Sunday, June 30, 2019

This July, Refuse Single-use Plastics at lunch!

by: Candice Keast


Summer has officially started - the weather is hot, the lake is cool, the streets are bustling - and there's plastic litter everywhere.

Fortunately, Plastic Free July is here and Live Green Toronto has launched a city-wide campaign to help YOU go single-use plastic-free at lunch! Take our "Refuse Single-use Plastics at Lunch" pledge for a chance to win a $250 VISA gift card or a Live Green Toronto Go Plastic-Free swag bag.

Plastic Free July encourages you to go plastic free all day, every day in the month of July - but we know this is no easy feat. Refusing single-use plastic at lunch is a great first step!

This is how we do it

1. BYOL: Bring your own lunch
2. #BYOC: Bring your own container. Many food court and restaurant vendors will allow you to bring your own container when you are getting take-out. None of them promote or advertise this but all you need to do is ask. Some will even give you a small discount.
3. BYOM: Bring your own mug. Refuse disposable coffee cups for your morning and afternoon pick-me-ups!

Your turn

Let's break the plastic cycle together: 

- Take the pledge at 
- Follow us on social for tips and tricks for going plastic-free and
- Share your journey with us! @LiveGreenTO #BYOC #PlasticFreeJuly2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Get Growing on your balcony & in containers!

by: Candice Keast

Interest in growing food in small spaces is becoming more common as we start to understand the impacts food production and transportation has on our planet. In order to prepare for a global population of nearly 10 billion, it's important to consider more sustainable practices such as eating locally and incorporating more plant-based foods into our diet.  One great way of achieving both is to grow your own food.

By growing food you can enjoy fresh and delicious food – right where you live and - save money and have fun at the same time. Growing your own food will help you incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet and align with what scientists call a "planetary health diet" – one that is healthy for you and the planet.

This summer, join us as we use Live Green Toronto's Get Growing Toronto guide as inspiration to explore growing in small spaces, especially on balconies.


Before we jump into the gardening basics, let’s explore your plant options. If you are a beginner, opt for seedlings over seeds, choose organic, and don’t overwhelm yourself with all the possibilities. Start with easy, low maintenance vegetables such as mixed greens and herbs like basil, mint, and chives. Read more about shade tolerant and sun loving plant options in the "Plant Selection" section of our Get Growing guide.

Are you growing food at home this summer? If you have any questions or have encountered challenges, feel free to ask our expert Lara Mrosovky, author of Grow Without a Garden: 101 Plants for Containers


In order to have an abundant harvest your plants will need:
  • Space & sun
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Drainage
Get the details after the jump.