We are BIG on eco-friendly solutions in this house. We compost, recycle everything we can, and try to buy sustainable products whenever possible. We try to live like every day is Earth Day because really, isn’t it? If we don’t help our Earth, who will?
It’s so important to teach our kids too how to recycle, reuse, and reduce waste. Every time my wee ones drink something out of a container or see a flyer, they know it goes in the Green Box. They save the veggie peels for our composter.
On this Earth Day, let’s talk about some things that may not jump out at you as “green”. Perhaps they’re things you never thought about. I’m going to share my favourite green tips.
Recycle your mattress? You bet you can.
Sleep Country Canada is proud to be the only major mattress retailer in Canada to commit to a comprehensive recycling program. I don’t know about you, but our mattress is almost 10 years old. When you’re ready to buy a new one, you should know that if your mattress is in good shape, Sleep Country will remove your old mattress upon delivery of your new Sleep Country Canada one and donate your used one to a local charity. Many charities have long waiting lists of people and families waiting for a useable mattress. Your donation will make a difference!
Sleep Country Canada will help a local charity reuse your mattress or break it down to be recycled.
Here’s the other great thing–even if it’s not in great shape, SCC will take it, break it down completely, and recycle it! I had no idea taking apart a mattress could be done but I’m very glad to know this in time for our next mattress purchase. Recycling or reusing mattresses can mean diverting thousands of mattresses from landfills every year. Nominal green fees or eco levies may apply in your province or territory. And of course you may inquire at your local Sleep Country Canada location for more information.
#Walk4Water so they don’t have to
Last month, the Aveda Institute of Winnipeg was a major supporter of the Sex and the City event in support of the local chapter of the Arthritis Society. This month, the Aveda Institute continues to be an awesome supporter of a charity cause near and dear to my own heart.
I love Aveda because their products are amazing and eco-friendly. They have a standing commitment to using botanicals and sustainable products for everything they make. They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. Which brings us to how they are celebrating Earth Day across the globe today.
Clean Water Changes Lives
I’ve often spoke of my belief that water is not a commodity–it is a right. Plain and simple. Clean water changes lives. Throughout the month of April, Aveda’s 2013 Earth Month campaign will unite its network professionals and guests globally to raise $5 million to protect clean water in conjunction with WaterCan.com. The Collega Aveda network in Canada seeks to raise $590,000. Their key fundraising projects include the 7th annual Walk for Water held across the nation on April 22, 2013. Anyone interested in taking part in the Winnipeg walk should meet at the Aveda Institute, 80 Rorie Street in the Exchange District, at 8:45 a.m. to begin the walk at 9:00 a.m.
If you can’t make the walk, you are invited to participate in the Aveda global 24-hour cut-a-thon. Aveda stylists in salons worldwide – from Tokyo, to Sydney, Moscow, London, New York and Toronto – will volunteer their time to offer haircuts in return for a donation to Earth Month. The aim is to set a Guinness World Record for most money raised for a charity by haircuts in a 24-hour period.
100% of the proceeds from haircuts performed on this day will benefit our Earth Month partner, WaterCan. I am so very happy to help these events and causes in any way I can.
Go Green, Grab Healthy with Greenplease, Inc.
Just in time for baby shower season, I have to share one of my favourite e-commerce sites for all things green and eco-friendly for your wee ones and family. Greenplease Inc. is the brainchild of local Winnipeg Greenista Melanie Derwin. After losing her beloved father to cancer, she was moved to make some major changes in her life and pay attention to what types of toxins are in our homes and lives that we may not ever realize or think about.
Her mantra of “Go Green, Grab Healthy” is one she shares as she consults with people on their journey of going green for health’s sake. In addition to the eco-friendly items available in her e-commerce store, she visits clients in their homes and provides advice for greener options on any budget.
Check out her litterless lunch containers here. For any mamas-to-be, you will love her baby items.
Happy Earth Day, everyone. Let us all take one green step at a time to make this world a better place for us and our children. ❤