Lisa Borden
Lisa Borden, owner of Borden Communications, takes a unique approach to holistically marketing eco-intelligent living and working. Some of her favourite titles (from a long list) include: Catalyst for Change, Enthusiastic Philanthropist, Inspiration Agent, Strategist + Catalyst, Mother of 3 and Wannabe Organic Farmer.

If you ask around, many would tell you that she Lisa has a big mouth. Many would tell you that she’s “real” and tells it like it is. Others will share that she is their most trusted advisor and ally. She’s self declared that she’s not “normal”, but few people who make lasting impressions are conventional. Lisa looks forward everyday to challenging people’s thinking, and starting dialogues that will result in success, and us making this world a better place together.

Entries by Lisa Borden

Tips For Truly Clean And Eco-Healthy Skin

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 12:04 PM

Did you hear about this study out of University of California, Berkeley, that shows that after just three days of using makeup, shampoos and lotions free of hormone-disrupting chemicals, levels of those chemicals in the body dropped up to 45 per cent? That means switching your body care...

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5 Things To Keep In Mind To Be Truly Happy In Your Work

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2017 | 10:22 AM

How fortunate I am to run my own business (it's been over 20 years now), and spend much of my time working with clients who are doing truly good things, and living and working with passion. I love it. But, it's also challenging. It's very challenging. There are...

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Fragrance Is The New Second-Hand Smoke

(65) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 4:24 PM

Fragrance is the new second-hand smoke. Being clean and smelling great should never mean using manufactured, toxic substances that you will inhale and absorb.

Think about it: if you climbed to the top of a mountain and took a deep breath of fresh air, compared to a deep inhale of a "mountain...

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Wisdom: From Entrepreneurs, For Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 3:48 AM

Reflecting on this past year in business conjures up the same extreme gratitude that the other 22 years of Borden Communications has for me. Without triple-good clients and colleagues, also in relentless pursuit of running good businesses with strong, successful results, I wouldn't be in a position to do and support this good work.

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The Wrong Bus Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 7:02 AM

Years ago while reading Grub (an awesome book filled with ideas for an urban organic kitchen), I was introduced to, and instantly connected with, the Wrong Bus Syndrome by Wangari Maathai, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner. It's a simple-yet-powerful analogy for how and why we find ourselves headed...

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Just Say No... To Fragrance

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 2:37 PM

Fragrance is the new second hand smoke. Being clean and smelling great should never mean using manufactured, toxic substances that you will inhale and absorb.

Think about this: If you climbed to the top of a mountain and took a deep breath of fresh air, compared to a deep inhale of a...

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We Should Inspire And Empower Kids To Eat Healthily At School

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 3:39 PM

As someone who is a vocal advocate of healthier eating, litterless lunches and strong school policies -- both in my family life and in my work -- I think things are beginning to get out of hand. The new measures at our schools to "enforce" healthy eating are...

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A Checklist To Help You Have A Healthy And Efficient Workday

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 2:20 PM

This is a checklist for myself as much as it's for you. Although much of it applies to everyone, especially those who work at a desk, if you are an entrepreneur and work intensely, you likely need signs, signals, alarms and life forces to interrupt your work flow in order...

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Does It Make Sense Or Is It Oxymoronic?

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 4:54 PM

Every day, I see and share hypocrisies, while trying not to be a hypocrite myself.

I'm aware of my shortcomings just as much (or maybe more) than my efforts and commitments, and I try and learn (and never "un-know"), do better, use less, care more, and...

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Don't Believe All The Buzz Around Honey Nut Cheerios

(13) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 2:10 PM

This week, there has been a flurry of coverage over General Mills' decision to remove Buzz the cartoon bee from boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios -- for a limited time -- while they help find a solution to unstable bee populations.

This campaign is uninformed (at best) and (at worst)...

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How To Survive And Thrive At Trade Shows

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 4:03 PM

Both working and attending a trade show can be an incredible way to connect with like-minded people and brands, and to create new partnerships and opportunities. I have attended my fair share of conferences and shows, on my own, and with clients, and understand how much there is to do,...

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Take Action Against Toxic Turf

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 1:37 PM

If you aren't outraged, then you just aren't paying attention.

It's true.

The introduction and popularity of artificial, toxic turf in playing fields and playgrounds throughout Toronto (and well beyond), is shocking, terrifying, and absolutely something we should ALL be outraged about -- and taking action on, now.


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Be A Conscious Consumer Over The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 5:22 PM

On Black Friday, we are all encouraged to over-consume. We are bombarded with ads and specials and emails that send us into a buying frenzy because it feels as if it's the only time of year that we will be able to afford the things we want.

This intense...

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This October, Let's Stop Pinkwashing Breast Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 8:25 AM

It's October -- the leaves are changing colours, our front stoops showcase our orange pumpkins, the first frosts make our gardens white in the morning, and everywhere I look, virtually and in person, I see pink.

Despite the lovely pink ribbon, toxic ingredients are polluting us. Maybe it's just the...

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6 Ways to Avoid Toxic Personalities Trying to Derail Your Business

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:59 PM

As a business, dealing with assholes can be annoying. As a small business, dealing with assholes can be derailing -- if we let them. And we know firsthand that they will try. It's taken me years of practice, and sadly, much too much experience to even feel like I have...

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What You Should Consider Before Hiring a Social Media "Expert"

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 8:39 AM

I'm not sure that in this day and age it makes sense to trust any label or title -- not on products, and not on people either. A claim is very different from fact and function.

One of the biggest challenges -- and defining moments -- when I work with...

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How to Throw a Sustainable Seder

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 8:32 AM

Seder actually translates to mean "order", something that I can relate to very much, as I love all things when they are in good order and make sense, as rare as that is to find. Passover offers an opportunity to combine the wisdom of this Jewish holiday with our commitment...

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Are We Making Progress?

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 4:41 PM

It's not like I want to give credit to huge retailers and big food for making change, and I'm certainly not advocating for anyone to start eating fast food, or shopping big box before local indie. But sometimes, a cluster of announcements, no matter how small on their own, give...

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How My Family Celebrates a Healthier Halloween

(35) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 8:34 AM

In reality, Halloween produces more boos, eeks, screeches and ding dongs than we should tolerate. From the toxic candy, to the phthalate-laced costumes and the insane amount of waste generated, it's challenging to consider it good, clean fun. Thankfully there are a few things we can do to make sure...

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How To Plan An Environmentally-Friendly Family Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:12 AM

For me, a vacation away is a much needed break from my everyday routine (and my desk). It lends me unstructured time with my family, it is a time of adventure and sleep, and sunshine in the winter months. It's a refreshing opportunity to experience other places in our great...

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