Green Living Show 2016

About 3 weeks ago, I was able to attend the Green Living Show in Toronto.  It was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Green Living Show is Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to all things green.  This show is a great place to discover tons of eco-friendly, products, places, services and food.  There were food vendors focused on using sustainable ingredients.  Clothiers who used re-cycled materials like old leather jackets to make other things.  Companies focused on making homes more eco-friendly and efficient.

What was also terrific is that by using my Live Green Card, I was able to attend the event for free!  The Live Green Card is a discount card. Simply show your card to get deals on eco-friendly products and services at more than 500 businesses in Toronto.  The card is free and there’s even an app!

What’s great about the Green Living Show is that it provided a way for people to drop off old, unused electrical equipment i.e.  old cell phones, cordless phone or laptops.  By doing so, you could also gain free admission.  My peep C dropped off an old broken cordless phone and was allowed in for free too.  Before we proceeded up to the show, we participated in a survey and were given a free eco-friendly power bar!  Score!!

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The Metro Toronto Convention Centre was buzzing.  There was a strong energy among the eclectic group of visitors today.  We collected our free re-useable bag (which came in so handy as the day wore on) and began to get the lay of the land.

Of course it began with food.   There was an area blocked off that served as the “food court” for this event.  Called the Pollinators’ Plate, the focus was on local food especially affected by pollinator’s i.e.: bees.  Did you know bees are in decline?

This year’s show  made sure to make it a point to hi-light this important issue.  Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production!

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Currency for food and drink


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Fried chicken sliders with pickled cucumbers, coleslaw and blue cheese dressing from Hey Meatball.  Everything but the chicken and bread is affected by pollinators


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Garlic & mushroom arancini in an heirloom tomato sauce.  Impacted by Pollinators: Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil. Provided by Keith Hoare and the Thistletown Collegiate high school chefs

I have to say, I wish that when I was in high school, I had been able to experience a chef program like the students at this school.  This is not the first time I have had the pleasure of sampling food provided by these young chefs.  Awesome job!  To get some insight, click here. 

After lunch, comes shopping.  It was vendor overload here.  Hours could be spent at one booth just looking and talking to the host.  I was able to come away with some cool things!

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Bought this cool casual purse from Mrs. Greenway a store that focuses on supplying enviro-friendly and natural products for everyone.   They sell cleaning products, personal care, clothing and even pet care items.   My purse above is made from recycled leather jackets and bed sheets!

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This was an unexpected purchase.  I have a ton of water bottles at home.  All plastic, none compare to this one.  While I was waiting for my friend, I wandered over to the Green’s Your Colour booth.  I proceeded to watch the rep do his demonstration.  He had put ice in a bottle earlier at 7AM.  It was now about 2 in the afternoon and the ice was still frozen.  In another, he had hot coffee, again from 7AM.  It was still steaming hot.  Were my eyes deceiving me?  I did walk away with one in the end as did my friend who purchased one for both her and her young son.  The website boasts 36 hours of cold water.  It did not lie.  I have been using mine steadily since my date of purchase and I remain amazed each time I take a sip.  I will enjoy taking this with me on hot summer day outings and knowing I will have ice-cold water to beat the heat.

I purchased these snacks on the recommendation from my friend.  Made Good granola minis are made in a dedicated facility free from the 8 common allergens: peanut, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish. They are also organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO project verified and contain the nutrients in one full serving of vegetables from six different sources. Granola Minis are the portable, pop-able snack packed with nutrition and flavour. These wholesome bites come in five yummy varieties and make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up at school or on the go.  They also make bars.  These can be purchased at all major grocery stores.  I am already down to my last two bags. I keep them in my work bag and snack on them while on my car ride home each day.  I am partial to the chocolate banana for the moment.  Though I think the chocolate chip may win my heart in the end.

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Taking a breather in some green living space.  I put that re-useable bag to use!  


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There was tons of sampling.  Got this box of Mac and Cheese for free!! 

 

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Ice cold mango treat! 

After a long busy day at the Green Living Show, some yummy cider from Brickworks Ciderhouse.  Yes, the 4 were mine.  The 1 in the back was not.  I had a ton of tickets left and it was yummy and refreshing.  How could I not!?

It was a great time at the show.  I discovered some new products and learned about some new ways to help the enviroment.  Can’t wait for next year! =)

Little Life Box

I am so excited.  I just ordered my first Little Life Box the other day and I cannot wait till it arrives next week.

Little Life Box is a Canadian healthy lifestyle subscription box. Each box gives you the opportunity to sample and experience new green, organic healthy products in a convenient and fun way that saves you money. There is even a Vegan box.  Boxes vary each month and include a whole range of health products for you to try.

Interested?  Check it out here !

Check back next week when I reveal the May 2016 Little Life Box .

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Cookie Butter Treats

Have you ever been to Trader Joe’s?  If yes, then you know all about cookie butter. If not, you may be asking what is cookie butter?  It is spreadable Speculoos cookies.  Speculoos cookies are a classic Belgian cookie that are crunchy and have a hint of gingerbread with a caramelized finish.

Cookie butter is a versatile food item.  You can spread it on toast or waffles for a yummy breakfast.  Use it as an ice cream topping or dip pretzels in it for a salty sweet snack.  You can also bake with it, as I did.  I made cookie butter squares and cookie butter cookies with toffee bits.

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Cookie butter oatmeal squares

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Cookie butter cookies with toffee.  

These treats were gone in no time! =)