The Best Green Retailers in Toronto
The best green retailers in Toronto are doing their part to save the planet (with style). When it comes to earth-friendly options, we're spoiled for choice in this city; you can cherry-pick your all-natural skincare products, sustainably-produced clothing and BPA-free food storage containers - and if your aesthetic is more sleek than crunchy, nobody needs to know you're buying with Mother Earth in mind.
Here are the best green retailers in Toronto.
The massive product selection and focus on all things outdoorsy would already reel in the back-to-nature crowd, but MEC goes the extra mile by setting carbon reduction targets for its operations, building energy-efficient stores (including its Toronto location on King West), and offering mindfully-made products (from boots to binoculars). More »
For more than 20 years, Grassroots has been supplying Torontonians with earth-conscious home products. Now located on the Danforth, they've got everything you need to green your home - biodegradable home cleaners and stainless-steel food storage containers, all-natural body care, and recycled-paper stationery. More »
This Cabbagetown shop aims to make sustainable, back-to-basics living easy. They offer all the raw materials and equipment for a range of projects - and, through a number of workshops, the know-how needed to make it all happen. (Forthcoming sessions include a primer on keeping backyard chickens and a how-to on making boozy preserves.) More »
EcoExistence brings "sustainable lifestyle products" to St. Clair West. It's an ideal spot to kit out your kitchen with bamboo or glass dishes and storageware, but you can also find organic mattresses, vegan handbags from Nella Bella, and plenty of organic snacks. More »
Parkdale is home to a repository of chic, cheerful, eco-friendly clothing. You'll find pieces crafted from upcycled or organic materials, produced sustainably or made locally - but thanks to owner Mary-Ann Kowala's keen eye, they all fit with current trends. More »
Queen West's own "urban general store" focuses largely on clothing - lots of earth tones and drapey shapes - though you'll also find pieces from Woolrich and Fjallraven. While you're there, grab some green lunch containers (including reuseable hemp wrappers for your leftovers) and body products. More »
While Chartreuse has clothing covered at the foot of Roncy, if you're looking for fhousewares, beauty and gifts, you'll want to head up the street to Ecotique. Everything is locally-made, recycled, sustainably produced, or reuseable, whether that's linens and bathrobes, jewelry, or quirky pillows and wall hangings. More »
This B.C. chain landed in Toronto toward the end of 2014, spreading rapidly to include a handful of stores across the city. Their massive range of in-house products is 100% natural (as in, free of any synthetic ingredients) - and spans everything from soaps and deodorant to home aromatherapy products to a full skincare system. More »
You'd be forgiven for thinking this all-white space was a gallery or a fashion boutique, but the Queen West shop is actually stocked full of organic, chemical-free skincare products imported from around the world. If your skin is craving a hard-to-find, eco-friendly line from France or Switzerland, you'll find it here. More »