Climate change is demanding our attention more than ever, in Canada especially. It was recently reported that our country is accelerating at a rate double the global average. Most of us totally get it — it’s up to our generation to make the changes necessary to turn it around, and us Canadians have the chance to set an example. It’s no small responsibility, but it can start with our daily choices.
We can be part of the solution by choosing to be more conscious in the way we shop, travel, eat, and who we support. Vote with your dollar at one of these 7 eco-friendly stores in the city.
766 St. Clair West
Here you’ll find pink Himalayan salt lamps, sage sticks, and jade rollers — but also Greenpan cookware, organic mattresses, and bamboo cutlery. So whether you’ve been committed to green living for most of your life, or if you’re just curious to see what products are out there, EcoExistence will have something you need. This store has served the community for 11+ years and always keeps stock interesting, and never sacrifices their values.
670 Queen St. West
This green ‘general store’ on Queen West aims to be a one-stop-shop for a sustainable lifestyle. Shop items from 50+ ethical, sustainable brands ranging from clothing and accessories, skin care, cleaning products, kitchenware, and curio. For made-to-last items for low-impact lifestyles, Logan and Finely is one retailer to trust.
191 Roncesvalles Ave.
This beautifully inviting lifestyle store on Roncesvalles makes an accessible introduction to green living, with recycled glassware, jewelry, decor, and accessories. If you want to make your home a little greener this summer but don’t know where to start, come to Ecotique for all the inspiration.
1263 Dundas St. West
If the amount of plastic you inevitably purchase at conventional grocery stores makes you cringe, then Unboxed Market is your solution. Zero waste shopping is possible, as former restauranteurs Luis and Michelle are proving with their progressive new food market. Bring your own containers, fill them up with bulk ingredients (choose from pantry staples and cleaning supplies), and pay. Nothing goes to waste. There’s also a butcher counter, fridge, huge produce section, and a cafe — so, all your family’s grocery need are met in one space!
870 Kingston Rd.
For parents who want to raise kids in the most health-conscious and sustainable way, Ava’s Appletree has just about everything on your list. Choose from a selection of cloth diapers, baby carriers, clothes, toys, bath supplies, and items for moms. Everything is all natural, all organic because having a family doesn’t have to come at the cost of your carbon footprint.
348 Danforth Ave.
If you’re interested in reducing your footprint by eating more mindfully, The Big Carrot is where to shop in the east end. Here, you can get local, organic, non-GMO, and sustainable food items from top green brands. There’s also a holistic dispensary with sustainable bath and body products, supplements, and books. You can easily make an afternoon out of a trip to The Big Carrot Co-op!
1561 Bayview Ave.
This midtown health boutique has served the city for over 27 years with a wide range of nutritional supplements, botanical and homeopathic remedies, as well as therapeutic skin and body care. Peaches and Green is the place to go to get everything you need to green up your bathroom cabinet.
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