Big Issues

Wear the change: how to be a mindful consumer

June 8, 2017

Want to learn how to be a greener, more mindful consumer and human being? Join me at Wear the Change! It’s a 9-day online conference featuring over 20 change makers chatting about how to slow down and deepen our awareness to boost the impact we have on the world around us. It features one-on-one interviews with all kinds of peeps,  from filmmakers… ReadPreviousNext Post

Mind

Mindful May: savouring the moment 101

May 10, 2017

Bursting buds, sweetly singing birds. After a long, dark winter, this is when we’re all supposed to stop, take a deep breath and smell the roses…or the magnolias, since the roses aren’t technically in bloom yet. Thing is, it’s really difficult to smell the subtle scent of magnolia trees while sprinting full speed to catch a… ReadPreviousNext Post

Apparel

Riverblue: Fashion’s Deep Water Impacts

March 27, 2017

Jason Priestly wants you to know that the jeans you’re wearing are killing our rivers. The Canadian actor narrates the eye-opening documentary Riverblue, which follows an international river conservationist around the globe to map the enormous impact of one of the world’s most polluting industries: fashion. I’ll be moderating a panel with two of the filmmakers… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Uncut: My interview with the director of Freightened on the true cost of shipping us everything

October 20, 2016

  Look around the room you’re in right now. Ninety percent of absolutely everything that surrounds you came by ship. What’s the big deal? Isn’t that better than coming by carbon-spewing planes? You’ll rethink that after seeing the documentary Freightened, screening this weekend at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. I wrote a short piece on it with… ReadPreviousNext Post

Food

5 fresh food waste hacks ‘n apps

August 30, 2016

We’ve all had plenty of foods die a slow death in our fridge. But it’s not just us. Up to half the food we produce in the West is trashed on fields, in store dumpsters and household bins. Time for some fresh tricks, tips and apps to help us get a grip. FOODFUL.LY How many times have… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Earth Month Gratitude Project

April 18, 2016

Now that a growing chorus of birds are belting out interpretive covers of “Let the sunshine in” and spring is officially making its budding presence known, I figured it’s about time I should do the same. I’ve been laying low here in blogland since my dad passed away on Valentine’s Day. It was an emotional winter for my family. Letting go, saying… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Eight enviro trends to watch in 2016

January 6, 2016

Mark your calendars – 2016 isn’t just bound to be the hottest year on record, it’s also cooking up all sorts of (mostly) planet-friendly ideas Goodbye, paleo diet; hello, climatarians and reducetarians The New York Times recently talked up “climatarian” as a top new food term to describe anyone whose prime dietary goal is reversing… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Greenspiration: the top 10 most encouraging eco stories of 2015

December 23, 2015

Planet lovers aren’t always an optimistic bunch, but there’s reason to pause and appreciate this year’s many highs on the environmental front. 1. Pope’s planetary revolution The most consciousness-shifting moment of the year: pope Francis’s 40,000-word treatise Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. He urged the planet’s 1.25 billion Catholics as well as world leaders… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Peace, love & burgers? Lessons from World Peace Day

September 22, 2015

For World Peace Day (September 21) the UN marked the annual event with calls for all warring parties to put down their weapons. Elsewhere, thousands gathered at 1,300 events around the planet to sit in silence and meditate for the cause. And Burger King, Wendy’s and Denny’s? Well, they combined ingredients from five different competing fast food chains in one giant burger for… ReadPreviousNext Post

Home

Out damned spot! Which natural stain removers actually work?

August 20, 2015

I’m a big-time klutz. My lifelong lack of hand-eye coordination makes me pretty bad at things like baseball, processing physical commands from Zumba instructors and lifting a fork to my mouth without dropping food on my shirt. That last one leads to a lot of defiled clothes, hence this week’s Ecoholic column on stain removers. This is one area where you really need a product… ReadPreviousNext Post