Inspiring the Future Generation + Giveaway


Six years ago this fall, I had the unique opportunity to visit Churchill, Manitoba. Or, as most know it, the polar bear capital of the world.

During the week, I had many incredible opportunities to experience the iconic Arctic species in their natural habitat. Sounds amazing, right? It sure was. But, despite being in this amazing place, surrounded by these amazing animals, I couldn't help but feel a sadness come over me that week. 

Inspiring the Future Generation with Greenlid Compost System

You see, the reason I was in Churchill in the first place wasn't just to check an item off my bucket list. As a zoo educator at the time, I was attending a leadership camp with other educators from zoos and aquariums across North America. The goal of the week-long camp was to learn about polar bears in the wild and, more specifically, the challenges they face in a changing climate. The goal was to not only learn how we could help the big white bear as individuals, but how we could teach others to help protect our planet as a whole for future generations.

It was that week spent out on the Canadian tundra that I learned the breath-taking fact that if we do not lower our carbon emissions, the implications from a warming climate will lead to the disappearance of half of the world's polar bears by 2050. 

"So what?", most people would say today, "Why should we care about something that will happen 33 years from now?” 

While in 2050 I may be leaving the working world, 33 years from now, my daughter, my future generation, will be standing where I am today. A young 30-something professional, trying to balance a career and providing for her family. And, that’s exactly why I care. 

Inspiring the Future Generation with Greenlid Compost System
Inspiring the Future Generation with Greenlid Compost System

If you can’t already tell, I’m pretty passionate about the environment. So much so that for the past 10 odd years, I’ve dedicated my career to teaching and inspiring others to care for our natural world. 

These values extend beyond the workplace and into the home, where my husband and I strive to live a sustainable lifestyle. 

While Morley may only be 13 months old, teaching her to care for our natural world cannot start soon enough. Whether it is as simple as spending time outdoors to completing small tasks around the home, such as helping compost, it is not too early to get her involved in our sustainable lifestyle. 

Inspiring the Future Generation with Greenlid Compost System

You know who shares similar values? Greenlid.

Greenlid is the first ever fully compostable compost bin, scientifically designed to be leak and smell resistant. Their hope is to inspire as many people as possible to make small sustainable changes in their daily lives that cumulatively add up to larger environmental impacts.

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Inspiring the Future Generation with Greenlid Compost System

What I love about Greenlid is that it sets itself apart from market competitors because it has a carbon negative footprint, helping users significantly reduce their own carbon footprint each time they use it. The carbon footprint produced in the making of the container and lid is extremely low since the product is made in Canada with end-of-life recycled paper. This carbon is offset by the fact that each composted Greenlid bin diverts 4L of waste from landfills, where it would normally create methane gas (contributing 20x more to climate change than carbon dioxide), to a compost facility where it can be used in the making of nutrient­‐rich soil.

Greenlid is perfectly suited to living spaces of any size and is a simple, clean and a convenient way to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. Purchase your own Greenlid online, or at various retailers across Canada.

Inspiring the Future Generation with Greenlid Compost System
Inspiring the Future Generation with Greenlid Compost System

So back to the point of my polar bear story… Teaching others to care about the environment is all about making connections. If someone has a connection with something, they are more likely to love it. And if they love something, they are more likely to want to protect it. By visiting Churchill, I was able to build that connection with polar bears in the wild. And, it is my hope, that through the use of Greenlid at home, I will be able to start building a connection between my daughter, my future generation and this amazing planet we call home.


How do you practice sustainability? Why do you care about protecting our planet? I'd love to hear!




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A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo

Oh hey there. It's me. I'm back from a much needed social media break/some much needed time spent with my little family. I'm back, and ready to dive right into what we've been up to so far this spring.

Did I mention how excited I was that spring is finally here?

Spring is by far my favourite season, because it means that we can finally start spending more and more time outdoors.

A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo

This past Easter long weekend, we took advantage of the nice weather with a little family trip to the Toronto Zoo. With Morley becoming more and more active and observant every single day, we figured she would love the Zoo just as much as we do. It's safe to say, we have a little animal lover on our hands.

Seeing as it was Good Friday, the Zoo was pretty busy. A stat holiday plus amazing spring weather? I don't blame people for wanting some quality outdoors time with their families. That is exactly what we were looking for.

Check out what we got up to during our family day at the Toronto Zoo...

A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo

Can you spot the little red hat?

Exactly as we predicted, this trip to the Zoo was much different than our visit during the fall at only six months old.  A short seven months later, Morley is now at the age that she notices even the smallest things in front of her, including animals.

Her favourite of the day were the brown bears, who had just woken up from hibernation. The large male was playing with a giant ball in the water in front of us. There were many delighted squeals and her newest word, "ball", coming from her little mouth and she pointed and bounced in my arms.

There was a permanent smile on her little face all day.

A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo

And of course, no Zoo visit would be complete without visiting mom's favourite animal, the polar bear. Morley even had the chance to feel real polar bear fur. No fear, I tell ya.

A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo
A Family Day at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
361A Old Finch Avenue Toronto, ON
www.torontozoo.com

Things to know before you go:
  • The Zoo is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day), but hours vary depending on the season and day of the week. Give yourself at minimum 2-3 hours to visit. Last admission is one hour before close.  Check the website before you go.
  • Cost of admission varies by season. Check the website in advance. There is also a fee for parking, paid upon exit.
  • Several portions of the Zoo are closed during the "off season", including Splash Island, Kids Zoo and several gift shop and food kiosks. Check the website for details. 
  • Plan your route in advance by taking a look at the map and daily animal keeper schedule. 

How do you spend time with your family? I'd love to hear!


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