Green Living Show 2012 Review

We went to the Green Living Show and had a great time, saw a lot of vendors and met Twitter friends IRL

Lidia Le François, Aireater, gluten free
Here’s Mat posing kindly for me against a really nice background that I wish we had in the living room.

Lidia Le François, Aireater, gluten free

One of my favourite displays was the Yurt. What a neat way to live. I wish this was an option in Toronto.  This way of living makes total sense and really was comfortable inside. I really liked the attention to detail, the drawings on the visible surface areas, the practicality of it all; being able to hang up pretty much everything on the inside walls.

Lidia Le François, Aireater, gluten free, Green Living Show 2012, vegan

Lidia Le François, Aireater, gluten free, Green Living Show 2012, vegan

The doorway was very short and we both had to duck when stepping in.

Lidia Le François, Aireater, gluten free, Green Living Show 2012, vegan

Who knew Yurts were commercially available?

Seema (on right) from Tiffinday

We went straight towards the food section to see our friend Seema, who operates Tiffinday, a fantastic vegan (with gluten free options) Indian food tiffin delivery service. If you’re in the Toronto area and want a fantastic catered lunch – check them out, tasty, environmentally friendly and reasonably priced. Excellent value over all. We cannot say enough good things about Tiffinday. An excellent food option and a great way to support the community.

Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater, Vegan, gluten free, Green Living show

LPK's Culinary Groove

Right next door was LPK’s Culinary Groove with vegan gluten free baked goodies. It’s too bad they didn’t have the panini press on Saturday (it was at the Brickworks), but lovely treats either way.

Planet People Gloves off

Gloves off made by Planet People

The food side was incredibly busy and after being hit with strollers (Mat actually had a mother hit him on purpose with the stroller and then forcefully told him to “Move!”. Really? If I hadn’t been speaking with someone at the time I think I would have had a few choice words for her.) we decided to go to the other half of the show.

The Plane People were there with their product Gloves Off – very cool to see an eco cleaner that actually works. Here’s a video of Ami Shah explaining the products (don’t mind the Christmas theme).

Interesting products for sure, we have a few bottles of iQ at home and I really enjoy the smell vs vinegar, and they actually work.

Lidia Le Francois, air eater, vegan, eco friendly

Elmer's Earth Friendly School Glue

We came upon a familiar face with a new message. Elmer’s school glue has become eco friendly! Very cool what they’ve been able to do. I really loved this glue as a kid and it’s great to see the company take responsibility for their product and reduce their carbon footprint while making friendly changes. I am very impressed to see the formula is so heavily made from plants. Amazing.

vegan, gluten free, eco friendly, natural soap, Air Eater, Lidia Le Francois

Earth's Berries Soap Nuts old fashioned washing machine

We came across the Earth’s Berries Soap Nuts booth, Karen, the owner was present. When I asked her why she decided to start a business on soap nuts, she explained she wanted an eco friendly option to do laundry and then friends started noticing and she gave the products away, then went to India to source the items and pay a fair wage to the people there and the rest is history. I am so impressed! What a cool idea and Karen’s company also sponsors four children from the region the products are sourced from. I love the idea of helping the community that provides to others. Have you tried Soap Nuts?

I had no idea Soap Nuts could be used to clean more than laundry. Love how a natural substance can do so much.


Speaking of nature, here’s something that made me not so please for the creatures of the sea.

I’m pretty sure the picture above was from the Loblaws booth, but I could be wrong. I couldn’t believe people actually believe fish farming is “sustainable”, so let’s get this straight – we’ll breed these animals, just to kill, but then we’ll breed them again, like plants! No. This is not sustainable.  Can we do the same to children? It’s okay, just breed some more, it’s sustainable.

This really made me angry and not impressed that a “green living” show would accept this. This is incredibly disappointing as well as the other vendors who had meat products available. Factory farming is wrong on many levels. I can’t agree with animal enslavement.

Organic Meadows (was there as well) apparently has cows that go outside and come inside on their own, according to some of their videos on Youtube – kudos to them for not chaining their cows. This still doesn’t make it right. Inseminating the cows over and over again to produce milk. I wonder what they do with the offspring? Humans should stick to drinking their own milk or alternatives. As grown adults, we do not need milk, this is baby food; especially interspecies milk, that’s pretty gross when you think about it.

It’s too bad the Green Living show feels the need to have animal based products. I thought it would be green and clean, instead it was some green over here, oh, here’s a company pretending to care and piggy packing on the movement; TD Bank for example.

TD Bank display

Great they have some green initiatives, but in the end they are a bank and they care heavily about the bottom dollar. When was the last time a bank turned away a profit to be green? I’d love to know. Any effort is a good effort, but I would like to see larger companies really do more and truly think hard about what they could do to improve.

I hope the show increased awareness of green initiatives and what we need to do to help the planet. I’m not sure how that is accomplished with making it okay and friendly to factory farm sea creatures by calling it sustainable. Maybe next year the Green Living show will say no to these kinds of companies and have more credible vendors.



Filed under Eco Friendly, gluten free, Trade show, vegan

2 Responses to Green Living Show 2012 Review

  1. I’m with you on your opinion on the show. Though I have to say I’m actually sincerely impressed with TD’s environmental efforts (and I never thought I’d be defending a bank – seriously) things like the TD Environmental Foundation and the Great Canadian Shoreline clean up are awesome things.

    I’m sure there are problems with those things as well, and they could be doing more, but they definitely do more than RBC who was there for no good reason other than to hard sell. Bleh.

    I was disappointed with the amount of meat (basically every booth) at the farm fresh fair, and the entire lack of vegan options beyond desserts.

    Though seeing the Tiffinday booth with those samosas was a welcome sight!

    I hope next year is better.

  2. Salmon

    green living =/= vegan living


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