Spring’s Deliciously Green Finds

May 2024

Since both deciduous and coniferous trees are now well past their bud break period— the time when new spring growth sprouts—there’s no time like this blossoming season to show nature some love, and even get a little taste of it, too. 

Plant foragers love this time of year when they can (sustainably) snip tender spruce tips to make forest-flavoured simple syrups or candies. Not a forest-wanderer or eater? No worries, anyone with a hankering for tasty things will find their fill of FSC-certified products thanks to companies designing goods with your tastebuds in mind.

Williams Sonoma


Known for their elegant and timeless items like the FSC-certified traditional walnut salt & pepper mill, the Hold Everything FSC large fruit bowl and Hold Everything FSC revolving spice rack, this California-based brand isn’t afraid of a little fun either. Spread the renewal season’s cheer while supporting a good cause thanks to the unabashedly fun No Kid Hungry Tools for Change silicone spatulas. Musician Pink lends her signature colour and backing to these kitchen tools made with heat-resistant silicone as part of the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

On the Bend Sugar Shack


The return of revived forests in Canada is also synonymous with a signature sweet treat beloved the world over. After early spring’s freezing nights and warm days have made sap flow through maple trees grown in an FSC-certified forest, it’s time to indulge in the sticky amber goodness made by this Chesterville, Ontario sugar bush. Grab a bag of their maple cotton floss if you like your dessert to be as light as a sugary cloud or start the day sweetly by sprinkling a teaspoon of their granulated sugar into your morning coffee. If you’re a purist, this spot’s maple syrup is good-to-go and ready to flow onto your next stack of pancakes or cool mound of vanilla ice cream. 

Sustained by Candice Batista

When it comes to making environmentally-friendly choices, the wealth of product options, differing opinions and contradictions can be enough to cause anxiety in even the coolest of cucumbers. Thankfully, a fail-safe way of doing more for the planet is by doing less, and that goes for your cooking zone, too. Batista’s book is about greenifying your home through everyday changes that in turn become money-savers. The founder of The Eco Hub—an online gathering spot for turning homes into detoxified havens that are less dependent on plastic and disposables—puts you on the fast track to prepping meals in a sustainable kitchen. Pick up a copy of Sustained printed on FSC-certified paper to get yourself into that eco-conscious driver’s seat.

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