Happy Canada Day, Fellow Canadians!


Hey, Canada! Did you know that I LIVE ECO is 100% Canadian owned? 

Supporting and promoting other small Canadian businesses matters to us, especially those whose work is in service for a better planet. That’s why at least 95% of the curated items in our subscription boxes are from Canadian businesses. 

I LIVE ECO aren’t the only Canadians making a positive impact on our planet. Canada is full of concerned citizens from all walks of life who are taking a stand for our environment. We’d like to take the opportunity to highlight three of them here: 

1) Autumn Peltier

15-year-old Autumn has already spent several years of her young life on a quest to solve the crisis of the lack of safe drinking water in Indigenous communities across the country. Autumn has spoken in front of the United Nations, led protests and was nominated for the Children’s International Peace Prize. Her ability to speak with poise and vulnerability have made her an inspiring leader, galvanizing support from people across the country. 

2) Mackie Greene

One of the founders of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team in New Brunswick, Mackie and his team risk their lives each year to rescue whales that get caught in fishing gear in and around the Bay of Fundy. The Atlantic Canada waters are home to many species of whale each summer, including the North Atlantic right whale, of which there are a mere 500 left in existence. 

3) Asha Srinivasan

Asha is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Boost Environmental Systems, a company that designs and builds a system called IMPACT to eliminate farm waste. The system uses microwave heating technology to shrink the volume and composition of farm waste by 40-60%, so it can then be broken down by our existing sewage system. The result is less contamination entering the ground and drinking water sources and puts Asha at the forefront of cleaner agriculture across Canada. 

Maybe you’re not developing animal waste-management systems or marching in environmental protests, but each consumer choice you make can be a step towards a greener Canada. That’s why I LIVE ECO is offering Canadians 10% off any product storewide using the code CANADA10. This offer is available until July 15th, so get it while it lasts! Free shipping on orders over $25! And I LIVE ECO will plant a tree for every new subscription.

Wishing all our fellow Canadians a Happy – and Green! – Canada Day!


Photo: Ali Tawfiq








I LIVE ECO & Loblaws Inc: Partners in Celebrating Love and Sustainability with Pride Toronto


Each year during the month of June, LGBTQ people around the world honour the 1969 Stonewall riots that began the pushback against oppressive LGBTQ laws, and this month has become a time for LGBTQ people to celebrate the energy and diversity they contribute to their communities. I LIVE ECO has always been a proud supporter of Pride, participating as a vendor at Pride Toronto since 2018.

Though the usual large-scale Pride parades and events won’t be happening in 2020, we’re still celebrating Pride month in our own way. We are excited to announce that for June 2020, I LIVE ECO will be one of the LGBTQ-owned businesses featured at Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens located at 60 Carlton Street in Toronto. During this partnership, Loblaws will be carrying I LIVE ECO shampoo bars, honouring their commitment to promoting sustainable products and the eco-lifestyle. 

I LIVE ECO will also commemorate Pride month by donating a percentage of the revenues from the sale of its shampoo bars to The 519, a registered Toronto charity and community centre that offers LGBTQ people the support and resources they need to lead happy and fulfilling lives. 

I LIVE ECO is not blind to the realities of the world we live in. We understand that the fight for equal rights for all members of the LGBTQ community is still an uphill climb, and we stand with our brothers and sisters in all marginalized communities, committed to justice and equity for all. At I LIVE ECO, we work to combat climate change. We support green living and sustainable lifestyles. We believe in the goodness of humanity, and that working together, we can create a healthier, happier world. And the foundation for all of our endeavours is LOVE. From all of us at I LIVE ECO, our stance is unequivocal. LOVE IS LOVE. We believe that LOVE WINS, and though formal Pride is only one month long, I LIVE ECO will continue our work for a healthier planet and equity for all people each day, every day.


Photo by Steve Johnson


What Is World Environment Day?

On June 5, 1974, the United Nations celebrated the first World Environment Day, a day for reflection and action to protect our planet from the environmental hazards caused by economic expansion. The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Biodiversity — A call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world.”

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Systems (IPBES) notes that one million plant and animal species are currently facing extinction – some within just decades. The good news is that there’s still time to fix it. By changing our own habits and increasing accountability for the protection of the earth, we can remodel our economies with the protection of the planet as a priority.

What Can You Do?

The United Nations offers a few practical tips for how you can affect change in your own community to support our environment:

1. Learn. Take time to reflect on how we humans rely on nature for our own sustainability and learn about how the choices you make can affect positive change.

A) Learn about what your city and country is doing to protect the environment

B) Learn about how you can help fight climate change through the United Nations Act Now Campaign

2. Share. Share what you’ve learned about our environment and its degradation, and share what you will do to make a difference in the community around you.

A) Join the Cities4Forests photo contest – they will plant a tree for each post.

B) Share companies on your social media platform that are working locally to support environmental causes in your community and beyond

3. Act. Turn what you’ve learned about climate change and biodiversity into action that supports efforts to save our environment from permanent degradation.

A) Change your diet to more locally produced, environmentally-friendly food sources, paying particular attention to protein sources

B) Buy from eco-friendly companies that are invested in working towards a healthier planet

In celebration of World Environment Day, I LIVE ECO will plant one tree for each new subscription beginning on June 5. We are proud to partner with to support reforestation efforts around the world. 

Share what you’re doing to support biodiversity for World Environment Day on Instagram and Facebook with the #ILIVEECO. Working together, we can be the change we want to see.