On Trend: Clean living and ethical foods

Clean living and ethical foods

Credit: Meatme.ca on Twitter

Trevor Bird is one of the founders of Meatme.ca



Vancouver’s Saje Natural Wellness, which makes everything from body lotions to essential oils formulated only from plant- and mineral-based ingredients, is tapping into the clean living movement with home products. Its new Clean Cleaning line contains no synthetic toxins or artificial fragrances.


Plant-based will be the hottest food trend in 2018, New York–headquartered restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman predict. B.C.’s Daiya Foods, whose products contain no dairy, gluten or soy, is growing so big it’s leased a 400,000-square-foot facility in Burnaby. Colliers International, which handled the deal, says that as of April, it was the largest industrial space rented in Metro Vancouver this year. And Virtuous Pie, the vegan restaurant launched in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 2016, is expanding, opening in UBC’s Wesbrook Village in February, in Portland, Oregon, in June and in Toronto this summer, with eight more locations planned for next year.


Whether due to concerns about health, climate change or animal welfare, attitudes toward eating meat are changing. In April, Meatme.ca acquired the Barons of Beef Meat Company. Both are Vancouver operations that source sustainably and ethically raised meat from small-scale B.C. farms.