Many of us are looking for ways to save money and the environment by incorporating "green" initiatives into our everyday lives.
GTA's best garden maintenance companies chosen based on their social media popularity and customer reviews.
Curtis Evoy, who runs the conservatory at Allan Gardens, helped shed some light on the plants best suited to Toronto.
It's true what they say: a single Habitat home touches the lives of thousands.
Over the last few years, Toronto's tea drinkers have been lucky enough to find some great spots to enjoy their favourite brews.
For 30 years, the Daily Bread Food Bank (DBFB) has committed itself to fighting hunger and raising awareness.
Dated pieces of furniture were made with good craftsmanship, using quality materials, and it'd be a shame to toss them away. Here's how to use them.
Residents who have on-street parking permits are being asked to delay moving their vehicles to the other side of the street for parking until Tuesday, April 15.
Public transit in downtown Toronto is fantastically convenient. The most pedestrian-friendly city in Canada, Toronto encourages people to stay active.
Shipping containers started to travel around the globe in the 1960s, and cargo companies haven’t been able to replace them since then.
Humber Bay Park consists of over 300 acres of human-made peninsulas, ponds, and islands along the mouth of Etobicoke’s Mimico Creek.
The family business operates the farm since 1980. Andrew Scenic Acres now proudly grows 165 acres of luscious fruit and vegetables.
Placed precariously on the very edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, the Rosetta McClain garden is fairly small by Toronto garden park standards, with only 23 acres.
Cherry Avenue Farm is located in the beautiful Niagara Peninsula and has been owned and operated by the Moyer Family since 1799.
Make these changes around your home and improve the quality of life on Earth. Going green is a lot easier than you may have imagined!
Toronto Botanical Garden is a volunteer-based gardening education and information centre located in Edwards Gardens.
RC Harris Water Treatment Plant purifies about 30 per cent of Toronto's tap water and produces up to 950 million litres of water per day.
A Toronto park that has the distinction of being mostly paved. It also has a roof. With cars on it. Toronto's Underpass park.
Summer in Toronto is full of street festivals. However, even the best program can be ruined by the unexpected weather such as this year's floods.
The average Canadian produces 777 kilograms of garbage every year according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada.
Woofstock has become the largest outdoor festival for dogs and their owners. Over the weekend of June 8 & 9, Woofstock celebrated its 10th season.
Solar energy is becoming more accessible, and solar panels are being integrated into much more sophisticated gadgets than calculators.
A photo essay of Ontario Place - a cultural, leisure, and entertainment parkland located on the shores of Lake Ontario.
People who commute by bicycle are so healthy that they are 39 per cent less likely to die (of any cause) than those who don’t ride bicycles.
Health professionals widely recognize how housing affects our health, and with very good reason. Bad housing conditions lead to health problems.
City of Toronto staff and more than 1,000 volunteers have planted trees in Milliken Park for the annual planting event, Trees Across Toronto.
This article aims to present a fascinating gardening idea: the ever-trendy forest gardening.
Park-and-ride schemes are a great way to solve the alarming traffic problems in big cities like Toronto.
TerraCycle is on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste.
Perhaps the best thing about Rawlicious, next to the incredibly healthy and yummy dishes, is how real and accessible everything is.
Friends of High Park Z00 need more volunteers to help with Community Events and Fund Raising in High Park.
FFTF specialises in organic, drug-free, free-range, and especially, local food; you can buy in-season fruit and vegetables here.
Living off the grid is becoming more and more popular, especially here in Ontario.
Turning off your lights is the number one thing you can do to conserve electricity
No electrical bills, no food bills, no water bills. They’re easy to build, so you can construct them yourself. Sounds like a utopia?
There are still many people who consider vegans to be freaks who just eat soy all the time. But the reality is very different.
Graffiti belongs to the urban culture and there are a lot of great pieces scattered all around Toronto that are worth seeing.
You can lose sleep, lose your mind, and easily lose your car keys, but how do you lose a river, or even a creek?
What are the best tea choices at David's Tea? Do you know what is the difference between maté and oolong? Which can you drink even before bed?
What are the most common urban farming myths? Is organic food really nutritionally superior? Should you avoid GM food?
Let’s have a look at some of Toronto’s finest artist-run galleries!
The Phones for Food program generates money for the food bank community across Canada and diverts wireless devices from landfills.
The magnificent castle Casa Loma attracts thousands of tourists and locals every year, belonging to one of the top destinations in Toronto.
Toronto is a vibrant and lovable city. In order to fully soak in all it has to offer, make use of some of these budget-friendly secrets.
The City of Toronto is working hard to recycle as many materials as possible. There are some items, however, that can not go into recycling.
Vinegar is your household must-have, here are few cleaning tips and then please click on the link for hundreds more!
Kenzo Ramen specializes in a soup broth base of combination dried seafood, chicken and port bone which is stewed for 24h prior.
5 fall superfoods that can puch up your diet! How good they are for you and how to prepare them as well!
Eco friendly drive ways allow for absorption of runoff, recharging aquifers, and naturally filter the water.
There are thousands upon thousands of data centers from all the search engines and internet providers WASTING power and energy.
In this article I want to show you a couple of super-modern concepts that we will be seeing in more and more gardens in the future.
Transform your second-hand clothing into $ for your school! Clean out your closets and Bag2School will give you cash for your unwanted clothing!
Finding the right stores in Toronto to help you break into the sewing field can seem challenging at first.
This past weekend Toronto was treated to a delicious and informative event: The 28th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival.
A group of people who can’t stand the sight of neglected, barren, or overgrown public spaces are known as the “guerrilla gardeners.”
Toronto's largest municipal park spanning over 161 hectares of land, High Park was opened to the public in 1876.
The CNE's Garden Show is like an iceberg – what you see on display is never more than a small fraction of the whole.
City Seed Farms is a pedal-powered urban farming business in The Junction, Toronto, currently selling at two farmers markets in the west end.
Collaborative consumption entails a rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering and swapping reinvented through network technologies.
Land sharing is one of the possible land-use strategy options that could help to improve environmental protection as well as food security.
While the Toronto's green roof bylaw can be circumvented, it is still the first such piece of legislation to be passed by a North American city.
Just a few hours of ride from TO you can find the rocky islands, windswept pines, and refreshing waters which are just a perfect vacation place.
Vertical gardens can improve air quality, purify polluted water, and reduce temperatures of a building during the day by absorbing sunlight.
Had you decided a long time ago to brave the Canadian wilderness but never actually did? Then read further, get to know about Pukaskwa NP.
The first organization of its kind in Canada, it acts as a watchdog on issues affecting parks and highlights the importance of good parks.
One of Canada’s smallest yet excitingly unusual NP impresses with 20km2 of marshes, savanna grasslands, wild beachfront, and Carolinian forest.
Georgian Bay Islands provides an extensive offer of outdoor activities for its visitors but kayakers are undoubtedly the big winners here.
There are many useful green projects that can help you improve your living standards during the summer in really affordable and fun ways.
The factory saw a lot of activity as the source of Toronto’s bricks, as well as supplying building sites in Quebec and Manitoba.
The Wychwood Barns are not quite as old as the Park, but they too have a respectable (if not very dramatic) history attached to them.
What can be considered the most famous movie house? You may have a different opinion, but I believe it is the one featured in the movie Psycho.
Decreasing the exposure to environmental allergens at your place can lead to the significant improvement of your health.
The benefits of having a pet at home usually outweigh the drawbacks of pet allergies for many people.
One of the most effective ways to make your home more environmentally friendly is to use sustainable flooring
Despite decades of racial discrimination, black Canadians have contributed immensely to social, economic, cultural, and political life in Toronto.
Today, we will introduce another controversial diet that got famous after being featured in Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy, Notting Hill.
Once considered to be the sad necessity for those suffering from celiac disease, now the gluten-free diet has become popular for anyone.
The main concept of the diet is simple, as dieters are asked to limit foods that contain carbohydrates, including bread or pasta.
While for some people, the entire green movement is just a phrase, quite a few architects took the craving for sustainability seriously.
Raw food diet or rawism followers believe that the most healthy and beneficial food for the human organism must be uncooked and unprocessed.
City of Toronto follows the national trend and offers its residents considerable aid with the processing of their bio waste.
Conservative Prime Minister Harper has recently announced the government’s decision to build a huge transnational pipeline exporting raw bitumen.
Today’s post will show you that there is always a way to push what we call food beyond the boundaries most of us would tolerate.
Bored of ordinary petunias around your apartment? Why not try houseplants of a more peculiar nature that will astonish your guests?
There are various levels of frugality, however, and sometimes what starts as a good idea can go a little overboard.
Flying a kite is a great and easy outdoor activity for the whole family. All you need is a kite, a little practice, and a mild breeze.
Since 2007, Amron Experimental, a NY-based engineering atelier, has been producing cool and innovative designs for households and everyday lives.
Even though Canada boasts some of the strictest environmental protection laws in the world, it is not immune to the environmental threats.
Animal treatment in mass farms and slaughter houses is often highly questionable not only from the moral point of view of animals’ suffering.
How you drive your car is important in saving fuel and reducing emmissions. Here are 10 ways the help:
Many families with children often adopt a four-legged buddy after moving into a big house. But how to truly consider all the pros and cons?
If we don't recycle properly, the City can't recycle properly either. For more information on what you can recycle, use WASTE WIZARD.
Recently, news spread that a dairy farmer living just north of Toronto has been selling raw milk to his customers, earning him a criminal trial.
There are some of us who are still able to find some time to do something to make this world a better place. Even if their contribution is small.
Grow-op threats are immediate and life-threatening, and they are a good enough reason for you to be on a lookout for suspicious properties.
Gerrard Street is one of the most diverse streets in Toronto, spanning several neighbourhoods and countless cultures.
Most of us have no private place to sit with friends and just relax under the sky! In NY, however, they’ve found a solution.
Urban agriculture provides a great way to reclaim much healthier way of life in the middle of all the urban chaos.
Food Forward is a non-profit organization that reaches out to citizens, politicians, and the food sector to improve the current food system.
If we actively contribute to the eco-friendliness of our homes’ exteriors, we can reap the benefits of milder weather.
It's increasingly difficult to find pristine water sources from which to sustain people and supply industries.
When you're on a quest to erase your ecologic footprint, the installation of solar panels may be a great step towards living greener.
If you aren't looking for it, you will walk right past it! The Cloud Gardens is a small park in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Whatever your motivation, there are several things that you can do to improve your home and lessen your ecological footprint at the same time.
Cool - focussing on drafty old houses in these old areas, and measuring emissions and tracking their progress.
In the last article of the series, we're going to take a look at some simple but uncommon ways to save water outdoors.
Sometimes even small measures can result in a great change, and that’s why we bring you yet another handful of small, instant tips for making your life greener!
It seems as though a brand new era of heroes has been ushered in by the Internet. They help to save the world everyday by signing online petitions...
Some time has passed since we published our article on the subject; therefore, we think it's time to present you with another handful of useful tips!
So, consider this idea: let's take all the plastic waste floating around in the Pacific Ocean and build a fully habitable, sustainable island from it!
Have you ever wondered why spring is the traditional big cleaning time of the year? After the winter, everything in the house was usually covered with soot.
Spring is a time for wet clothes and wet towels-which means your dryer definitely gets a workout!
Collect rainwater in a barrel. You don’t have to pay for all the water you use – get a few barrels and start storing rainwater in them!
Have you ever found yourself thinking about what possible purpose some random piece of junk from your home could serve before throwing it out?
Fluid milk is one of the most popular and common beverages in the world. In 2006, Canada made it to the top ten per capita consumers of cow's milk.
Canada's largest green consumer show has announced its first names for participants in the Green Business Forum.
When you throw that soup can into recycling, does it just become another can? Yes, but it doesn't stop there!
It is a well-known fact that Canada is one of the most water-consuming countries in the world. Most of the consumption can be attributed to the industry.
Consumers often underestimate the importance of air quality. They take it for granted that because their homes are clean, their indoor air is clean as well.
Ever wonder what becomes of all those newspapers you recycle? Repulped newspaper can become roof shingles.
Canada's largest green consumer show dedicated to educating the public about sustainable lifestyle is happening in less than a month (April 15-17).
Ethical Ocean is an online ethical marketplace aiming to increase the awareness and consumption of ethical products and services in North America
As usually, we bring you the monthly round of instant green changes, to feel a bit greener during this period of time!
It's simple enough, but worth remembering! When you leave the house, bring a refillable container for water or coffee.
Don't hesitate to make a little step daily to preserve our environment, improve your health and save money. Takes virtually no time, so enjoy and tell friends!
After months of the bike vs. car war, we are approaching peaceful resolution. Toronto downtown should experience the first separate bike lane network soon.
Aanother part of our 5 monthly tips for an instant green change in your lifestyle. They cost you close to no time, save money, and improve your health.
Hi, our series of 5 Instant Green Changes continues with December set of tips. Enjoy and be inspired!
Our Green Lifestyle section offers 5 great tips every month, which will help you to do small green step immediately.
Bike sharing program gives you the opportunity to cruise your city on bike, less the maintenance, parking, theft-protection and other unpleasant issues.
What are the 7 most important events, which made green lifestyle a hot topic for politicians, businessman, scientists, and most of the western world citizens?
We are proud to say, there are several very interesting green webs prepared by Canadian authors. We have prepared our personal top five chart.
We bring you every month five instant tips, how to make your life more environmentally friendly. Most of the actions can be done virtually instantly.
One of the latest innovations on the field of green technologies - The Toronto Zoo installed first three units if Ice Bear power demand management units
Toronto Humane Society’s River St. shelter was finally reopened this Monday, thanks to the new board of direct
Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. What better way to live green than to attend a Community Environment Day event.
While Toronto placed on solid 16th place in the world in terms of general quality of living, our position in the Eco-City chart is not so optimistic.
BP has been trying number of methods how to tackle the oil spill. The petroleum company received unexpected help few days ago.
When finished, the corridor could function as a bike commuters' superhighway.
Do your part to protect the environment. Recycle properly.
Green Innovation Awards competition knows its three winners. The top green innovators were announced on April 23 during the Green Living Show in Toronto.
As a part of the Green Living Show n Toronto, the top three green ideas, selected from ten finalists Green Innovation Awards will share $50,000.
On March 31, 2010, the federal government announced funding cuts to the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program.
A study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal found out that the rate of hospitalizations in Toronto significantly dropped.
The Our Power Project is one of the great projects of the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative
Earth Hour is happening again on March 27! Starting at 8:30pm hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights
You’re likely doing everything you can at home to reduce, recycle and reuse, but what about at work?
Green housing projects are mushrooming, but not as fast as developers would like them to.There is one aspect which causes troubles - appraisals.
Environmental documentaries have been increasing in both quality and popularity. The following flicks made their 2009 top-ten list of environmental documentaries.
Fourth part of the Toronto Homeowner Tips serie will help you to clean your Kitchen Stove, Fridge or Microwave without toxic weapons.
The main issue on the upcoming Denmark conference will be the reevaluation of CO2 emission limits and emission trade.
This year we decided to have a Pumpkin Patch and spent the afternoon giving out pumpkins to our clients as a Thank you for the support!
Black mold: it is time to get rid of it!
In the Spring Jen Palacios on our team had the opportunity to travel to Northern Quebec to assist with IFAW's Northern Dog Programs.
Having trouble dealing with yard waste? Worry no more: out second issue of Toronto Homeowners Guide is on it's way to save you.
Why not learn about and take advantage of Enbridge's New Solar Water Heater Savings Program.
Human Train sends a message to Premier McGuinty that he must stop running hundreds of polluting diesel trains a day through our neighbourhoods.
On September 30, 2009, The Second Cup wants to "Pay It Backward". It's a random act of kindness that will help alot of children!
Hannah chose not have her hair cut in 1 1/2 years, and will have 15" of her hair cut off to donate to kids with cancer at her Terry Fox Assembly.
Algae are known for creating natural oil, which is already part of several experiments with biofuels.
The blessings and curse of asbestos at the same time is its durability, which has been exploited in numerous industries.
Log onto Ontario Power Authority website for a great service that will get that old fridge out of your basement (or anywhere else it may be).
Our clients love us so much they BLOG about us! There's all kinds of helpful info for families moving in Toronto and the countdown tips.
Green Building Festival, Canada's premier event on the business and design of green building since 2005, will be returning to Toronto again.
Today we'll have a look at what grants there are available should you choose to install a home solar power system.
Toronto home or condo dwellers are experiencing similar confusion about the new energy saving light bulbs. See our list of tips.
On March 28, lights around the world will be turned off as over 2,700 cities representing 83 countries celebrate EARTH HOUR 2009.
As we primarily work with clients in older homes, this is more important than ever to RRR. In this case reduce your eco-energy expenses.
Bullfrog Power is getting more popular in Toronto for green hydro option!
'Tankless' or 'on demand' hot water systems have been used in Europe & Asia since WW2, but are only now coming into common use in North America.
Just to let you know - in keeping with our general 'green' philosophy, we have switched to 100% recycled paper!
Natural, organic, sustainable local food is not only good for the environment but also tastes better!
Attend one of Toronto Building's Renovation Forums and start planning now to make your home safe and a sound investment!
Earth Hour is a global event, with 24 cities worldwide participating and taking the simple steps needed to reduce our emissions.
Do your part by contacting the Yellow Pages and the White Pages to ask them to stop sending you a hard copy of the phone directories.
Little Geeks will gratefully accept any computer (Mac or PC), printer, scanner or computer parts from you of any age.
If you don't 'have' to own a car for the daily commute but sometimes need one, AutoShare may be for you.
Many areas of our city have been enriched with cinematic history. Check out Toronto in the movies, the latest addition to our Movie Guide.
This technology communicates with your AC unit to lower the amount of electricity it uses for brief periods of time.
Our client Stephanie Pelton Hatcher told us about this great organization that will give your old computer to a child in need.
How to be a green realtor. A lesson from Heather MacEachern.
Smart Meters are one of the latest tools to help you record how much energy you use, when you use it, and how much it's costing you.
Improve your home's energy efficiency & cut costs! Read Toronto realtor Julie Kinnear's four tips on how to winterize your home.
How to burn more efficient fires and to protect unused chimneys.
Read the article for a couple of very handy, season-specific tips on how to save precious energy - and money as well!
Find out how to go about recycling less common items in Toronto by reading the rest of the entry - we've done all the research for you.
If you are hoping to make a greener lifestyle part of the plan for the New Year, here are some fun ways to achieve your goals.
What is known about the natural, complementary and alternative therapies, and their potential role in the prevention and management of cancer?
Imagine spending a whole summer with a perfectly manicured lawn that you never have to cut. No its not astroturf, Its No-Mow Grass!
Environmentally Friendly Appliances - Are they worth the money? Which save the most energy? How can you get the most out of them?
Think emission-free electricity for your home is out of reach? Find out how Bullfrog Power can help you make your home more eco-friendly.
Toronto Hydro is offering a financial incentive to homeowners to save electricity! Here are some ways to achieve the 10% usage reduction.
Exhibitors at "A Celebration of Herbs" range from some of Canada's largest health food companies to small growers and cottage industries.
H.O.P.E. Garden, which stands for Healthy Organic Parkdale Edibles and aims to bring fresh organic produce to Parkdale residents.
Continue the tradition of celebrating the anniversary of Cedarvale Park NOT being a Highway - and celebrate the Local Farmers' spring harvest.
Our clients Dave Ullrich & Helen Hawketts were instrumental in the RISE initiative, bringing solar power systems to neighbourhood homes.
When needing to replace her old toilet at home in Roncesvalles Village, Julie approached her local hardward store Pollock's for a recommendation.
On Sunday May 6, enjoy an amazing holistic retreat in the city while raising funds for natural health education & research!
The cleanup took place at the Todmorden Mills on Saturday, April 14, 2007, and it was a fabulous event. Thanks for everyone showing up!
Come join The Julie Kinnear Team at the 8th annual Friends of the Don East Spring Fling to help clean up the Don!