Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

As much as owner of Sew Be It Studio, Dilys Tong, loves to teach students how to give a new life to their wardrobe, she also believes in giving a new life to the animals at the Toronto Humane Society. After taking in regular donations of damaged clothes and unsold fabrics from Fabricland, Dilys has gone one step further from revamping vintage t-shirts into clutch bags to repurposing old and scrap fabrics into pet beds and stuffed chew toys for the animals at Toronto Humane Society. Isn't that amazing? Dilys has become a hero in my eyes. Last week Dilys held a volunteer sew party where people dropped in to help make doggie and kittie beds. I was there and sop were over twenty volunteers, all working together to help unwanted and abandoned animals. A few days later, Dilys and I took a trip to the THS to drop off about fifty plus beds. I have to say it's probably one of the best things I have ever done. Currently, the THS has almost 900 animals up for adoption and most of them sleep on a cold hard floor, these beds make their stay at the humane society a little more comfortable. However, the fact that they are made from scrap fabrics makes them even better. In an age when we recycle everything, it's great to see an initiate like this where reducing and reusing are put first. That's "sew conscious". bettyasdorothy2.jpgThe studio is located at 2156 Yonge Street, one block south of Eglinton. When you arrive you are greeted by Betty, the dog. She is the quality control officer and she is adorable. She oversees the studio and makes sure all the beds are well crafted before they are sent out. Too Cute!! If you'd like to help Sew Be It Studio sew, celebrate and make a difference in the lives of some wonderful animals please contact Diane Marangoly at Or visit them on line at The Toronto Humane Socitey is gearing up for an adoption blitz, please visit their website for more information.