Embrace The Holidays With Organic Lifestyle
Organic Lifestyle is a Toronto based "boutique cooperative
" that specializes in eco-friendly, non-toxic and functional options for the home and for the upcoming holiday season. The variety of quality products available caters to families, as well as men and women of all ages, making it the green destination for holiday gift giving.
The most popular holiday gift item available at Organic Lifestyle is their organic cotton bedding which is produced and manufactured in India by fair trade farmers, and certified by Eco-cert. Low-impact dyes are used, which reduce toxic chemical exposure, and less water is used during the dying process. The organic cotton is stronger, softer and lasts longer than conventional linen. It also doesn’t have to have as high a thread count because it has not been exposed to harsh chemicals. Their 325 count, one of the highest thread count available, feels like cashmere. The queen set, which includes fitted, flat and pillowcase pair, retails for
$220 $154 CDN.
Other gift ideas for a variety of budgets include:
• Baby & Kids Safe Toys that are non-toxic and made from handloom cotton and natural vegetable dyes. Animal Shaped Soft Toys $12-$35
• Organic Cotton Underwear for Men - once you've tried these, you can't go back. $14.95
• Boy & Girl Egyptian Organic Cotton Tank Tops $15
• Dog Soap Bar with natural flea repellant $9
• Re-usable Snack Wrap made from hemp/cotton fabric $16
Under $60: Vegan silk scarves
• Bambino sweater - Cute & Cuddly. $90
• Organic cotton women's robes $70
• Shredded rubber pillows – dust mite resistant, natural rubber; Made in Canada $99
Last but not least:
Don't forget to spoil yourself with a warm & toasty organic wool fall comforter.
Owner Dihan Chandra has a great deal of expertise when it comes to making sure that products meet certain “green” standards. With the rise of eco-conscious consumerism, Chandra realizes the importance of carrying certified products, and he often informs customers on the difference between conventional goods and those made ethically and organically. “It is very important to me that my supply chain is completely transparent”, states Chandra, “this way I can feel good about where the products come from, and I can pass that information on to my customers, who are genuinely interested and willing to spend more on a product that aligns with their core values”.
Although the store specializes in “green” products, Chandra finds that his clientele are not just people looking for eco conscious choices. About half of his customers simply enjoy the natural feel of the fabrics, and are looking for quality, well-made products. Chandra sees this is an excellent learning opportunity to empower people to change their way of living.
Since 2004, Organic Lifestyle continues to advocate a greener lifestyle. The staff is very knowledgeable and armed to answer any questions that consumers have. If they don’t carry a specific product, they will source it. In the face of much “green-washing” consumers are finding it increasingly difficult to determine just what is good for the environment. Shopping at Organic Lifestyle removes the confusion and provides a convenient environment for consumers who are looking to put their dollar where their heart is – for the planet and for the people.