Barrie business’ speak to Georgian College students about sustainability

On July 13th, ELS was fortunate to participate in a business walking tour with Georgian College Industrial Ecology students. The purpose of the tour was to highlight environmentally-sustainable business practices and Green Leaders with the Explore Lake Simcoe… Read More

Building on a sustainable business vision at Shine Juice Bar & Cafe

At Shine Juice Bar and Cafe in Orillia, waste diversion is not just a business practice, it is a philosophy. The business was built on a desire to provide delicious, clean, healthy, vegan menu options to customers and… Read More

Innovative recycling at the Dragonfly Room Salon Spa

Founded on eco-principles, the Dragonfly Room Salon Spa in Orillia has always taken a natural approach to hairstyling and aesthetics.  A member of Green Circle Salons, The Dragonfly Room diverts almost all of it’s waste. Through the Green Circle… Read More

Number of drinking straws reduced– 14,000 and climbing

The Explore Lake Simcoe #nostrawchallenge is an open challenge to food service establishments operating in the Lake Simcoe watershed. In an effort to reduce unnecessary use of drinking straws, and to reduce plastic drinking straw litter and landfill waste,… Read More

Waste diversion at Ski Snow Valley

Last year Maddison Roy, Guest Services Supervisor at Ski Snow Valley made some inroads with waste diversion at the busy ski resort when she asked suppliers to reduce their packaging. In response to her requests, Ski Snow Valley… Read More

MEC sustainable building store tour

On the morning of Feb. 9th, MEC Barrie was kind enough to host the first Explore Lake Simcoe networking event. This event gave participants the opportunity to learn about sustainable building design and to discuss environmental business philosophy… Read More

Time invested upfront leads to big payoffs for Kind Living

Within a stone’s throw of Lake Couchiching, public hiking trails and cycling routes, Kind Living yoga studio and boutique in Orillia is the embodiment of a business built upon the principles of environmental sustainability. Offering a shopping experience… Read More

Evaluating products using a sustainability lens: learning from Mountain Equipment Coop

As shopping season ramps up, a growing number of consumers will keep the environment in mind as they make purchasing decisions. These eco-conscious consumers consider business practices such as, working conditions, environmental protection and sustainability, materials used, and… Read More

Flourish Vitality Centre takes pride in reducing its carbon footprint

Environmental principles guided many of the decisions made when the owners of Flourish Vitality Centre in Barrie set out to create a welcoming, comfortable wellness studio. Studio visitors can access yoga, and other holistic services knowing that the studio… Read More