When thinking about ways to be more eco-friendly, there are some pieces of advice that are more familiar than others: turn off the lights at home, take shorter showers, hop on your bike or carpool. It should come as no surprise that there are plenty more opportunities to make greener choices every day.
For example, introducing more plant-based foods to your diet is a great way to help Mother Nature.
In fact, according to one study, eating a plant-based diet is the single biggest thing we can do to help fight climate change and protect the planet.
Just by switching to a plant-based diet, you can potentially halve your carbon "foodprint", use a fifth less water and cut land use by three quarters — but only 4% of Canadians know it.
While eating a plant-based diet is the biggest thing you can do to help the environment, it's not the only thing you can do.
The good news is that there are tons of sustainable, eco-friendly products available to help you help the environment. From personal care and kitchen items to dairy alternatives, you can be more eco-friendly in all aspects of your life.
Swap To 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper
Price: $52.00 for 48 rolls
Details: Since bamboo actually regrows after it's harvested, toilet paper made from sustainably sourced bamboo is a winner when it comes to sustainability.
You can get bamboo toilet paper pretty much anywhere you'd buy normal toilet paper, but be sure to keep an eye out for B Corp Certification — the only certification that measures a company's entire environmental and social performance.
Details: Did you know oat milk needs seven times less water to produce than dairy milk? According to Earth's Own, if you switch to using oat milk for one year, you can save up to 42,220 litres of water.
Voted by Canadians as the best-tasting dairy milk alternative, Earth's Own Unsweetened Original Oat Milk is made with oats grown using 7x less water than cow's milk. The oats are farmed right here in Canada, and even the carton is made from plant-based materials.
And it doesn't end at oat milk. Through their Plant Project initiative, Earth's Own also provides mentorship support and grants to Canadians to help get their plant-based ideas off the ground.
Details: Have you ever considered how much plastic gets wasted with garbage bags? The good news is there is a compostable option, and it's easily available.
Paper bags like those made by Bag to Earth are sourced from sustainably managed forests and are 100% plastic-free. Using paper bags helps divert food waste from landfills, so you can feel good about the future of your scraps.
Use Earth's Own Almond Milk As A Dairy Alternative
Details: Grown using half of the water that is used when creating dairy milk, Earth's Own Almond Milk also uses 16 times less land compared to cow's milk and produces four times less greenhouse gas emissions.
If you're looking to make your diet a little greener, splash some almond milk over your cereal, mix it in smoothies, use it to make dairy-free ice cream and create baked goods.
Details: Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to the typical plastic wrap found in many kitchens.
They're softened by the warmth of your hands, creating a waxy texture that allows them to stick together much like plastic wrap. Use them for fruit, vegetables, cheese, sandwiches, leftovers and pretty much anything else you can eat!
Nature Bee's Beeswax Wraps are handmade from Vancouver Island-sourced beeswax, 100% cotton, pine tree resin and jojoba oil. They're washable, reusable, compostable and can last up to a year with proper care and storage.
By swapping out just a few items in your household for reusable alternatives, you're helping to make the planet a cleaner and greener place.
And if you can transition into enjoying more plant-based foods too — like Earth's Own's affordable dairy alternatives made of oat, almond, soy and cashew — you'll help Canadian farmers and the environment at the same time.
MTL Blog had a chat with the CF Montréal player to discuss the upcoming season, playing pandemic soccer, and the team's feelings about the new name.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
What’s it like playing in Europe versus playing in front of your hometown fans in Montreal?
We're lucky to have a good fan base where the fans are really into soccer and they're coming out every game to support us in good and bad moments.
It's a bit the same way in Europe, but it's obviously a lot better for me to be here in Montreal and be able to play with my friends and having my family coming out to the stadium and having people that I love watching me play live instead of on TV.
I haven't played a big club like Manchester United or clubs like that. But, for me, playing in your hometown, you get the best of both worlds here as a professional soccer player. You're doing what you love in your hometown, you're able to see your friends, your family. For me, that's a dream come true, for sure.
With the pandemic, fans aren’t there anymore. How much does this take away from the game in your opinion?
I think it takes a lot, honestly, not having the crowd cheering for you or the other team. They give you the extra push in the game to either keep the win or when you need to actually push to get the goal. It's obviously something that we really miss.
It's really disappointing, obviously, because now we're not allowed to be able to play here in Montreal. It's weird because when you play away, people say, "normally at home, you win and when you play away, you lose." But it's just a stadium, you know. But when you play an entire season away from home, you really feel it. We really miss it.
When we played our first game with no fans, it just felt like it was still a preseason game. There are no fans, and you hear each other really well, you hear the coaches and stuff like that. It was tough at first to get that into that mentality of "okay, yeah, this is the real deal."
For me, it doesn't really play on my focus, because I know when it's game time, you know? But I think I'm missing a little bit of that excitement when I know there are 20,000 or even more fans cheering for your team.
How did you feel about the new team name and about all the hate towards the new name?
At first, it was a surprise to me because it's a big change. I played for the Impact and now I'm playing for the Club de Foot Montreal. It took time to adapt to it for us players. We can call it Impact, the Foot, whatever you want but we're playing for Montreal first and foremost.
I can understand people not liking the changes. There are die-hard fans that were shocked when the announcement was made. I think when the season will start, some fans that weren't really convinced about the changes will be.
At the end of the day, it's up to us, the players and the team to try to stick some success to that new name and new logo.
Though some people are a bit skeptical about that snowflake logo, it's a fact where we're the northernmost of all the teams in the league, it's the coldest place in the league, we get snow, so I think it's really in our identity. Let's not hide the fact that we have a shitload of snow here in Montreal and that it's part of our lives year over year. The hype behind the fact that people think it's stupid and all that, I don't agree.
What can we expect from CF Montréal this season?
We want to be a team that it's really hard to play against. We have a younger squad that's really ambitious, really aggressive, with a lot of energy. I think that's what you can expect from us. You'll see a team that is giving its best every game for the club, for the fans and for the city.
Yes, it's a long weekend! Three uninterrupted days to relax, have fun, and not think for two seconds about things like school or work, or other responsibilities until Tuesday morning. Not to be too depressing but it will be six weeks before we get another official long weekend.
But let's focus on the positive! This is usually one of the summer weekends that people are trying to pack in their last days of camping or chalet time. But if you're planning to stay in the city it's good to know what's open and what's closed so you can plan out your Labour Day weekend.
Labour Day falls on Monday, September 2 this year. The good news is the city doesn't stop being its fun self. There are still a ton of things to do. Most of Montreal's museums are all open if you're looking for a little culture. As are the beaches, La Ronde and the casino.
And phew, the majority of SAQ express locations are also open so you don't have to stock up on alcohol today.
If you're planning to get around the city by public transit, double-check the schedule as the STM operates on holiday schedules and it might impact your normal route. Check out their website here.
If you're planning to hit any stores or eat at a restaurant, it's best to call first to check hours. So let's take a look at what's open.
SAQ Express stores will have normal hours. But all but three SAQ classic stores will be closed.
311, the city of Montreal’s information hotline
Hospitals and emergency services
Dépanneurs and pharmacies
Most bars and clubs
Some restaurants (this can really be hit and miss as a lot of restaurants aren't open Mondays anyway so make sure to call) and pubs
Hotels & resorts
Small grocery stores (less than 4,037-sq-ft in size)
Swimming pools and sports centres remain open with reduced hours
Montreal Casino (the business that never sleeps)
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s museum of history and archeology
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
What's open continued...
Montreal Botanical Gardens and the Gardens of Light
Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre
Public and farmers’ markets (like Atwater and Jean-Talon)
Parking meters (yep you will still have to pay)
Garbage and recycling pickups stay on schedule (there are isolated exceptions)
What we love about potholes here at MTL Blog is that they provide us with an endless number of stories to share. Readers are constantly sending us photos of their favourite holes in the road. Not only that but we've become friends with many potholes around the city.
We see them every day doing their very best to make us late to work and to destroy our wheels so it's about time we give them some love!
If you think you've seen a more beautiful pothole than these, send them into @MTLBlog on Instagram with the hashtag: #montrealsprettiestpothole!
TL;DR We voted and MTLBlog has finally found some candidates for the city's prettiest pothole. Welcome to Montreal's very first Pothole Beauty Pageant 2019! #montrealsprettiestpothole
What's not to love about potholes? Whenever you encounter one in Montreal (they're everywhere!) they also make our days better by exploding our tires or flipping us over our bike's handlebars. Sometimes, they even twist our ankles, sso not even pedestrians can escape they're impact!
Here are the nominees for Montreal's prettiest pothole!
This one found in a Walmart parking lot has all the makings of a great pothole.
The sharp edges and standing water make it a perfect pothole, plus I love those little crumbly bits that show what a big boy pothole it's bound to grow to be.
Even puppers love potholes! This good boy is warning his owner of a potential broken ankle by standing in this pothole and checking it out.
I'm not sure if he's trying to drink the melted snow water... or if those are people's accumulated tears.
Ah, the classic pothole minefield. Why have one pothole when you can have six?!
Good luck escaping this one unscathed! Location: somewhere in Ville St. Laurent.
If you thought those were good, wait until you see these ones...