Tag: Eco Speak

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    Toronto event: UberSWAP clothing swap

    January 9th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Shameless is excited to be attending this event - look for Julia and Sarah at the Shameless table and come say hi, buy a magazine and check out some merch! PLEASE NOTE: The venue has a few stairs leading to the entrance and is not wheelchair-accessible. Join 100+ stylish scavengers in Leslieville for the next edition of Uber-SWAP, our used & vintage clothing exchange! (Facebook event page here.) Expect a thriftshop-style swap boasting a tempting stash of gently … READ MORE

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    An Indigenous Feminist Reminder of Women and Environmental Justice

    February 24th, 2011     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    In anticipation of the book launch of Jessica Yee’s book, Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism, I want to keep it “real” and give a reminder of what this deconstruction will mean if taken seriously. To provide this reminder, I have chosen to point out the patriarchy and racism that is still so pervasive in the environmental movement. As an Indigenous Feminist, one of the links I, as well as many Indigenous … READ MORE

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    Safe cosmetics campaign targets Canadian girls

    April 12th, 2010     by Jenna Owsianik     Comments

    Many of the popular resources available on cosmetic products and toxic ingredients come from the United States. They include some useful databases and backgrounders, but their conclusions seem at times periphery to us Canadians. Up here, we regulate our cosmetics differently! You may be happy to then know that FemmeToxic, a Montreal-based campaign for safe cosmetics, launched last summer. Its goal: to inform Canadian girls and young women about the chemicals found in cosmetic ingredients. FemmeToxic is … READ MORE

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    Eco-beauty resources

    March 25th, 2010     by Jenna Owsianik     Comments

    Sometimes trying to figure out how to find safe personal care products and what ingredients to avoid can be overwhelming. Depending on where you look, you might even find conflicting information that will only aggravate the headache you’ve developed in the process of your search. Below, I’ve provided a list of helpful resources that break down the details for us in a palatable way. Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety website on Cosmetics and Personal Care. … READ MORE

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    Earth Hour: March 27, 8:30pm

    March 22nd, 2010     by Julia Horel     Comments

    This Saturday, March 27 at 8:30pm (local time), people around the world will be turning off their lights for one hour in support of climate change awareness. But that’s just the beginning. Every hour, Canadians are taking small steps to lessen their impact on the environment. From hanging your clothes to dry to taking transit to work, those small steps add up to huge changes for the better. - Earth Hour 2010 Canada What do you think … READ MORE

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    Health risks: Parabens in beauty products

    March 19th, 2010     by Jenna Owsianik     Comments

    What’s in your make-up kit? And how many of those beauty products do you use in a day? Give or take a few products, my usual morning regime involves body lotion, tinted moisturizer, mascara, hair mold, and sometimes bronzer or eyeliner if I’m feeling so inclined. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of other women, particularly young women, also reach my daily average. What concerns me is that most beauty products contain parabens, a type … READ MORE

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    In search of safe beauty products

    March 17th, 2010     by Jenna Owsianik     Comments

    The living’s green and pretty in Vancouver, again named “the most liveable city in the world.” Just about every cosmetic product comes in a greenwashed or health-friendly option: there’s paraben-free lotion, deodorant without aluminum, and nail polish sans formaldehyde! I’ve spent a year trying to pick safe, personal care products that work, and I’m still confused about which ones I should avoid. Sarah Dickson, the body care buyer at Capers Whole Foods Market in Kitsilano, puts … READ MORE

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    Write a Play NOW!

    March 8th, 2010     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Writers and aspiring playwrights take note: NOW!, the by-youth for-youth sustainability organization, is hosting a national playwriting competition for youth. From the NOW! newsletter: Are you an innovator passionate about the environment? Do you want a challenge? Do you love writing? Enter the Act NOW! National Playwriting Competition! Who? Dreamers and change-makers (Ages 14-26, divided into junior and senior categories) What? The Act NOW! Playwriting Competition! Write a short play on sustainability. When? … READ MORE

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    Muppets Spreading the Eco Word

    May 16th, 2009     by Desirée O     Comments

    Kermit the Frog may be famous for singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, but in this fun little video from back in the ’80s, Kermit explains how simple it is to be ‘green’… in the eco-friendly sense. Check out Kermit and Fozzie chillin’ and talkin’ about the importance of respecting our world’s water. There is no embed code to add the video into this post, so click here to watch it on the GreenTV website. And how … READ MORE

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    An Environmental (& Cost) Question. Period.

    December 20th, 2008     by Desirée O     Comments

    Julia Schopick from The Keeper, Inc. was awesome enough to leave us a comment in a recent Shameless Women post to let us know that they’ve put together a page on their site to show the average environmental and financial cost of using tampons. “It gives a terrific visual representation of the amount of WASTE that is created by ONE WOMAN’S disposable menstrual products in one month, one year, 10 years, and 40 years (the menstruating … READ MORE

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    For your eco-flow days

    November 18th, 2008     by Elle E.     Comments

    It looks like someone’s cycles are in sync! First (thanks for the alert Cate!) gURL.com posts an historical overview of menstrual products. Then Grist posts about our contemporary options from an environmental perspective. The two-part series contains irreverent product reviews from staffers. They test both outerwear and innerwear. I appreciate that they report on the bunching factor. Um, and Anna? You’ll be glad to see they assess each product’s odor as well. It’s awesome how 300 years later, … READ MORE

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    Our dirty little mugs

    November 17th, 2008     by Elle E.     Comments

    Debate is brewing about whether or not coffee cups, plastic bags and water bottles should be banned. The coffee cup purveyors don’t think you could handle it. “…the possibility of a ban or restrictions raises questions about whether consumers can break their reliance on non-recyclable coffee cups and disposable takeout containers.” - from the Globe and Mail The optimistic viewpoint would say that yes, humans of all stripes, even the spoiled ones, can waste less and … READ MORE

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    Vegas in a bottle!

    November 10th, 2008     by Elle E.     Comments

    Let’s face it - water is so dull. But vitaminwater, with its kaleidoscopic pinks, peaches and violets, is like Vegas in a bottle! - NYU’s science line on “Is vitaminwater good for you?” I’m in over my head here. I saw someone drinking a bottle of smartwater, and I couldn’t figure out what it was. So I Googled the company’s website. Now I’m just thirsty. Glaceau AKA Coca-Cola, purveyor of these hip and trendy bottled drinks, claims to … READ MORE

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    clean pores, dirty ocean?

    September 12th, 2008     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I just came across a rather alarming discovery, in Alan Weisman’s book The World Without Us. We all know that plastics break down slowly in the environment and are hazardous for sea animals, who swallow undigestible chunks of our garbage and either choke to death or die slowly of intestinal obstructions. Well, as it turns out, one source of nearly-microscopic plastic is coming from, you guessed it, women’s beauty products. You know those facial … READ MORE

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    Hooray for Hillside!

    July 28th, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    Yesterday I was at The Hillside Music Festival, “a celebration of music and community” that happens annually at Guelph Lake conservation area on an “island” connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Hillside is a not-for-profit corporation, administered by a board of directors, a small year-round staff, and more than 1,000 volunteers, and it is unlike other music festivals because it doesn’t focus on corporate advertising in order to sustain itself. And speaking … READ MORE

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    How much would you pay for a basic human right?

    July 17th, 2008     by Mir Verburg     Comments

    What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? In Liz Miller’s video documentary, The Waterfront, residents of Highland Park, a struggling community on the shores of Lake Michigan are shown looking with distress at water bills totalling between 3 and 9,000 dollars. One woman sits on a porch with her children and grandchildren and explains that on a fixed pension she will be … READ MORE

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    Going back2traditions

    July 8th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    I’m still in the United States and with limited access to phone and internet on the reservation. I’ve been out of the loop with several important events that have transpired in “Kanata” (the Wendat Huron word for Canada, which actually means settlement. Yes, we are on Native land) so I’ll play the catch-up game soon. For now I want to leave you with one of the things I’ve been up to here. My partner and I … READ MORE

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    Gathering of Mother Earth Protectors starts this Monday

    May 25th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    The buzz has been circulating for what will be an IMMENSE gathering of activists, front-line fighters, and allies alike for the protection of Mother Earth. Starting this Monday, hundreds (hopefully thousands!) will descend on Queen’s Park in Toronto to stand up for the rights of Indigenous peoples to govern and take care of our own land. I’ll be facilitating Wednesday, so I hope to see you there! OFFICIAL INFO AND WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: On May 26th Indigenous communities and … READ MORE

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    Zero Emission No Noise

    May 7th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    I’m taking a break from videogames this week (though, like the weeds in Animal Crossing, they’ll be back). Turning instead to something ‘wired’ but entirely different… With all of the noise about Ontario becoming a have-not province, and the apparent collapse of the Canadian auto manufacturing sector, it would be nice if there was some sort of significant innovation in this major market, with international appeal, with which Canada could become a global leader. Oh wait. … READ MORE

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    Standing up for the land and people

    April 18th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    It’s 12:15pm on Tuesday and the text message from my friend DJ in Marty, South Dakota reads “The state has sent 47 troopers and 2 snipers here.” For what?! “The Yankton Sioux tribe is protesting a hog farm development that would harm the land and river.” Are you kidding me? Last time I visited that reservation, the population read something like 3800. Marty alone has only over 400 people, and about 100 protestors were at the construction … READ MORE

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