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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Deck the halls with bee-harming neonics?

December 22, 2016

If you’re still getting in egg nog-fueled arguments over what’s greener plastic or real Christmas trees, let me settle it for you: real trees beat plastic – nine times out of 10. But if you’re hauling a real tree home, you may be decking out your pad with a host of soon-to-be illegal pesticides, including some bee-harming neonics. ReadPreviousNext Post

Big Issues

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

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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

Body

Take a hike! #exploreGTA Twitter Party

July 28, 2015

It’s amazing what the sight of a big old tree can do for the soul. I love the city but I get twitchy and cranky if there’s no green space in sight. Humans just weren’t built to live on pavement, so we can, unconsciously, get pretty edgy when we’re not getting enough contact with nature, even if… ReadPreviousNext Post

Body

Summer face-off: Citrobug versus mosquitos

July 23, 2015

My friends invited me and two dozen others to camp out at their cottage for a big 40th birthday bash. After my initial reaction (cottage party on a lake, woot!) came the fear factor (oh crap, what kind of northern Canadian bloodsuckers will be swarming and can I track down any DEET-free protection on time?). Two health stores I popped into had… ReadPreviousNext Post