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eco-friendly

Now Open: dconstruct Jewellery

Courtesy of dconstruct jewellery.

Courtesy of dconstruct jewellery.

Local brand dconstruct jewellery now has a brick and mortar home in the Exchange District. Eco-friendly necklaces, earrings, and bracelets made of recycled resin fill the walls of this chic shop, as well as accessories like iPhone cases and mod vases. Check out lightweight bangles and men’s bowties made from concrete and necklaces sculpted from salvaged scraps of corian countertop. 84 1/2 Albert St, dconstruct.ca

Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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FOR THE LOVE OF ART

Lovers of local art will enjoy the offerings at The Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth. Owner Jane MacDougald sources local artwork such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, and collectibles. The gallery also hosts art shows. Art consultation services, installation, and lease-to-purchase financing options available.

STOP AND SHOP

Mic Mac Mall

Mic Mac Mall

• With more than 120 stores, Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth offers a variety of high-end retailers and special services perfect for seasonal shopping, anchored by iconic department store The Bay. Three floors of shops includes American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Bodyworks, Lush, and Forever 21.
• Situated in the West End, Halifax Shopping Centre is the city’s largest shopping mall with 160 stores and services. Shop for a winter wardrobe at Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, or Cleo. Find matching shoes and handbag at Aldo, Naturalizer, or Coach. One-stop-holiday shopping for everyone on your gift list.

GIFTS WITH PURPOSE

Jennifer's of Nova Scotia

Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia

P’lovers, with locations on South Park Street in Halifax and Queen Street in Dartmouth, is the perfect destination for the shopper who likes to make purchases that are sensitive to the Earth. The product line includes eco-friendly art, clothing, books, stationary, home décor, jewelry, and items for the outdoors.
• Since 1978, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road has been a big supporter of Atlantic Canadian artisans who make unique gifts and works of art. The selection includes pottery, glass, wood, pewter, jewelry, and food; you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

STORY SELLERS

Woozles

Woozles

Woozles on Birmingham Street is Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore. It boasts shelves of books that inspire any imagination. Titles include those for baby’s first year of reading to those for young adults. Beyond books, Woozles hosts Battle of the Books, book clubs, book fairs, and more.
• For comic lovers, Strange Adventures, Comics and Curiosities on Prince Street in Halifax is a treasure trove of new and old comics, games, clothing, toys, and more. The award-winning comic book store also hosts Free Comic Book Day.

FULL OF FLAVOUR

Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

For the foodie on your shopping list, find savoury gifts of olive oil and vinegars at Liquid Gold in The Hydrostone and Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All of the oils in store are ultra premium and made with the best crops in any season. The balsamic vinegars are made in a family-owned facility in Moderna, Italy. Pestos, tapenades, mustards, and confits will help finish off the shopping for any choosy cook.

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For gifts for those with a sweet tooth and a huge sense of fun, visit Freak Lunchbox at its Barrington Street location in Halifax or in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. This colourful store is bursting with nostalgic novelties such as Pez and Pop Shoppe. Grab a bag of bulk candies in myriad varieties or check out the bobbleheads of cultural icons.

 

Travellers Want To Be Greener But Is More Eco-Education Needed?

By SHANNON KELLY

Signs like these at hotels seem to encourage guests to conserve (Photo: Joelk75)

In the next year, 71 per cent of of the more than 700 U.S. travellers surveyed by TripAdvisor said they intend to make more eco-friendly choices than in the past. Forty-seven per cent said they were as eco-conscious on vacation as at home. (more…)

Hot Shopping: The Perfect Outfit for Travelling from Green Tree Eco Fashion

Soft, cozy, and easy to layer: ideal duds for the frequent flyer

Travelling has never looked so good, or felt so comfy! If you’re often on the road for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to find the right outfit. Green Tree Eco Fashion tackles this problem with a classic look that features three of their most popular and versatile basics: skinny “Yoga Jeans” by Montreal’s Second Denim Company ($114.99), a long black cami from Part Two ($24.99), and a reversible bamboo wrap (seen here in both short and long styles) by Ecoskin ($179.99). Top with a statement necklace and oversized tote to complete the look. With eco clothing for both men and women, you can feel good about purchases from this boutique, and never have to sacrifice style. 358 Richmond Rd., 613-695-8733.

 

8 Easy Green Travel Tips that Make a Difference

We’ve deemed April Earth Month at Where.ca, with a series of stories all about eco-friendly, sustainable travel. Go green!

By AMANDA HALM

#7 - Reduce paper waste by saving maps and other travel info to handheld devices.

Sustainable doesn’t have to be synonymous with sacrifice. Here are little things you can do to reduce your impact while on the road, in the sky or on the trails. (more…)

6 Incredibly Cool Eco-Friendly Travel Accessories

We’ve deemed April Earth Month at Where.ca, with a series of stories all about eco-friendly, sustainable travel. Go green!

By AMANDA HALM

1. JOOS Orange, 2. Baby Bobble water bottle, 3. Hadaki Lug Around Pod, 4. Iqua Sun, 5. LUSH shampoo bar, 6. Drop Bedol Water Alarm Clock

When planning your next adventure, whether it be a weekend trip or a ’round-the-world expedition, gear up with these six eco-conscious travel accessories and reduce those carbon footprints wherever you go. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Delightful Dishes for Kids

Wean Cubes are cute and eco-friendly.

Take a page from celebrity parents and get yourself the Wean Cubes, a set of eco-friendly baby food containers from Canadian company Wean Green. These cute dishes — which were featured in one of the pre-Academy Awards gifting suites — are made from durable glass and come with an airtight seal, plus their cool factor alone should earn them a place in your diaper bag. $25-$28 for set of four. Available at Red Chair Kids, 1318 Wellington St. W., 613-798-5437, and Tag Along Toys, 499 Terry Fox Dr., 613-270-8697.

Travelling Canadians Not So Eco-Conscious

Photo by Willamor Media

According to a poll conducted by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, a majority of Canadians spoken to have a double standard when it comes to being eco-friendly, being more environmentally conscious at home than when travelling outside of the country.

The poll found that 83 per cent of Canadians have never taken an eco-friendly vacation, which the poll defined as on that sustains, enhances or has little impact on the environment. Though if the price for an eco-friendly holiday were the same as a non, about 60 per cent would consider taking one as an alternative.

Of those polled, 90 per cent of Canadian hadn’t considered ways to make travel greener like using e-tickets, taking public transit while sightseeing and buying carbon offset credits.

For more on the story visit Canada MSN Travel and www.tdfef.com.