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My entry into the history of the environmental movement came at a key time in its evolution. The Don’t Make a Wave Committee of Vancouver B.C., had sailed a ship “The Greenpeace” to Amchitka Island near a fault line on the Aleutian Chain in an attempt to stop nuclear testing.

This brave act resonated globally with incredible success.

I was there with the fledgling group to open their first office on Fourth Avenue in Vancouver.

I met; fell in love with and soon married Bob Hunter, the first President and Father of the current day Greenpeace International.

I became the Treasurer of Greenpeace and the first woman to place my body in front of a harpoon to save a whale.

There were many acts of heroism stemming from our small group, one act that still resonates is the image of Bob and Paul Watson (now founder and Captain of Sea Shepherd) standing in front of icebreakers to save the Seals.

At that time, in the early 70s, we were a small band of eager idealists and intellectuals, yet we spun images, of heroism that have effected all the forthcoming generations of environmental crusaders.

Robert, Emily, & Bobbi Hunter

Robert, Emily, & Bobbi Hunter

We used non-violent means to create what Bob called “mind bombs” in the media that changed environmental consciousness of the western hemisphere.

Now, today, I look at the diversity of people and groups of activists, and I am proud that my daughter has this same spirit raging in her soul. I am proud of her brave actions. We don’t have Bob to turn to any longer, but, his passion carries on.

Bob always wondered if he had made a difference. I know he has, because of his inspirational actions and books he has helped mould many of the Eco-Heroes of today, whether they know it or not.

Today I am involved in many legacy projects such as advising on a documentary, a park and a biography, helping to continue to spread our message.

While there is more knowledge and resources available today, there are more battles and more urgency than ever. For the Planet, never give up!

– Bobbi Hunter, Eco-Activist

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Late July

Nicole Simone a.k.a. Late July is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Born in Toronto, Ontario she spent her early years state side in Del Mar, California.

She is a three-time graduate of Seneca College and York University in both arts, music and sociology respectively.

In 2010 Late July released her debut EP entitled “Side Swept” produced by Adrian Ellis. Stay tuned for the release of her next EP “Hospital Quiet” in the spring.

When she is not making music, she writes Miss Late July her blog chronicling her on-going adventures, hangs out with her dog, enjoys social media and runs Unchain Ontario’s Dogs.

Nicole won the Mediazoic GreenHeroes.tv Musician’s Prize at November’s MusicConnectTO event.

Check out the video below of her song “Literary Kings” which was featured in Emily Hunter’s webisode.

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Here are two more songs:

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Follow Nicole’s tweets on Twitter and become a fan of Late July on Facebook:


Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Following in her father’s footsteps, as a journalist, Emily has become a powerful voice within eco thought today and has taken every opportunity to engage with mainstream media to bring important concerns to a wide and diverse audience.

Her credits include but are not limited to: writing for This Magazine and Eye Weekly, as well as broadcasting work with CTV Canada AM, CTV News, City TV and CP24.

Her largest project is being an eco-correspondent for MTV Canada.

Her two largest investigations to date have been into the Alberta Tar Sands and to Mexico, to expose the devastating effects of climate change Mexican people are living with right now.

Below, take a look at the first part of her extensive investigation into the Tar Sands:

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Here, see Emily’s trip to Mexico in-full in “Impact: Mexican Standoff

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by enteringour contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Next Gen Heroes
14Feb
2011
Emily Hunter is the daughter of late Greenpeace co-founder Robert Hunter and fellow activist Bobbi Hunter.

Soon after graduating from high school, Emily became an activist herself when she witnessed appalling environmental and humanitarian conditions on a trip to China.

This young GreenHero is well-informed on a wide range of issues from pollution to endangered habitats and species protection.

She has participated in anti-whaling campaigns, oil-spill cleanups and projects opposing Alberta’s tar sands, the latter of which she calls: “our biggest environment crime on the planet – our scar on the world”.

With her impressive list of credentials, Emily strives to make people aware of the consequences of consumption and everyday actions through television and videos, print media and web-based publications.

Her latest project is a book entitled The Next Eco-Warriors, which tells the stories of this new generation of GreenHeroes.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by enteringour contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

As the General Manager of Redken Canada, I can say with great pride that our entire team applauds and supports the efforts of Green Circle Salons to create a green shift within the beauty industry.

We believe that every movement, like the one Green Circle has started, begins with a remarkable idea.

Green Circle Salons offers the salon industry a simple way to make a significant environmental difference, and remain in step with today’s consumer demands for sustainable business practices.

Shane and his team first approached Redken Canada in the spring of last year seeking support for their campaign to send hair to the US to help with the oil spill clean up.

Redken was very happy to be involved in this project, and in fact provided financial support to cover the shipping cost to send the hair to the Gulf.

The fact that hair can be diverted out of landfill to provide cradle to cradle solutions elsewhere seemed really exciting to us.

The heart of the partnership between Redken Canada and Green Circle Salons is about bringing awareness to affiliated Redkenites (Redken Salons) across Canada about this unique opportunity that now exists.

We hope that salons here in Ontario will join the movement in reducing their eco-footprint, and that this wonderful opportunity will ripple out across Canada.

– Scott Moon, General Manager, Redken Canada

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

On Sept 19, 2010, the GreenHeroes Street Team joined Shane Price of Green Circle Salons to attend the official grand opening of Marilyn Sepe’s Anti Aging Laser Clinic and Wellness Centre at 385 Jane Street in Toronto.

The Clinic and Wellness Centre had recently relocated from the Junction neighbourhood to their newly purchased building in the Baby Point neighbourhood.

Salon Opening

Shane Price of Green Circle Salons takes part in the opening ceremonies of the Anti Aging Laser Clinic and Wellness Centre.  He is with builder Nick Carlucci of Heritage Construction Group Ltd. and Marilyn Sepe owner of the salon.

City Councillor Sandercook joined family and friends to cut the opening ribbon with Marilyn and to take part in the celebration.

Not only did Marilyn refit the aged building with sustainable elements including cork ceilings and floors, she made the sound decision to help green her business by being part of the Green Circle Salon family.

Marilyn Sepe, Nick Carlucci, & City Councillor Sandercook

In 1989, hairdresser Phil McCrory was watching the clean up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on CNN.

He heard the announcer say that the birds were more affected by the oil than the otters because their fur was able to absorb the oil.

Looking around his salon, the hairdresser had an original idea for the unwanted hair he disposed of every day.

He began testing how much oil he could collect with the hair clippings from his salon and invented the Hair Mat which helped contain an oil spill off the coast of San Francisco in 2007.

The mat is now being used today in the recent Gulf clean-up via the non-profit organization, Matter of Trust.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

I have been participating with Green Circle Salons for two years now. We have the ECI fee listed right on our price list.

Once we have taken the time to explain to the client how their money is used, they get genuinely excited about patronizing a salon with a conscience.

It makes the client feel good to know that their hair was used to soak up oil in the Gulf, and that our salon landfill garbage has been reduced by more than half due to the fact that salon refuse such as foil and colour tubes are being recycled.

For the first twenty years of my career, I watched it all go out to the curb.

The remainder of the fee covers the cost of switching to alternative energy with Bullfrog Power, high efficiency lighting, and extra recycling bags.

Collecting the ECI fee has allowed me to move the salon in the direction that is important to me without it costing me extra.

– Shelly Walters, Angel Hair Salon

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

worldSALON has been a Green Circle Salon since June of 2009.

Their work to offset the downstream impact of the hair salon industry has been hugely inspirational to our team.

The ECI money that we collect has helped us pay for our monthly installments to be Bullfrog Powered, pay down the solar thermal panels we have to give our clients nice hot shampoos, and to support other initiatives, like the Toronto Cyclists Union, Toronto Environmental Alliance and World Wildlife Fund with monthly donations.

Congratulations Green Circle on your Green Heroes nomination, you deserve it!

– Brian Phillips, worldSALON.ca

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Our Curly Girls joined the Green Conversations and we haven’t looked back!!!  In less than a year, partnering withGreen Circle Salons has allowed us to feel even more proud of what we do and how we are doing it differently.

From re-cycling all our plastic product bottles, to our foils, to having our clients and staff know that all the curly hair we collect is being used for great causes—as just last year, the curly hair we collected contributed to create hair booms used in cleaning up the oil spillage in the Gulf of Mexico—that  was so very awesome!

We really love the fact we are doing our small part to help spread the green message.

AND now…we are at the point where we are using our ECI “piggy bank’ to gain operational efficiencies!  We are going to be installing Eco friendly lighting that will deliver perfect lighting for evaluating, formulating and applying hair colour.

Our staff is ecstatically excited, our customers will be delighted, and we will earn more savings while continuing our growth of being more sustainable!  We are also looking at being able to obtain water saving taps and researching the benefits of installing a goGreen window tint!

The opportunities truly seem endless!  The team at Green Circle Salons have been mentors in igniting the goGreen passion in us, and we are loving it!

– Betty and Caroline, The Curl Ambassadors

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

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