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Yes, irresponsible consumers -- it's Earth Day on April 22. Turn over a new leaf with these earth-friendly products, and keep it like that, OK?!
Get in touch with your Earth Mama with this reusable (and fashionably leopard-spotted, may we say?) menstrual pad by Blood Sisters (1. $8.99, Grassroots, 408 Bloor West, 416-944-1993, and other). If you stop menstruating and make kids instead, buy them A Beautiful Place board game to teach them all about cooperative ecology. (2. $24.99, Grassroots). Wear your health on your hemp jacket sleeve with eco buttons (3. $2, Grassroots). You, too, can go shopping with a righteously chic Don't Panic, Eat Organic bag (4. $5.99, Grassroots) and put your veggies in reusable green mesh baggies (5. $2.49 for 10, The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth, 416-466-2129). This biodegradable pen is made from cornstarch! Hint: don't chew on it (6. $1.85, Grassroots). Say it with stickers (7. $2, Grassroots). Wash chemical cleaners right out of your life with all-purpose Citra Solve (8. $7.99, Grassroots) and vegetable wash (9. $4.49, The Big Carrot). The coolest cats in town will be wearing this recycled rubber and licence-plate purse (10. $59.99, Grassroots). Kiss up to the earth with Burt's Beeswax lip balm (11. $3.29, Noah's Natural Foods, 322 Bloor West, 416-968-7930, and others). Avoid icky ingredients and scent yourself with Jasmin Solid Perfume by Prairie Dawn (12. $9.39, Noah's). The ultimate Martha Stewart fix for the hemperati, Organic Style magazine (13. $5.50, Pages, 256 Queen West, 416-598-1447). This journal from Recover Journals reuses the covers of old books and has 100 per cent recycled paper inside (14. $19.99, Grassroots). And more: My First Green Book (15. $17.95, Indigo Books, 55 Bloor West, 416-925-3536, and others); weed-eating Herbalist tee (16. $25.99, Grassroots); recycled rubber and road-sign bag with flashing light (17. $59.99, Grassroots); luscious all-natural, low-packaging Lush massage bars, soaps and solid shampoos look good enough to lick (18. various prices, 663 Yonge, 416-924-5874, and others).
With files from Alan Wan