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Secondhand & Savvy in London, Ontario

Its #WasteReductionWeek and textiles (aka clothing and other fabrics) are a MAJOR part of the problem. Did you know the average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95 per cent of those clothes could be reused or recycled? Globally, textiles waste has increased dramatically due to the rise in clothing consumption and production.

You might be under the impression that shopping brand new all the time is your only way to be trendy, fashion forward, and always looking great. Well, sorry to say but LEN is here to prove you wrong! We have amassed a list of all the places in London to shop savvy second hand goods!

1. Filthy Rebina Vintage

At Filthy you will find Men’s and Women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, along with many sweet housewares and trinkets. They specialize in carefully curated vintage finds that are always changing and evolving. This rad vintage spot is always spinning great music, having fun events, and has anything for anyone looking for any kind of vintage piece. (PSSTTTTT – they are having a MAJOR sale this Friday October 20th, with 50% off all their vintage product in store)

                

2. The Sentimentalist Vintage Clothing

This store touts themselves as “a little time travelling oasis” – touting all your retro vintage staples, there is always something new here. Their location in Old East London makes for a great trip to experience all that the neighbourhood has to offer.

3. Blue Pepper Vintage

Blue Pepper offers a well stocked curated collection of quality vintage from the 1920’s to around 1985 with a Diverse Collection of His & Her Vintage Fashions, Timeless Classics and some really Fun and Funky Finds. Located around the corner from Dundas and Richmond, this is a great stop to make if in the Downtown core.

         

4. Style 360 Selective Consignment

Style 360 is the working woman’s choice for price conscious high end consignment that keeps you looking great all year long. This shop prizes itself in only stocking garments of the highest quality so women can look fantastic while making “the economically and ecologically responsible choice”. If you’re looking to shop current fashion – this place is for you.

         

5. Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet boasts itself as being the destination for every day basics and trendy designer styles – and we cannot argue with that. Their model has them buying only in season merchandise from people like YOU and selling them at up to 70% of the retail price. They pride themselves in carrying girls sizes 00 – 22 and guys size 26 – 42 waist. Although this store’s key demographic is the younger crowd – the LEN team has all found professional workwear, shoes, and workout attire at a great price and great quality. All it takes is one look at their instagram feed to show you how much of a broad offering Plato’s has for everyone – so take a look for yourself.

6. Boutique Top Floor

When I first began my journey into shopping secondhand, Boutique Top Floor was where it all started. You will find a variety of designer clothing and accessories both new and gently used for all occasions.Whether you are looking for your favourite designer jeans to a dress for that special event, Boutique Top Floor is sure to meet all your needs on budget. New items arrive daily!

7. NU4U Closet

This newer consignment boutique on Richmond Row has something for all savvy shoppers, boasting stock in children’s, women’s, and mens clothing – there is something for everyone. Their prices are fair and selection is great.

         

8. Mine 101

Mine 101 is a fusion of sustainable price conscious fashion and doing good for the local community by directly supporting Women’s Community House. Their mantra of “look good, do good” is everything we like about sustainable fashion in the forest city.

                 

9. Talize

No thrifting list would be complete without Talize, and BEFORE you say its too overwhelming for you – hear me out. On my last visit their entire store was colour coded and perfectly organized, and I was extremely impressed. Beyond the ease of finding the colours and styles you want (yes I did go straight to black thank you very much) – their selection of name brands was truly outstanding and at amazing prices. The best thing about Talize are their Managers Specials in which each day a different section of the store is 50% off. PLUS students get a 10% discount too with valid student I.D. If you need MORE of a reason to shop here, Talize is a proud Platinum Partner of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Through this partnership, Talize has contributed over $1.5 Million to this date since its inception in 2005.

10. Goodwill Industries

Its no secret than LEN has a love for GoodWill Industries of Ontario Great Lakes Region and all the work they do to create greener workspaces – but their system for easily donating almost anything puts them on the list for savvy secondhand in London. When you shop at Goodwill, you’re not the only one who gets a great deal.  Last year, sales from Goodwill stores funded employment and job training for people in your Community. Your purchases supported valuable employment, education and training services in your community to help people find a job and get control of their finances. The money you spend stays directly in your community and gives people an opportunity to make a fresh start.

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11. Value Village

With a recent re-branding to focus on the sustainability of shopping second hand, this savvy staple made our list for good reason. In 2016, Value Village repurposed hundreds of millions of items. They keep 700,000,000 pounds of reusable items out of landfill each and every year. Value Village is the place to get great deals on great items. On a recent trip I found two vintage Tommy Hilfiger tee’s, a sweet Zara denim shirt, and some Levi’s jeans. If you’re into hunting for deals, this place is one you should try out – or try again.

12. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

A non-clothing but honourable mention for secondhand shopping in London, Ontario is Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The money raised from the sale of items at the ReStores pays for the overhead costs of operating Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. By covering our their own costs, they are able to keep our promise that every dollar donated to Habitat for Humanity will go directly towards building homes for families in need. Habitat for Humanity believes that we all deserve to have a strong foundation for a prosperous and opportunity filled life. Habitat ReStore stocks new and used building supplies, furniture, appliances, and so much more.


Know any other second-hand stores we missed? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook by joining the conversation on why secondhand is the better way to shop @LondonEnviroNet


Article written & curated by LEN’s Communications Coordinator Kaitlyn Tyschenko

Forest Festival

ReForest London is excited to invite you to our first ever Forest Festival in Harris Park on Saturday, August 19th! From 11 am to 3 pm, this family-oriented event is all about celebrating trees, forests, and our identity as the Forest City! A BBQ picnic from Growing Chefs will be offered by donation to the first 500 attendees, where every dish includes an ingredient grown from a tree!

We are partnering with local organizations to provide a fun-filled day of interactive activities for all ages.

Activities include:

·         A massive free tree giveaway

·         A bird show by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy

·         The Hood Archery

·         A giant interactive art piece from the London Arts Council that will be filmed by a drone!

·         A fire truck

·         Educational tree hikes

·         Local businesses, artisans and musicians

·         Environmental organizations

This is sure to be a huge and exciting event, so mark your calendars! It will be a tree-rrific time for all!

  • Date: Saturday August 19th
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Harris Park

 

Want to have a booth? We still have space for a few more tree-related businesses and organizations. If you are interested, email Kelsey Nicholls, Festival Coordinator at Kelsey@reforestlondon.ca.

Want to volunteer at the event? Click here to help with set-up or take-down, or contactvolunteer@reforestlondon.ca for more information.

Coves Hike – Swallowtail Grove

Hike will be through Swallowtail Grove from the entrance to the Thames River (under the bridge) and back.

Meeting place: at Horton St. and Springbank Dr. (west side of intersection)
When: Monday, July 31st. 5:00-6:30pm

Join the hike to connect with a unique area with the Coves, whether you have been before and never seen this part of London before it is a beautiful area to visit. New and experienced hikers welcome! Family Friendly!

Hope to see you there!

Things you may want to bring, or wear:
– Water
– Sunscreen (forecast – 30 degrees Celsius, full sun)
– Hat
– Binoculars
– Camera

For more information or questions contact:
Bonnie Stocking
Communication and Outreach Intern
519-640-5397
friendsofthecoves@gmail.com

Six Nations Earthship Tour

Last summer, Earthship Biotecture visited the Six Nations territory to build a simple survival Earthship for Flower, grandmother of five and lifelong member of the Six Nations community.  She had been living in a trailer for 30 years.

Marianne Griffith, director of Building Better, committed herself to four years of ground work to see this project come to fruition.

Construction was completed in 11 days!  The Huffington Post made this video about it.

Flower is opening her Earthship to the public on Sunday, 30th July.  This is the new, simple survival wood model earthship – the first of its kind.  This model showcases low cost, low tech systems, with the total material budget at ~$40,000. We will be running tours and raising funds for the next Six Nations build: the Mohawk Seedkeepers’ Earthship.

If you can’t make it, but would like to contribute to the build, you can do so here.
https://www.gofundme.com/maintenance-for-flowers-earthship?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sharing_image&utm_campaign=invite_n

Fruit and Nut Tree Care Workshop

OIN US TO LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW OR EXISTING FRUIT AND NUT TREES. YOU WILL LEARN BASIC PRUNING AND PEST CONTROL AS WELL AS HOW TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM OF YOUR TREE TO HELP PREVENT DISEASE AND PEST ISSUES.

This workshop is being offered by ReForest London, through generous funding from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the City of London’s TreeMegrant. The workshop will be conducted by Jessica Robertson, of Wild Craft Permaculture. Taking place at the Wood St. Park Food Forest, a citizen-led initiative to bring more edible fruit and nut trees to the local community.

Maximum participants is 35. If you can’t make the event, please let us know so that we can open the workshop up to other participants.

Address: 46 Wood St. (Path in between 44 and 48 Wood St). Parking on Wood St.

At this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Prune a fruit or nut tree
  • Detect issues with your tree
  • Intro to grafting
  • Tree maintenance tips

Reasons to plant and care for edible trees:

  • Grow your own food
  • Create pollinator-friendly spaces
  • Enjoy gorgeous blossoms in the spring
  • Small tree that can fit in almost any yard

What to bring to the workshop:

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing
  • Pruners if you have them

Bird House Installations in Coves

Are you interested in helping to give birds a safe place to live?

Putting up bird houses is a fun way to provide birds with shelter and a safe nesting area.
SIGN UP TODAY!! Email friendsofthecoves@gmail.com to sign up.
What: Putting up pre-made bird houses.
Where: From Elmwood Gateway (meeting place), through East pond to Swallowtail Grove
When: Friday 14th, from 1:00-4:00pmWe have about 20 bird houses and will provide the supplies for putting them up, however, if you have a hammer that you would like to bring, please do.  Please be prepared to walk.

What you should bring:

  • water
  • sunscreen and be dressed for outdoor

East Pond Hike – Friends of the Coves

July 6th (good for beginners and families with children)
Where: Starts on Springbank Dr. (the little one) at the entrance west of
Brookdale Ave. We will walk to the Elmwood gateway and back.
When: Group will meet at 5:00 and will go to 6:00-6:30 depending on our pace.
Parking: There is parking on the south side of Springbank Dr. near the access
point and a couple spots at the end of Brookdale Ave.
Items you may want to bring:
– camera or smart phone for taking pictures and/or videos
– binoculars (especially for bird enthusiasts)
– bug spray in general or containing DEET
– water
– snacks (particularly if you have young children with you)

Maps of the Coves ESA boundary and Trails will be provided at no cost, and Tom Benner Coves Poster may be purchased for $10 at the hike for those who want one.

Hope to see you there!

Green Drinks London – June

Green Drinks is back in London and we are hosting our next event at the London Brewing Co-operative on Wednesday June 14th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The London Environmental Network is planning to host Green Drinks every 2 months for 2017 (June, August and October).

Our speaker is Sean Galloway, Manager of Urban Design and GIS at the City of London. He will be speaking about the Future City strategy for London. Future City is a community discussion about connecting London to improve our city through technology. Future City is looking to connect people, the environment, technology and the city to build urban places that reduce our carbon footprint and improve our overall quality of life.

The strategy will guide investment and partnerships to implement initiatives around four pillars that include smart living, smart infrastructure, smart economy and smart decisions/governance.

A Future City is a city that uses forms of information and communications technology to make the city more livable, functional and competitive.

Invite your friends and family! RSVP on Eventbrite here.

There is a bike rack at the venue, and try to carpool or bus if you can’t use active transportation.

Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network of people interested in talking about environmentally related topics. Stay in the loop by checking the London Environmental Network’s website.

Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.

Mission  

Community Tree Planting Made Easy. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. will help broad-based community groups develop their neighbourhoods through tree planting projects.

Organizational Objectives

There are many great ideas to enhance the environment and improve communities through tree planting.   However there are many technical details that go into a successful implementation of a tree planting project that can seem overwhelming to a group of well-meaning volunteers. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. (T43D) will assist with those technical details allowing the group to focus on the goals of the project and to rally the support of the community.  T43D’s team of experts will help with:

  • Project design and implementation planning
  • Obtaining permits and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations
  • Fund-raising, especially contacts with foundations, government grants, and corporate sponsors
  • Administrative support including reporting requirements to funding agencies
  • Material acquisition both of trees and planting materials
  • Equipment and tools
  • Access to a base of professional and community volunteers
  • Volunteer training in highly successful tree planting techniques
  • Planting Day event management
  • Development of an After-Care and Tree monitoring program

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

Barry Sandler
Email Barry

 

Contact Us

Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.

Website
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Trees for 3 Dots PLanting Inc. on Facebook

 

Collaborative Composting Initiative: Forks to Farm Project

In August of 2015, the London Environmental Network (LEN) brought together representatives from the City of London, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, non-profit environmental groups, environmentally focused businesses and concerned citizens to dialogue about the opportunities for collaborative composting projects. The result are three collaborative composting projects. In this month’s LEN community newsletter, we feature the Forks to Farm Project.

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The purpose of the Fork to Farm Pilot Project is to demonstrate that organic waste recovery is achievable and practical for restaurants. The project will demonstrate the process and produce data to support this assertion. Organics from restaurants involve everything from used oil in grease traps to any form of food product.

The project will engage 5-15 restaurants in London. There will be no cost to the participants during the pilot phase. The City of London will pick up organic waste, from bins provided to the restaurants by Wild Craft Permaculture, and deliver it to a recycling facility.

Participating facility StormFisher is a locally owned and operates a 2.85 MW biogas facility in London that converts up to 100,000 tons of organic waste each year into electricity and organic-based fertilizer.  Biogas power generation systems produce electricity from organic’s methane content while also recapturing and returning valuable nutrients as an organic fertilizer. The fertilizer is used by local farmers and the electricity is fed into the grid and sold to the Ontario Government.

Three project team members are community volunteers contributing their time and expertise to the planning, launch, facilitating and evaluation of the project. We look forward to updates on the project again in the fall when it wraps up in October.

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A special thank you goes out to Brandon Moffatt from StormFisher for showing us around, allowing us to photograph the project, and loaning us beautiful, over-sized work boots to walk around in!

Written By: Lee Jones
Photography By (except for aerial photograph): Katie Michiels