Recipes Galore!

Hey y’all,

Did you know that we have a section on our website dedicated solely to FOOD!?

We encourage you to try some of the recipes out and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter. For instance, take a bite out of this Spinach Eggplant Curry:

You’ll need:
(Feeds 4)
1 kg fresh spinach
2 red onions, chopped
1 200g can chickpeas, drained
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 red chilis, sliced
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsbp cumin seeds
1 eggplant, diced
400g chopped tomatoes

Boil the spinach in water for 2 minutes
Drain, rinse with cold water and then squeeze
Blend to a puree
Cook the onion, chickpeas, garlic, chili and spices for 5 minutes over a high heat
Add eggplant and cook for 10 minutes
Add tomatoes, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
Stir in the spinach puree and serve

Bon appétit!

The EC

Opening and Volunteer Applications

Big announcement:

WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE SEMESTER! Our hours are weekdays 10 am – 5 pm and we always have super friendly volunteers here to help answer any of your questions or even just hang out. Wait… are you interested in volunteering at the Earth Centre?! Fill out our survey before the end of the week to be considered! Good luck to everybody :)

The EC

It’s a New Semester

Hi All,

We hope everybody had a relaxing holiday season and are as excited as we are to see what this new year and new semester has to offer. For those of you taking geology courses we have 2 new textbooks in our textbook library:

  • Investigation in Environmental Geology – (3rd edition)- Duncan Foley, Garry D.Mckenzie, Russel O. Utgard
  • How does the earth work? Physical Geology and the Process of Science (2nd edition)- Gary Smith, Aurora Pun

Happy reading!

The EC

As we enter the final stretch….

Hey all,

The Earth Centre will only be open for another 2 weeks! That’s right, the last day of business will be December 6th.

Also, only 4 days left to grab the product of the month (lavender body lotion) and be included in our monthly draw.

Aaaaaaand of course, just like last year we will be offering our festive holiday packages. Supplies are limited so get yours now!

Stay positive and don’t let exams get you down! Here’s a lush forest instead :)



The EC

“The Clean Bin Project” – Nov 20th @ 7:30, Common Ground Coffee Shop

Hey Everyone!

Remember that this Wednesday at Common Ground Coffee Shop “The Clean Bin Project” will be screened at 7:30 pm. This a movie about living waste free and thus totally in line with what the The Earth Centre stands for!

We will be giving away free tea if you bring your own mug. Also, if you personally pledge to reduce waste (in the form of a whiteboard testimonial) you can enter a raffle to win a awesomely sustainable gift courtesy of the EC!

We would love to see you there and make a pledge!


November Book of the Month

“Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson (2002)

Silent Spring

In the past little while, we have been seeing the environmental movement making waves in Canada. Even on our campus, the Earth Centre is one of many environmentally proactive groups working to make a more sustainable Queen’s. Wouldn’t it be cool to know the origins of this movement? Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ is the 1962 book that arguably secured the environment as a priority in mainstream society. Carson created an outcry that eventually banned DDT and new laws to protect the Earth’s precious resources. All this during a time where the environment was not on the immediate agenda of the public. This is one of those rare books that changed the social paradigm of a society. This should be a priority read on the list of any friend of the earth!

The EC

November Product of the Month

New Product of the Month!

November’s product of the month is Seventh Generation Lavender Body Lotion – $5.50.

New to the Earth Centre, this plant-based lotion is free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes and is gluten-free and Kosher certified. The bottle is even made out of 94% post-consumer recycled plastic and is made in Canada. Best of all – it smells great!

Purchase this product of the month and get your name entered in to a draw to win some awesome Earth Centre prizes!

November's product of the month - Seventh Generation Lavender Body Lotion

November’s product of the month – Seventh Generation Lavender Body Lotion

Product of the Month

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.

The EC


New October Products

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

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!

The EC

October 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!

Check out the Earth Centre on Facebook and Twitter for future updates and book of the month posts!