Shine a green light on Black Fri­day with Peter­bor­ough char­i­ties

GREENUP: There’s an al­ter­na­tive to crowded shop­ping malls and the fran­tic pur­suit of deals

The Peterborough Examiner - - Arts & Life - KRIS­TEN LAROCQUE Kris­ten LaRocque is the GreenUP Store and Re­source Cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor. Learn more at

Black Fri­day is com­ing up and as it ap­proaches, so does the hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son. While Black Fri­day con­jures up im­ages of shop­ping cen­tre fren­zies for pop­u­lar gift items, and spend­ing heaps of cash on hugely dis­counted goods, GreenUP in­vites you to con­sider an al­ter­na­tive.

We sug­gest ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Black Fri­day with a green ap­proach. The GreenUP Store pro­vides you with many eth­i­cal, eco-friendly, lo­cal, non-toxic, re­us­able, and nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives. In ad­di­tion, we carry prod­ucts from lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and char­i­ties. The pro­ceeds from these prod­ucts sup­port work in our com­mu­nity, and sup­port GreenUP, too. GreenUP is also a reg­is­tered char­ity and has long fos­tered part­ner­ships with other non-prof­its and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Peter­bor­ough area.

The Sewing Col­lec­tive

The Sewing Col­lec­tive is a pro­ject man­aged by the New Cana­di­ans Cen­tre and the Peter­bor­ough Im­mi­gra­tion Part­ner­ship. Its goal is to em­power new­comer women with sewing skills and English lan­guage skills, while pro­vid­ing a space to come to­gether to share fam­ily sto­ries and their new lives in Canada.

Mem­bers of the Sewing Col­lec­tive have cre­ated a va­ri­ety of ev­ery­day items that are beau­ti­fully hand-sewn us­ing do­nated or up­cy­cled fab­rics. The GreenUP Store car­ries a se­lec­tion of casse­role car­ri­ers, teapot co­zies, full and half aprons, and re­us­able sand­wich wrap­pers with Vel­cro clo­sures. These all make won­der­ful host gifts over the hol­i­days.

Mem­bers have also de­signed a set of hang­ing hand tow­els, which are an ex­cel­lent re­us­able al­ter­na­tive to pa­per tow­els. In ad­di­tion, they have pro­duced re­us­able cof­fee cup co­zies which can re­place the sin­gle use pa­per va­ri­ety. These prod­ucts are very much in line with GreenUP’s mis­sion to in­spire and em­power en­vi­ron­men­tally healthy and sus­tain­able ac­tion in our com­mu­nity.

Three Sis­ters

Three Sis­ters is an eco-land­scap­ing so­cial en­ter­prise ded­i­cated to re-wild­ing ur­ban spa­ces. They work to sup­port pol­li­na­tor pop­u­la­tions and to cre­ate beau­ti­ful, sus­tain­able land­scapes for home­own­ers and busi­nesses across the Peter­bor­ough area.

Three Sis­ters also pro­duce a va­ri­ety of hand­made bee houses for na­tive bee species, which can be found at the GreenUP Store. These bee houses are specif­i­cally made to house na­tive bees, such as Car­pen­ter bees and Leaf-cut­ter bees. These bee “ho­tels” are made from scrap tim­ber and phrag­mites, which is a pro­lific in­va­sive species that can of­ten be seen grow­ing along high­ways in South­ern On­tario.

The Three Sis­ters have also been busy col­lect­ing win­ter green­ery, branches, dec­o­ra­tive twigs, and fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions from na­ture to make a va­ri­ety of win­ter wreathes and ar­range­ments, which are avail­able for pur­chase at the GreenUP Store, or can be or­dered di­rectly from Three Sis­ters at three­[email protected]

Friends of Hope Mill

Hope Mill is an his­toric sawmill and wood­work­ing mu­seum, lo­cated on the In­dian River in Keene, On­tario. It also fea­tures wool and card­ing ar­ti­facts from the 1800s. Hope Mill Restora­tion Vol­un­teers have worked since 2001, to re­store the orig­i­nal sawmill and wood-fin­ish­ing equip­ment, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Oton­abee Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity and the Oton­abee Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion. Hope Mill was of­fi­cially re­opened as a her­itage demon­stra­tion site on June 3, 2006.

In the fall of 2017, the vol­un­teers at Hope Mill in­cor­po­rated un­der the name of Friends of Hope Mill. This was done with the help of the On­tario His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and en­sures that the mill will re­main op­er­a­tional.

Hope Mill vol­un­teers make unique, wooden crafts that you will find for sale at the mill and also at the GreenUP Store. These in­clude a va­ri­ety of homes for lo­cal wildlife in­clud­ing bat boxes and wren and owl houses. These wood-work­ing vol­un­teers also make a va­ri­ety of house­hold items such as wooden rolling pins, cheese and cut­ting boards, and cedar bar­beque scrap­pers. Right now at the GreenUP Store, we have a small se­lec­tion of wooden toy cars and a table and chair set for chil­dren. All pro­ceeds from these hand­made crafts go to the con­tin­ued main­te­nance, op­er­a­tion, and restora­tion of the Mill.

Brain In­jury As­so­ci­a­tion

The Brain In­jury As­so­ci­a­tion of Peter­bor­ough Re­gion (BIAPR) is the reg­is­tered busi­ness name of the Four Coun­ties Brain In­jury As­so­ci­a­tion. BIAPR is a reg­is­tered non-profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion pri­mar­ily funded through the On­tario Min­istry of Health and Long-Term Care.

BIAPR rec­og­nizes that the im­pact of brain in­jury can be dev­as­tat­ing not only to the per­son with an ac­quired brain in­jury, but to the fam­ily mem­bers, care­givers, friends, and their com­mu­nity. It can af­fect ev­ery as­pect of life, of­ten re­sult­ing in loss of liveli­hood, iso­la­tion, and phys­i­cal, emo­tional, and be­havioural changes.

Mem­bers of BIAPR pro­duce a va­ri­ety of hand­made wooden dec­o­ra­tions. These are on dis­play at the BIAPR of­fice at 158 Char­lotte Street and for sale at the GreenUP Store. De­pend­ing on the sea­son, mem­bers of BIAPR make wel­come signs and three di­men­sional pump­kins and snow­men from re­cy­cled dock boards and up-cy­cled 2x4s. As we get closer to the hol­i­days, there will be an ar­ray of wooden tree or­na­ments and fes­tive home items avail­able.

Pro­ceeds from these pro­jects go di­rectly back into mem­ber pro­gram­ming so that BIAPR is able to take part in group events such as the Peter­bor­ough Lift­lock Cruise and Peter­bor­ough Pete’s games, with other Brain In­jury As­so­ci­a­tions.

“I re­ally en­joy help­ing out with these pro­jects be­cause it gives me some­thing to look for­ward to,” says one mem­ber of BIAPR. An­other mem­ber shares, “When­ever I can do things to help out, it means a lot to me.”

These hand­crafted items re­ally help to make the GreenUP Store feel fes­tive, and they also serve as a re­minder that we live in a large, di­verse com­mu­nity with non­prof­its, char­i­ties, and com­mu­nity groups that typ­i­cally of­fer pro­gram­ming and ser­vices for lit­tle or no cost to par­tic­i­pants. This means that they can help a wider seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion.

The hol­i­day sea­son can of­fer an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port many lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that work to im­prove our qual­ity of life, pre­serve our his­tory, pro­vide habi­tat for de­clin­ing species, or gen­er­ate so­cial cap­i­tal and con­nec­tion in our com­mu­nity. These re­sources help to make Peter­bor­ough a great com­mu­nity.

This year, shine a green light on Black Fri­day and visit the GreenUP Store at 378 Aylmer Street N in down­town Peter­bor­ough for some eth­i­cal and com­mu­ni­tyfriendly al­ter­na­tives. In ad­di­tion to car­ry­ing prod­ucts from other char­i­ties, we also carry hand­made items from over 50 lo­cal artists and crafters. Visit us on Black Fri­day hen all shop­pers will re­ceive our staff dis­count of 25 per cent off se­lect re­us­able items, for the day.


Mem­bers of the Sewing Col­lec­tive, Dil­sha Ahmed, Zakia Al-Had­dad (in­struc­tor), Khadija Derde and Emine Derde cre­ate a va­ri­ety of beau­ti­fully hand sewn items that are for sale at the GreenUP Store at 378 Aylmer Street North, Peter­bor­ough.


Eco-land­scap­ing com­pany Three Sis­ters also pro­duces a va­ri­ety of hand­made bee houses for na­tive bee species, which can be found at the GreenUP Store.

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