Award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Gill Deacon is one of Canada’s best-known environmental advocates.
She is author of the national bestseller, Green For Life, a guide to making sustainable living ‘the new normal’. Gill’s new book, due out in early 2011, is a guide to chemical-free body care, being green from head to toe.
On television, Gill hosted The Gill Deacon Show on CBC, and before that was host of @discovery.ca for five years on Discovery Channel Canada, and Discoveries This Week for Discovery Science Channel in the U.S.
Gill sits on the board of the Evergreen Foundation. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.
Recent posts from this author
Christmas stockings date back to early European traditions. During these tight economic times, many families are scaling back their holiday celebrations, curbing wasteful consumerism in favour of more traditional and meaningful gift-giving. If you have an eco-conscious family member, consider... Read more »
If you are planning to spend any money to fix up your house, the furnace is the smartest place to start. I know it’s tucked away in the basement so no one can see where you spent the small fortune for a new one. But a furnace that is more than 20 years old really needs to be replaced. A new... Read more »
Disposable is a four-letter word when you’re green for life, and disposable razors fall into this category too. Whether you are shaving your beard or your legs, a razor with replaceable blades is what you want to use, so you don’t have to toss all those handles into a landfill—the EPA... Read more »
Your hair feels so good when it’s freshly shampooed. It glows, it shines, and it infuses your most porous organ with carcinogens and hormone disruptors. Yes, most commercial shampoos actually contain stuff you wouldn’t want to put on your car, never mind your scalp. Don’t take it from me,... Read more »
We know from the stories that our grandparents walked uphill both to and from school. And it’s true, they lived before the Age of Convenience in which we now find ourselves. But what is also true is that your Granny’s lifestyle was green before green was cool. That’s how the founders of... Read more »
No matter how the dishwashing duties break down at your house, you don’t have to get dishpan hands anymore. If you’ve been debating whether to invest in an automatic dishwasher, let the earth be your reason to make the change. Automatic dishwashers use way less water than washing by hand in the... Read more »
As mom always said, education is our best defence. It’s even true for a trip to the store. Surrounded by misleading marketing, it’s hard to be a responsible consumer. So many consumer labels are difficult to interpret—especially when terms like “organic” and “natural” have no legal... Read more »
Get your electricity from above and your heat from below. Geothermal heating takes advantage of stable temperatures below the earth’s surface to heat and cool your home. Have you heard of a ground-source heat pump? The idea is that a network of tubes buried two metres underground near your... Read more »
Read the labels carefully.
The skin is our largest and most porous organ, so it’s really important to know what we’re soaking it in and slathering on it. Take that extra 30 seconds to examine the fine print on the label. Look carefully for any of the nasty chemicals listed above.
And... Read more »
So, you’ve made the switch to safer personal care items, free of all those toxic chemical ingredients—well done! But as many readers have written to me, that transformation leaves us with a vexing issue of disposal: what to do with all the unwanted, chemical-laden products? Dumping all those... Read more »
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