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On Saturday, June 15th, Environmental Defence held a gathering of all that is green beauty and healthy living. From making your own facial scrubs, learning about innovative new products, and even getting a full makeover, the Just Beautiful Eco-Beauty Market event was truly a success for green heroes everywhere.

While at the market, customers were given the Environmental Defence Personal Care Products Pocket Shopping Guidepocket guidea great way to easily identify the Toxic Ten in your products with a pocket-sized card. The vendors also offered amazing samples of their products while also explaining a bit about the importance of their companies and living green.

Graydon Moffat, creator of GRAYDON – Clinical Luxury by Nature, told us a bit about her “green cream”, which contains oils from broccoli seeds, saying: “Broccoli is my Green Hero”. Graydon is innovator with a wonderful cream and even better product line that meets specifications or requirements of beauty products because all of the info is readily available on her website

Next up, we met Ella Nunes – creator of Ella’s Botanicals, as well as Evan Healy of the evanhealy brand of skin and body care products. There were so many wonderful companies abiding by the Just Beautiful Pledge, including YOGA-TTA, a cool yoga mat spray, The Basic Elements, a new local company with vegan and organic skincare products, and Good Roots, an Toronto-based social enterprise that doesn’t charge tax for feminine care products! The team from eaurganic were another group of innovators in attendance at the Market that include vegan-friendly and gluten-free products.

A detailed list of all the vendors is available on the Environmental Defence website:

http://environmentaldefence.ca/issues/just-beautiful/events

Tune into Green Heroes this week for our Fashion and Beauty episode Green is the New Black featuring Ecoholic author Adria Vasil, Green Beauty spa owner, Donna Bishop (who is also a cabinet member of Environmental Defence’s Just Beautiful campaign) and Fashion Takes Action’s Kelly Drennan

On June 11th, Green Heroes™ will kick off Season 2 with our full season line-up to come throughout the months of June and July, starting with “Biting into Change” at 7:30pm on TVO.

“Biting into Change” looks at how food is at the core of our life, but changing how we produce and consume food is at the centre of a sustainable life. That is why these Green Heroes are finding planet-saving at the end of a fork with celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy and renowned musician and producer, Daniel Lanois, at the forefront of it all.  Jamie is one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, and his passion for locally grown food has shaped the evolution of Canadian cuisine, one dish at a time. Collaborating with musicians and chefs to create FoodStock, a culinary event that drew 30,000 supporters to stop the mega-quarry of Southern Ontario farmland, Jamie is definitely one Hero to watch.

Daniel is another Hero who made an impact by stepping out of the recording studio, after producing career-changing records for Bob Dylan, U2 and Emmylou Harris, and became a food advocate supporting Ontario farmers. In August 2011, he hosted and helped organized the Harvest Festival Picnic in Hamilton, a celebration of local food and music with a line-up of stellar musical acts including the Tragically Hip and Sarah Harmer. This summer, the Greenbelt Harvest picnic will be featuring the one and only Neil Young and Crazy Horse – a sure-fire way to spread the word about supporting local while having a great time!

Screen shot 2013-05-24 at 4.00.46 PMDuring “Biting into Change”, you can play along with the Green Heroes™ Academy App to help save the world and become a Green Hero too by completing fun missions and actions relating to each of the upcoming episodes!

 

 


WHERE TO WATCH:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

Social Media:
Nerese Richter
Nerese@GreenHeroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


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Green Hero Kelly Drennan is really making an impact on in the fashion industry from the inside out. With the creation of Fashion Takes Action, an organization focusing on ethical, sustainable clothing and accessories, and developing the annual Connect Beauty event with WHEN (Women’s Healthy Environments Network), it’s hard to imagine that this Green Hero can help the environment any more than she already has. Well, Kelly proved us wrong yet again and has now helped FTA contribute to the One Million Acts of Green campaign, developed by fellow Green Hero Willa Black to help others partake in positive environmental acts in a record amount of time. FTA and Kelly use their One Million Acts of Green page to help resize your fashion footprint, creating awareness of how we can help save the planet through our fashion and how we take care of our clothing. From simple acts of hanging your clothes to dry to attending a clothing swap, Kelly and FTA have developed great ways you can take action through your fashion.

Join the Fashion Takes Action One Million Acts of Green: https://www.facebook.com/fashiontakesaction/app_132701093511426

Check out One Million Acts of Green: http://www.onemillionactsofgreen.com/

Check out the Green is the New Black Beauty Mission on the Green Heroes™ Academy App for more great ways to take action through fashion: http://academy.greenheroes.tv


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It’s becoming more and more evident that our food and the way we eat directly effects the environment. Green Heroes Vandana Shiva and Leilani Munter have both contributed to the cause, creating different campaigns to encourage others to eat green and support sustainable eating habits. With Meatless March trending all over the social sphere, we wanted to give you some great tips on trying out the month-long project or even committing to Meatless Mondays. Meatless March sets the goal of taking on a local, vegetarian diet for the full month. Not only is this an experiment to try and eat like a vegetarian, this is also a means of helping our environment. Did you know that the United Nations found that 40% more greenhouse gas emissions come from industrial livestock than from all of the world’s cars, planes, ships, and trains combined? So we challenge you to participate in Meatless March for one day, one week, or even the whole month!

Here are some great tips and guidelines on becoming a vegetarian, and why it’s so important, from our friends at WWF Canada: http://community.wwf.ca/ActionDetail.cfm?ActionId=60

And here are some yummy recipe ideas from our pals at Green Living to make the vegetarian diet a little bit more “flavorful”: http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/hearty-and-vegetarian-comfort-food

As our Green Hero Vandana says, “The funny thing is you can eat your way to conservation”.

Happy eating!


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The Gulf of St. Lawrence is at great risk for environmental devastation if oil is extracted from it. This message comes loud and clear from Mary Gorman, a St. Lawrence activist, who won our contest to find the next Green Hero in 2011.

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Sarah Harmer, musician, GreenHero and environmental activist, is sharing concern about the Harper government’s changes to an act that will limit protection of Canada waterways to those that are the busiest. Read more…

The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival will feature Manufactured Landscapes on October 12, a documentary by Jennifer Baichwal about photographer Edward Burtynsky’s chronicle of industrial devastation to the environment and people of China.

This month we filmed on site at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, a music festival and vendors market held at Christie Lake Conservation Area to celebrate local food. The film will be part of an episode on local food for the next season of our television show.

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Our producer Joan Prowse will speak about environmental documentary and film making at the inaugural Green Jobs Forum on September 15 from 5 to 5:45 pm in room 203B of the Metro Convention Centre, North Building, in Toronto.

The Green Jobs Forum is an event that helps people explore careers in the green economy. It was created by our partner, Green Living Enterprises.

A number of friends of GreenHeroes will also speak at Green Jobs Forum including Farrah Khan, interim Executive Director of our partner Canadian Association of of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), Donna Bishop, upcoming GreenHero and CEO of Green Beauty and GreenHero Emily Hunter. See the Speakers and Schedule page for details.

Admission to the Green Jobs Forum is free. It takes place from 10 am to 7 pm. In addition to the speaking sessions, there are over 30 exhibitors, including CAPE and Green Living Enterprises.

In other news, Joan has been named one of Canada’s 2013 Clean50 www.clean50.ca in the Technology, Telecom and Media category for her work on GreenHeroes!

The award honours 50 of the country’s leaders in sustainable development and clean capitalism. We thank Delta Management, the search firm that created the awards, for recognizing her contributions to sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada.

Delta Management works with companies that use clean technology, non-profit organizations that focus on the environment and corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility practitioners.

 


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Do you have a story to tell about great work you’ve done for the environment? Did you have to overcome a major obstacle to get there? Did something big inspire your pursuit of environmental change?

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