EPIC Sustainable Living Expo 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 — 3:41pm PDT
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EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo, western Canada’s largest lifestyle show for the eco-conscious consumer, returns to Vancouver this weekend.

Mike Holmes
Mike Holmes at EPIC Expo in 2008

From Friday, May 13th until Sunday, May15th over 300 exhibitors will be showcasing their products and innovations to crowds at the Vancouver Convention Centre. EPIC also has a main stage with featured speakers and this year’s line-up includes Mike McDermid (Program Manager, Ocean Wise), Sean McHugh (Executive Director, Fair Trade Vancouver), and CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos.

Taste and sip food and wine from BC restaurants and wineries, learn from some of the city’s top chefs, sit in on sewing workshops, watch daily fashions shows and find out more about hybrid vehicles. There’s also a KidZone with crafts and activities for the young ones.

General one-day tickets are available for $12 online and $15 at the door. If you plan on attending multiple times throughout the weekend, you can get a multi-day pass for $20 online or $23 at the door.

I have 4 pairs of one-day tickets to give away courtesy of EPIC as well as Vancouver Eco Fashion Week. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite eco-friendly product or business (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win 1 of 4 pairs of #EpicExpo tickets courtesy of @EPIC_Expo @EcoFashionWeek & @miss604 http://ow.ly/4Szhm

    I will draw all 4 winners (who will each get a pair of tickets) at 5:00pm tomorrow, Thursday May 12, 2011.

    Update The winners are @johnberr, @DilaraLit, Michael Kwan, and kendra.

    Current contests on Miss604.com


    1. Richard says:

      My favorite eco friendly business is CREE Industries. They are the the forefront of producing energy efficient LED lighting for home and business use. They have also helped in project with switching entire cities street lights to LEDS lighting to prove the reduction in costs to Governments.

      LEDS are the future of lighting.

    2. Kody says:

      Our company designs and manufactures electric vehicles. Biased opinion, but it’s gotta be my favourite!

    3. Jase says:


    4. Emily says:

      MetoWe! So soft!

    5. Robert Lee says:

      My Eco friendly product that I LOVE is called Wysi Wipe. They require just tap water to load up and there, a simple towel for those greasy mess! Easy to carry for any use.

    6. Maryanne says:

      Stanley Park Brewery! Can’t go wrong with beer.

    7. Karla says:

      It’s not really a product or business…but I like shopping at the Farmer’s Market…local produce with no packaging…and I bring a re-usable bag! Doesn’t get more grass roots than that!

      I particularly enjoy buying herbs that some woman grows in her backyard about 3 blocks from the Market! LOL

    8. amfriesen says:

      the best environmentally friendly product and company is lunapads; they have divacups on sale for the month of may; they are on twitter at @lunapads

    9. Dilara says:

      I love Method products.

    10. Caitlin says:

      I love the handmade goods at Etsy!

    11. Julie says:


    12. Sunshine G says:

      Happy Planet…mmm…smoothies.

    13. John says:

      Stanley Park Brewery….

      Canada’s first sustainable brewery.

      That and the fact that it is Craft Beer Week!

    14. angelina says:

      vancouver only washing soap

    15. Pat Downey says:

      There are a few companies in Vancouver that are marketing electric bikes. http://www.ebike.ca, http://www.e-ride.ca, http://www.jvbike.com, etc. Electric bikes can handle more than 80% of the trips that we take in our carbon producing cars with no registration or insurance and much lower costs.

    16. sue says:

      Brooklyn Brewery they are 100% wind generated electricity, the company’s brewery & head quarter’s in Brooklyn are powered by New Wind Energy. #craftbeer Yes I read the coaster I got at The Brooklyn Crawl last night at The Irish Heather & listened intently to every word Ken Dick had to say about the great beer !!!!

    17. Michael Kwan says:

      I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but I thought the idea of FrogBox reusable moving boxes is pretty great.

    18. Adam says:

      I’d love to attend! It never hurts to learn more about living a green life.

    19. Patricia says:

      Reusable shopping bags can change the world!!

    20. RIEG says:

      My favourite is Kleen Kanteen, the eco-friendly BPA-free water bottle! I use it everyday. Pick me!

    21. Mark says:

      My favourite eco-friendly business is MEC.

    22. Brenda says:

      I’d say Frogbox plus they have a really cute mascot!

    23. kendra says:

      Happy Planet! Love, love, love myself a bottle full of Happy.

    24. Vanessa says:

      CFL Bulb!

    25. Sandra says:

      The Body Shop!

    26. Ennie says:

      Rocky Mountain Soap Company

    27. Jeanie says:

      Does the Body Shop count?

    28. Jamie says:


    29. Henry says:


    30. Albert says:

      Majesta paper products replant 3 trees for every one used.

    31. Amanda says:

      eco product i’ve been using lately, i would say ‘method’ home cleaning products ?

    32. Ed says:

      LED bulbs are great and long lasting.

    33. tracy says:

      lush cosmetics! love their shampoo bar, no bottles!

    34. TY says:

      UBC! i love how my school is moving in direction of sustainability (e.g. compost bins)

    35. lisa says:

      my energy star appliances! especially my stereo 🙂

    36. Kathy says:

      One of the best things I’ve ever bought is a Brita Water Pitcher with filter. My former roommate and I used to buy cases of bottled water. The empty bottles made the “Can Men” happy but I felt so guilty every time I dumped them into the recycling bin.

    37. Ian says:

      Apple…I think! haha

    38. sabrina99 says:

      Got to go with Happy Planet, love that it’s based in Vancouver too!

    39. Sandra S says:

      Favorite eco friendly product, would be my vegetables from my garden that I will hopefully be enjoying later this year. 🙂

    40. Wendy says:

      I’m a fan of reusable grocery/shopping bags.

    41. shelly says:

      capers! i like how i can find a wide range of organic, eco-friendly and fairtrade products in-store!

    42. Judy says:

      Organic Lives….their almonds are divine!

    43. Christina says:

      We switched to using Seventh Generation cleaning products in our home. Love that it’s safe for my puppy and for us!

    44. Richie says:

      My wife bought me a Brita jug for Christmas because I use to buy so many water bottles and that now is my favorite green thing to do!!

    45. Sita says:

      I love Lush!

    46. Bons says:

      I love Capers!

    47. Lisa says:

      Jason hair products! use ’em on a daily basis.

    48. Ceci says:

      I drink Happy Planet all the time!

    49. Rainer says:

      My favorite environmentally friendly product is Brita.

    50. Cathy says:

      Sapadilla, a local company that makes great eco cleaning products. They work and smell fantastic!

    51. Kathryn wong says:

      Buying local and handmade 🙂

    52. Josie says:

      My favourite enviro-friendly biz is Greenworks Building Supply. Lovely stuff.

    53. William Tang says:

      Ecowash! Up and coming car wash services from Richmond, BC.

    54. Jon Jennings says:

      The things that have changed the way I live my life, in a very small way, are reusable shopping bags and coffee mugs.

      It’s not just the small effect they have on my actual footprint but the fact that they’re a daily reminder to me to be conscious of what I consume and what I throw out.

    55. Gracey says:


    56. I think my favourite eco-business would have to be Zipcar! We have our differences but it’s undeniable that they have influenced my lifestyle for the better.

    57. Aileen R says:

      I love electric scooters! Mine gets me places without using any harmful resources and is my way of getting places faster than my two feet.

    58. Julia Sousa says:

      lulu lemon

    59. Michael Kwan says:

      Yay! Thanks Rebecca.

    60. Alysha says:


    61. Dimitris says:

      John, way above and quite a few months back mentioned “Stanley Park Brewery… Canada’s first sustainable brewery.”

      My thoughts on their so called sustainability:

      If they are serious about sustainability why would they choose a custom bottle that is crushed instead of reused like an industry standard bottle (ISB). It’s my understanding that ISBs are returned to the participating breweries to be reused, according to Brewers of Canada, from 15 up to 20 times! Howard Collins, President of the Brewers of Canada, said this about the ISB:

      “With a return rate averaging 97% across the country, our bottle is not only environmentally friendly, it is Kyoto friendly. With nearly 4 billion beer bottles returned each year, the ISB diverts over 1 million tonnes of waste from Canadian landfills annually, saving millions for municipal taxpayers across the country while at the same time reducing over 87,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.”

      I guess I might understand the argument that a custom bottle could alter, or enhance the taste when the beer is drank from the bottle. But the Stanely Park Brewery longneck bottle is very similar in size and shape to the ISB.

      I emailed the company inquiring more than a month ago; still no response.

      To make appearances even worse, this holiday season they came out with a nine pack in … WOOD!


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