This weekend Jamin, Sadie and myself embarked on a short road trip to Toronto to check out the Green Living Show! We were super excited for the opportunity to meet and chat with other like minded businesses and people.
While at the Green Living Show several exciting and interesting experiences happened.
We FINALLY had the opportunity to sign up for Bullfrog Power. Bullfrog Power is a leading green enerrgy provider in Canada. Essentially, each month you pay a fee ($15 per month for homes for electricity and $29 per month for electricity and natural gas) whereby Bullfrog injects 100% green electricity and 100% green natural gas into the appropriate energy system to match the amount of electricity and gas your home or business uses. "We ensure the energy going onto the systems on your behalf is from clean, renewable sources, displacing energy from polluting sources." - AMAZING. We are extremely proud and excited to be able to offer this for our business and to sign up for our home usage as well. For the record, the reason we hadn't signed up until this point was purely because we could never get around to doing it (I know, a lame excuse, but at the end of the day we just have so much going on). It was incredible to be able to be at the show and sign up in person - it gave us that gentle push we needed.
We also got to check out the all new, completely electric BMW. 100% electric and perfect for the urban family - unfortunately for our family of 6 there is just not enough space. Hopefully in the future though we will see more family friendly vehicles being converted to electric.
Local business Stone City Ales was also at the show dishing out their amazing beer in the food court!
We learned that greenwashing is still happening, despite the fact that consumers are demanding more transparency. I ran into several businesses, who shall remain nameless, that were questionable in their ability to meet "green" criteria.
All the while, we met with many other amazing businesses in the GTA who are working towards creating a safer, greener and healthier world. Sage Living is a consulting firm specializing in helping you plan sustainable home improvements that are healthy your family, the planet and your budget. The woman was wonderful and shared such a passion for making family homes safer and healthier!
Wilson's Fresh Blueberries is a family operated blueberry farm and nursery committed to providing quality products. They were selling blueberry plants that you can plant in your own garden, as well as planters to house the plants if you are unable to build your own.
We met Bruce from Agritecture who designs the most amazing homes. One day, Jamin and I hope to be able to have home just like the ones Bruce designs. Design for climate. Solar orientation, efficiency & harmony with nature represent core aspects of practice design approach while narrative is employed as a method to define a program of specific requirements.
We met a couple named Marc and Arlene who run a business called The Backyard Urban Farm Co. They are a family run business that designs, installs and maintains organic vegetable gardens in homes, schools and businesses and the GTA. Such a clever business idea and one that is guaranteed on the rise. They told us a wonderful story about how they switched careers to follow their passion for gardening and growing.
We did have a little run in while visiting the play area at the show. Unfortunately, one of the women working in the play area asked me to leave the play area to breastfeed. She didn't think I was allowed to breastfeed in the play area and was concerned with how other children would react if they saw me breastfeeding(?) To say I was disappointed was an understatement - this was after all a play area at a Green Living Show. Honestly, the entire situation seemed like a blur to me. After having 4 children, I had yet to encounter one of these situations and was quite shocked that it happened to me. In the end, I informed the women that the law stated I was allowed to breastfeed where ever I wanted to and that I would continue to breastfeed in that same spot. Sadly, I did feel uncomfortable both during and after the exchange. Fortunately, I recognize that without experiences like this happening we will not be able to move forward in normalizing breastfeeding. I understand that this woman may not have been exposed to breastfeeding in her life, or may not have had experiences around breastfeeding women. I am hoping that she will be able to in the future recognize breastfeeding in public as "normal" and natural.
Here is a pic of Sadie right afterwards playing in the Montessori play area:
A wonderful representative from the Green Living Show came to speak to me afterwards and apologized about the event and made it clear that obviously the Green Living Show is a breastfeeding friendly event and that my particular situation should not have happened.
In the end, we had a wonderful experience and were happy and thankful to have been able to spend some time learning about new businesses and how so many others share the same passion. We are feeling inspired, happy and giddy about what we are doing and why we are doing it - also wishing we had more time so that we could do so much more!
Happy Baby on her way home...ready for a long nights rest.