Green Innovations f or 2011

Though the concept has been around for awhile now, it’s only recently that the Green Movement has exploded. Many designers and companies have capitalized on this trend and have come up with fresh, new ideas for products that also benefit the environment. It’s now trendy to be eco-friendly!
One of our fave new products is The Laundry Tarts. Liven up your boring old laundry routine with these eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, 100% vegan laundry products. Biodegradable and made with all natural ingredients, they are perfect for sensitive skin. The best part? Each detergent comes in oh-so-yummy scents such as apple pie, strawberry shortcake, vanilla dulce, cinnamon bun, pina colada, chocolate mint, black forest cake, banana bread, caramel apple…you get the picture.
What makes the 2B Green Vapur Anti-Bottle so different? It’s a reusable flexible bottle that when empty, can be folded, rolled or flattened down and easily fits into pockets, bags, etc. Once filled, it folds back into shape. Not only is it space efficient, it’s also BPA free. Say goodbye to annoying plastic bottles forever!
Beauty fanatics don’t fret, there’s something for you too. Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths are made of bamboo and contain natural nutrients (such as organic honey) and vitamins that cleanse and remove make-up without stinging or burning your eyes. All cloths are 100% biodegradable and free of animal testing.
Left Feet shoes not only look great but are great for the environment as well. Materials such as leather alternatives, cotton, canvas, organic hemp and recycled tire tread are used; progressive synthetic material also makes the shoe biodegradable. Bonus – All shoes are fairly produced and bought from countries that do not prevent workers from collective bargaining.
Local restaurant Cowbell, is a French style bistro that’s recently been certified as Toronto’s first green restaurant. LEAF (Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Food service) certified, Cowbell supports a sustainable food system; Chef Mark Cutrara picks naturally raised, organic meat and produce. The funky décor features secondhand items and salvaged building materials for tabletops and cabinets. Old church pews even serve as seating.