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Re-Cap and Photos from the Green Living Show

NOTE: BikingToronto is a GreenLiving Network Blog.

Last week we gave away some passes to the GreenLiving Show for this past weekend.  Did you go? How did you like it?

We decided to go and check out the Show on Sunday and are glad we did – lots of interesting businesses there – and great features throughout.

Here are a few photos that show you the Show, and how our few hours there went.

Coming up on the entrance to the Show in the Direct Energy Centre at the Ex.  We took the TTC there and came in a side entrance, and I never figured out where the Bike Union‘s Bike Valet service was.

Green, local, organic, fair-trade, gluten-free, diary-free, etc, etc, businesses everywhere.  Some we had seen before, but others were completely new to us.  Took a good 3 hours just wandering around quickly… we definitely missed some stuff.

Our daughter Allison was overwhelmed at all the action, people and green products… and decided to pass out and nap for awhile. :)

Tom Rand (Lead Cleantech Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District) was starting on stage as we got there around 2 pm, talking about the attempts to end our dependency on fossil fuels.  He was a good speaker and I wish we could’ve heard more.

There middle of the room was filled with auto displays – with both hybrids and 100% electric like this Nissan Leaf (I really liked the glowing blue circle … tres fancy!  haha).  A lot of “green” people would probably take offense at cars at a show about living with a lighter environmental footprint, but those people have to remember that our society is overwhelmingly gas-powered car based.  This won’t change overnight… it will change slowly, but surely… with people who can choosing to live closer to their jobs and choosing to bike, walk and take transit… and others choosing hybrids and electric vehicles.

No matter what… our streets will be filled with some cars, and if we can encourage those cars to be cleaner, then all the better.

While going through a bunch of home product vendor booths, Allison decided to test out the organic mattresses.

The Verdict?  Thumbs up! :)

The Urbane Cyclist was there, with lots of bike options for kids as well as folding bikes.

Allison tested out the Chariot CX1 trailer.  You can’t tell from this photo (where she looks unsure), but she really seemed to like it.  Leaning on the trailer is a wooden Like-a-Bike.

Before we left we had some eats at the Farm Fresh Fare (pictured – gourmet apple crisp, not pictured – porchetta on a crisp bun, which I ate before the camera had a chance to photograph it).  There was a little cooking demonstration going on too, and they handed out samples of Muskoka Dark.  That’s my kind of cooking demo!


All in all a really interesting day.  I’m pretty sure we’ll be returning next year.

Did you make it to the show?  Tell us below in the comments what you thought (especially if you won some passes from us in our contest last week).

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Win Passes to the Green Living Show!


The GreenLiving Show is this weekend, and if you’re interested in making your life a little greener, then this is the show for you.  GreenLiving concentrates on practical and doable lifestyle changes that help the environment, even if it’s just a little.

The Green Living Show is Canada’s largest green consumer show dedicated to educating the public about easy and workable solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle. Visitors can shop the wide variety of exhibitor booths while gathering information and inspiration from a diverse selection of demonstrations, presentations, and activities.

SAVE THE DATE! April 15-17, 2011
The Green Living Show is Canada’s largest green consumer show dedicated to educating the public about easy and workable solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle. Visitors can shop the wide variety of exhibitor booths while gathering information and inspiration from a diverse selection of demonstrations, presentations, and activities.

GreenLiving has given us 5 pairs of show passes to give away to our readers – and all you have to do to be entered into the draw is tweet about this post on twitter!

Just like our Twitter 5000 contest, we’ve set this up so all you need to do to enter the contest is spread the word about it.

IMPORTANT – You can enter the giveaway until MIDNIGHT on WED. APR. 13. As well – the tickets will be downtown (College and Yonge) area, and you’ll NEED to be able to PICK THEM UP from me on Thursday, as the Show starts on Friday… so, short notice. :)

Just click Pay with a Tweet below to enter!!
 

(if you are not on twitter – send me an email at joe@bikingtoronto.com to enter)

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WWF wants you to Pin It for the Planet

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[Note: this post is in partnership with GreenLiving and the World Wildlife Fund]

“From May 31-June 6, WWF-Canada is running Pin It for the Planet, a campaign encouraging Canadians to shake up their car routine and use active, sustainable ways to go about daily travels to work, shop, school and play.   WWF’s goal is to get as many people as possible out of their car, and then, as a sign of their commitment to the environment, are encouraged to wear their car key pinned to their lapel to signify their action and spark conversation with others.”


Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Walk it (Or bike it, bus it, board it… whatever)
  2. Track it (By telling us what you did every day)
  3. Pin it (Your car key. On your shirt. Do it.)


“It’s time we challenged our unhealthy relationship with our cars. In Canada, transportation accounts for almost 30 per cent of our total greenhouse gas emissions – the main cause of climate change. Finding sustainable alternatives to driving, even if only a few times a week, can have a tremendous positive impact on the environment and people’s health.

More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of Canadians know their driving has a negative environmental impact, but they are not likely to give up their vehicles even when they could easily use other forms of transportation (75 per cent).  In fact, Canadians are more willing to give up their cell phones, TVs, Internet access, coffee, junk food, credit cards and for some, even sex, before they set aside their car keys.”

- from GreenLiving

The WWF is also running a cool Free Bike-In Movie Night here in Toronto on Saturday, June 5th at 7 pm:

WWF-Canada invites you to a free outdoor screening of the beloved Steven Spielberg classic E.T. Upon the grass, and underneath the starry sky, the whole family will enjoy this summer night.

It’s like a drive-in movie, but without your car.  Because let’s face it – your car doesn’t need you. But your planet sure does.

Location: Metro Square Parkette (55 John Street, adjacent to Roy Thompson Hall, near St. Andrew subway station)

More Info: https://community.wwf.ca/PinIt/bike_movie.cfm

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