dandySHOPS: Grassroots

Grassroots Danforth location often has its door wide open and sale items out front to entice window shoppers.

Grassroots:  A healthy, green, earth-friendly store

Story and photos by Martha Beach

It is possible to lead you life in a fully sustainable way. Grassroots store has almost everything that you use every day, in a sustainable and green format. Located on the Danforth not far from the Carrot Common at Chester station, Grassroots should be your next stop after picking up an organic smoothie at the Big Carrot juice bar. Or, if you're further west you can check out their Annex location.

They have healthy and safe lawn-care products, organic cotton clothing made in North America, stationary made from elephant poo and even a hemp shower curtain.

These items–clothes, notebooks, shower curtains– are things we use every day, except that at Grassroots all earth-friendly, organic, or toxin-free.

Organic cotton ankle socks, with extra elastic around the middle to keep the sock still while you're on the move.

While Grassroots does have a lot of super eco-friendly products, they don't have much in the way of bike gear. Small white and black ankle socks, made from organic cotton, were the bikey-est product in the shop on the day I visited. They sit nice and snug at the ankle bone, and they have an extra band of elastic around the middle of the foot to make sure they don't slide around.

Grassroots has supported  bike-related projects too. Like "Bike Friday", an initiative that encouraged less experienced bike commuters to ride with a group on the morning of the last Friday of the month, started by Joe Travers of Biking Toronto. Both locations of Grassroots offered early morning group commuters free healthy snacks and coffee before they got going (and to let a group gather.) dandy editor in chief, Tammy Thorne, was one of the group ride facilitators in the west end and where Alternative Grounds offered bikers free java if they brought their own mug and their helmet.

We've included some of their adorable 100 % recycled notebooks in our dandySWAG review pages in our upcoming (June) issue of dandyhorse too!


372 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

408 Bloor Street West, Toronto



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