Green Living Show

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.

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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).

Photo - Product Sampling - GLS 2014Third, 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.

Photo - Amego - GLS 2014After 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.

Green Living Show 2015

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
Map: http://bit.ly/1N2mMwZ

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

Jennifer Johnston

At work, Jennifer Johnston is a marketing and communications consultant, helping clients build products, share their stories, and connect with key audiences. With 25 years’ experience both client- and agency-side, she has worked with a diverse range of brands including WestJet, General Motors, RedRover, Labatt, Toronto.com, CARGO Cosmetics, and Xerox.When not in the office, Jennifer spends her time helping with animal rescue and volunteer training, drooling over cars and motorcycles she’d love to have in her driveway, and getting to as many roots/blues/folk music concerts as she can.Jennifer is a bit of a North American nomad, having been based in areas such as Toronto, Burlington, south-western Ontario, Ottawa, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Her work and personal travels have allowed her to see camels walking the salt flats in the middle of Utah, a cowboy named Billy helping to rescue over 350 "Pit Bulls", and a bottle of Pinot Noir so highly-valued that it got its own seat on a flight from France to Toronto.

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