As I get ready to attend this weekend’s ninth annual Green Living Show, North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to healthy and sustainable lifestyles (Friday – Sunday, March 27th – 29th), there are a handful of tips I need to keep in mind to get the most out of the show.
The first – remember where to go. This year the show has moved to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from its previous location at the Direct Energy Centre. Bonus, it will be easy to take public transit and the PATH system to get there.
Next, take advantage of one of the ways to get free admission. The show is offering a free tickets to anyone who brings e-waste for disposal (ie: old modems, digitial or dial phones, keyboards, pagers, etc.) For the complete list of what is eligible for this offer, check out http://www.greenlivingshow.ca/buy-tickets#hours. I can also get into the show for free if I bring my March Metropass, my PRESTO card, or a Live Green Card (that one offers free admission for me and a friend).
Third, wear comfy shoes because there are over 400 vendors focusing on healthy living and a healthier planet. Plus I know I’m going to want to spend a bunch of time in the Fashion Takes Action Marketplace, where young designers are selling their latest sustainable, fashion-forward wares (must remember my hemp shopping tote!).
This tip is potentially the most important: don’t eat much before the show. With an impressive lineup of cooking demos, chefs, local producers, and food merchants at the show, there will be no end to the amount of sampling and nibbling that will go on throughout the day. The participants have been selected with a particular focus on local and sustainable food and drink options, or what organizers call The Mindful Plate.
After immersing myself in the food, fashion, health and beauty, and design fun, I can’t wait to check out the Green Living Test Drive, with the latest electric, hybrid, and fuel-efficient vehicles. Have I mentioned I’m something of a car nerd? Cars, and scooters, and bikes, oh my!!!!
Finally, I have to remember to keep an eye out for my friends who are visiting the exhibitors in the EcoParent Village, a space devoted to the latest family-friendly products and services and the site of the fully-stocked baby change area and breastfeeding room.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
Friday, March 27: 12 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, March 28: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday, March 29: 10 am – 5 pm
For a complete list of location, admission prices, and directions: http://www.greenlivingshow.ca/buy-tickets#hours