Since green is the new black, Winnipeg retailers are diversifying to meet their customer’s growing appetite for goods that are easy on the environment:
Five Two Boutique is strictly sustainable. Slick fashions from Canadian and international designers for men, women and kids hang from racks cleverly repurposed from junk yard iron sink braces. 52 Adelaide St, 204-415-5657.
At For Space Sake, brightly coloured iPad cases and desk organizers are made of recycled Italian leather. 1824 Grant Ave, 204-488-2633.
Natural bath and body boutique Heartsease also sells soap nuts (pictured), which have shells packed with saponins. This natural detergent can replace laundry soap. 941 Westminster Ave, 204-474‑0470.
At Tiber River Naturals all body lotions, scrubs and even deodorant are made locally from natural ingredients. Try the lemon poppy seed shower shake that smells good enough to eat. 408 Academy Rd, 204-474-4247; 3-1650 Kenaston Blvd, 204-284-4247.
Eco Clothes at Encounter Earth
Paul and Corey Wegenast live their “social entrepreneurship” dream at their store Encounter Earth. Here you can “clothe your soul” by purchasing ecological, fair and sustainable garments and accessories. The Wagenasts work directly with manufacturers to ensure quality products are created from non-toxic materials by third-world workers who earn a fair living wage. Drop by their store for some “no guilt retail therapy.”
The movement to make eating a healthier and more environmentally friendly affair is bigger than ever. Free-range meat is sold everywhere, the 100-mile diet is ingrained in our lexicon, and even the White House has a vegetable garden. In Toronto, a number of chefs and restaurants have long promoted a more sustainable dining experience with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in oft-changing but always delicious menus. Where presents a primer on a few of the well-regarded establishments that are giving this city’s foodies even more reasons to go green. BY ALEX HUGHES
“From farm to table, nose to tail” is the motto of popular west-end bistro Cowbell, which embraces “full boar” many of the slow food movement’s principles by sourcing only the freshest seasonal ingredients for its high-end fare. Almost all of the organic meats—from Berkshire pork to red deer—and produce served here are from Ontario farms, and it’s also one of the few restaurants in Toronto to buy whole animals, which are butchered, smoked and cured on-site. It’s no wonder Toronto diners still clamour for chef Mark Cutrara’s daily menu. An added bonus: Cowbell hosts reservation-only “Farmers Nights,” where a five-course meal is created using ingredients from a single farm. Along with chef Cutrara, the featured farmers are also on-hand to discuss their craft at the restaurant’s communal table.