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  • Straight from the buying team, see what's NEW for April!

    Straight from the buying team, see what's NEW for April!

    0 comments / Posted by Audra Curley

    Here we are, it has finally arrived. April! We can say hello to some warmer days and some warmer hearts as we welcome springtime. Spending more time outdoors will definitely brighten up my mood. Is it just me or is everyone dying to throw open their windows, tidy the garden, paint a room, de clutter, kick to the curb their three messy teenagers…ok well maybe you’re not all feeling that last one? Perhaps I keep the teens and stock up on new products this month at terra20 instead…so many options.

    Danica Studio Tea Infusers 

    Danica Imports has been a go to terra20 brand for quite some time and our customers love it. They have been around since 1964 and have grown and morphed into what they are today, a home décor design giant with fantastic style. Their head offices are in Vancouver (yay for picking Canada to call home!) along with design and distribution and their manufacturing facilities overseas. They make beautiful product with sustainable materials and help us reduce waste while staying stylish. There’s more, a percentage of their profits go to Education Without Borders, and they support Foodbanks Canada. Thumbs up Danica, we can all get on board for that.

    This season we bring you the Danica Tea Infuser Bottles made of double walled glass. The bottle allows the tea to stay hot while remaining cool to the touch. The diffuser sits inside to house your tea leaves. A sustainable bamboo lid holds it all in. Now you can steep on the go, skip while it saturates, be in motion while it marinates. Oh, and don’t forget, you can infuse water with fruit as well when those days turn even warmer. You can shimmy while it soaks...

    Ecologie Beeswax Wraps 

    Another excellent brand from our friends at Danica, Ecologie Beeswax Wraps. Say goodbye to nasty plastic wrap and single use plastic. Say hello to beeswax coated cotton wraps in cute patterns, great for storing and wrapping almost anything. The best thing about beeswax wraps is that they breathe. Unlike plastic that creates layer of moisture that causes mould to grow these wraps can be reused and reused to keep your food fresh longer. In a handy 3 pack in the sweetest patterns. I’d like a set of each please! And just a word of advice, they do not dig the hot water…found out the hard way.

    Now Designs Napkins 

    These napkins are a picnic waiting to happen. Second Spin napkins get their name from the thread used to produce the fabric that has come from textile industry off cuts that are re spun into new fabric. Smart? Brilliant! A little reduce, reuse, recycle action folks. Just a little napkin with a big environmental impact. And really? Don’t you feel like you’re living in a Downton Abbey episode when you use a cloth napkin? Four fabulous colours to choose from. So yummy looking, please try not to eat the napkin. 

    Fatso

    Born in the back of a health food restaurant Victoria BC, Fatso has become a terra20 staple. Many a water cooler morning found us talking about the latest and greatest thing we had eaten with our Fatso. I swear by green apples dipped in the Peanut Butter Salted Caramel. Seriously. To. Die. For. And just when you thought you had tasted heaven and you could quit finding something to beat it? Along came three new Almond and Seed butter varieties. Say hello to Classic, Maple and Salted Caramel. Dig in, we love you Fatso. 

    Maple Tea Co.

    Feeling that March came in a little like a lion? A brand-new tea line from Maple Tea Co will help with that! The owner James is terra20 alumni, so we have a special spot in our hearts and on our shelves for this beautiful product. He brings us a delicious offering of organic and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified teas. A proud younger sibling to North Brew Coffee, Maple Tea shares a likewise belief that ethically sourced ingredients and a desire to make a difference can and will drive global change. They source all tea directly from the farmers and donate a portion of all profits to the Youth Services Bureau right here in Ottawa. All that and 8 wonderful flavours come beautifully packaged. I think we can all agree. IT IS TEATIME.

    Holos

    Quebec based Holos has a simple story. Friends Steve and Chris, one entrepreneur and one health nut and holistic nutritionist, got together to blend their superpowers to bring us a delicious grab and go breakfast. The perfect mix of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, Omega 3's and probiotics formulated to give you long lasting energy to make you feel fantastic all day long! Four flavours to choose from and easy to make, just add the pre portioned pack to any jar, add your favourite milk or milk substitute and soak overnight. That's right, no cooking. Overnight the magic happens. It minimizes bloat, unlocks more nutrients and creates a meal that is softer on your digestion. Made with organic ingredients, vegan, gluten free and it’s made in Canada. Looks like Holos will be right at home on terra20 shelves!

     

    Attitude Curl Shampoo and Conditioner

    Calling all curls! Get ready to take care of those gorgeous manes. Attitude brings you Curl Shampoo and Conditioner, that's right, just for you. Three varieties no less, because all tresses are not equal. Doesn't that make you feel special all you curly haired ones? From Montreal based Attitude this company is a t20 customer fave. They plant a tree for every product sold! Now that really is planting the seeds of a more sustainable future.    

    Planta Mixing Bowls

    Has anyone decided to eat their way through the pandemic? Our lives have been centered around baking, cooking and learning the art of sourdough. Now that you’ve perfected that, you probably need running shoes but new Planta bamboo fibre and melamine mixing bowls by Now Designs would be WAY more fun. In a set of 5 because who isn’t baking brownies and whipping up some cookie batter while their bread rises?

    Danica Pour Over Coffee Set

    My mornings? Let me transport you there, they are calm and quiet. I wake, looking refreshed, I have perfect hair. I sling on a beautiful robe and head to the ever clutter less, spotlessly clean kitchen to brew a fresh steaming coffee in the Danica Contour Ceramic Pour Over set. Caffeinating is chic and contemporary, clean and consistent. Perfect coffee for a perfect day….So maybe it doesn’t go exactly like that. I may have exaggerated some of the specific details of my regular morning routine, but I sure can dream it as I sip that coffee made in the matte black glazed ceramic pour over set. It almost makes it real. Almost.

    Here we are, it has finally arrived. April! We can say hello to some warmer days and some warmer hearts as we welcome springtime. Spending more time outdoors will definitely brighten up my mood. Is it just me or is everyone dying to throw open their windows, tidy the garden, paint a room, de clutter, kick to the curb their three messy teenagers…ok well maybe you’re not all feeling that last one? Perhaps I keep the teens and stock up on new products this month at terra20 instead…so many options.

    Danica Imports has been a go to terra20 brand for quite some time and our customers love it. They have been around since 1964 and have grown and morphed into what they are today, a home décor design giant with fantastic style. Their head offices are in Vancouver (yay for picking Canada to call home!) along with design and distribution and their manufacturing facilities overseas. They make beautiful product with sustainable materials and help us reduce waste while staying stylish. There’s more, apercentage of their profits go to Education Without Borders, and they support Foodbanks Canada. Thumbs up Danica, we can all get on board for that. 

    This season we bring you the Danica Tea Infuser Bottles made of double walled glass. The bottle allows the tea to stay hot while remaining cool to the touch. The diffuser sits inside to house your tea leaves. A sustainable bamboo lid holds it all in. Now you can steep on the go, skip while it saturates, be in motion while it marinates. Oh, and don’t forget, you can infuse water with fruit as well when those days turn even warmer. You can shimmy while it soaks…. 

    Another excellent brand from our friends at Danica, Ecologie Beeswax Wraps. Say goodbye to nasty plastic wrap and single use plastic. Say hello to beeswax coated cotton wraps in cute patterns, great for storing and wrapping almost anything. The best thing about beeswax wraps is that they breathe. Unlike plastic that creates layer of moisture that causes mould to grow these wraps can be reused and reused to keep your food fresh longer. In a handy 3 pack in the sweetest patterns. I’d like a set of each please! And just a word of advice, they do not dig the hot water…found out the hard way. 

    These napkins are a picnic waiting to happen. Second Spin napkins get their name from the thread used to produce the fabric that has come from textile industry off cuts that are re spun into new fabric. Smart? Brilliant! A little reduce, reuse, recycle action folks. Just a little napkin with a big environmental impact. And really? Don’t you feel like you’re living in a Downton Abbey episode when you use a cloth napkin? Four fabulous colours to choose from. So yummy looking, please try not to eat the napkin. 

    Born in the back of a health food restaurant Victoria BC, Fatso has become a terra20 staple. Many a water cooler morning found us talking about the latest and greatest thing we had eaten with our Fatso. I swear by green apples dipped in the Peanut Butter Salted Caramel. Seriously. To. Die. For. And just when you thought you had tasted heaven and you could quit finding something to beat it? Along came three new Almond and Seed butter varieties. Say hello to Classic, Maple and Salted Caramel. Dig in, we love you Fatso.

    Grab a mask and pop by one of our three locations, we’d love to see you! 

     

    Audra 

    Grab a mask and pop by one of our three locations, we’d love to see you!

    - Audra

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  • Straight from the buying team, see what's NEW at terra20!

    Straight from the buying team, see what's NEW at terra20!

    0 comments / Posted by Audra Curley

    Sitting from my home office looking out at snow covered streets and remembering beach holidays from the past is just…well, sad. This calls for something to make us feel the melt we are all hoping for. If you close your eyes and try really hard, you can almost feel spring in the air. OK, well try a little harder. Spring brings all things new and at terra20 we are offering you a sniff of spring with some new for you straight from the buying team’s desk.

    Maple Tea Co.

    Feeling that March came in a little like a lion? A brand-new tea line from Maple Tea Co will help with that! The owner James is terra20 alumni, so we have a special spot in our hearts and on our shelves for this beautiful product. He brings us a delicious offering of organic and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified teas. A proud younger sibling to North Brew Coffee, Maple Tea shares a likewise belief that ethically sourced ingredients and a desire to make a difference can and will drive global change. They source all tea directly from the farmers and donate a portion of all profits to the Youth Services Bureau right here in Ottawa. All that and 8 wonderful flavours come beautifully packaged. I think we can all agree. IT IS TEATIME.

    Holos

    Quebec based Holos has a simple story. Friends Steve and Chris, one entrepreneur and one health nut and holistic nutritionist, got together to blend their superpowers to bring us a delicious grab and go breakfast. The perfect mix of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, Omega 3's and probiotics formulated to give you long lasting energy to make you feel fantastic all day long! Four flavours to choose from and easy to make, just add the pre portioned pack to any jar, add your favourite milk or milk substitute and soak overnight. That's right, no cooking. Overnight the magic happens. It minimizes bloat, unlocks more nutrients and creates a meal that is softer on your digestion. Made with organic ingredients, vegan, gluten free and it’s made in Canada. Looks like Holos will be right at home on terra20 shelves!

     

    Attitude Curl Shampoo and Conditioner

    Calling all curls! Get ready to take care of those gorgeous manes. Attitude brings you Curl Shampoo and Conditioner, that's right, just for you. Three varieties no less, because all tresses are not equal. Doesn't that make you feel special all you curly haired ones? From Montreal based Attitude this company is a t20 customer fave. They plant a tree for every product sold! Now that really is planting the seeds of a more sustainable future.    

    Planta Mixing Bowls

    Has anyone decided to eat their way through the pandemic? Our lives have been centered around baking, cooking and learning the art of sourdough. Now that you’ve perfected that, you probably need running shoes but new Planta bamboo fibre and melamine mixing bowls by Now Designs would be WAY more fun. In a set of 5 because who isn’t baking brownies and whipping up some cookie batter while their bread rises?

    Danica Pour Over Coffee Set

    My mornings? Let me transport you there, they are calm and quiet. I wake, looking refreshed, I have perfect hair. I sling on a beautiful robe and head to the ever clutter less, spotlessly clean kitchen to brew a fresh steaming coffee in the Danica Contour Ceramic Pour Over set. Caffeinating is chic and contemporary, clean and consistent. Perfect coffee for a perfect day….So maybe it doesn’t go exactly like that. I may have exaggerated some of the specific details of my regular morning routine, but I sure can dream it as I sip that coffee made in the matte black glazed ceramic pour over set. It almost makes it real. Almost.

    Feeling that March came in a little like a lion? A brand-new tea line from Maple Tea Co will help with that! The owner James is terra20 alumni, so we have a special spot in our hearts and on our shelves for this beautiful product. He brings us a delicious offering of organic and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified teas. A proud younger sibling to North Brew Coffee, Maple Tea shares a likewise belief that ethically sourced ingredients and a desire to make a difference can and will drive global change. They source all tea directly from the farmers and donate a portion of all profits to the Youth Services Bureau right here in Ottawa. All that and 8 wonderful flavours come beautifully packaged. I think we can all agree. IT IS TEATIME.

    Quebec based Holos has a simple story. Friends Steve and Chris, one entrepreneur and one health nut and holistic nutritionist, got together to blend their superpowers to bring us a delicious grab and go breakfast. The perfect mix of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, Omega 3's and probiotics formulated to give you long lasting energy to make you feel fantastic all day long! Four flavours to choose from and easy to make, just add the pre portioned pack to any jar, add your favourite milk or milk substitute and soak overnight. That's right, no cooking. Overnight the magic happens. It minimizes bloat, unlocks more nutrients and creates a meal that is softer on your digestion. Made with organic ingredients, vegan, gluten free and it’s made in Canada. Looks like Holos will be right at home on terra20 shelves!

    Calling all curls! Get ready to take care of those gorgeous curly manes. Attitude brings you Curl Shampoo and Conditioner, that's right, just for you. Three varieties no less, because all tresses are not equal. Doesn't that make you feel special all you curly haired ones? From Montreal based Attitude this company is a t20 customer fave. They plant a tree for every product sold! Now that really is planting the seeds of a more sustainable future.

    Has anyone decided to eat their way through the pandemic? Our lives have been centered around baking, cooking and learning the art of sourdough. Now that you’ve perfected that, you probably need running shoes but new Planta bamboo fibre and melamine mixing bowls by Now Designs would be WAY more fun. In a set of 5 because who isn’t baking brownies and whipping up some cookie batter while their bread rises?

    My mornings? Let me transport you there, they are calm and quiet. I wake, looking refreshed, I have perfect hair. I sling on a beautiful robe and head to the ever clutter less, spotlessly clean kitchen to brew a fresh steaming coffee in the Danica Contour Ceramic Pour Over set. Caffeinating is chic and contemporary, clean and consistent. Perfect coffee for a perfect day….So maybe it doesn’t go exactly like that. I may have exaggerated some of the specific details of my regular morning routine, but I sure can dream it as I sip that coffee made in the matt black glazed ceramic pour over set. It almost makes it real. Almost.

    Maple Tea Co.

    Feeling that March came in a little like a lion? A brand-new tea line from Maple Tea Co will help with that! The owner James is terra20 alumni, so we have a special spot in our hearts and on our shelves for this beautiful product. He brings us a delicious offering of organic and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified teas. A proud younger sibling to North Brew Coffee, Maple Tea shares a likewise belief that ethically sourced ingredients and a desire to make a difference can and will drive global change. They source all tea directly from the farmers and donate a portion of all profits to the Youth Services Bureau right here in Ottawa. All that and 8 wonderful flavours come beautifully packaged. I think we can all agree. IT IS TEATIME.

    Holos

    Quebec based Holos has a simple story. Friends Steve and Chris, one entrepreneur and one health nut and holistic nutritionist, got together to blend their superpowers to bring us a delicious grab and go breakfast. The perfect mix of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, Omega 3's and probiotics formulated to give you long lasting energy to make you feel fantastic all day long! Four flavours to choose from and easy to make, just add the pre portioned pack to any jar, add your favourite milk or milk substitute and soak overnight. That's right, no cooking. Overnight the magic happens. It minimizes bloat, unlocks more nutrients and creates a meal that is softer on your digestion. Made with organic ingredients, vegan, gluten free and it’s made in Canada. Looks like Holos will be right at home on terra20 shelves!

    Attitude Curl Shampoo & Conditioner

    Calling all curls! Get ready to take care of those gorgeous manes. Attitude brings you Curl Shampoo and Conditioner, that's right, just for you. Three varieties no less, because all tresses are not equal. Doesn't that make you feel special all you curly haired ones? From Montreal based Attitude this company is a t20 customer fave. They plant a tree for every product sold! Now that really is planting the seeds of a more sustainable future.    

    Planta Mixing Bowls

    Has anyone decided to eat their way through the pandemic? Our lives have been centered around baking, cooking and learning the art of sourdough. Now that you’ve perfected that, you probably need running shoes but new Planta bamboo fibre and melamine mixing bowls by Now Designs would be WAY more fun. In a set of 5 because who isn’t baking brownies and whipping up some cookie batter while their bread rises? 

    Danica Pour Over Coffee Set

    My mornings? Let me transport you there, they are calm and quiet. I wake, looking refreshed, I have perfect hair. I sling on a beautiful robe and head to the ever clutter less, spotlessly clean kitchen to brew a fresh steaming coffee in the Danica Contour Ceramic Pour Over set. Caffeinating is chic and contemporary, clean and consistent. Perfect coffee for a perfect day….So maybe it doesn’t go exactly like that. I may have exaggerated some of the specific details of my regular morning routine, but I sure can dream it as I sip that coffee made in the matte black glazed ceramic pour over set. It almost makes it real. Almost.

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  • Share the local love with these Valentine’s dinner date ideas

    Share the local love with these Valentine’s dinner date ideas

    0 comments / Posted by Erin Forget

    By Erin Forget

    Can you feel it? No, not the cold, nippy air. I’m talking about love. Love is in the air, and not just for our loved ones, but love for our favourite local eateries. During the pandemic Ottawa has really stepped up and supported local businesses like never before and being a local retailer, we are extremely grateful. So, this month we want to share the local love and highlight some of Ottawa’s favourite local restaurants who just might have love on the menu this February 14th. Restaurants may not be fully open but these restaurants certainly know the way to our hearts with these romantic takeout specials.

    A lovely meal for two (or more)

    Wellington Gastro Pub - The Take Away Set Meal for Two Add a bottle of wine and your Valentine’s dinner plans are on lock.    

    Thyme & Again - Celebrating the Sweethearts in your Life Choose pairings for you and that special someone or a family of four, you’ll want to check out the kid’s heart shaped pizza! 

    Hintonburg Public House - A Valentine’s 3 Course Dinner Your choice of 2 appetizers and 2 main courses, complete with a brownie for 2 of course.   

    North and Navy - San Valentino Dinner A romantic Italian dinner date for two. Don’t forget to pick up the candles. Prego!  

    Brookstreet - Valentine’s Dinner for Two Treat your sweet to a surf and turf take out dinner to enjoy at home. 

    Red Apron - A Love Letter to Food Enjoy a meal for two or add a special side for the kids too. 

    Louis Restaurant and Pizza - Home of the Heart Shaped Pizza Pizza lovers rejoice! Call Louis to order your heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day. 

    A Sweet Treat

    Little Jo Berry’s - Heart shaped everything for your vegan valentine. Gluten-free options are also available. 

    Suzy Q - Heart shaped doughnuts, need we say more? 

    Strawberry Blonde - Variety of treats Delicious, vegan, gluten-free, allergy friendly cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more! 

    *Photo credits: @kittykateconfections

     
     
     

    About the Author

    Erin Forget

    Erin is terra20's Marketing Coordinator. When she's not navigating the healthy living retail landscape she enjoys spending time in nature with her two dachshunds, archery, cultivating her vegetable garden and creative writing.

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  • Top 20 Products for a healthy and sustainable 2021

    Top 20 Products for a healthy and sustainable 2021

    0 comments / Posted by Olivia McEwen

    By Erin Forget

    January.  A new year.  New beginnings.  A fresh start. Blah, blah, blah. With lockdown and curfews lingering, this year is anything but and for many of us, thinking about just surviving it all seems like about the best we can do.  

    But alas, amidst it all, maybe making wee positive steps will help fuel hope and generate enough positive vibes to help sustain us.  Now more than ever we could use a little help. 

    Try these on for size and see how they make you feel. Maybe there’s some joy here for you as you clean and care for yourself and the planet, both.  These are our top 20 picks. A good place to start and a simple way to say yes to a fresh start in 2021. 

    Our top 20 waste reducing, better for you, feel great products.  

    Cleaning

    terra20 Liquid Dish Soap – Everyone washes their dishes, and this dish soap comes highly recommended. Canadian made, biodegradable and refillable at our ecobar to cut down on plastic waste. Available in our classic pomegranate scent and introducing the NEW unscented version! 

    “This is the best dishwashing liquid I have ever used! I love that it is not harmful to the environment and that I can refill the containers, reducing the use and disposal of plastics.” - Tamara

    Nature Clean Dishwasher Pacs – Love your dishwasher, we totally get it, and that’s why these biodegradable dishwasher pacs made the top 20. No chlorine, dyes or phosphates. Available in bulk (60 pacs) or smaller (24 pacs) if you’d like to try them out.

    “I bought these to try primarily because they are cruelty-free and vegan. I was honestly prepared for a sub-par performance (given that many "natural" products are garbage), but was pleasantly surprised. Works better than both Finish and Cascade - both of these left a film and Nature Clean does not. Also, the clean dishes just smell neutral when they come out, which is much better than any fragrance residue left by the previously mentioned products. Anyway, I definitely recommend and this will be my new go-to.” - Jen

    Eco&eco Safix Scrub Pad – say buh bye to plastic and metal scouring pads, and try one that’s made from 100% coconut fibres. It will never cause splinters or shred in your hands. It will last for months, and when you are done with it just throw it in with the compost.  

    “The pad is more effective than other types that I have used in the past. It is durable, does a great job and dries quickly.” - Beverly

    terra20 Cellulose Dish Cloth – Meet the cellulose and cotton dish cloth that can absorb 15 times its weight in water and can be washed up to 300 times without losing its absorbency. At the end of its life cycle, it only takes 28 days to compost!  

    BunchaFarmers Stain Stick – No harmful chemical detergents found here. So much stain removing power in one small stick. Made with natural, biodegradable ingredients and enhanced with borax to soften the water and aid the cleaning process.  

    “So I purchased this stick some time ago and it is amazing. Any type of stain this works on. So far it has done its job!” - Heather

    Attitude Thyme & Citrus Disinfectant – The all-purpose disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs. Using pure essential oils with natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties this cleaning solution will never leave potentially toxic compounds on surfaces. Plus, it’s biodegradable.  

    “I use this product everywhere. I keep one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen, and one in the car. The thyme scent is perfectly fresh and earthy and not at all overpowering!” - Christina

    terra20 H2Only Cloth – Smudges and dirt on windows, mirrors, and glass, are no match against the H2Only cloth. Washable and reusable, just add water, ring dry and wipe for a streak free surface.  

    “WOW AMAZING, best product I have ever used for cleaning window, mirror, and bathroom fixtures... and dog nose prints. I always keep a supply on hand ready to go.... I have told every friend and family member about them.” - Anonymous

    terra20 Lavender Liquid Laundry Detergent – A biodegradable, hypoallergenic, plant and mineral-based, refillable laundry detergent? Yep, it’s on our list! Suitable for HE and standard washers and is septic tank safe. The lavender adds a soft scent to your laundry, or an unscented option is also available.

    Personal Care

    Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hand Sanitizer – Living in a pandemic, pocket-sized hand sanitizers are a must have, and our list would not be complete without one. Dr. Bronner’s formula is not only certified organic, it kills germs with 4 ingredients: organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic peppermint oil and organic glycerin. Effective and never leaves your hands feeling sticky.

    Live Clean Fresh Water Hand Soap Refills – Washing our hands 100 times a day has become the norm, and harsh hand soaps are the worst. With a subtle fresh scent, this hydrating 98% plant-based formula blended with vitamin E, Live Clean Hand Soap Refills are a win. Refill your favourite decorative pump or original bottle.  

    “Smells so fresh and not overpowering at all. Leaves hands feeling soft and moisturized.” - Marina

    Green Beaver Frosty Mint Toothpaste – Fluoride Free Natural Toothpaste so natural you can eat it. This toothpaste is vegan, biodegradable, gluten free and nut free, and can be safely used by children. Happy brushing!

    “This is my new favourite toothpaste and the second green beaver toothpaste I am trying! Works just as well as a conventional toothpaste but this one is all natural and also Canadian made! Definitely recommend!” - Kimberley

    Senzacare Bamboo Toothbrushes – When you stop to think about how many toothbrushes we each use in a year, and then times that by the population, that’s A LOT of plastic toothbrushes being sent to the landfill. That’s why Senzacare’s sustainable bamboo toothbrush made this list! Plus, its packaging is plastic-free.  

    “I'm very happy with this toothbrush. It's comfortable to use and puts way less waste back into the world!” - Mallory

    The Soap Works Bar Soap – We cheer for all our products that are made in Canada, but we want to shout out that The Soap Works Bar Soaps are all zero-waste because they exclude packaging. With over 20 scents to choose from, the Olive Oil bar soap is always a guest favourite.  

    “It is an excellent soap, works fabulously, great lather and because it doesn't have any fragrances it is asthma and allergen friendly.” - Rebecca

    Birch Babe Shampoo & Wash Bar – If you have not tried a shampoo bar, there is no better time than the present. Not only do they cut down on plastic bottle waste, when you find one that works with your hair type, you’ll never look back. Birch Babe’s Shampoo & Wash Bar lathers nicely and offers a clean, invigorating scent.

    Carina Organics Sweet Pea Daily Shampoo – A classic shampoo for all hair types made with organic plant, vegetable, flower and tree extracts. And you don’t need to feel guilty about its plastic bottle, because it’s refillable at all terra20 locations. No matter where you bought your original bottle we’ll refill it.

    “This shampoo is great! Feels good in my hair and doesn't leave it dry. Pair it with the sweet pea conditioner and it's even better.” - Mustaqeem

    Kitchen

    NaturSac Biodegradable Garbage Bags – We all use garbage bags, so why not try ones that are biodegradable. These garbage bags degrade, once thrown out, within 24-36 months when in contact with moisture, UV and heat. Unlike conventional garbage bags that can take upwards of 500 years to breakdown.

    “Bought these a few weeks ago and love them! :) They are just like regular garbage bags but to know that they will eventually decompose and not contribute to the amount of plastic we are throwing away is a great feeling. Definitely recommend knowing the size of your garbage can before buying them!” - Jenn

    Bag to Earth Food Waste Bag – These little bin liner bags for compost speak for themselves. 100% compostable, they will only strengthen the relationship you have with your green bin.

    “I’ve used these in my kitchen for years...for the bin below the sink. Great peelings, egg shells, food spiked paper towel, and espresso coffee grounds...etc. I also use them in the freezer drawer for smelly food waste like meat trimmings, and other bits of food waste that would smell or develop magots or attract bugs.. works like a charm. Just toss out with the weekly green bin collection.” - Heather

    Abeego Beeswax Food Wraps – Plastic wrap is now a thing of the past. Abeego beeswax food wrap is made with beeswax, tree resin, organic jojoba oil infused into hemp and organic cloth. Simply wrap your fruits and veggies directly in the wrap or use to cover bowls or plates. Bonus, it helps keep your produce fresher longer.

    terra20 Produce Bag – Before COVID-19 these Canadian-made, organic cotton produce bags were your grocery shopping essentials to help reduce plastic waste, but until it’s safe to bring them to the grocery store again they work wonders for washing masks or delicates in the washing machine.

    “Bought these bags originally for fruits and veggies but they have so many other good uses. They make great laundry bags especially for masks! Giving everyone on my xmas list a couple of these this year. Also love that they are made in Canada!” - Susan

    Stasher Reusable Silicone Bag – The reusable storage bag that is a plastic-free alternative to traditional storage bags and containers. Their non-porous surface helps inhibit bacterial growth, and they are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.

    “Easy to use. Easy to clean. The seal is strong enough to hold up under tough circumstances but easy enough that my 6 year can open it. They are substantial too, it’s thick but flexible. I highly recommend it, especially for kids who are tough on their stuff.” - Ren

    About the Author

    Erin Forget

    Erin is terra20's Marketing Coordinator. When she's not navigating the healthy living retail landscape she enjoys spending time in nature with her two dachshunds, archery, cultivating her vegetable garden and creative writing.

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  • The Importance of Self Care

    The Importance of Self Care

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    By Andrea Tomkins

    Self-care is defined as any activity we do deliberately for ourselves in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. In recent years, however, it seems to have become less about health and more about lifestyle.

    Spa days, massages, mani-pedis, and makeovers are often touted as self-care. I have two things to say about that: (1) These may be a solution for some people, but they’re unaffordable for many. Besides, a single spa day may not be the cure for what ails you. (2) Many self-care solutions are offered up as antidotes to stressful days, but it’s not the most effective approach.

    Here’s something I learned recently from a mental health professional who offered a workshop on this very topic:

    “Self-care is something we do for ourselves to inoculate ourselves against stress, and we should take it seriously.”

    We need to shift our thinking about self-care. Self-care should be treated like a vaccine, not a bandaid.

    A prescription for self-care will look different for everyone. My self-care strategy includes lean meats and veggies, vitamin D, a good night’s sleep, and a great coffee in the morning. I also try to meditate every morning and power walk to work. These things give me the fuel I need to fight stress, illness, and low moods before they happen.

    I often think about my self-care routines in terms of building a solid foundation for my future self. If I don’t have a solid foundation, it will be much harder to weather a storm. (And the storms will come!)

    I try and focus on self-care because when I take care of myself, I am a better person, a better friend, spouse, mother, and even a better employee. And that’s a win for everyone, not just me.

    Other self-care ideas

    Set up a self-care music playlist or find a new podcast to listen to. I recently downloaded an ABBA album I had when I was a kid and it transformed my daily walk to work. It’s amazing how happy music can make you feel! I also use my walking time to listen to podcasts. (I recommend The Happiness Lab. If you are looking for self-care tips, you will definitely find them there.)

    Build a new healthy habit. I absolutely detest making my lunches in the morning so I started preparing them the night before or batch cooking on Sunday nights. It’s a game-changer, and I’m eating much better too. (I got a new lunch bag to support this new healthy habit!)

    Try a news detox. You won’t know how much the news is bringing you down and stressing you out until you take a break from current events. Maybe spend more time following #dogsofinstagram instead?

    Treat yourself, every day. Some people save their “good” candles, essential oils, and soaps for special occasions, but why not use them every day? I treat myself to Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint bar soap and it makes me happy every day.  

    Find a way to sneak in extra fitness. This could be walking your kids to school, taking the dog out for an extended walk, or taking the stairs at the office. My secret to getting more exercise: I have a favourite Netflix show that I only watch on the treadmill. If I want to find out what happened, I have to get on that treadmill to find out!

    Reach out to friends and family on a regular basis. Like gardens, good friendships need to be cultivated. We all need supportive friends around us, to make us laugh and to hold our hand when we cry. Talking about our troubles also helps lighten the load.

    Start a journal. Writing things down can be very cathartic and can help us gain perspective on life’s challenges. If the idea of staring at a blank page stresses you out, check out “line a day” style journals. In times of stress or sadness, jotting down one thing I’m grateful for as I get ready for bed really helps me heal and more forward. Plus, it’s nice to think about one nice thing as I fall asleep.

    Above all, remember to be kind to your future self. If you build that foundation, you’ll be strong for when you need it the most. How do you practice self-care? Share your tips below.

    About the Author

    Andrea Tomkins

    Andrea Tomkins is an informavore with a passion for social media and multimedia storytelling. She is the editor of a community newspaper in Ottawa as well as a freelance writer. She’s also is a veteran of the Canadian blogging scene.

    First conceived in 1999, her blog – a peek inside the fishbowl – has been featured in notable publications such as the Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Canadian Family Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. Today, she loves to write about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, and good food.

    Follow Andrea on Twitter: @missfish

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