Eden Atkinson-Bruce

Making a Difference

Making a difference

Many, many of us are trying to reduce our global footprint (about 90%, if you live in Canada). What some people have noticed, though, is that the news reports of 85% of Africa’s rainforests are gone, fish are getting genders mixed up, and the earth keeps getting hotter and dirtier. This makes many slump down in exhaustion because our lovely planet is still being hurt, despite all the newspaper garbage bags and organic veggies that one may buy. If you’re feeling blue because of trying to be green and not seeing much happen, perhaps some words of encouragement are in… read more

Our Disposable Society

Old wooden toys

If you were to hop in a time machine and go back about a hundred years, it would be quite obvious that the changes most parts of the world have undergone are not only in extreme contrast to the past (rhyme shamelessly intended), but accelerating at an ever increasing rate. Western civilization has gone, it seems, from steam engines to electricity in a hundred years. Reusing the wooden toys our parents played with, to fifty cent squirt guns (that break as soon as we open the package). And this begs a question. Why? Why is the average plastic, primary-colored toy used… read more

The Truth About Bamboo

Bamboo textiles

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing because on the tag it had the words “100% percent bamboo fiber”? These are often advertised as eco-friendly products from a sustainable resource. While bamboo (a member of the grass family that can grow up to or more than a yard per day), may be renewable, the process used to make bamboo textiles is not. The most common way is ‘cooking’ leaves and shoots in a harsh chemical process that involves soaking them in carbon disulfide, otherwise known as caustic soda, or lye. This process is toxic not only to the earth,… read more

The Problem with GMO’s

Genetic modification

Genetic Modification. GMO. Frankly, it sounds quite scary. What’s also scary is the fact that we need eight syllables to describe something quite simple: Fiddling about. The problem with modifying something that already exists in a state of modification (ie. evolution – meaning that the plant or animal was genetically modified through a natural process occurring over thousands of years to fit best with its surroundings) is that well, first of all, forcibly adapting another thing to our own benefits just doesn’t make any sense in the long term. Singling out a single species of wheat, for example, out of… read more

Can We Really Do It?

Reducing our carbon footprint

Thanks to increasing efforts worldwide, people are gradually, and in small ways, reducing their carbon footprints. It’s a large movement, based on individuals choosing to change their habits, and raise their voices against global climate change. But what happens when we are browsing the e-edition of the newspaper (to save paper), and we find out that the ice caps are still melting, will continue melting, and will be completely melted in a certain amount of time. Sometimes it can be hard to face the predictions of coming disasters. Animal extinction, factory farming, overfishing, over mining, fossil fuels. All these issues… read more

The Hamburger Issue

Issues with the meat industry

The food industry is a notorious contributor to global warming. The process for many mainstream meat suppliers can be a system diluted with inefficiencies. For example, genetically modified crops fed to animals which are often also genetically modified to grow and mature faster, and are given large doses of antibiotics which are never naturally present in their biological systems. Sometimes the animals are kept in deplorable conditions (as seen in the popular documentary “Food, Inc.”, which the author highly recommends for further information, as it was one of the main sources for this article.).  In the documentary, cows were seen… read more

Hidden Toxins in our Homes

Houseplants reduce toxins in the home

Home. As popular comedian George Carlin once said, “Home is just a place for your stuff.” This is true in a sense. But home is also, as the common saying goes “a person’s castle”. A place to eat, sleep, and dance about looking ridiculous. If home is a castle, and a place for our stuff, it should be safe and comfortable. And while locks on the doors might make it feel safe, most of us don’t know that inside our castles the air is most likely to contain four to five times the legal limit for outdoor pollutants and toxic… read more

Buy School Supplies Wisely

Buying school supplies wisely

It’s August. That means the inevitable billboards and commercials of companies advertising their wares as many people return to (or begin) a new school year. Whether a university student or a kindergarten pupil, there will likely be a cost to buying shiny new supplies to prepare for the call of academia. So how can we reduce both the cost on the earth and our bank balances? There are three things to consider, the trinity of the eco-world, ‘Reduce’, ‘Reuse’ and ‘Recycle’. First of all, reduce. Do you really need all 8 binders and the deluxe 42 pack of pencils? Try… read more

Buy Local = Buy Better

Local produce helping the economy and environment

Chances are, if you’re here, you already have taken or might plan to take environmental action to reduce the effects of pollution and urbanization on the planet. It could be as simple as turning off the lights and unplugging the toaster when not in use, or you could be living without plastic and installing solar panels. Either way, the little things we do every day can add up to help preserve our environment. Out of ideas? Well, if turning off the lights isn’t enough, here are some other ways to reduce your footprint in one of the lesser known ways…. read more