With Earth Day occurring on April 22nd, what better time to talk about where we can find organic or environmentally conscious goods and services in Calgary? Some of you may be seasoned pros, but many take up a healthier lifestyle upon finding out they are pregnant. Last week may have been take out food, Oreos and wine (not at the same time... although we wouldn't judge if you did) and this week may be organic produce, free range chicken and grass-fed beef! From food to products, we have compiled a fairly comprehensive list of options no matter what you're in the market for. Below you will find some of our favourites, but please let us know in the comments if we've missed anything!
Sourcing locally is a big part of the organic/environmentally friendly movement. So for that reason, we love some of our locally grown stores such as:
Community Natural Foods - one might argue that this is Calgary's original health food store dating back to 1977. They've now grown to 3 locations - one downtown, one near Chinook Centre and one in Crowfoot. You can pretty much find everything you need here from prenatal, postpartum & baby vitamins & supplements to groceries, diapers, and much, much more. They also offer classes or events on a variety of topics.
Blush Lane Organic Market - 4 locations at Marda Loop, Bridgeland, Aspen Woods and a spot at the Calgary Farmers Market (Blackfoot & Heritage). Produce options are plentiful here, as well as bulk foods and Kombucha on tap. They even deliver through SPUD.
Planet Organic - with it's first store in Edmonton, there are now 4 locations in Calgary in the deep south at Deerfoot & 130th, Elbow & Southland, Royal Oak and Shaganappi & Varsity in the NW. All your grocery needs can be found here, along with a yummy deli counter for when you don't feel like cooking. Classes are frequently held on cooking, healthy eating and more.
Amaranth - with 3 locations, one in Arbour Lake, another downtown on 4 St and one in the deep south near Deerfoot and 130 Ave. The south location only carries supplements, vitamins and toiletries, whereas the other two also carry groceries.
Sunnyside Natural Market - located in, you guessed it, Sunnyside! Again, another great local grocer that sources local produce, meats and dairy.
SPUD - Ummmmm, online organic grocery delivery service?? Yes please! What more is there to say? It really is that easy and amazing!
For those who don't trek to specialty stores, the Superstore, Costco and the Bulk Barn are good sources for items as well. Kirkland makes some great organic products and both the Bulk Barn and Superstore have a good health section.
Clothes, toys, and accessories
If you are concerned about what your baby's toys are made of, considering everything for at least the first two years will be put in their mouth, make sure to visit one of these stores to find some toys you can feel good about.
Nature's Baby Basket - inside Dr. For Mom's just off Crowchild on Brentwood Rd. in the NW. This is really a one stop shop for all things baby & organic, like cloth diapers, teething toys, breast pads and so much more.
Babes in Arms - located in Bridgeland, this store carries a bit of everything, including a wide variety of cloth diapers, but is mostly known for being the babywearing experts. They allow rentals of their carriers so you only buy the one you and your baby fall in love with.
Black Sheep Mattress Company - with mattresses made from all natural materials right here in Calgary, you can visit their showroom in the Manchester Industrial area to pick up a toxin free crib mattress, mattress protectors or blankets for your precious little one.
The Mattress and Sleep Company - another great option for organic crib mattresses as well as customizable crib bedding. This is a family run business located just south of Glenmore on Macleod Trail.
While you can purchase organic disposable diapers at most of the above grocery stores, there are great resources for cloth diapering in the city. Besides Babes in Arms and Nature's Baby Basket you can also find cloth diapers at:
Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot - is located just outside the city in Cochrane. They carry all the major cloth brands and will even let you take a trial run so you can decide what brands you like or even if cloth diapering is for you.
Pumpkins Diaper Delivery - will save you the cost & hassle of cleaning cloth diapers with their delivery service. They provide the diapers for you, then pick up the dirties, clean them and drop off a fresh batch!
If you go the disposable route, Soiled Diapers offers a pick up service where they come and get your dirty disposables and then compost them, keeping them out of the landfill.
Another option is to buy used cloth diapers - there is a very active Facebook group called "Calgary Cloth Diaper Moms & Dads" which is also a great resource to chat with other local parents about everything cloth!
If you are on online shopper to the extreme or simply can't find what you want in store, well.ca is a Canadian retailer with an amazing selection of organic products that will ship right to your door. While it would be nice to support the great local businesses mentioned here today, if you're on bedrest or juggling a newborn, pointing and clicking becomes pretty enticing!
We hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to hearing about your favourites in the comments! As always, if looking for Calgary's best doula or prenatal classes, contact us today for a meet and greet!
Tracy is a mother, birth doula and childbirth educator. She lives in the Calgary, AB area with her husband, three kids and her lazy cat.