Monday, April 03, 2017

Enter to Win Tickets to Toronto's Green Living Show, April 7-9, 2017 {giveaway}

For everyone interested in caring for our planet and reducing our impact on the environment, the 11th annual Green Living Show is coming to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend, April 7-9, 2017. This is Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, featuring influential speakers; innovative products; eco home and garden design; local and organic food and wine tastings; health, wellness and yoga pavilions; eco fashion and green beauty makeovers; electric car test drives; nature exhibits and fun activities for the entire family.

The Main Stage will showcase a series of speakers and panel discussions on wellness, holistic nutrition, reducing waste, traditional medicine, reducing energy consumption, and more. Attractions throughout the weekend will include an Eco Kids Zone, where your children can learn about outdoor activities like fishing and camping, representatives from IKEA Canada’s Sustainable Living Project, a selection of free films from Planet in Focus, the chance to test drive green vehicles, a Local Food & Drink Pavilion, and the exhibit Making Our Trees count, celebrating the importance and beauty of our forests and the wonderful work of the artisans who work in Ontario Wood.

Of course, no consumer show is complete without a little (or a lot of) shopping, and there will be plenty of vendors on hand, ready to introduce you to their eco-friendly products. It's a great opportunity to learn about and meet new companies, particularly small, local makers who are creating great solutions with natural ingredients.

I was sent a little gift package with a selection of goodies from InSink 4-in-1, Green Beaver, Val Coyote Organics, and Bio-Vert. Many of you will have heard of Green Beaver, a Canadian company who have grown a solid following over the past 15 years. They produce a variety of natural health ad beauty products. Val Coyote is new to me. She produces a line of organic skin care products from her base in Haliburton, ON. I'm currently enjoying her "Kick Ass Hemp Cream: For Working Man's Hands." Natural oils, shea butter, a scent of sandalwood. It feels great and is very soothing on my rough gardener's hands. Bio-Vert is a Quebec company, making environmentally friendly cleaning products. This family owned company has been in operation since 1984!

InSink comes with a story I love. Tonis Tollasepp, a stay-at-home dad, was concerned with the amount of soap and water he was wasting with every load of dishes he washed. He researched and tested and eventually came up with this 4-in-1 system that saves water, soap, and space in the kitchen. It's a real "necessity is the mother of invention" story, and a wonderful entrepreneur story as well. If you can't make the Green Living Show to see him and his product, be sure to check it out on his website.

In addition, here are a few of the top innovations you'll find at the show.

Crazy D’s All Natural Soda
by Crazy D’s All-Natural Soda Labs (Food and Beverage)
Soda without the guilt. Crazy D’s All-Natural Soda, a fizzy beverage hand-crafted in Toronto, uses the science of nature’s prebiotic root vegetables instead of sugar to achieve a hint of sweetness. Crazy D’s sodas are available in three flavours: Ginga’ Kick, Thrilla In Vanilla, and Rockin' Rolla Cherry Cola.

by Revelo (Transportation)
Revelo’s LIFT (Light Instant Folding Transport) folds in a swift seven seconds, making it the fastest folding, easiest rolling and most portable performance folding bike on the market!

Yoga Leggings
by Inner Fire (Fashion)
Besides offering all of the qualities of standard yoga leggings - such as moisture wicking, breathable, quick drying and a wide waistband that stays put - these leggings, handmade in Vancouver, BC - are made from BPA-free recycled water bottles.

The Nutritower
by Nutritower (Home and Garden)
Imagine enjoying food that’s never travelled further than from your kitchen to your plate. The Nutritower is a revolutionary new appliance that lets you grow fresh produce in the comfort of your own home. With its vertical design, its integrated lighting and its top-of-the-line technology, you’ll be growing food year round.

Stainless Steel Containers
by Dalcini Stainless (Family)
Dalcini Stainless Steel Containers are made of high-quality stainless steel, the kind used in hospitals and commercial kitchens around the world for nearly 200 years. All products are carefully designed with no interior seams, no tight corners, and no complicated lips, seals or clasps (where harmful bacteria often get trapped). They are 100% plastic free (including lids, seals, straws) and best of all, they are 100% dishwasher safe.

Healthy Dog Treats

by Wilder & Harrier (Pet Care)
Wilder & Harrier creates dog treats made from whole crickets dried-up and ground into a fine powder. Known as cricket flour, this powder is a superfood, full of important nutrients like Omega-3, which are hard to find in most animal protein, essential amino acids, vitamin B-12, iron, calcium and fibre. It is also very high in protein - actually twice as much as beef - and low in fat and calories.

Ritual Box
by AHLOT (Health & Wellness)
AHLOT is disrupting decades of stigma by crafting a new, confident ritual around cannabis use. The AHLOT Ritual Box has a thoughtful, modular design, creating beautiful experiences for discerning cannabis enthusiasts. Each Ritual Box Includes: storage vessel, portable pre-rolled case; preparation tray; herb grinder; hemp-wick; beeswax candle; ultra-slow; burning papers; organic cotton filters; AHLOT matchbox.

Vegan Cashew Cheese
by Fauxmagerie Zengarry (Food)
Fauxmagerie Zengarry offers a line of all-natural, dairy-free, cashew-based cheeses. Made in Glengarry, Ontario, these cheeses feature fresh ingredients like cold-pressed organic coconut oil, local organic garlic and fresh herbs and spices. These cheeses are never heated above 100 degrees F to maintain and protect naturally occurring vital enzymes that aid in digestion. Glengarry also lacto-ferments the cheeses for 24-48 hours to culture probiotics that aid in digestion and help maintain a healthy intestinal micro-flora.

20/20 Armor
by 20/20 Armor (Health & Fitness)
The electronic taekwondo chest protectors by 20/20 Armor bring a video game to life. Created by a team of Olympic Taekwondo experts and modern hardware and software engineers, this vest boasts a practical and simple to understand scoring method, which attracts and retains kids to practice taekwondo, and make it easier for fans to follow and enjoy. The vests also provide real time feedback to athletes and coaches to help improve performance.

Vita Active Kit
by Fitglow Beauty (Fashion & Beauty)
Fitglow Beauty uses formulas that protect ingredients in liposome plant stem cells to rebuild skin health. The VITA Active Serum nourishes skin with Niacinamide, Plant Stem Cells, Bearberry, Peptides, Astaxanthin, Seaweed Brighteners, High Level Bio-Lipids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Turmeric and Aloe Vera to diminish spots, freckles, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage and increase skin elasticity.

Black Out Bulb
by Black Out Bulb (Home & Garden)
The Black Out Bulb (Safety BOB) is a CSA-approved energy-saving LED that uses its built-in, rechargeable battery, during a power outage. This bulb works just like a regular light bulb but it takes no special effort to install, and has an amazing average lifespan of 50,000 hours! It will fit any regular socket, and with the options of soft or bright lighting, in 7 or 9 watts, you still get the same opportunities for creating a mood in your home that you would with conventional bulbs.

The Green Living Show - Details

Show Hours
Friday, April 7: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
Closest Major Intersection: King Street West & University Avenue

Tickets are $15 at the door, or $12 online. Students/Seniors $10. Children 12 and under are free.

Paid parking is available at the MTCC, but in the spirit of green living, consider taking transit. The MTCC is just West of Union Station, on Front Street, and is accessible by skywalk from Union Train Station. In addition, you can get free entry to the show with your Presto Card, April TTC Pass, or by showing the Live Green app on our phone.

A Giveaway

I have 2 sets of 2 tickets for the Green Living Show to give away. Want to come? Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, Wednesday, April 5. The two winners will each receive a code via email to allow them to access electronic tickets - no waiting for tickets in the mail! Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Winners must be able to attend the show, in Toronto, as indicated. Best of luck!


Disclosure: I have received complimentary entry to the Green Living Show, as well as a selection of exhibitor products. No financial compensation has been received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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