In a city where convenience often trumps consciousness, Karma Co-op is a spot that encourages consumers to slow down with their sustainable living selection. Founded over 50 years ago by a group of Torontonians, this co-operative allows customers to feel a genuine sense of ownership and connection to what they buy. I’m a member myself, but you don’t have to be one to shop there!
Somewhat tucked away in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, this sweet shop welcomes you with a selection of locally made baked goods you can take to-go. As you continue through the store, you’ll see a wide selection of sustainable products, including foods and home products available to buy in bulk, bring-your-own-container style (or use one from the overflow members have donated). When it comes to the food they offer in particular, they prioritize organic, fair-trade, and cruelty-free products, ensuring that customers have access to items that are not only good for their health but also for the planet.
They also host awesome events planned with the planet in mind, like DIY workshops or the plant swap I recently attended. Check out the events page of their website to see what’s on offer! Other spots that might interest you in the area include Snakes & Lattes, where you pay a small fee to play games from their incredibly large collection. Or check out BMV Books, where they have both new and secondhand copies on offer.