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Local Businesses Helping You Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

I don’t know about you but I’m still dreaming of last Sunday’s sunshine and the fact that there was even a word spoken of snow… in May… is just downright ridiculous.

Here are a few things you missed last week:

  • Doug Ford is slowly unveiling the plan to reopen the economy – stage one of the reopening process which will begin only after a consistent two–to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases will include opening some outdoor spaces such as parks. This stage also includes allowing small gathering, allowing non-urgent surgeries and other medical procedures at hospitals and opening "select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance." I think we can say we’re on the up but only time will tell.

  • On a lighter, non-covid related note, our friend Jordynne, the owner of Plant Joy, celebrated one year of having her store front where she sells the most delicious vegan doughnuts! The very first day Jordynne opened up her little bakery on Wyandotte street, she was sold out in one hour and the response hasn’t been any less since. Congrats on one year Jordynne!

  • We launched our very first word search available for download on our website! Take a look for all of the places we featured in our April episodes and try to find the words in the puzzle. More are on their way.

Now, there’s been a lot of talk lately about how COVID-19 has actually given the world a chance to breathe. Kinda ironic right? Since COVID’s main symptom has to do with respiratory issues. It’s almost like we’re being suffocated the way we suffocate the planet…. Ah I digress.

Since I’ve been hearing more and more about this, I figured… why not feature some YQG businesses who were environmentally friendly and sustainable long before the CoronaVirus even made its debut?

I want to start with a company I first heard of a few years back at the Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market – Greener Bins Composting. Now if you haven’t heard of Greener Bins or got to witness the Founder Dane’s great big smile… you’re missing out. Greener Bins Composting is a composting company that makes is easy (and a no-brainer!) for you to properly dispose of your food scraps. Did you know? 40% of our garbage is compostable, garbage dumps full of compost release methane gas and methane gas heats the planet 21x faster than CO2. Yikes. Here’s how it works: Dane and his team will drop off a bin for you to put your food scraps in. The following week, they come pick up your bin and give you a fresh one. They’ll even give your compost back if you want it OR they will donate it to a community garden that needs it. You know we’ll be ordering our bins soon!

If you’re in the market for some eco-products, you have to check out Green Envy! Green Envy is a South-Windsor storefront specializing in Cruelty Free & Eco Friendly products; at Green Envy, they aim to source all of their products ethically, locally and from within Canada. Their products include make-up, reusable products like dryer sheets and facial rounds as well as soap, leak proof storage bags and more. I actually didn’t know about this place until my friend Meaghann told me about it and it’s now on MY YQG bucketlist. Their storefront is currently located on Grand Marais but they only have delivery and curb-side pickup due to COVID19. I’m prepping my shopping list as you listen to this.

Now I also want to talk about some of my favourite local businesses that support eco-friendly or sustainable fashion… because let’s face it, summer is coming and I can see the clothes in your online shopping cart. Fast fashion (aka your ability to shop fast and cheap) actually takes a huge toll on our environment in more ways than one. Clothing production has doubled since 2000, people are buying more clothes but keeping them for shorter periods of time and the clothes end up being tossed in the landfill. DYK- The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every single second. There are many more alarming facts than just that one and without making this entire episode about fast fashion (which… in reality, I definitely could) I’m going to link a bunch of resources for you in the show notes and blog post for this episode.

The fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Here are the biggest ways it impacts the planet.

4 Facts You Need to Know about Fast Fashion

How to Outsmart Fast Fashion

So… some local businesses that deserve a spotlight? Let’s start with the newly launched Grown Lady Garments. Grown Lady Garments is a curated pop-up shop located inside B Vogue Boutique in Tecumseh. Alley, the owner of GLG, and also a good friend of mine, wanted a way to connect womxn to their garments, to themselves and to their inner creativity. Alley sources beautiful sustainable collections and brings them to our beautiful Windsor-Essex County. You can trust that the pieces Alley has in her pop-up are ethically made and good for this environment. Alley has an online shop where you can take a look at some of the pieces she offers and purchase. She reminds you though that there is no need to rush in making a purchase, nor is there any pressure. You’ll build a connection with a piece and that’s how you’ll know when you’re ready to add it to your personal collection. Alley inspires me day in and day out and this project of hers is absolutely wonderful. I urge you to check it out!

Another small business that just recently opened up is Stitching Sunshine – a mother-daughter duo trying to bring a little more sunshine to the world through reuseable, handmade and eco-friendly items. I had the pleasure of working with this little shop on their branding and watching their launch unfold has been truly incredible. If you’re looking for scrunchies, facemasks, utensil roll-ups or make-up pads… all for an affordable price, Stitching Sunshine is your go to shop. They’re also currently selling purple scrunchies to raise money for Chrons and Ulcerative Collitis Research. Each scrunchie is $5 and all of the proceeds go to the foundation. This small business brings the sunshine!

Lastly, I want to talk about Select Vintage Apparel – a mini-thrift pop-up located in The Rusty Hive vintage shop. Selena, the owner of Select Vintage Apparel brings together some truly unique pieces of clothing that you might want to add to your wardrobe. Thrifting is just finding a new loving home for a gently used pieces of fabric that’s just urging to have a longer life than being thrown in the landfill. I bought my favourite sweater from Selena and it’s been my saving grace during this quarantine.

That is a wrap on this episode of Only In YQG. A mix of local business love and some education. The more and more I learn about the impact us humans have on the environment, the more action I want to take. I’m glad these local businesses are taking a stand and I hope you’ll consider re-thinking the impact you personally are making on the world around you.

Until next week, create that eco-friendly, sustainable shopping list and keep being amazing Windsor-Essex


Written by: Kierstyn Pare, Host

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