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  • Add Some Green To Your Gardening Routine

    0 comments / Posted by Olivia McEwen

    JUN 15, 2021

    Add some green to your gardening routine


    Check out Audra's tips to keep your green thumb seriously green this gardening season.

    Add some green to your gardening routine


    Conserve that water!

    Gardening isn’t a one season activity. In spring mother nature acts as our sprinkler, but so much growing happens during the hottest months. Conserving water is key to an eco-friendly garden. Collect water. Not only do you save money but plants prefer the oxygen rich warm soft water from the barrel than they do the cold chemically treated water from the tap. Using mulch feeds your plants as it breaks down, keeping the roots moist, suppresses weeds, keeping your plants feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Win win win. Another way to cut down on watering? Plant a drought resistant grass seed. Wildflower Farm’s Eco Lawn is quick to germinate but is slow growing and it requires less fertilizing and less watering due to its deep root system. It saves you money and the smart folks at Wildflower farms suggest you let it grow long and earn yourself a free-flowing grass carpet. I know a golden retriever that would love to roll in something like that.

    Compost, compost, compost

    A very wise gardener once told me you should always be feeding your soil. A garden rarely needs more soil the soil just needs food. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are what your soil craves. Compost is full of those nutrients and it’s free! Did you know that the Composting Council of Canada says that as much as 50% of our household waste is nutrient rich organic matter? That’s right, our garbage can feed our garden soil instead of taking up space in landfill. If you’re averse to the yuck factor of composting? Greenlid brings us a brilliant mess free way to collect household compost then head straight to the compost pile with it. Keep the lid and pop it right onto the pile because the bin itself is 100% compostable. Made with end of life cardboard that has been recycled so many times it’s no longer eligible for the process again. We won’t see you being retired dear cardboard just composted, consider yourself reborn.

    SPF is your BFF

    Everyone knows that Canadian gardens have a bountiful but short growing season. While out in that beautiful heat you mustn’t underestimate the power of mom nature so make sure to stay safe from her rays. Use and reapply a good sunscreen every two hours while you’re sweating it out there in the dirt. Thinksport Face Sunscreen is a great choice! It contains Vitamin C & E for moisture along with a slight tint to ward off the whitening effects of the zinc, no reason to look like the ghost gardener out there. Along with that sunscreen add a Lip Balm with an SPF like All Good, comes in 6 flavours with an SPF of 15 to protect your lips.

    Hats on!

    Second up for protecting yourself from a nasty burn while gardening is a hat. Nothing worse than coming in from a hard days work and realizing you have a nose worthy of Rudolph. tentree is a good choice here, designed in Canada, made ethically in Vietnam. They plant 10 trees for every item you buy. So that’s like successful gardening before you even step out the door. terra20 customers to date have helped tentree plant over 7790 trees. That is approximately 4 acres of forest! Now that’s a garden.

    Make sure to come prepared

    Things don’t always go smoothly out there. Bug bites, scrapes and nasty thorns! It takes a tough disposition to be a gardener. Worry not, tough is in your gardeners’ blood but no need to bleed out. Always have a bit of first aid at the ready. What better way to cover that booboo than with a fully compostable plastic free bamboo bandage?! I mean what else would you find in a sustainable gardeners first aid kit? Make sure to give that cut a good wash first and then wrap it in a Patch bandage with the healing powers of aloe vera, coconut oil or activated charcoal that helps draw out impurities as you heal. When you’re all done? Pop it in your compost bin. Patch bandages are 100% compostable in just 10 weeks!

    Get outdoors and enjoy the green before all that white comes back!

    Written by Audra Curley

    Audra is a member of terra20's Buying Team. When she isn't sharing brand stories and doing a happy dance about new exciting products from the buying team at terra20 Audra is a proud mom of three who loves her family, her golden retriever, all things creative, and a little camping on the side.

    Written by Audra Curley

    Audra is a member of terra20's Buying Team. When she isn't sharing brand stories and doing a happy dance about new exciting products from the buying team at terra20 Audra is a proud mom of three who loves her family, her golden retriever, all things creative, and a little camping on the side.

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

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

    0 comments / Posted by Audra Curley

    Interested in new and innovative healthy products? The buying team here at terra20 has you covered. Read all about what is hitting the shelves for May!

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  • How our pets are helping us through the pandemic

    0 comments / Posted by Erin Forget

    APR 27, 2021

    How our pets are helping us through the pandemic


    Studies have shown that petting, cuddling and having a loving animal in your life can help reduce stress and anxiety.

    How our pets are helping us through the pandemic


    Buddy

    I have the pleasure of seeing Buddy’s adorable mischievous face every week during our bi-weekly team meetings. Jess, terra20’s inventory analyst, is the owner of this maltipoo, and always has a story to share. During the past year, Buddy has thoroughly enjoyed having Jess at home so he can bring her his toys and play at her feet and get extra cuddles. But his favourite activities include yoga, walks, and catching up on Schitt’s Creek. Can’t blame him for that, that show is hilarious. He also loves to dance. His favourite artist? That would be Kygo.

    Hades

    Hades, the long-haired cat is the meow. Just ask our assistant store manager, Kayla. His patience is low for being ignored, that’s why he insists to be constantly by her side or riding around on her shoulders. That’s right, he’d stay wrapped around Kayla’s neck all day long if she’d let him. Hades is also a cuddler, so time spent reading or playing games is always sweeter when he is curled up next to you.

    Nahla

    Our resident golden that mistakes herself for a human is Nahla. It’s because of Nahla that our merchandizing team member, Audra, stays active. It's their evening walks with neighbourhood pups and their owners that’s helped Audra through the pandemic. It’s the connection between women’s best friend and the chat’s shared with fellow dog lovers that can mean so much during difficult times. You try and resist those big brown eyes when she wants to play fetch.

    Winnie

    If you follow terra20 Hintonburg on Facebook than you already know store owner and manager, Alexa, loves all the doggies who come and visit her. Every Wednesday is Doggy Wednesday! Meet Winnie, her and Alexa bonded over sharing hair tips. It’s seeing those happy, wagging tags that can lift our spirits, even if we can’t take that doggy home.

    Nacho and Chili

    And I can’t forget Nacho and Chili, my senior dachshund duo that missed their calling as rodeo clowns. Their hobbies include barking at nothing, chasing squirrels, going on walks and security detail for when I need to use the washroom. They don’t share toys and need to take turns sitting on my lap. At the end of the day their little grey, pointy faces and kisses warm my heart, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    We hope our pets brought a smile to your face today! Have a pet that makes every day brighter? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments bellow!

    Written by 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.

    Written by 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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  • 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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