372 Danforth (Riverdale), 416-466-2841;
408 Bloor West (Annex), 416-944-1993;
If you're looking to start the new year on the right foot by taking baby steps in the direction of eco-friendliness, begin your journey at Grassroots. With two locations to serve east- and west-end consumers, Grassroots is the ultimate one-stop-shopping destination for products that will change or reduce you wasteful ways.
From rechargeable batteries to solar-powered radios and from non-detergent cleaners to hemp diapers, this store has everything you need to live a chemical-free, ecologically responsible life. More than just retail operation, the store supports local eco-friendly businesses and acts as a community hub where you can find resources and learn more at workshops and seminars. If soap is soap, why not change to a responsible brand that won't mess with the environment? At Grassroots, it's easier than you think.
Grassroots' picks: Eco-friendly pay-by-weight Nature's Clean Dishwashing Liquid, $3.65/kg; post-consumer Recover Journals, starting at $5.99; all-natural Druide body care shampoo $10.49, face toner $11.49, body wash $11.99 and sweet almond body soap $8.39; homemade soaps, $4; rechargeable batteries, $9.99; Rhapsody Royal unbleached cotton towels, from $12.50 to $69.99.
Look for: Solar-energy toys and small appliances; gentle, all-natural baby products; and the informative e-mail newsletter and eco-themed guest seminars.
Hours: (Riverdale) Monday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm; (Annex) Monday to Friday 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.