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The Best Green Services in Toronto

Posted by Joshua / April 13, 2008

Best Green Services in TorontoBullfrog Power has been voted the best green service in Toronto, beating out competition offering a wide range of services. With their high-profile clients and partnerships, such as with Wal-Mart and the Steam Whistle Brewery, it is no surprise Bullfrog powered their way to the top of the list. They also make it easy to convert your home to green power, and a glance at their list of converts confirms the widespread interest.

With their commitment to high-quality offsets, and the ease of purchasing those offsets, CarbonZero comes in number two. By no means, however, are green power and carbon offsetting the only services to round out the winner's circle.

With this year's best services, you will be able to go green in your next catering event, avoid chemicals in your home or laundry cleaning needs, wash your clothes with clean energy, and plant a green roof.

An interesting omission from the winners is Zerofootprint, who won this year as the best green organization. Although they provide superb carbon calculators, Zerofootprint's focus is not on offsets, which likely gave CarbonZero the edge in this category.

Combined, this year's winners will go a long way to helping your business or personal life get a lot greener. So without further ado, here are the Best Green Services in Toronto, as voted by you.

Top photo, left to right, by blogTO flickr poolers mikeghenu, kevbo1983 and tysonwilliams.com. List photos are from the organizations except the Bullfrog photo by mikeghenu and Green Garage photo by 416Style.

Bullfrog Power

Bullfrog Power

Making it easy to go green, signing up for service takes a matter of minutes and requires no infrastructure changes. Then you can tell your friends that 100% of your power comes from air and low-impact hydro sources. More »

CarbonZero

CarbonZero

Whether it's for our everyday lives or special events (getting married?), CarbonZero helps you calculate and neutralize your carbon emissions with their high quality offsets. More »

Vert Catering

Vert Catering

Toronto's leading green caterer, by hiring Vert Catering you ensure your event will be stocked with local, fresh and seasonable food and all excess food will be composted at Vert. More »

EnviroMaid

EnviroMaid

Getting your home or business cleaned from top to bottom is made easy with the service of EnviroMaid, and they won't use a single toxic chemical in the process. More »

Eco Cleaners

Eco Cleaners

Toronto's first non-toxic cleaners not only do all of your clothes cleaning services with environmentally friendly products but will pickup and deliver your clothes for no additional cost. More »

Beach Solar Laundromat

Beach Solar Laundromat

Reduce your carbon footprint at this eco-laundromat, where all of the power you use, from running the machines, including the hot water for your whites, and heating the building, comes from eight solar panels on the roof. More »

Green Team Courier

Green Team Courier

Operating from Eglinton to the water, Dufferin to Bayview, this courier will get your goods delivered, on-time, by walking, cycling or Riding the Rocket. More »

Green Garage

Green Garage

Reduce energy consumption and beautify your roof by working with these experts on turning your garage roof into a glorious garden. More »

Eco Flora

Eco Flora

Perfect for that special someone or a big event, this fair trade and organic florist only uses local, organic, fair trade and chemical-free plants and products. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

A|Layton / April 14, 2008 at 08:20 am
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except for the fact that bullfrog power doesnt actually provide green anything...

All it does is charge you more to invest in building green infrastructure for power generation in the future, which, if the government was really serious about becoming green, should be done anyways.
Joshua / April 14, 2008 at 08:48 am
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@ALayton
You raise an interesting discussion, and you're right that if you switch to Bullfrog Power you will still get your electricity from the regular grid. However, according to <a href="http://bullfrogpower.com/home/ontario.cfm"; target="_blank">Bullfrog</a>, "We inject green power onto the Ontario grid to match the amount of power your home uses." That should reduce the amount of "dirty" energy produced, even if it technically still enters your home.
Jerrold / April 14, 2008 at 08:55 am
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@A|Layton
What I find ironic is that your criticism of Bullfrog doubles as praise :)
Eric S. Smith / April 14, 2008 at 10:25 am
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Layton: "...if the government was really serious about becoming green..." So the theory is that we shouldn't be funding lower-impact power generation because the government will take care of it? Or because the government said they'd take care of it but won't really so that'll teach 'em? I don't get it.

As for charging more to invest in future generation, they do claim to have <a href="http://bullfrogpower.com/clean/producers.cfm";>current suppliers</a>. No guarantee that those suppliers will be meeting the actual demand of Bullfrog customers at any given minute, of course, but that's still different from not actually providing anything.
Joe / April 14, 2008 at 02:09 pm
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Bullfrog has also been audited to ensure that they actually provide enough power to cover their customer base. And they do promise that, should they run out of green "supplies," they will stop signing up customers until they can cover it.

While I'm a happy Bullfrog Power customer, it'd be nice if there was some way to support ALL carbon-free electricity sources, including nuclear and large-scale hydro-electricity. Gotta fight the battles you can, though.
Joshua / April 14, 2008 at 02:50 pm
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@Joe
Bullfrog has a nice <a href="http://bullfrogpower.com/clean/on_clean.cfm"; target="_blank">chart</a> showing where our power comes from. I find it interesting that nearly 40% of Ontario power comes from nuclear sources, and another 20% from hydro, but not "low-impact" hydro. I think Bullfrog is firstly taking aim at the 37% coming from coal, oil, and gas. I suspect if that number falls under 5% it will be a lot harder for Bullfrog to make the case that their power is better than "regular" hydro and nuclear power.

I also find it ironic that we pay the Hydro bill when hydro sources account for under 25% of our power.
Joe / April 14, 2008 at 03:01 pm
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@Joshua:

Yeah, the coal, oil, and gas was the reason we switched to Bullfrog. I couldn't in good conscience have my money go to support destructive technologies like that. Sure, it's mostly a symbolic gesture, but then again, Bullfrog keeps announcing new wind power starts, so it's hard to complain!
Rob / April 16, 2008 at 09:21 am
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@Joe: Nuclear is nowhere near as low-carbon as wind, run-of-river hydro and large-scale solar. All that mining & refining takes a lot of energy, not to mention the very sophisticated, concrete-heavy power plants.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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What I find ironic is that your criticism of Bullfrog doubles as praise :)
susie / March 18, 2013 at 04:33 pm
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I've used the eco cleaners mentioned above but their service was really bad.. I think wishmaids
provides the best home cleaning services toronto.
If you need help cleaning, check them out at wishmaids.com.
Commercial Cleaning Company / July 27, 2013 at 05:31 pm
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Similar to Enviromaid, Advanced Cleaning out of Toronto also provides a green cleaning service, only Advanced Cleaning focuses on commercial, office, industrial and institutions. For more info on their green cleaning see here - http://www.advancedcleaning.ca/green-cleaning.php
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Tony / August 13, 2014 at 04:22 pm
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The best cleaning company I have used so far in Toronto is Wallop Services. For post construction cleaning, House,Condos and I they they clean anything. Try them out www.wallopservices.com There everywhere.

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