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Sometimes living sustainably means shopping around from farmers' markets or small shops to second hand shops; or it might involve something as simple as joining the Tool Library or a car sharing program. When you want to avoid the big box stores, or unnecessary costs, or gadgets you don't really need, it's nice to know how to find what, when, and where. It's also nice to know how to access those sustainable products, whether they be plastic free, carbon neutral, organic, locally made, hand-made, fair trade, re-invented, up-cycled, shared, or gently used. Shopping local, avoiding plastic, composting, reducing your carbon footprint, or just trying to live a sustainable life style can be made easier, if you know what to look for, where to look, where to go, and how to get there.
I hope you will find the following links useful in order to help you make sustainable choices.
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Edmonton’s ‘Grandest Farmers Market’ is a seasonal market, located on 124 Street, and now in two locations, two days per week!
The 124 Grand Market, established in 2012, is a fixture on 124 Street. This Public Market strives to serve the community with quality, locally farmed and focused products, and support growth of burgeoning businesses and entrepreneurs in Edmonton, AB.
May 9 - October 10
Thursdays, 108 Avenue & 124 Street 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
June 2 - September 29
Sundays, 102 Avenue & 124 Street 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
The Callingwood Farmers’ Market is a seasonal market and has been operating for 33 years. The market provides space for over 100 vendors throughout the season with more than 120 tables on Sundays, and approximately 30 tables on Wednesdays. This marketplace values keeping community and family connections strong. The Callingwood Market provides entertainment throughout the seasons. For further information click on the icon above.
Sunday 10 am-3 pm
Wednesday 12 pm-5 pm.
69 Avenue & 178 Street, Edmonton
The City Market Downtown is a year round market, which offers farm-fresh produce, locally raised meats, and ready to eat meals. You can shop local for bread, fruit wines and sweet delights, or treat yourself to handcrafted jewellery, local art, or clothing.
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
City Hall, (October-May)
104 Ave & 100 St. (May-October)
Miller Crossing Farmers' Market is a year round market providing Edmonton's North East Region with a sustainable marketplace that encourages local community support, with a "Buy Local" philosophy, while providing access to quality, fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce, at a convenient location. Farmers' Markets help raise awareness regarding healthy food choices and the importance of supporting sustainable agriculture. This Market helps to strengthen community living by providing families and individuals with a sustainable place to meet, visit, and shop.
Sundays 11 am to 3 pm
14339 50 St. NW Edmonton
This year round market is home to more than 130 vendors and has an impressive assortment of hand-made goods, locally grown produce, specialty foods, jewelry, décor, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, pottery and more. There is no re-sale in the market, so everything is made or grown personally by the vendor who is selling it.
275 stalls of free parking (during market hours) in the lot across Gateway Blvd.
Saturday 8 am to 3 pm
83rd ave & 103 street, Edmonton
Salisbury Farmers' Market, a year round market, supports vendors who 'Make it, Bake it, Grow it'. This year round market is located outdoors in the parking lot of Salisbury Greenhouse from mid April - mid September, and inside Salisbury Greenhouse for the remainder of the year. The Greenhouse provides a lush environment, both inside and out.
Thursday 4 pm - 7:30 pm 52337 Range Road 232, one mile South of Wye Road, Sherwood Park
Sherwood Park Farmers' Market is a year round evening market. This market offers a variety of fresh local produce, meats, honey, and baked goods. Sherwood Park market also provides a venue for local artisans to display their talents, which affords a selection of handmade jewelry, clothing, candy, snacks, hand-made products and crafts. You can also find spirits, including Alberta Honey Wine. The Sherwood Park Farmers' market upholds the "You Make It, You Bake It, You Grow It, You Sell It" philosophy allowing customers to meet and talk to local producers."
Wednesday 4pm - 8pm
Broadmoor Lake Plaza
South Common, a seasonal market, is a'market with heart', supporting over 60 vendors who sell products like kettle corn, mini donuts, sushi, pampa food truck, Mexican food, Filipino foods, seafood, beef jerky, fresh produce, farm eggs, plants, picnic tables, photo booth, music and more. Located in the Alberta Research Park at 1903 Parsons Road, behind South Common Cineplex Theatres. There are over 1500 parking stalls around the market with beautiful treed and green spaces, take a stroll and check out a wide variety of foods, the and friendly atmosphere. Opens in May.
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
The St. Albert Farmers’ Market is a seasonal market, and the largest outdoor market in Western Canada.
The market features over 250 vendors, 5 special event days, and a variety of top market-quality products that are home baked, home grown, or handmade.
Saturday 10 am - 3 pm
Perron District, on St. Anne and St. Thomas Streets, St. Albert:
Acme Meat Market is one of Edmonton's hidden treasures. Acme Meats is located in south Edmonton, on 95th street and 76th avenue. Corey & Amanda Meyer have carried on the rich sense of family ownership that this meat shop has provided its customers since 1921. Acme Meats strives to provide quality products and services to its customers. If you are a meat lover, and are looking for for local choices Acme provides cuts of Beef, Chicken, Lamb and Pork as well as veal, turkey, wild boar, grass-fed bison, sausages and a variety of fresh and frozen seafood! Go in and talk to Corey, he'll be able to keep you eating what you love, while still keeping your carbon foot print down by shopping locally and helping to support local farms. Ask Corey about ways that you can work together to avoid packaging! I know he'd be more than happy to weigh and fill your clean containers!
Since being established in 1982, Bulk Barn has grown from one store to over 250 stores across Canada. Bulk Barn offers its customers competitive prices, and a whole lot of choice.
In each of their stores, you’ll find over 4000 products. Bulk Barn constantly adds products to meet customers' evolving needs whether it’s vegan, fair trade, or non-GMO.
And even better news, Bulk Barn has evolved over the past few years and now offers you the choice of bringing in your own, clean containers!
It is essentially the easiest way to shop, waste free, for many of your dry and wet foods!
Click on the icon above to check out their products and locations.
Café Mosaics provide a vegan & vegetarian menu. Café Mosaics does their best to make conscious efforts to respect Mother Earth, our animal friends, and to treat your bellies right! They use fresh whole foods and organic tonic herbs sourced from responsible farms near and far.
10844 & Whyte (82 Ave), Edmonton
Opens @ 10am every day.
Carbon Environmental Boutique offer sustainable, ethical, non toxic and local goods. The Carbon Environmental Boutique screens every product to ensure it adheres to the highest environmental standards. 12543-102 Avenue NW Edmonton
Earth’s General Store carries a broad selection of organic, GMO-free food, in addition to fairly traded goods of ecologically-friendly manufacture.
Earth's General Store carries an extensive selection of books and magazines on permaculture, canning and preserving, plant-based lifestyles, and homesteading/self-sufficiency. Earth's General is located on the south west side of Whyte (82nd) Avenue & 96th Street, in Edmonton
A local family has opened up a free store for those who may be struggling in Edmonton.The HEARTS pop-up store, which stands for Helping Everyone Access Resources Through Support was previously operated out of a private home.
13319 146 St Nw, Edmonton
Ottewell Cleaners offers a wide variety of Dry Cleaning services. All garments, from casual and business attire, to couture and vintage pieces are carefully cleaned using an environmentally safe process and environmentally friendly products.
6208 90 Ave, Edmonton
The ReStore Store is a place where they accept donations of new and gently-used items like appliances, furniture, and household products. ReStore then sells these items back to the general public, at reduced prices in order, in order to help pay for the administrative costs at Habitat for Humanity. This means that you can find amazing deals while ensuring that you're shopping sustainably by helping to improve communities. ReStore carries almost everything your project may need, materials, such as light fixtures, sinks, building materials, appliances, countertops, mouldings, plumbing hardware, and paint.
There are currently 3 ReStores in Edmonton, follow the link above to learn more.
The Salvation Army Thrift Store is a National Recycling Operation (NRO). The Salvation Army generates funds in order to achieve their mission and to positively influence the communities in which they operate. The Salvation Army Thrift Stores are responsible for recycling and diverting millions of pounds of unsalvageable donations from landfills. The Salvation Army Thrift Stores recycle fabric, shoes, leathers, belts, purses, books, metal, cardboard, soft and hard toys.
Salvation Army has 5 Thrift Stores in and around Edmonton
Today’s products are full of dyes, preservatives, parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals. You won’t find any of those things in their products. The Soap Box uses natural products, oils, butters, and essential oils. Thesoapboxinc.co offers handcrafted artisan soaps, skin & bath care essentials as well as products for the home.
Value Village is a for-profit, global thrift retailer offering great quality, gently used clothing, accessories and household goods. Value Village's business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling gives communities a smart way to shop and keeps more than 700 million pounds of used goods from landfills each year. They help more than 120 non-profit organizations by paying them for donated goods, which supports their vital community programs and services. Value Village has 8 locations in and around Edmonton.
Lonnie, at Vincent Tayler's Salon uses a full range of Eufora and Chi products. The salon is 100% Ammonia Free. At Vincent Tayler's your hair, and the environment, will get the best possible treatment with their environmentally friendly & people friendly products.
5026 106 Ave, Edmonton
Waste Free Edmonton,a grassroots organization, works working to reduce the amount of waste generated by Edmontonians, with respect to single use disposable items such as plastic bags, straws, cups, and take out containers. Waste Free Edmonton engages with government, businesses, organizations and citizens. Their vision is for Edmonton to become a global leader in waste reduction. Click on the link above to learn more.
Edmonton’s Community Recycling Depots are a convenient way to dispose of recyclables from your home or small business. Most locations are open 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Each bin has a label on the front to tell you what type of product should be placed in it.
Recycling Depots accept: paper (including shredded paper, newspaper and magazines), boxes, cardboard, plastic bags, and all recyclable containers, cans and bottles.
Recycling Depots do not accept: furniture, tires, home renovation material, mattresses, bikes, household hazardous waste or any kind of home appliances (fridges, stoves, washers, dryers, monitors and TVs), among other things. Such items should be taken to an Eco Station, Big Bin Event or the Edmonton's Waste Management Centre.
The Reuse Centre accepts various items from Edmonton residents free of charge and makes them available to organizations and individuals for reuse. The Reuse Centre deals with items that are not accepted for reuse elsewhere. Follow the link above to learn more. And here is a link to their list of accepted items.
6835-83 Street Edmonton,
The Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC) is a unique collection of advanced waste processing and research facilities. Owned and operated by the City of Edmonton, the EWMC is an integral part of Edmonton's sustainable approach to waste management.
Free tours are offered for individuals or small groups.
TerraCycle's goal is to eliminate the idea of waste by recycling the "non-recyclable"stuff. When it comes to TerraCycle, they don't care if it's a coffee ground or a cigarette butt, they will take on the challenge of recycling our waste, collecting almost any sort and form. TerraCycle partners with individuals like you, as well as the big players, such as producers, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, schools and small businesses, across more than 20 countries. With your help and support this company is able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month. And best of all, it's completely FREE
The Junk Buddy accepts a wide variety of your unwanted, or no longer needed items. Accepted items may be based on size or environmental implications. The Junk Buddy always tries to accomodate needs, while understanding the need to protect and preserve the environment. The Junk Buddy understands that there is life to junk after removal and looks for sources to rehome removed materials. Click on the link above to find out more about The Junk Buddy.
"The Edmonton Tool Library Society is a not-for-profit organization based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada which is dedicated to providing access to tools and the knowledge to use them to everyone in our community."
Pogo Car Share Program provides people with another commuting option. You need to download the Pogo App to get started, but it is essentially just a few clicks away from the driver's seat. Click on the link or icon above to learn more.
Edmonton's Food Bike Tours allow one to indulge in our fine local foods and beverages while touring around the city. Edmonton's annual Food Bike Tour is a superb way to explore a region rich with festivals, amazing markets, local restaurants, chocolatiers, historical buildings, and breweries under the warm sun and discover a visceral history that dates back to 1795. Add in the breweries, wineries, and the river valley. Check out the ink above to find out more.
Sustainable Food Edmonton is a non-profit charitable organization which encourages, initiates, and supports local projects and programs to encourage the building of community through urban agriculture. Sustainable Food connects communities and kids with their food, how it’s produced, and the planet that makes it all possible. Sustainable Food Edmonton helps to ensure that Edmontonians benefit from urban agriculture, while encouraging urban agriculture in and around Edmonton.
Click on the Icon above to learn more.
Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society (GEARS) is a foster home based rescue that I have the pleasure of fostering for. A home based rescue does not have a central shelter location, instead all animals are in loving homes, learning everything they can to prepare for their forever home. If you are interested, GEARS is always looking for new foster homes! Follow the link above to learn more and to see who's up for adoption or looking for foster home.
Tags For Hope are an effective way to keep your pets safe. This family owned business was created by two brothers in 2013, after volunteering as dog shelter dog walkers for 2 years. Tags For Hope has been their effort to help lost and alone animals get home. Tags For Hope help identify your pet and act as a voice they would not normally have. These creative tags are a fun and sustainable idea for your pet. For more information follow the link above.
**25% of your purchase will help an animal at GEARS!
Effect Homes allow you to build energy efficient homes. Home designs include A Net Zero Energy Home that offers the latest in both design and technology. Effect Homes utilizes energy and thermal efficiency techniques, such as insulating concrete form systems, and passive solar heating, and pairs them with solar energy generation. Homes are built to exacting standards and detail. Learn more about the technology in these net zero homes from the link above.
8815 92 St NW #201
The GO Technology Foundation
is a non-profit social enterprise
anticipating and integrating disruptive technologies. GO is modelled in a completely new way of doing business. It is a social enterprise that owns profitable ventures; the profits from each venture are reinvested into other local-based projects/ventures. The aim is to enable innovation to make social, environmental and economic change. By re-investing profits, it anchors capital, thus creating a self-propelled engine that makes a better future for everyone.
EMCO is an energy marketer providing competitive electricity, natural gas and certified green energy rates for residential and commercial consumers in Alberta.
“We are trying to bring down the cost of green technology,” said Huq. “Instead of going out there and raising funds to install large solar farms, we are innovating on the technology and bringing down the component costs so that more people/companies can build out the capacity. We simply don’t have the people‑power to roll out a large build, but we can use our brains to make it cheaper.”
An in-depth guide, created to help you to make your business Environmentally friendly, offering useful advice on how businesses can become more environmentally responsible and sustainable.
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The Bennett Centre sits in a unique spot in Edmonton's Cloverdale Community. The School is situated along the River valley, 3 blocks east of the Muttart Conservatory, at the heart of the City's Park System. This blend of a long-standing community, nearby open spaces, natural areas, and interconnecting trails provide an adventurous outdoor setting, contrasting spectacularly with the City of Edmonton's Skyline just across the North Saskatchewan River.
Students can explore & learn about their ever changing environment, both natural and manmade. The Centre's unique location offers students a place to learn through exploration, acquisition, and practice.
9703-94 Street, Edmonton
1 Million Women is a movement that began with the efforts of one woman, and has grown to nearly 800,000+ women and girls (and growing everyday). Not only in Australia, but around the world, women make 85% of the consumer decisions that affect the household's carbon footprint – therefore, our choices allow us to have an influence on every dollar we choose to spend and where we choose to spend it. One Million Women can empower you to start your low carbon life. Take the Carbon Challenge and check out what you can do to reduce your footprint. Create your own dashboard and track just how much carbon you're saving. Click on the link above to get started.
Google Maps can take you almost anywhere in the world. But I’ve got you set up for your Trek in and around Edmonton.
All the information you may need to maneuver around the city, from bike paths, to bus schedules, you'll find it here. Click on the icon or link above to learn more.
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