Just in time for Earth Day, here are Toronto merchants’ favorite zero waste and sustainable products

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Just in time for Earth Day, here are Toronto merchants’ favorite zero waste and sustainable products

Earth Day is April 22, so we asked six Toronto merchants to recommend their favorite sustainable living product. From biodegradable sponges to unwrapped household items, these proven choices are worth buying to green your daily routine.

Fairly clean shop
A health and beauty store with a sustainable spirit in the junction

Pretty Clean Shop Dinnerware Set ($ 35): “This successful set comes with a bar of soap, bamboo soap dish, dish sponge and scrubber or dish scrub. It replaces plastic brushes and sponges, as well as dish soap packaged in disposable plastic containers, ”says founder Miriam Juarez Alcaraz.

LeafShave razor ($ 120): “The Leaf razor is a great alternative for people who are wary of double-edged razors. It’s a plastic-free, multi-blade metal razor, and it can be loaded with up to three pure steel blades, ”says Alcaraz.


Unpackaged market
A zero waste grocery store on Dundas West

Capabunga cheese cellar ($ 45): “When you buy cheese from Unboxed Market, it’s wrapped in compostable paper. In the fridge, you keep them in food-grade silicone cheese boxes, which help lock in moisture and funk in your cheese without single-use bags or plastic wrap rolls, ”says co-owner Michelle Genttner.

Raw Elements Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($ 29.50): “It’s incredibly difficult to get plastic-free sunscreen. Raw Elements SPF 30-plus provides broad spectrum protection, is reef safe and biodegradable, and contains antioxidants and vitamins, ”says Genttner.


Logan and Finley
An eco-friendly general store in West Queen West

Filo Natural cleaning tablets ($ 3 each): “These non-toxic tablets are a low-waste alternative to glass, all-purpose and bathroom cleaning bottles. The tablets are about the size of a quarter, dissolve in water and can be used as a traditional cleanser in a reusable spray, ”says owner Julie Skirving.

Hinza ecological tote bag ($ 65): This eco-friendly tote, made from sugarcane, is a durable, stable, and easy-to-clean handbag for the park, beach, or cabin. It is also ideal for the home, for storing things like magazines, firewood or toys, ”says Skirving.


Naked market
Plastic-free grocery and products on the Danforth

Reusable night pillow ($ 14 for two): “These reusable polyester sanitary napkins, handcrafted in Quebec, are an affordable alternative to traditional single-use sanitary napkins, and they are good looking to boot. They can last for years – just wash them and wear them again. They have four layers of charcoal bamboo liner for extra absorption and odor reduction and silicone snaps to keep them in place, ”says Assistant Store Manager Stephanie Martin.

Mylk nut bag ($ 16): “This sturdy bag is handcrafted in Canada with hemp and organic cotton and can be used as a strainer for nut milks and cold pressed juices, or even as a cold brew coffee filter,” says Martin.


The green pot
A store without packaging and a refill in St. Clair West

Ready-to-use kit Green Jar ($ 60.50): “This kit contains all the essentials for a day: an insulated wine bottle, a stainless steel lunch box, a stainless steel straw, a straw brush, mesh bags and a large lunch bag. The insulated bottle can keep drinks hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours, the lunch bag is machine washable and the straw is dishwasher safe, ”says co-owner Tannis Bundi.

Compressed biodegradable sponge ($ 10.50): “Our new compressed dish sponges, made of cotton and cellulose, are durable, dishwasher safe and 100% biodegradable after two months,” says Bundi.


Eco and Love
A general store and beauty refill in Scarborough

Eco et Amour soap curls ($ 15): “Soap shavings are a great way to create a soapy solution for quick cleanups. Paired with a few curls with our sisal soap pouch, and you’re ready to mop up laundry stains, clean counters or tackle those unique dishes, ”says co-founder Sarah Marcus.


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