Two Earth Day Projects

Earth Day - April 22, 2017

As usual, the Christmas season was a busy time at the Mercantile. And with a little effort we could probably quote you some impressive statistics about the number of felt ornaments or chocolate Santas or Christmas tea blends sold. But with Earth Day coming up this weekend, one statistic really stood out for us: in the month of December alone, we went through 3000 plastic bags! And that's just one store in one neighbourhood in one city here on our one and only planet.

Remember a few years ago there was a tax on plastic bags? To be honest, nobody seemed to mind paying it because it wasn't very much and we got very few complaints about it. Plus, people really started to change their behaviour around how they prepared to go shopping so fewer and fewer people even had to pay the tax. But then the tax was reversed and it was amazing how quickly people stopped remembering to bring their own bags. So in honour of Earth Day this year, for the rest of the month if you bring your own shopping bags for your purchases - and mention that you read this in our newsletter or on our website or social media feeds - we'll give you a nickel - 5¢ cold hard cash! We also have some beautiful new mesh bags that might entice you to make the switch. If the program is a success we may just continue it and challenge our fellow local businesses to follow suit!

That's one thing we're doing to celebrate Earth Day. Here's the other:

Starting June 1st, we're teaming up with Clearwater Farms as a neighbourhood hub for their weekly food basket program. Clearwater is a flagship initiative of the Ontario Water Centre, an educational organization with charitable status. Clearwater’s food production supports the centre's educational mission to further place-based experiential learning through school and camp-based youth-focused programs, and through partnerships with community groups. Their vegetables are just beautiful - delicious, nutritious and grown using organic and regenerative practices that showcase the creative potential of sustainable agriculture. Sign up by May 1st and take advantage of their Early Bird 10% discount. You'll deal directly with them on the order and then come on in to the Mercantile to pick it up each week. For more info or to sign up for the program, visit

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