The Earth Centre is launching a new initiative!
Every month from now on we will feature a “Product of the Month”. If you purchase the product of the month your name will be entered into a draw. At the end of the month we will draw a name from the submission box and the winner of the draw will win a fabulous and environmentally friendly prize! There will be a new winner every month!
Stay tuned for the November’s Product of the Month announcement and get excited for the chance to win free stuff, because free stuff is kinda cool.
As you may have heard, the EC has received a new shipment of products this month! Here are a few of the highlights: (Full list is located here)
- Lavender Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner
- Berry Lip Gloss
- Grapefruit Face Cleanser
- Grapefruit/Bamboo Face Scrub
- Pump Hand Soap
- Lavender Body Lotion
- Mandarin Body Wash
- Lavender Face Cleansing Cloths
- Lavender Oatmeal Bar Soap
- 4′Oclock Tea
Green Beaver Berry Lip Gloss and Lip Balm, perfect for the coming winter Brrrrrrr!
At the Earth Centre we take great care and pride in working exclusively with suppliers that support sustainable manufacturing practices and that put environmental stewardship and sustainability first in their operations and business culture. Links to all of our suppliers can be found here if you’d like to learn more about how they get the job done!
Happy Halloweening everybody!
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!
Check out the Earth Centre on Facebook and Twitter for future updates and book of the month posts!
Just a reminder that this whole week (Sept 30-Oct 4) is Sustainability Week at Queen’s! Be sure to take part in our clothing swap Oct 2nd 10am-5pm and Oct 3rd 10am-5pm happening in the ARC (ground floor). You can drop off clothing all week at the Earth Centre and also during the swap itself if you want. It will be a first come, first serve basis so be sure to come early.
Hope to see you all there!
Heya fellow Earth lovers!
In case you haven’t heard the news or haven’t yet had a chance to visit us on the 3rd floor of the ARC, we want to announce that we are now open for business!
Check out our “Products and Suppliers” tab for information on what kind of products we currently carry, and our “Library” tab to see what kind of spectacular literature our library offers!
Stay tuned for new products arriving in the next couple of weeks, along with the addition of up to 40 more titles to the library. So exciting!
Also… T-MINUS 10 DAYS UNTIL GREENFEST! http://www.queensgreenfest.ca/
The Earth Centre will be closed on Friday, March 29 for Good Friday. Regular hours will resume on Monday.
Wishing you a hoppy Easter,
Want to be a part of the Earth Centre Exec 2013-2014 team? Applications are due Friday March, 22nd 2013 by 11:00pm. The positions available include: Office Manager, Finance Manager, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Education Director and Marketing Director! Click here to access the application form! All applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org! Good Luck!
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 to make way 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 www.ecoholic.ca.
-Alex, Education Director
The Earth Centre is looking for co-chairs for the 2013-2014 school year! We would like to invite everyone (both undergraduates and graduates are welcome) to apply for these positions, no experience is required. We are looking for individuals who show strong leadership, commitment, and organization skills. You will find this an extremely rewarding position if you are passionate about sustainability and have an interest in environmental topics and initiatives.
The application is due by email to email@example.com by Wednesday March 6th at midnight. Please include your name and ‘Co-Chair Application’ in the subject line. Within the few days following the deadline, we will be in contact with you regarding further steps (ie. interviews).
We look forward to reading your applications!
<3 The current EC co-chairs
The Earth Centre is proud to be a partner in GREENFEST, a campus-wide celebration of sustainability at Queen’s, from March 4th to March 8th.
Its 5 themed days – Energy & Climate, Waste Diversion, Food & Water, Transportation, and Sustainability Education – provide participants with 5 ways to live more sustainably
both on campus and at home.
We are hosting events throughout the week, so be sure to check out some of the green action!
More information on the greenfest website