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Erin Charter

Communications Manager, Environmental Defence

Erin is an eater, baker, and DIYer. She makes her own jam, and her own deodorant. Over the last two years, she's been on a serious quest to reduce her exposure to toxics and has effectively detoxed everything from her toilet cleaner to her lip gloss. You can find Erin riding around toronto on her bicycle, or in front of a mixer, sewing machine, or pair of knitting needles.

Erin has been a writer since the age of eight, when her poem about ghosts won a prize at a community pumpkin festival. She kept up with her writing to complete a BA in English, Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo, and an MA in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities. For her MA research, she looked at Canadian communities' food resources and considered the role of policy and the community in ensuring access to healthy, local, and culturally appropriate food.

This work led her to work on increasing capacity for Greenbelt farmers' markets, a blog about local food, and other environmental projects at the Greenbelt Foundation. From there, it was a short road to Environmental Defence, where she works on everything from Greenbelt to toxics to energy.

You Can be Clean And Green

Since I've made the move to non-toxic cosmetics, I've been getting a rather personal question: Don't you stink?The transition to natural deodorant is one of the most feared steps of the path to a less toxic lifestyle. Not everyone is willing to risk smelling bad to protect themselves and the environment from toxins.
05/18/2012 05:09 EDT
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A Resolution Even Oprah Could Love

Okay, people. We knew this day would come. It would appear even Oprah is touting green resolutions this year. Do you have a green one on your list? You need to make a New Year's resolution. We want to see the toxins out of makeup and safer products for all Canadians.
01/12/2012 04:07 EST