How to transform your pad into an earth-friendly haven.


When to toss, blue bin or reuse cosmetic packaging & more

October 24, 2012

Don’t look now but we’re surrounded. Just peak around the room you’re sitting in right now and start counting the plastic stuff that’s infiltrated your life – your computer (casing/cables/mouse), the foam stuffed furniture under your hiney, your wallpaper/wall paint, telephone, pen, windows, synthetic carpet underfoot are all made of some form of petrol-based plastic… ReadPreviousNext Post


Is there lead in your dishes?

October 4, 2012

I’m a little suspicious of my plates. The scrapes and scratches on these Kengington Market imports have me wondering whether they’re leaching something dodgy. And yet, I never bothered to buy a lead test until two readers contacted me recently wondering about their ceramics. Then I got to reading. Here’s what Health Canada has to… ReadPreviousNext Post


Is bamboo really full of bologna?

September 16, 2012

So after our big Lousy Labels: Home Edition episode on CBC Marketplace I’ve been getting a lot of emails and questions from readers asking me if bamboo is really, well, full of bologna. Truth is, it’s complicated. The short answer is solid bamboo wood (the kind used in flooring) is perfectly fine, for the most part,… ReadPreviousNext Post


Is your garden getting doused with lead?

May 25, 2012

Living in the east of Toronto , I’ve always wondered what’s in my soil.  Not just the nutrient balance but the really dirty stuff too, like lead. Until I get a proper lead test done and/or build raised beds in my latest apartment, I’ve refrained from planting root veggies, as much as I’ve craved pulling… ReadPreviousNext Post


Good news and bad news on pitcher filters

May 10, 2012

Oh pitcher filter. Why did you have to disappoint us, so? Yes, in this week’s Ecoholic column I talk about the short comings of Canada’s favourite water filter, Brita, as well as other pitcher filters. Seems they do reduce heavy metals like mercury and used to meet lead reduction standards, and then the standards improved… ReadPreviousNext Post


Does Cleaning With Vinegar Actually Disinfect?

April 4, 2012

  So you’ve given up the Comet and are huffing away at your tub and counters with vinegar. High fives! But the question on many minds is, does it actually kill stuff? It’s true that most green cleaners on the market talk up their general earth-friendliness (biodegradability, plant-based ingredients, that kind of thing) but rarely… ReadPreviousNext Post


What more can we do to conserve water?

March 22, 2012

A certain amount of mythology is woven into every nation’s identity. Canadians, for instance, tend to believe that our fresh water sources are vast and infinite and that we ourselves are decent water conservers, thank you very much. It’s a shame that we’re totally out to lunch on both counts. True, the Great Lakes hold… ReadPreviousNext Post