Gordie Wornoff's oil drum couch. See more pieces at www.ahigherplane.ca.


Of the over 400 exhibitors and attractions at this month’s Green Living Show, we’ve picked out a few you won’t want to miss.

The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance will host a tasting pavilion, Junk Raiders star Gordie Wornoff will be teaching how to build a solar heater from recycled materials and the Zümaround booth will let you test drive its eco-friendly scooter.

The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) is a not-for-profit organization that believes in offering locals and tourists a taste of Ontario in a sustainable fashion. “It’s an exciting new element at the Green Living Show,” says Rebecca LeHeup, executive director of OCTA. The Ontario Culinary Adventure Pavilion will reveal foods from ten different destinations across the province, and there is something for everyone.

Guests will be able to purchase "tasting tickets" for $1 to sample a variety of foods throughout the pavilion, and can wash it all down with featured wines, ciders, beers and teas. LeHeup says the tickets allow guests to "customize their tasting adventure." OCTA will also present a wide range of programs such as cooking classes, wine and/or beer pairing classes and canning/preserving demonstrations.

Featured on the main stage and at the A\J booth is Gordie Wornoff, who you'll recognize from the cover of our Education issue. Wornoff is a "freecycler," creating furniture pieces from reclaimed and recycled materials. His company, A Higher Plane, also specializes in home renovation and interior woodworking, also with reclaimed resources. He will be showing off his work on the main stage and selling it at the show. Wornoff's work ranges from the simpler shopping cart chairs to more elaborate items such as a chandelier made from deer bnes. He will also be bringing oil drum couches, chairs made out of books and what he calls the "lumber jack chair," created from axe handles. You can check out the "lumber jack" and other chairs in Wornoff's interview on CHCH Morning Live.

Wornoff will also be holding workshops, co-presented with A\J – come by our shared booth to learn how to build a greenhouse from plastic water bottles and make a solar heater (featured in our Lifecycles issue) from aluminum beverage containers.

“It’s a great opportunity to connect,” he says about the workshops. He is most excited about getting to “plug in with people who are into this kind of thing.” Wornoff is currently a finalist in the Live Green Toronto Awards in the Small Business category. Anyone can vote daily until April 20.

Also at the Green Living Show is Zümaround, the hybrid kick scooter. According to Gideon Tomaschoff, creator of the scooter, this electric hybrid scooter is “light, practical, inexpensive and safe.” The Zümaround is kind of like a Razor scooter for adults, but its 20-inch wheels and 250-watt motor allow you to travel a lot further. Standing on the Zümaround, as opposed to sitting on a bike, provides better visibility for the rider and makes it easier for other car drivers to see you.

The Zümaround’s motor is also optional. So if you feel like getting active while travelling to your next destination, use the kick scooter by propelling yourself with your feet. If you hit a daunting hill, simply start the motor. Tomaschoff says it is perfect for “anybody who’s looking for mobility within a 3-5 kilometre radius.” If you stop by the Zümaround booth while at the Green Living Show, you can try one out for yourself.

Don’t forget to stop by the A\J booth where you’ll get three back issues and a free book with every subscription! We’ll also have special deals on back issues and chances to win a $500 RONA gift card!

Find out more about the Green Living Show in our event listings – where you can download free tickets to the show – and read our second round of highlights.

A\J at the Green Living Show, Toronto, April 12-14

Emilie is an A\J web editorial intern and a student at the University of Waterloo in Environment and Resource Studies, and Legal Studies.

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