If this winter's wacky weather reminded you that something's seriously up with the planet and you're craving a crash course on going green, check out the Green Living Show, kicking off Friday (April 13) at the Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place). For three intensely earth-conscious days, exhibitors will school visitors on everything from sustainable beauty to eco building design. Tickets are $15 unless you bring along some electronic waste to exchange for free admission. Find a list of acceptable castoff computers, pagers and more online at greenlivingonline.com.
Crafty and green
Eco-conscious accessory designer Dara Frydman launches her new craft studio, Designher Co. (1380 Bathurst, 416-889-4437) this weekend (April 14 and 15) with an open house and series of free workshops. After that, classes kick into gear, including six-week tutorials on fashion design, jewellery making, DIY home projects, paper crafts and concocting green cleaning products. For more info and to register, visit designherco.com.
Sustainable skin seminars
Green skin care shop Consonant (2479 Yonge, 416-925-2855, consonantskincare.com) hosts a series of Best Skin Seminars to school you about healthy skin. On May 7, Beautiful Skin Throughout And After Pregnancy focuses on skin-satisfying foods and sunscreens as well as how to read labels when sourcing baby-friendly products. May 14's Radiant Summer Skin session also includes makeup advice and achieving a sun-safe glow. Seminars are free, but space fills up fast on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the shop to save your spot.
H&M's (1 Dundas West, 416-623-2090, and others, hm.com) new Conscious Collection hits stores today (Thursday, April 12), but rather than zeroing in on casual earth-friendly fashion, the lineup includes red-carpet pieces incorporating organic cotton and hemp plus recycled polyester. Designs include a pleated mini-dress with a cutout back, photo-print jackets and a top and skirt inspired by the H&M look actor Michelle Williams wore to this year's BAFTAs.