarmHouse Fresh and L’Aromatica, among others – or the country chic interior. The good news is you can have it all: Choose a winning token for the host while touring the adorable shop, which opened its doors just last week. Check out a few images of the store and what it’s got to offer below.

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places to go, people to see: green + good

Green up your makeup bag at the first ever Green + Good, a collaborative natural beauty pop-up market open now until Sunday, May 4. Hosted by Health Hut and Fresh Faced, two of Canada’s go-to online destinations for natural beauty products, the event takes place in what might be Toronto’s most charming boutique hotel, the Gladstone. Highlights include Ella’s Botanicals, an all-natural artisanal body care brand, and Graydon, whose tagline – “clinical by nature” – says it all.  Make it a to-do this weekend; it’s not every day you come face to face (pun intended) with such great eco-conscious skincare brands.

soap bar Ellas Botanicals places to go, people to see: green + good

 

Skin Soother Beauty Bar, $7, Ella’s Botanicals.

new-use tuesdays: milk

Today is such a grey, rainy day in Toronto that it makes me want to lay in bed eating cookies with milk (am I the only adult who still does that?). So it’s only fitting to put this week’s new-use spotlight on milk. Beyond it’s cheer-up potential, you’d be surprised what this calcium-filled drink can do.

Best Before Ricochet Studio new use tuesdays: milk Porcelain Best Before creamers, from $45 US each, Ricochet Studio.

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editor’s pick: eco etsy toys

 

Hope you all had a lovely Earth Day! As promised, I’ve got more great environmentally friendly picks from the eco-conscious Etsy online marketplace in honour of Earth Month. Inspired by their daughter, the owners of Little Wooden Wonders decided to create organic wooden toys that are free of any chemicals or lead. Safe for baby and made by hand, these puzzles have a vintage appeal that recalls bygone days. They’re unique and unexpected tokens that any little princess or prince would be lucky to receive.

Elephant Puzzle Little Wooden Wonders editors pick: eco etsy toys Baby Elephant Puzzle, $13 US, Little Wooden Wonders.

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new-use tuesdays: club soda

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week’s versatile vixen is club soda. Carbonated water is a great addition to any bar. Its mild flavour is agreeable for most guests and its clear tone with your sofa, in case of spills. Here are a few more inventive uses that will have you reaching for this hostess favourite beyond the next cocktail party.

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Image courtesy of SodaStream

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eco-friendly find: cuppow mason jar lids

Mason jar lovers, unite! In celebration of Earth Day I wanted to share a great eco-friendly find. If you’re like me, you love finding new and creative ways to use mason jars. With a selection of specially designed lids, Cuppow turns any size mason jar into an easy-to-sip drinking glass, travel mug or dual compartment food storage container  – and best of all, they’re made from food-safe recycled plastic. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, they’re a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint and an inexpensive alternative to plastic bottles and containers.

ecofriendly find cappow eco friendly find: cuppow mason jar lids BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adaptor – Wide Mouth – Pink, Cuppow, $8.99

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4 great apps for environmentally friendly living

It’s Earth Day today, which means that it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate our commitment to the environment. Many of us have the best intentions when it comes to protecting our precious planet, but it’s easy to forget, to fall short. But since many of us never leave home without our smartphones, clinging to them like life lines, it has never been easier to keep the environment top of mind with apps that are right at our fingertips. In honour of Earth Day, here are four apps, all available for download on iTunes, that’ll help you make more environmentally responsible decisions every day.

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editor’s pick: eco etsy napkins

Everyone’s hopped up about Easter, but there’s another upcoming holiday to look forward to, Earth Day, which is on April 22. To some, April is known as Earth Month, and to honour it, I’m compiling my favourite eco-friendly offerings from the Etsy-sphere. The online marketplace seems a natural focal point as it is a certified B Corporation, meaning it’s met rigorous standards of environmental and social accountability. Today’s pick is Jaqs Studio, a textiles shop based out of Clayton, California. Hand sewn by owner Q, the eco merchandise includes quilts, placemats and toss cushions, in addition to a wide array of napkins. Check out the most swoon-worthy in the bunch.

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Large cotton Eco-Friendly Cloth N1333 napkins, $16 US per set of 4, Jaqs Studio.

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home library: homemade cleaners

I’m far from an earth goddess, but I do worry about the chemicals I come in contact with – especially in my cleaning products. In the last decade, there’s been a clear shift toward greener horizons in the home-cleaning category. But, for the most part, the price points are still higher than conventional products and, in a world of deceptive ad lingo, I always wonder just how environmentally friendly the products are. Well, in their book Homemade Cleaners, authors Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford have got the answer: make your own cleaning products from recognizable ingredients, most of which are already in your kitchen cabinets.

Homemade Cleaners OBrien and Ford home library: homemade cleaners

Homemade Cleaners by Mandy O'Brien and Dionna Ford (Ulysses Press, $18)

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Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

You know Spring is here (or around the corner) when you start to see outdoor furniture popping up in stores and on websites. Here are two of my favourites: the West Elm Dexter Collection and the new Crate & Barrel Communal and Berkshire Collections. The Dexter has been around for several years and has a lovely aged teak look to it. I also like the rounded back on the bench.

West Elm Dexter Dining Collection2 Two of my favourite outdoor furniture collections

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