Nov 152016

Wannabe Toxic Free T.O.

Monday, Nov 21, 2016, 6:00 PM

CSI Spadina – Innovation Lab
215 Spadina Ave, 4th Floor Toronto, ON

12 Change Agents Attending

O-M-G, this affects my health. I #WannaBeToxicFree!We will get down to the naked truth about the toxic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and what actions we can take to reduce exposure. This event is for 1) people who do not accept status quo and 2) people who believe that our actions can make the world a healthier place.Come to Women’s …

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You’re Invited to Wannabe Toxic Free – Monday, November 21st at 6:30pm

“O-M-G, this affects my health. I #WannaBeToxicFree!”

Come to #Wannabe Toxic Free monthly event featuring different engaging speakers who highlight the links between our health and the environment.

We will get down to the naked truth about the toxic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and what actions we can take to reduce exposure. This event is for people who believe that the current status quo needs a makeover and our actions can make the world a healthier place.

Upcoming Event:
Monday, November 21st: 6:00 – 9:00 pm (Talks from 6:45pm-8:00pm) CSI Innovation Lab, 4th Floor (215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto)

Why Come?
Experience A-HA moments – new ideas, new perspectives, and new thoughts!
Meet old and new friends who get you!
Enjoy free delicious food (with a small environmental footprint, of course) – remember to bring your own glass/water bottle for drinks!

Spots are limited, RSVP now!

We are excited to announce our incredible line up of November speakers!  

1. Sunday Harrison, Green Thumbs Growing Kids
“Harvest of Hope: Cultivating Learning Gardens”

2. Dr. Chelsea Schreiner ND, River Rock Health
“Human Health Conditions Related to the Environment”

3. Steven Bourne and Brandon Hebor, Ripple Farms
“Buying Organic: The Ripple Effect”

Pay what it’s worth to help us keep our important work going.
$10 (suggested donation) will get you a cool WTF button
$25 will get you a button and a WTF t-shirt!

6:00pm – 6:30pm – Doors Open, Networking
6:30pm – 6:45pm – Introductions & Community Announcements
6:45pm – 8:00pm – Talks
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Networking

About WTF
WannabeToxicFreeTO is a monthly event with four featured speakers delivering TED-style talks (15 min presentations) to inspire people to take action to make changes in their homes, workplaces, and communities.

Each event includes engaging speakers from different sectors so the topics vary — we do this to keep you on your toes!

WTF is a project of the Women’s Healthy Environments Network

 Posted by on November 15, 2016
Nov 082016

Speaker: Jenise Lee (Certclean)
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

We all use skin care products as part of our daily regimen. Whether it is the body wash we use in the shower, the lotion we lather on ourselves every morning or the soap we use while washing our hands. We unconsciously use these different substances on ourselves, but do we really know what is actually in the products we are exposing our skin to?

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 Posted by on November 8, 2016
Nov 082016

Speaker: Muhannad Malas
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

Toxins exist throughout our homes; whether they are in our living room floors, our furniture or even in our cooking ware, they can be present all around us without us even knowing. Regardless of how cautious we may be toxins can be hard to escape. Many times we may be bringing harmful toxins into our homes without even realizing. This can occur due to either not knowing which products are detrimental to our health, or because of toxic ingredients not being listed on product labels. For instance, flame retardants which were originally developed as an industrial gimmick as a result of tobacco industries being blamed for causing fires. In order to overcome these accusations, tobacco companies collaborated with the furniture industry and created furniture soaked in flame retardants intended to delay the onset of fires. Unlike the U.S, Canadian policies have not mandated that flame retardants be included in product labels, in order to prevent an economic decline amongst furniture industries. This has resulted in many Canadian consumers being unaware of their presence when purchasing furniture; thereby unknowingly introducing harmful toxins into their homes. Additionally, many products include an ingredient labelled “*Fragrance”, which encompasses many toxic ingredients one of which includes phthalates. However companies are not required to include the specific chemicals that make up this ingredient on product labels. Although policies have been passed, to eliminate the use of toxins in some products, they do not necessarily prevent its use within other products. This has been demonstrated by the previous ban of BPA use in baby bottles but its continual presence in 2/3rds of Canadian cans.

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 Posted by on November 8, 2016
Nov 082016

Speaker: Tooba Shakeel (LEAF)
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

Taking a stroll at the park, gardening in our backyards and cruising down the road, we have all done at least one of these things at some point in our lives but what do all of these activities have in common? In all of these scenarios you will see trees and tree-related plants like wildflower and shrubs, each of which encompasses the “urban forest. In short, the urban forest is a collection of trees that grows within a city, town or suburb. The urban forest is so important because it combats climate change and provides environmental, health, community as well as ecological benefits, to name a few.

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 Posted by on November 8, 2016
Oct 062016


Speaker: Kerri Brock from Splash Concepts
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

            Scents, whether from the fragrance of one’s perfume or the aroma of a burning scented candle, can create strong emotional connections for people. Where the scent of an ocean breeze candle can take an individual back to a family vacation at the beach or a mountain scented glade plug-in can bring someone back to the first time they climbed the Himalayan Mountains. Scents can be a great marketing tool for production companies; however, 95% of these aromas are synthetic and contain chemical toxins that are detrimental to our health. Some chemical toxins in particular are the nitro polycyclic musks. Polycyclic musk’s are known as “endocrine disrupters” which along with other toxins can enter our bodies through inhalation, ingestion and dermal inhalation, which is absorbed through our skin. These endocrine disruptors have adverse effects on the pituitary gland, thyroid, ovaries and testes. Some of their effects include low fertility, late puberty or early menopause. Women are exposed to approximately 12 products per day which can be as many as 150-160 chemicals per day.    Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 6, 2016