London Green Directory
TREA’s Green Directory
The Green Directory provides information on environmentally friendly products and services available in the London area. Several tips are included as well as agencies or businesses to contact for additional information. We encourage your suggestions for any additions or revisions as it is a living document always being updated.
THE THAMES REGION ECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
TREA, a local environmental charity (1986) has been on the forefront in London on programs such as curbside recycling, composting training, Bike to Work Week, air quality issues, Safe Routes to School, CAN-Bike safety training, zero waste at summer festivals, conservation projects, local food and relocalization.
TREA’s 3 goals focus on: waste reduction, active transportation, reduction of fossil fuels and local food. Overall, our goal is to protect the environment, stay informed and take personal or community action.
Contact TREA for a presentation, to attend a meeting, or become a member at – Grosvenor Lodge – London Regional Resource Centre for Heritage and the Environment; 1017 Western Road, London, ON N6G 1G5
For more information contact:
Phone: 519 645-2845 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.trea.ca Facebook: trealondon
Trea has hosted the Green Directory for a number of years, first as a booklet, then online, then adding more about how our infrastructure works along with listings so as to offer education on important issues within the community and provincial and federal influences.
Many products and services claim to be “green”, “earth-friendly” or “environmentally appropriate.” A single, generally agreed upon definition of these terms does not currently exist.
For the purpose of this directory, “green” products are those that are least destructive to the environment, from creation to disposal. “Green” services are provided in a way that minimizes negative impact on the environment, and/or that helps others to do the same.
The purpose of this resource is to encourage you to become more informed and to help you identify “green” products and services that suit your needs.
Try to consider the following when contemplating any purchase:
- What raw materials are used?
- Are they non-renewable?
- Are they from endangered areas?
- How much and what type of energy was used during manufacturing?
- Was the manufacturing process environmentally degrading?
- How far is the product transported and what type of transportation is used to get the product to the retailer?
- How is the product packaged?
- Once used, how is the product disposed of? Is it biodegradable, and if yes, how long does it take to biodegrade? What by-products are left?
- Is the product reusable or recyclable? If yes, do the facilities exist for collection, reuse and recycling?
- Do you need this product/service? Is a better, more earth-friendly alternative available at a reasonable cost or can you rent the item for a one-time use, borrow from a neighbour or do without?