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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Green Shopping

Fact: Bamboo is one of the most diverse materials on the planet and is the fastest growing woody plant in the world - I should know, I had an insidious bamboo plant in my backyard which took months of digging to remove. It's used for everything from wood to paper to food and (surprise) for clothing. Like a magic plant, Bamboo fibers can be spun into a natural textile that is ultra soft, breathable, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-static. is a Canadian online retailer that specializes in textiles made of bamboo. Owner John Elias has been selling everything from t-shirts to towels since 2006 but the new shop opening today on Coxwell at Danforth (two doors north of the Subway) will be his first storefront. The store will be stocking merchandise already available on the site. About 40% of the products are made in Canada so this is a no-brainer double whammy - shop green and shop local.

I've got my eye on the fitted bamboo t-shirts, which because of bamboo's natural micro-gaps & micro-holes absorb and evaporate moisture as efficiently as a Dry-Fit shirt might. A bargain at only $20, women's styles come in 5 colours and men's in 10.

The grand opening is today so stop by and welcome John to the neighbourhood. Store hours are 11 - 7 Tuesday to Friday, 10 - 6 Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5.


  1. I popped in today. Nice place, nice clothes, nice staff.

  2. Thanks for writing about our store and for the kind words. We're happy to be part of the community and hope to be here for a long time.

    Regards, John