In celebration of Earth Day this week, we have rounded up some of our wonderful 17th Ave businesses who’ve made sustainability a priority in their day-to-day practices. These local businesses are making it easier for Calgarians to incorporate eco-friendly living into their everyday lives. You can munch on locally-sourced, plant-based eats; pick up exclusive vegan accessories; or book a service that uses only organic products. These are small steps you can take everyday to make the world a little better, so read on to learn how these amazing 17th Ave businesses can help.
It seems fitting that this 100% vegan boutique is named for Arwyn, the first goat to be rescued at the Alice Sanctuary, a permanent home for abandoned or abused farm animals located outside of Calgary, and the recipient of 1% of all Grinning Goat’s sales. Grinning Goat opened in 2017 to provide Calgarians with an ethical, Vegan shopping destination, and carries everything from men and women’s footwear to accessories, clothing to homeware goods and more.
323 17 Ave SW #101, grinninggoat.ca
As a social enterprise with the mission of spreading empathy, increasing inclusion and minimizing discriminication, every penny you spend at Humainologie goes back into the for-profit-work they do each day. Their downtown location, just off 17th Ave, is filled with products from local artists and makers, as well as items such as clothing and accessories that are consciously designed and ethically sourced.
1514 7 St SW, humainologie.myshopify.com
Vintage & Consignment Shopping on 17th Ave
17th Ave is home to numerous different secondhand, consignment and vintage shops, selling clothes, accessories, and furniture. These retro items are not only a unique and stylish way to pay tribute to the past and change up your wardrobe or living room, but another way to reduce your carbon footprint, and avoid further landfill waste. Check out all the different Vintage shopping you can find on 17th Ave at the link below!
The Coup has become synonymous with vegetarian dining in Calgary, and is renowned for its mouthwatering vegetable-forward fare, and its strong emphasis on ethical dining. Their menu consists largely of seasonal, organic and locally sourced items, along with several made-from-scratch ingredients as well. These sustainable practices don’t end at their food menu – The Coup’s bar also features many local brewers and distillers, a selection of high-quality vegan, organic and biodynamic wines, as well as a cocktail menu highlighted by unique, local ingredients.
924 17th Ave SW, thecoup.ca
KB & CO
KB & Co offers an environmentally-friendly way to do fast casual dining with their 100% plant-based menu featuring mindfully sourced and nutrient-rich ingredients, as well as eco-friendly packaging. Grab tasty and quick items on the go like their chipotle taco wrap or coconut BLT sandwich, made free of meat, dairy, egg, and soy products, and feel good about what you’re putting into your body.
926 16 Ave SW, kbandcompany.com
V Burger may serve their take on favourite fast food classics like burgers, fries and milkshakes, but this is not your traditional fast food joint. With a menu that consists of 100% plant-based ingredients, V Burger has totally transformed comfort food into something that is still epically delicious, but also ethically made. Try out their dairy-free sundaes and milkshakes, or go for their vegan cheez’burger – we promise even the most fervid meat eaters will enjoy this meal.
819 17 Ave SW, heyvburger.com
Leela Eco Spa
Leela Eco Spa is committed to being an environmentally and socially conscious organization in a myriad of different ways ranging from their use of green technologies and eco-friendly products such as Eminence Organics, which features 100% certified organic ingredients, to their green initiatives and local partnerships with environmentally conscious companies like Green Start Recycle, who provides them with their monthly environmental impact report. Leela’s relaxing massage, acupuncture and esthetic services are made all the more enjoyable when you know you’re supporting eco-friendly practices
927 17th Ave SW, leelaecospa.ca
Dolphin Dry Cleaning
Twelve years ago, Dolphin Dry Cleaners opened up with a commitment to eco-friendly practices, and became the first dry cleaning service in Calgary to adopt stringent environmental policies. They spent more than 14 months researching a solvent that is effective in creating a clean garment, while also doing no harm to the environment. You can learn more about their extensive services, and other environmental initiatives at their website.
1210 17th Ave SW, dolphincleaners.com
Fishman’s Personal Care Cleaners
Not only does the family behind Fishman’s Personal Care Cleaner’s offer the most experienced dry cleaning service in the city with more than 70 years in the fabric-care industry, but they have also made a commitment to the environment by offering a completely solvent-free service. Their Soft Wash X-treme Care technology yields a gentle yet effective clean, with the use of hypoallergenic and biodegradable detergents.
615 17th Ave SW, fishmans.ca
Salon True/ Salon True Bespoke
Rolanda Anderson founded Salon True after she discovered that her ongoing migraines and other health issues had come from 15+ years of exposure to different hair care and colouring products. After an extensive search for an organic yet effective product line made free of artificial fragrances, ammonia or harmful toxins, Rolanda was able to continue on with her passion for hair and beauty, while also providing a luxurious, organic beauty experience. As an extension of this organic beauty salon, Salon True Bespoke is their storefront where you can buy a number of different organic beauty products including hair care, skin care, men’s self care products and more. Salon True may be Calgary’s first organic salon, but it certainly won’t be the last.
Unit 300, 924 17th Ave SW, salontrue.ca
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