Get your house ready for summer

Get your house ready for summer

In Ontario, we never know when true summer will hit, so it’s best to get your house in order before the extreme hot temperatures. Here are a few simple things you can do to get your house ready: Check that your air conditioner is in working order and change its filter system if needed. It could still be useful to call someone in to check on its status during the late days of spring – the last Read more…

6 tips to travelling more sustainably

Take the train: try to spend more time at each destination if you can, but when travelling between cities opt to travel by ground when possible to decrease your carbon footprint. Throw out less: Use a refillable bottle with local purified water and bring foldable totes in your bag to fill with food or souvenirs while walking around.  Buy local: Ensure the items you are buying were made by local artisans rather than having been Read more…

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keep your energy costs down this Spring

6 ways to keep your energy costs down this Spring

Heat blocking window treatments can keep your home full of sunlight as the days get longer while keeping out the warm weather, allowing you to leave lights off and lower the air conditioning. Turn the air conditioning off at night and open up the windows – when the night air is cool enough, try getting the fresh air in while saving energy. Plugging a few of your appliances into one extension cord will allow you Read more…

What to put in your waste-free toolkit

As we become more aware of the harmful ways our everyday items, such as plastic straws, negatively impact our environment and wildlife, there has been a move to more sustainable practices. A lot of this has to do with making the investments in items that do not need to be thrown out. Becoming as waste-free as possible doesn’t need to be difficult but it’s hard to know where to start. Here are the items you Read more…

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This year's food trends

This year’s food trends

Local: Consumers are expressing growing concern in ensuring there are always options to buy local. This allows them to feel they are buying safer food options while supporting sustainable farming practices close to home.  Plastic: The global backlash over plastic continues, placing the food industry on high alert. Restaurants continue to find ways to replace plastic with more sustainable options and within the home, people are deciding to go without plastic and instead using glass Read more…

Spring’s sustainable home trends

Urban gardening: Gardens were often only thought of as possible in suburban areas but now urbanites are increasingly using their patios and balconies to grow produce as well. There are even options to have a garden directly in your kitchen, such as Just Vertical has produced. Minimalism: As waste reduction becomes more mainstream, people are increasingly aware of ensuring everything they own has a purpose in their lives. This extends to decor and furniture – minimalist styles Read more…

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Our favourite sustainable Instagram feeds

Our favourite sustainable Instagram feeds

@lifemadelight follows Leah’s continued learnings on living zero waste as well as observations on consumption and rethinking our relationships with objects. On @50shadesofgreentoronto, Haley gives tips for green living and encourages everybody to start as small or big as they decide.  @shift_style’s Ash has a passion for sustainability and an eye for design – she believes that anyone can become conscious consumers. On @trashisfortossers, Lauren documents her zero waste journey to show how it’s a lifestyle anyone can Read more…

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