Decorating & Design
April 27, 2010
Green Living Show Highlights
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 Green Living Show at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre. What a great way to kick off the weekend — an afternoon perusing booths designed by companies, organizations and people all trying to make a difference for the environment. I’ve attended the show for the past couple of years, and was amazed at all the new vendors present this year.
Here is a small roundup of my favourites from the show:
One of the first booths I was drawn to was Credo Bags, an eco-conscious company based out of Montreal that specializes in reusable bags. Their goal is to inspire people to make simple changes in their daily behaviours, which collectively have a large impact on the environment. We are all very familiar with the reusable shopping bag, but Credo has taken this one step further to include smaller snack, bulk, produce and baguette bags. Nice to see a little H&H being represented at the show, too!
Replace your plastic Ziploc with this reusable, washable, organic cotton snack bag. For more information on Credo, check out our feature on them in the May 2010 issue.
Next stop was The Tate Group booth, where they were showcasing some really neat items from Cardboardesign. My favourite was the Wishwall, an interactive wall-mounted piece made entirely out of — you guessed it — recycled cardboard! The honeycomb structure comes with a supply of colourful slips of paper that you can write a wish on, roll up and put into the wall. Arrange them randomly or create a pattern — either way, it looks cool and would be fun for a birthday party or a kids room.
Not new, but classic: Homestead House Milk Paints. If you are not familiar with them, Homestead House is a Canadian company that makes eco-friendly milk-based paints with beautifully rich colours and textures. Above are the Craftsman colours.
The Timeless Material Company’s booth was definitely a favourite — I loved the reclaimed windows hung on the exterior of the booth, and the chunky wooden wall-mounted shelves.
Last but not least is the Freedom Clothing Collective, a fashion and design collective in Toronto supporting artists and designers that work with eco-friendly materials and refurbished/reclaimed/redesigned clothes. My faves in this booth were the Green Occasional Chair (above) by Poppyseed Creative Living, and the hand-stitched baby quilt (below) made from vintage cotton fabrics by SLO (Sarah Lynn Ottewell).
So, there you go, a little roundup of a successful and inspiring show!
For more eco inspiration, check out our Green Design photo gallery.