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Beaches Reduces

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Coxwell Ave. to Victoria Park Ave. along Queen St. East


Beaches Reduces is a community initiative to reduce single-use takeout waste in The Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto. We invite local businesses to participate by displaying our BYO sticker at the door and accepting customers’ reusable containers whenever possible. Beaches Reduces was founded by Adrianna & Gary Couto in May of 2019 and has since signed up 23 community businesses. Each business places a BYO sticker in their window indicating that reusable containers are accepted, or they support other waste reduction activities (i.e sell secondhand clothing, repair electronics).


We work closely with the Beach Village BIA to engage with the community. Beaches Reduces is also a member of the Green Neighbour’s Network (GNN) and Future Grounds (David Suzuki’s Blue Dot initiative); and has previously collaborated with other east end Reduces’ groups & Plastic Free Beach Toronto. We are a small local group who meets virtually each month.

We participate in The Beach Village BIA events such as Jazz it up in Kew and Movie nights in the park. You can also find us at Withrow Park Farmers Market, hosting community film screening nights, or at one of our many shoreline cleanups. We also host monthly beach cleanups to help keep our shoreline clear of litter from April- September.


Beaches' BYO Business Community

Look for our sticker in the window of the following businesses

Covid-19 update: Please remember to ask the businesses if they are currently accepting reusable containers. During these challenging times our local businesses are working hard and their BYO policies may have temporarily changed.

Alex Farm Products

1965 Queen St E, Toronto

Specialty Cheese Boutique with Imported Goods

Brett's Ice Cream

1698 Queen St E, Toronto

Premium All Natural Hand Crafted Ice Cream Shop

Chocolate by Wickerhead Co.

2375 Queen St E, Toronto

On-site Specialty Chocolatier

Fat Bastard Burrito Co.

2008 Queen St E, Toronto

Quick Service Burrito Bar

Nepal India Curry House

2014 Queen St E, Toronto

Authentic Nepalese & Indian Cuisine

Set Me Free

2130 Queen St E, Toronto

Canadian specialty store, offering reusable and zero waste lifestyle items

Tori’s Bakeshop

2188 Queen St E, Toronto

Toronto’s First Vegan Cafe

Beddington's Bed & Bath

1939 Queen St E, Toronto

Bedding and Bath Essentials

Bud’s Coffee Bar

1966 Queen St E, Toronto

Specialty Coffee Shop

Ed's Real Scoop

2224 Queen St E, Toronto

Premium All Natural Hand Crafted Ice Cream Shop


2032 Queen St E, Toronto

Quick Service Salad Bar

Oscar Coffee & Espresso

2377 Queen St E, Toronto

Specialty Coffee Shop

Souvlaki Hut

2100 Queen St E, Toronto

Quick Service Greek Cuisine

Blue Cloud Cafe

1934 Queen St E, Toronto

Specialty Coffee Shop

Cafe Naturalis

2198 Queen St E, Toronto

Specialty Coffee Shop

Farmacia Organic Health Bar

2096 Queen St E, Toronto

Toronto's only Organic Health Bar, serving up smoothies, juices, power drinks and elixirs

Morning Parade Coffee Bar

1952 Gerrard St E, Toronto

Specialty Coffee Shop

Rowe Farms

2120 Queen St E, Toronto

Impact-Driven Specialty Grocer

The Sweet Oven Toronto

1911 Queen St E, Toronto

Hand Crafted Butter Tart Boutique

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