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LEAF Certified Restaurants #YYC

There is a process restaurants can go through that is called “LEAF certification. LEAF certified restaurants have declared they are committed to the environment and providing a sustainable dining experience. Each restaurant must undergo an on-site review by a LEAF Accredited Consultant and meet minimum requirements in ten key areas of sustainability including: 1. Energy use2. Food purchasing and menu items3. Supplies4. Building and location5. Furnishing and decorative items6. Chemicals7. Waste and recycling8. Employees9. Policy and innovation10. Water use In Calgary the current LEAF certified restaurants include: Cafe Beano Calgary Zoo Community Natural Foods Craft Beer Market Fiasco Taiko Taco Mountain Mercato Odyssey Coffehouse River Cafe Sait School of Hospitality and Tourism Coup + Meet Una Pizza and Wine Heane House J.Webb Wine Merchant You can read more about the LEAF certification process on the LEAF website.

The Plastic Disaster

We know plastic is a huge issue in our world, it’s piling up so fast that there is not one country who really knows what the HECK to do with it. Well there might just be a solution, well not really. Read more in the Guardian this week read “The answer to plastic pollution…” Here is an direct quote from the article to get your excitement to read more started: “As holiday shopping ramps up, so do the dizzying varieties of plastic packaging tossed in recycling bins. And while we wish a Christmas miracle would transform this old garbage into something new, the reality is the waste left over from the holiday shopping frenzy is more likely than ever to end up in a landfill or incinerator. Until January of this year, the United States and other Western countries were foisting their low-value plastic waste on to China, with little concern for the environmental degradation this caused. To protect its citizens from the burden of foreign pollution, in the beginning of this year, China refused to …

Carbon Food Print

BBC News just released a stellar article. You can calculate your carbon foot print from food and be either happily surprised or dismally disappointed! This is a quote directly from the article to get you excited to read more: “Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by two-thirds, according to the Oxford study, published in the journal Science. “What we eat is one of the most powerful drivers behind most of the world’s major environmental issues, whether it’s climate change or biodiversity loss,” study researcher Joseph Poore told BBC News. “Changing your diet can make a big difference to your personal environmental footprint, from saving water to reducing pollution and the loss of forests, he said. It reduces the amount of land required to produce your food by about 75% – that’s a huge reduction, particularly if you scale that up globally,” Poore explained.” This chart is posted in the article: Will this change your eating habits? References: BBC Climate change food calculator: What’s your diet’s …

Vegan Leather Tote – Mat and Nat

Product description: Product bags using their signature vegan leather Use eco-friendly materials like recycled nylon, cork and rubber The bags are then produced in small factories they’ve had long-standing relationships with. Factories qualify for the SA8000 standard certification. Linings are made of 100% recycled bottles. Approximately 21 plastic bottles are recycled for every bag produced More about the vegan leather used: Various vegan leathers are used in production, the scientific terms are PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride). PU is less harmful for the environment than PVC and its use is definitely preferred, whenever possible. In addition to being vegan, sustainable materials are constantly sourced in design; these include recycled nylons, cork and rubber. Pros: Production uses vegan leathers and recycled materials, durable and long lasting, can use the product as a tote, laptop bag or travel bag, stands up on it’s own without tipping over even with contents inside. Cons: The end product is a bit stiff, if you are used to leather you might want to go to a store and handle the bag first before …

Ecover Zero Dish Soap

Product Description: Non-toxic, biodegradable formula 100% Natural fragrance Never tested on animals Bottle made with recycled plastic & Plantplastic® Made with renewable, plant-based ingredients Non toxic Pros: Unscented and scented options, only a small amount is needed and it goes a long ways, very good suds and long lasting. Cons:  low to medium cost for size of bottle Where to buy in Calgary: Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Walmart Where to buy online: Amazon (affiliate link) Overall rating: 4.5/5

Meyers Lemon Verbena Liquid Dish Soap

Product Description: Aromatherapeutic household product Biodegradable  (made without parabens, chlorine, formaldehyde, artificial colors, phthalates, MEA, DEA, glycol solvents) Lemon Verbena Scent Cuts grease Cruelty-free Pros: Scent is enjoyable and not strong, only a small amount is needed and it goes a long ways, very good suds and long lasting. Cons:  medium to high cost for size of bottle however it is very concentrated so it does stretch further than expected. Where to buy in Calgary: Sobeys, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, City Market Sage Hill Buy online: Amazon Overall rating: 4.0/5

Kirkland Dish soap

Kirkland dish soap is available for purchase directly at Costco or on Amazon (affiliate link) Product claims: Eco Friendly Liquid Dish Soap Citrus Scent Tough on grease, yet gentle on your hands and the environment. Biodegradable cleaning agent. Plant based formula. Made from bio-renewable resources. Contains no phosphates or dyes. Mild on skin. Natural fragrance. Safe for septic systems. Pros:   The cost is reasonable for the volume, scent is very subtle, it is biodegradable and cruelty free. Cons: Low suds value, took quite a lot of soap to make enough suds to wash dishes, suds dissipated quickly and was not long lasting, needed to add more soap half way through dinner dishes. Overall rating: 3.5/5