Green Living: Not just for the weekend!

 
Always so serious…Here I am goofing off in my beautiful booth surrounded by colour! I love wearing my  simone kimono  as a duster- so springy!!

Always so serious…Here I am goofing off in my beautiful booth surrounded by colour! I love wearing my simone kimono as a duster- so springy!!

I’m just unpacking from my fun weekend at the Green Living Show- thank you to everyone who stopped by, said hello, made me laugh, ogled stuff, chatted, bought stuff, and made it such a great show! Being at the Green Show I did spend time reflecting on how much I love being green, and although Kermit wasn’t lying when he said it’s not easy being green, I mean, in some ways it’s not THAT difficult. I have a few eco essentials that I try to remember to bring with me at all times.

I don’t leave the house without my reusable coffee cup and water bottle- I love the keep cups for their colour and lightweightness- I especially love the glass option. They make such great gifts too. I love the swell bottles for the colours, and also the smaller size! Torontonians are so lucky to live in a city with delicious free drinking water. I wish this for everyone on our planet! I hope (and vote) one day very soon plastic water bottles will be banned. Not only are they jamming up our oceans with plastic that doesn’t go away— but also the plastic just leaches into the water as they sit there on store shelves. In this city especially where there are drinking fountains in every park it just seems extra wrong to ever pay a private company for this precious natural resource!

The hydration/dehydration team :) An endless cycle of delicious drinks

The hydration/dehydration team :) An endless cycle of delicious drinks

I also always bring along at least one of my handy dandy strong and lightweight everyday totes. These bags are SO HANDY! They weigh nothing, packs down to a 2” square, and then open up to hold SO MUCH!!! And they are pretty too!! Soon it will be farmer’s market season and I will be prepared to bring my veggies home, yay. The other thing I really love about these bags is that they are made from organic cotton, so eventually when they do wear out they can go back to the earth whence they came. Speaking of banning yucky plastic options- remember that brief glorious moment when plastic shopping bags were banned? Let’s bring that back! I’m gonna call my city councillor and our mayor too…

Not only is it light, strong and very adorable on your shoulder-  this tote bag  also goes across your body! photo by the super talented  celine kim , modelled by the very lovely  elizabeth olwen

Not only is it light, strong and very adorable on your shoulder- this tote bag also goes across your body! photo by the super talented celine kim, modelled by the very lovely elizabeth olwen

And finally, I always carry a bandana with me. Talk about multi purpose eco friendly item! This dude is everything and the kitchen sink. A cloth to wipe the rain from your bikeseat? Check! A scarf to keep the sun off your head? Yes! A little hit of warmth around your neck? Easy! A quick package wrapper? So nice! Sooo many uses for this simple yet lovely square of cotton cloth. Indispensable!

two of my  sunny bandanas  - here styled as furoshiki wraps (stay tuned for more about this incredible cloth tradition)

two of my sunny bandanas - here styled as furoshiki wraps (stay tuned for more about this incredible cloth tradition)

Hope you enjoyed my mini eco round up! Please comment below- is there anything I have overlooked- or any hot eco tips you’d like to share? Love to hear from you! Coming up next week is another in our interview series… can’t wait to share with you! xokate

 

 
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