{ Archive for the ‘Environmentally Friendly’ Category }

new-use tuesdays: oranges

I don’t know about you, but I adore oranges. They’re so refreshing in summer, yet have enough substance to make a filling winter snack. And breakfast – who eats that meal without some OJ? So this week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on the citrusy fruit. If you don’t have a fridge-full already, here are three out-of-the-box uses that might convince you to load up next time you’re at the grocery store.

oranges new use tuesdays: oranges

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nesting with nest

My first floor renovation is finally coming to an end. One of the most exciting things to happen was the installation of the Nest thermostat. First off it is a thing of beauty – round, black, and shiny – it almost looks like jewelry on my wall. Secondly it is smart and can program itself and finally, my favourite feature, is that I can adjust it wirelessly from my iPhone or tablet. So I can be lying in bed and not have to run downstairs to turn the temperature up or down. I know I’m lazy, but to me this is a luxury.

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stop what you’re doing and watch scott mcgillivray bond with a stray kitten

I’m going to make a bold claim here. It does not matter if your day has been bad, good, or great, because it’s about to get way better!

Enjoy a serious injection of cute this afternoon thanks to our regular contributor and expert handyman Scott McGillivray as he bonds with a stray kitten found onsite while shooting his HGTV show Income Property.

 

 

eco-friendly flooring: cork

We recently had the opportunity to take a sneak peek inside the home of interior designer, Vern Yip whose newly redesigned New York City home included the installation of cork flooring. We think it looks great! Which made us want to learn a little more about this stylish and environmentally friendly flooring option.

cork flooring vern yip home eco friendly flooring: cork

With a wide variety of newfangled flooring options available, choosing the right floor material for your home means finding one that’s just right for you and your space.

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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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