Green Lifestyle

There are so many actions you can take in your everyday life to reduce your environmental impact. Sometimes, it’s the small things you do every day that make the greatest difference.

Here are some of our Green Lifestyle tips. We hope they will inspire you to make the best choices to fit your lifestyle!

  • Make Your Own Chocolate-Dipped Orange Peel
    Oranges are a year-round staple in most grocery stores and are an especially popular winter fruit due to their availability and high vitamin C. While they may have /..
  • Walking to School
    Good for you, your family, and the planet! During these unprecedented times, many people are rediscovering the simple joys and benefits of walking in their community. Walking helps /..
  • Make Your Own Pumpkin Muffins
    Did you know that decorative fall pumpkins that end up in landfills create methane, a powerful GHG? Instead, choose great-tasting (like sugar or pie) pumpkins for your décor, /..
  • Make Your Own Oat Milk
    Did you know that 628L of water are required to produce 1L of cow’s milk? For almonds, 371L are needed and for oats – just 48. Each litre /..
  • Make Your Own Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse
    Aquafaba is a whipped mousse made from the liquid leftover from cooked or canned chickpeas. It doesn’t get much closer to zero-waste cooking than this! There is no /..
  • Make Your Own Curried Lentils
    Nitrogen fertilizers are a significant source of GHG emissions in agriculture. Pulse crops (which include lentils, peas and dried beans) have a famously small carbon footprint because they /..
  • Make Your Own Seedy Granola
    Did you know that while nuts and seeds are often lumped together, seeds have a significantly lower carbon footprint than most nuts, while still being a tasty, crunchy /..
  • Make Your Own Herby Vegan Sauce
    Herb Sauce (Green Goddess Dressing) This herby vegan sauce is a great way to use up any herbs you have on hand! It’s delicious as a salad dressing, /..
  • How to propagate your houseplants
    Propagating your plants is a great skill to have because you can make lots of new plants for your house rather than having to purchase them from a /..
  • Preserved Peaches
    Peach season is upon us! Make the most of the short summer period when local peaches are in season by canning or freezing them. You’ll be able to /..
  • Gazpacho
    This chilled raw tomato soup is inspired from the Spanish dish gazpacho, and is a refreshing way to enjoy peak summer produce. It’s a great way to put tomatoes from your garden or local farmers market to use! It is plant based, uses in-season local produce, and doesn’t require any cooking, making it an excellent low-carbon summer dish.
  • Store Your Basil to Keep it Fresh
    Did you know that around 12% of emissions from the average Ontarian’s diet is from avoidable household food waste? So before you can enjoy this great herb, let’s learn how to properly store your basil to keep it fresh for longer.
  • Cold Miso Noodle Salad
    This cold pasta dish is perfect for hot summer days. Miso paste contributes great flavour that makes this plant-based dish satisfying and delicious. Miso paste is a traditional /..
  • Greening Your Home
    As a homeowner, it can be tricky to nail down how your home and lifestyle impact the environment, and where you can make the biggest difference. In Ontario, /..
  • Chickpea Salad
    Chickpeas are a versatile and nutritious low-carbon food. This recipe uses chickpeas as the main ingredient in a fresh, light, and flavourful summer salad that can be eaten in lettuce cups, wraps, and on sandwiches, crackers, and more! Plus, it is easy to customize the ingredients based on what you like and have on hand!
  • Repurposing Candles
    A simple and easy way to help the environment is to repurpose old items in your home. Some of the benefits include reducing the amount of waste put /..
  • Zucchini Lentil Fritters
    Low-carbon recipes are mindful of the energy and resources that go into producing, packaging, and transporting food. Zucchini and lentils are both very low carbon foods. Zucchini is /..
  • Cooling Tips And Tricks: Fans
    Keeping your home cool in the summer is always a challenge.  Now more than ever, we need to find more ways to conserve energy and reduce costs. So /..
  • Nature in Urban Environments
    As somebody who loves and appreciates nature, I often find myself staring off distracted from my everyday life wishing that I was off on a hike or out kayaking. Now more than ever, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, I have been missing a part of my life that I thought I couldn’t get in the city. Little did I know, there is nature all around us.
  • Tacos with Refried Beans
    Tacos are fast, easy, and delicious, and can be easily customized with what’s in-season and available.
  • Planet Friendly Plant Hangers
    If you’re looking to transform any part of your home in a sustainable way, you can easily make your own plant hanger with scrap material lying around your home!
  • Lemony Rice and Lentils with Caramelized Onions
    Rice and lentils are a classic combo in diets around the world and are great staples in a plant-based diet.
  • Air Sealing for Doors and Windows
    Learn a simple and DIY solution to ensuring your doors and windows stay sealed! This is a great and cheap way to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
  • Fast Fashion: The Real Cost
    Many consumers follow fashion trends and purchase designer brands. Today, it’s possible to buy popular and inexpensive designer clothing, and even get it delivered right to your door.
  • Low-Carbon Vegetable Broth
    Get more out of your vegetable scraps before composting them and reduce waste by avoiding store-bought containers of vegetable broth.
  • Green Beat
    Delivered to your virtual doorstep every Saturday morning, Green Beat is our weekly digest of suggested reading, viewing, listening, and doing during the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Savoury Chickpea Pancake
    Low-carbon recipes are mindful of the energy and resources that go into producing, packaging, and transporting food.
  • Make Your Own Planet-Friendly Green Bin-Liner!
    There are lots of ways to be green in our homes, and one of the easiest is to use yesterday’s news to line your green bin.
  • Make Your Own Planet Friendly Beeswax Wrap
    If you’re looking to replace those plastic zip-locks and are done getting tangled up in cling-film, look no further than our DIY natural beeswax wraps.
  • Brothy Beans
    Learn a simple and DIY solution to ensuring your doors and windows stay sealed! This is a great and cheap way to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
  • Make Your Own Planet Friendly Foaming Hand Soap
    Making your own household products is easier than it sounds. And foaming hand soap is especially easy – it only requires four ingredients!
  • Issue #1: Green Beat
    Welcome to Green Beat, EnviroCentre’s new weekly digest of suggested reading, viewing, listening, and doing. We’ll be delivering Green Beat to your virtual doorstep every Saturday morning and hope to provide you with inspiring ways to continue caring for our planet.
  • Low-Carbon Chocolate Cake
    This week’s low-carbon recipe is for a delicious chocolate cake. Not your typical low carbon recipe! But we all need some sweetness in our lives, right?
  • Low Carbon French Toast
    Low-carbon recipes are mindful of the energy and resources that go into producing, packaging, and transporting food.

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