All posts tagged: Calgary

The Apothecary in Inglewood

Author: Renee LittleLocation: 921 9th Ave SE Calgary, AB The Apothecary in Inglewood is unassuming from the outside and is an entire eco-life changer once you step inside! This gem of a store in Inglewood sells a zero waste philosophy and has the products and knowledgeable staff to help you create a sustainable eco-friendly life here in Calgary. When you step inside the store you can see how much care and attention is taken in product selection to provide the customer with the best zero waste and sustainable products on the market. The Apothecary carries the full line of All Things Jill products which includes Peas in a Pod (mom and baby), Zen Yoga, TREK (outdoor products), a bath and body line (bath foam and lotion), Jack (shave and beard products), Chic Puppy, and un-packaged bar soaps and bath bombs. Probably the best part about the store (in my opinion) is the refillery. A refillery is really just as the term suggests – a place to refill previously utilized or new containers from bulk inventory. …

Eco Friendly Furniture in Calgary and Online

What is eco friendly furniture? In terms of furniture manufacturing being kind to the environment can take place many different ways. Things to consider: Length and mode of transportation of goods – how far do the manufactured goods and raw materials need to travel and what type of transportation is used. Type of materials used in production – does the company source fair trade, organic, low VOC or sustainable materials? Energy consumption/ offsets – does the company reduce or offset it’s carbon footprint? Collaboration/ donation to eco driven research and development – does the company invest in environmental forward research or new developments? Waste disposal / recycling practices – how does the company handle waste material, do they have successful recycling programs. For the consumer – are you willing to put the time in to look for furniture that can be reused? Can you look at consignment shops for your next used furniture treasure? Canadian Made Companies – reducing transportation EQ3 – manufactured in Winnepeg, MB, store in Calgary Stylus – manufactured in Burnaby BC, …

From grapes to wine – how to make an indulgence more eco sustainable

I love wine! Don’t you? It’s a delightful addition to many meals and social occasions, a medium to great conversation and flavor enhancement. Being eco-conscious, I wondered what is the carbon footprint of wine? Through the years I’ve done quite a lot of research and as a result I have changed my choices around my wine selections. The wine footprint story: grapes don’t require the copious amounts of fertilizers to grow that other crops such as corn do organic wines are grown without fertilizer or use of pesticides wine grown using biodynamic certified practices use organic practices and emphasizes biodiversity and ecosystem preservation the carbon dioxide released from the fermentation of wine grapes makes up an insignificant percentage of the total emissions associated with wine production the biggest source of greenhouse gases from wine is in transporting wine to the consumer transporting heavy glass bottles uses much more fuel, and therefore has a bigger impact, than lighter glass or other alternative packaging (box, tetrapack, plastic) transporting bulk wine (in kegs) has a smaller carbon footprint transporting …

PrAna – clothing & accessories

PrAna makes clothing & other product that are fair trade certified, sustainable and environmentally conscious. They have organic cotton, responsible down and recycled wool. These are clothes you can really feel good buying! You may notice PrAna clothing are a bit more expensive than the comparable regular cotton (non-organic and non-fair trade) however this really is a reflection of the company paying for fair wages and using zero waste and environmentally sustainable production processes. Clothing PrAna makes clothing with the environment and clothing manufactures in mind. They create clothing for hiking, climbing, yoga, swimming/ beach wear and casual street wear. and Here are the top 4 reasons how their clothes are stand out in the fashion industry: Organic cotton: What makes organic materials, like cotton, so much better than the conventional ones? Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. A big effort in the organic movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic …

Mrs Meyers Lavender Laundry Soap

Product description: Concentrated detergent formula Contains plant-derived cleaning ingredients with dirt and stain-fighting enzymes 64 loads of laundry per bottle Biodegradable, HE laundry detergent for use in high efficiency and conventional washing machines Garden-fresh lavender scented laundry soap with an original and clean floral fragrance Pros: Concentrated so only a small amount is needed per load of laundry (~1/4 cup), scent is very pleasant (if you enjoy scents in your laundry process), 100% biodegradable, inexpensive for amount of laundry loads per bottle. Cons: The lid/top is different than most laundry soaps and this new design is easy to spill if you’re not mindful when pouring. Where to buy in Calgary: Sobeys, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, City Market Sage HillBuy online on Amazon¬†(affiliate¬†link) Overall rating: 4.5/5

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.

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 …