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A is for Anti-Perspirant

This blog is part of a series based on Lisa Borden’s book, The Alphabet of Avoidance. Each time Lisa writes, she will highlight one thing we all should avoid (and rant about it a little bit to bring awareness to things that we need to consider changing). She will also include (what she takes great pride in) solutions to those problems. A is for Anti-Perspirant Do sweat the small stuff…that’s how we can change the world. You may even perspire as you consider how much you need to avoid! So, before you roll on, read the labels and ingredients on your deodorant. There are plenty of safe, healthy options on the market, and for the DIY’er at heart, you can make your own personal deodorant with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard!  Read these helpful suggestions by Environmental Defence’s very own Communications Manager for tips on how to beat the stink – naturally.  Don’t just stop at your anti-perspirant – check the ingredients on all your other personal care products too. Do you know what they are? Can you pronounce everything? Are there parabens in there? Is there even an ingredient list? Remember, if it’s on you, it’s in you.   TAKE ACTION shop for safer personal care products using this “wallet” sized guide evaluate what you use, and research safe alternatives   Lisa Borden, champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Trim your Waste

It takes approximately 20 seconds to put our food into take out containers. As the packaging can remain in our landfills forever, how can that possibly be considered convenient?! 3 things you can do to fill your stomach, but not the landfill: ReFuse Unnecessary Stuff When taking out, refuse the unnecessary packaging! Think about the containers, spoons, forks, straws, and napkins that you get served (why do they give you enough for a family of 20 when eating alone?). Ask yourself, “Do I really need all of this?”, “Am I going to be eating this right away?” (If so, why take the bag or the napkins?). ReTake Your Own Reusables Bring your own reusables (BYOR) and you won’t need to use the can – garbage, that is. Bring your own containers (like Wean Green), straws, cutlery, mugs, bottles and bag – check out this Guide for ideas on how to pack eco-delicious lunches – http://bit.ly/uqCZxG . ReConsider Your Habits It’s easy to fall into a routine, so why not create a new one? Reconsider and readjust your habits and adopt healthier eating strategies – it might be challenging at first – but it will save you time, money, your health, and our world. The bonus? You’ll feel like an eco-hero and will inspire others around you to follow suit. Together we can change the outrageous amount of unnecessary waste we create everyday as well as drastically reduce it. Take action and join the TakeOutWithOut Campaign (www.takeoutwithout.org). You can eat up and fill up, and leave our landfills alone.  

Wean Team’s Eco Expert

Whether you live in Toronto or Vancouver chances are you have seen Lisa Borden’s articles in Huffington Post or flipped through her communications companies amazing gift guides with the best eco gifts! We are so excited to introduce the one and only Lisa Borden, our new Wean Team Eco Expert! Lisa Borden, owner of Borden Communications, takes a unique approach to holistically marketing eco-intelligent living and working. Some of her favourite titles (from a long list) include: Catalyst for Change, Enthusiastic Philanthropist, Inspiration Agent, Strategist + Catalyst, Mother of 3 and Wannabe Organic Farmer.  You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden or learn more about her and her business at www.bordencom.com