Four eco-friendly things to do

A quartet of green April events

April showers will soon be here. Everywhere you look things are turning green: spring bulbs are poking through the ground, the trees are filling in and Torontonians are starting to plant their gardens.

There are lots of ways to sprinkle a little green into your world this month, whether you want to incorporate some eco-friendly products into your life, help to beautify your city or just get out into our blossoming surroundings. It’s a time for renewal and all this green can’t help but make you feel fresh!

Help make Toronto clean and green

Join the 20-minute Toronto Make-over at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15, or Mayor Rob Ford’s Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 16 and help beautify the city you love. Get your kids, their friends, your friends, your neighbours and anyone else you can think of, and make it a party.

Be sure to register for either event by April 8. You can pick up free gloves and garbage bags at Toronto community centres, civic centres, select Toronto Works yards or participating Pizza Pizza locations after March 25. Then take a stroll and enjoy your community’s face lift.

Printable posters are available online to help promote your group clean-up. Register and get more information at

Hit the park for a stroll and some natural Easter fun

Let your kids take the lead on a leisurely walk through High Park. From the winding wooded trails to the kids’ playground, to the paths lined with blossoming trees and a stop by the pond, there is lots of green to explore and enjoy.

If you are there on April 9-10, 16 or 23-24, stop by Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. After a free tour of the museum, kids can dye eggs using natural dyes. On April 17, the Colborne Lodge grounds and building will be host to the annual Spring Egg Fun event with egg races, egg dying and, of course, an Easter egg hunt.

It’s $2 plus some activity fees. (11 Colborne Lodge Drive, South End of High Park, 416-392-6916,

Explore the latest eco friendly innovations and take some home

The Green Living Show is Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to all things green and will run at the Direct Energy Centre April 15-17.

Have a seat in one of the latest efficient vehicles, taste some delicious eco foods, shop for a variety of green products at special show prices and learn from some of the world’s ecological leaders.

Last year Colin Firth was there to receive an award for his green efforts opening an eco retail store.

All products and services are rigorously screened and must meet strict environmental performance standards.

Get a free admission ticket by turning in a piece of electronic waste, such as an old cell phone, MP3 player, camera, monitor or laptop.

Start your green experience at home and take the TTC. The 509 Harbourfront streetcar from Union Station or 511 streetcar from Bathurst station can get you there. Or ride your bike and enjoy free valet bike parking service, courtesy of the Toronto Cyclists Union. (100 Princess Blvd.,

Get some 60-second eco inspiration

Celebrate Earth Day with The Everyday Heroes Festival, a nine-day event that will feature one-minute eco documentaries by filmmakers of all ages and experience levels.

These micro movies showcase Canadian stories of eco heroism in exactly one minute and without any sound. To check them out, head on down to any TTC subway platform between April 15 and 24, and look up at the Onestop screens. (Yes, those screens with the weather and time.)

The easy-to-absorb flicks are perfect for kids and the creative eco-ideas they showcase are sure to spark some fun conversations.

While the idea of turning the subway platform into a movie theatre may be appealing, you can also enjoy the festival in the comfort of your own home by visiting

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By: Sue Wakefield
Posted: Mar 22 2011 5:18 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto