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Jun 152014
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By Sue Beazley, WHEN Board of Directors

Choosing a good sunscreen can be a yearly challenge for some. Products are constantly changing, SPFs are climbing, and product claims are sometimes questionable. People fret over which ones to buy because they have heard that some sunscreens contain chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems. They wonder how to get appropriate sun protection while avoiding potentially harmful ingredients. Continue reading »

 Posted by on June 15, 2014
May 142014

Exciting news! WHEN and Fashion Takes Action are thrilled to welcome one of Canada’s environmental leaders, Rick Smith, as keynote speaker at this year’s Connect Beauty event on June 5th.  Rick is the Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, a progressive policy thinktank, and the former Executive Director of the national charity Environmental Defence Canada. He co-authored the 2009 international bestseller Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health and the 2013 book Toxin Toxout.

Come hear Rick speak, pick up a copy of his book (or bring yours to be signed!) and support eco fashion & beauty at this year’s Connect Beauty! Early bird ticket sales end May 15.

 Posted by on May 14, 2014
May 092014

Deb Doncaster, Frances Edmonds, Rebecca Black, Denise Donlon, Nick Parker, Melissa Shin…

Any of these names sound familiar? That’s right! These eco-icons will all be walking down the run way at Connect Beauty on June 5!

Connect Beauty 2014 is a fundraising event co-hosted by WHEN & Fashion Takes Action that will showcase and celebrate sustainable fashion and beauty. The highlight of the night is the eco-fashion show featuring media personalities and environmental leaders as models. In addition to having the opportunity to network with our eco-icons, guests will have the chance to bid on an array of silent auction items and enjoy food and beverages from our environmentally conscious sponsors.

Eco-icon Nominations Still Open!

Do you know an inspiring eco-icon you’d like to see walk down the runway? Nominations are still open so let us know who you’d like to nominate on Twitter until May 15!

Haven’t picked up your tickets yet? Early bird tickets available until May 15 at

 Posted by on May 9, 2014
Apr 162014

Connect BeautyMaking the connection between sustainable beauty and health!

Just in time for the new season, the fourth annual Connect Beauty fashion event will celebrate the glamourous, natural and eco-conscious trends of spring/summer 2014. Presented by the Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN) and Fashion Takes Action (FTA), Connect Beauty will showcase sustainable, toxic-free beauty.

This year’s event will be held on June 5 at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street W., a building with a rich history and a retro vibe.

Buy your tickets now and save! Early bird ticket prices end May 15th. Tickets are $40 at the door.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

You can RSVP on our Facebook page to receive updates.

 Posted by on April 16, 2014
Apr 162014

It’s that time of year again! Join us on June 5, 2014 for the 4th annual Connect Beauty event!!

If you have attended past Connect Beauty events, you know that this is THE event that blends eco-conscious fashion with toxic-free beauty. Join us in celebrating the glamourous, natural and eco-conscious trends of spring/summer 2014.

Presented by the Women’s Healthy Environments Network and Fashion Takes Action, Connect Beauty 2014 will be held at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, on June 5. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

It’s going to be THE event of the season…but we do need your help!  If you’re interested in donating an item to the Silent Auction or volunteering at Connect Beauty, we’d love to talk to you! Please click here to let us know you’re interested.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

 Posted by on April 16, 2014
Apr 102014

In this issue:

  • WHEN at the Green Living Show – buy tickets and support WHEN!
  • Connect Beauty 2014 – June 5th
  • Update on our February Healthy Homes & Healthy Families Workshop
  • Eco-Events in the GTA
  • Health Apps

Click HERE to read the newsletter.

 Posted by on April 10, 2014
Feb 192014

Check out WHEN’s winter newsletter:

  • Healthy Homes and Families Workshop
  • New Year’s What?
  • Meet our Webmaster
  • WTF T-shirts
  • Board recruitment coming soon!
  • Eco-Events in the GTA

Click here to read the newsletter.

 Posted by on February 19, 2014
Feb 132014


WHEN: 7-9 p.m. on Monday, February 24th

WHERE: Scarborough Women’s Centre

2100 Ellesmere Rd., Suite 245 Scarborough, ON M1H 3B7

COST: Free ($5 suggested donation)

In this workshop geared toward new Canadians, participants will learn to identify potential toxins they are exposed to in the home and get information on alternatives, in order to make better informed decisions about the products they use. At the end of the workshop, women will be able to identify possible hazardous products in their home and relate their experiences abroad to a new context in Canada.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a space for conversation about what are all the components of a healthy home. The goal is to build community with newcomers as well as to educate about potential toxins they are exposed to in Canada.

Click here for more information. To register, call 416-439-7111, ext. 6.

 Posted by on February 13, 2014
Dec 142013


  • Toxic-free holidays tips
  • Book Review: Raising Elijah, by Sandra Steingraber
  • Cancer Prevention Challenge Wrap Up
  • T’is the Season (to give green!)
  • What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Click HERE to read the full newsletter.

 Posted by on December 14, 2013
Oct 262013

The Cancer Prevention Challenge is drawing to a close, with just one week left!  We’ve packed a lot into our latest bulletin because we still have so much to share about cancer prevention! Check out our campaign progress and:

  • Our business participant Anarres Natural Health
  • A call for a Royal Commission on the Environment and Health and the ‘Use the System’ campaign
  • Great articles on healthy eating and the cancer prevention benefits of exercise
  • More great recipes
  • Profile of WHEN’s popular Connect events

Click HERE for the bulletin.


 Posted by on October 26, 2013