The earth is our home, a sophisticated web of mechanisms that coexist to form life. It provides us with fresh air to breathe, water to drink, a bounty of food for nourishment and resources that we utilize to produce goods and facilitate services for everyday life. As humans, there are a multitude of actions and steps we can take to reduce our environmental impact and ultimately increase our sustainability on this planet. The resources we extract are often finite and the factories and fuel we dispel are harmful to our environment. It takes a conscious effort for all to reduce this type of impact, but there are small steps we can begin with to make a difference in our local communities. In honour of Earth Day, we have elected to showcase a handful of the shops in Inglewood who are producing local, sustainable and environmentally conscious goods and services. Check out their websites below for more details.
The Apothecary humbly boasts itself as Calgary’s largest zero waste store – and for good reason. Step into their store and you will find a plethora of zero waste, refillable and bulk products. Their team of friendly professionals are dedicated to providing natural body and wellness products without excess packaging and harmful chemicals such as paraben and SLS. They value locally made and Canadian products and strive to keep a roster of organic products. Bring in your own container and try out one of their natural dish soaps or laundry detergents.
Aside from the health benefits of increased cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, joint mobility and decreased stress levels, cycling is a sustainable mode of transportation compared to our fossil-fuel burning vehicles. By cycling, an individual can reduce anywhere between 1 and 2 tons of CO2 emissions each year – not to mention cutting down on traffic congestion and factory pollutants. With this in mind, pay a visit to Bike Bike this Earth Day. Whether you’re looking to tune up the vintage Italian steel frame that’s been in your garage all winter, grab a new commuter, or even booking a Bikepacking tour – Bike Bike carries it all and more. https://www.bikebike.ca/collections
Any flora enthusiast in the community is familiar with Plant and that’s because they are a popular purveyor of all things green. Succulents, flowers, ferns and conifers in the cooler months – Plant showcases a diverse ecosystem of vegetation. Don’t forget their handmade terrariums, tasteful decor and workshops.
Studies have shown that having plants in your home may boost productivity, fight stress and most importantly enrich the air around you with sweet-sweet oxygen. Visit Plant now and get your green on. https://plantshop.ca/
Peacock Boutique / Man of Distinction
Choosing to purchase your clothing at consignment or thrift stores is the number one way to cut down on emissions when looking for a new wardrobe. By extending the life of a particular garment you are significantly reducing carbon, water and waste footprints. It helps keep clothes out of the landfill and saves from factory pollutants. Luckily, Inglewood has you covered for consignment stores. Peacock Boutique was voted Calgary’s best consignment store – they carry a roster of clothing items from premium designers and their expert staff are eager to help you find the right look. For a more masculine display of products, pay a visit to Man of Distinction. From blazers and dress shirts to more casual wear, these shops have the tools to make you look good and feel good about your purchase. https://www.peacockboutique.ca/collections/peacock-exclusives
Ol’ Beautiful / Cold Garden / Highline / Revival
One of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce your environmental footprint is to simply buy local. The resources and pollutants that are expelled through shipping products are greatly reduced through Fortunately, there is no shortage of premium craft breweries in Inglewood. We have Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co., Colden Garden Beverage Company, High Line Brewing and Revival Brewcade. Not only can you feel good about purchasing a product from the source, but you also know that these breweries use mostly local ingredients as well. And hey, drinking beer feels pretty good too, yeah? You can do even better by walking or biking to all of the different breweries in our community. Just remember to wear a helmet and drink responsibly. https://www.olbeautiful.com/ https://www.coldgarden.ca/
First things first, Monki Bistro does brunch right. From their ever-evolving directory of elevated French Toast dishes to their signature Pink Prosecco hollandaise sauce, Monki is an establishment where the food is always on top. The fare is fresh, locally sourced and produced with the customer in mind. What you may not know about Monki is their commitment to providing a sustainable, environmentally conscious takeout and delivery service. All of their take-home products are compostable and recyclable, in an effort to reduce waste and consumption. Feel good about takeout next time you order from Monki Bistro. https://www.monkibistro.ca/
Bite Grocer and Eatery
As Inglewood’s resident grocery store, Bite occupies an integral niche in the community, keeping it’s residents satiated with a host of organic and locally sourced products. Their scratch baked breads from their bakery, delicatessen items and grab & go meals are all made in-store with the utmost attention to quality and detail. Check out their online shop for a full list of items, all available for free, daily curbside pickup.