Made in Canada: Creative Products for Your Home

Fighting Covid-19

Indigenous-owned NanoNation is making a name for itself for its patented products and processes that protect businesses from pathogens like COVID-19.

The company is now offering Bacoban, a made-in-Ontario solution to bring the same cleaning power to homes. Bacoban disinfectant wipes and spray are water-based with no harsh odors, yet they are effective at cleaning and disinfecting hard, non-porous surfaces. They’ve been used in health-care and other markets in Europe for more than 15 years.

“Bacoban addresses the hygiene gap in which microorganisms can repopulate between cleanings,” says NanoNation general manager Steve Daynes. “And because of its unique water-based formula, it is non-damaging on all hard surfaces, including cell phones and computers.”

Bacoban is manufactured in Canada and authorized for sale by Health Canada. Spray bottles are $14.99 and wipes are $12.99.

“Disinfectant efficacy combined with surface compatibility — that’s how we define innovation,” Daynes says.

Better than a pee pad

Alain Courchesne & Sterling.

Dubbed an ensuite for your dog, the Doggy Bathroom is a discreet litter box for small and medium-sized dogs.

It was created in 2018 by Montreal designer Alain Courchesne — who was inspired after adopting his Italian greyhound, Sterling — as a more stylish alternative to the unsightly pee pad on the floor.

Designed for both squatters and leg lifters, the Doggy Bathroom allows dogs to walk in, freely move around and use the bathroom easily. A special scent attracts dogs to use the adhesive-backed pee pads and baking soda helps deodorize them. A starter kit is $199.

“We’re so passionate about our pets but also the esthetic of our spaces,” Courchesne says in a release. “We wanted to find a solution that offered our small dogs a way to do their business privately but also blended into our home.”

Indoor composting

Don’t have room for a traditional composter? Now there’s a way to compost kitchen scraps right on your kitchen counter.

The Tero home composting machine is a countertop appliance that transforms organic waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer in just a few hours. It doesn’t create soil as a regular composter does — that’s a process that takes many months and requires living organisms to digest the material — but it does use a patent-pending process of grinding and heating waste in three to eight hours to eliminate pathogens and create a fertilizer that can be used on vegetable gardens, lawns or outdoor plants.

Tero’s vision is to create a positive environmental impact by inspiring change in habits in the day-to-day management of food waste. It was developed by Elizabeth Coulombe and Valérie Laliberté, who chose to work on the management of residual organic matter in homes during their graduation project for their bachelor’s degree in product design at Laval University in Quebec City. It was unveiled in 2019.

Manufactured in Canada, its makers claim it is 200 per cent more efficient than similar devices, runs silently and is odorless and easy to clean. It sells for $595 and up.

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