Book of the Month


‘The Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard (2010)
The Story of Stuff

When we think of environmental issues our brain is triggered to doomsday images of pollution, oil sands, a loss in biodiversity, glacial melting, toxins in the ozone layer, changing climates – I will stop because we could be here for a while. However, Leonard’s insightful novel looks at overconsumption and the impact this habit most of us are guilty of has on our communities and health. It is safe to say we have way too much stuff and Leonard is not shying away from explaining what this is doing to the dumps and factories around the world. Point blank: we are obsessed with possession and Leonard isn’t afraid to call you out on it in her fascinating read.

The Earth Centre recently had their Clothing Swap in the Queen’s University ARC. This event really emphasized the idea that one person’s garbage is another person’s treasure. This event inspired me to take a deeper look at Leonard’s novel. I think this event would have made her proud!

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Ecoholic Body by Adria Vasil

Did you know that common household beauty products contain estrogen mimickers, endocrine disruptors, and known carcinogens?  Did you know that rain forests, savannas, and sensitive areas around the world are dug up for palm oil plantations? Can you pronounce Cyclotetrasiloxan, and do you what it does to aquatic life?

If so, Kudos to you and your toxicology knowledge!  (And perhaps you have taken ENSC 201??)  If not, pick up this month’s featured book, Ecoholic Body by Adria Vasil.

From body wash and shampoo to health care and contraceptives, Vasil covers everything you need to know about the products we use in our day-to-day lives, and how the chemicals we put on and in our bodies affect our health and the ecosystems around us.

Ecoholic Body represents the ethos of the Earth Centre, and our commitment to helping students Shop Responsibly and Live Sustainably.  This easy-reading guidebook will help you navigate through greenwash, and equip you with the knowledge to choose products that keep you looking, smelling and feeling great without unnecessary toxicants.  And hey, if you’re feeling inspired, you’re favorite non-profit campus store has some of her featured products available at cost – cheaper than listed in the book!

For those already familiar with the Ecoholic series, be sure to check out Adria’s blog for weekly posts on green-living tips and product advice

-Alex, Education Director