what we do

Environmental Defence helps people avoid toxic chemicals that our bodies don’t need and that nature doesn’t want.

We educate consumers about the chemicals and heavy metals in consumer products and cosmetics. We offer free practical tools, like our shoppers’ guide. And we connect customers with companies to let them know it’s time to get these toxics out. (This includes you, too, gentlemen—your shaving cream, body wash and shampoo are all considered cosmetics.)

We’ve done our own testing to find the levels of toxins in regular people like you.

We participate in the federal government’s Chemicals Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Council and are proud to have been involved in protecting infants from the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA).

Next up, we’ve identified five widespread, unnecessary chemicals that are linked to cancer and endocrine disruption, and are found in Canadian products. Banning these five chemicals from products will reduce human exposure to toxics, and improve overall public health and cancer prevention efforts.

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved but there’s more work ahead. At Environmental Defence, we believe that just because a company doesn’t want to tell you what’s in their product that you still have a right to know.

Action alert: Go to the petition urging cosmetic companies to clean up their act.

Toxics
Toxics

Environmental Defence helps people avoid toxic chemicals that our bodies don’t need and that nature doesn’t want.

We educate consumers about the chemicals and heavy metals in consumer products and cosmetics. We offer free practical tools, like our shoppers’ guide. And we connect customers with companies to let them know it’s time to get these toxics out. (This includes you, too, gentlemen—your shaving cream, body wash and shampoo are all considered cosmetics.)

We’ve done our own testing to find the levels of toxins in regular people like you.

We participate in the federal government’s Chemicals Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Council and are proud to have been involved in protecting infants from the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA).

Next up, we’ve identified five widespread, unnecessary chemicals that are linked to cancer and endocrine disruption, and are found in Canadian products. Banning these five chemicals from products will reduce human exposure to toxics, and improve overall public health and cancer prevention efforts.

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved but there’s more work ahead. At Environmental Defence, we believe that just because a company doesn’t want to tell you what’s in their product that you still have a right to know.

Action alert: Go to the petition urging cosmetic companies to clean up their act.

  • Just Beautiful
    How safe are the personal products we use on our bodies?
  • Kick Out Toxics
    We're in the middle of a widescale human chemistry experiment.
  • Baby
    Keep your baby safe from toxic chemicals in the home.
  • Cleaning
    Are you exposing your family to harmful chemicals when you clean the house?
  • Eating
    Canadians are exposed to toxic chemicals at every meal.
  • Sleeping
    It’s a lot harder to rest easy at night, knowing there are toxic chemicals in our beds.
  • Salon
    Whether you’re a client or employee, learn how you can leave the salon Just Beautiful.
  • Resources
    Learn more about toxic chemicals, how they affect us, and how to avoid them.

We are at a crossroads. At a time when Canada aspires to become a global energy superpower, the window of opportunity to prevent catastrophic global warming is rapidly closing. Our planet could lock into irreversible climate change within five years if we don’t change where we get our energy now. The road leading backward is a dead end. We cannot continue to exploit unsustainable and risky sources like oil or coal for our energy. We cannot continue unchecked expansion of the tar sands and the pipelines that serve them. And we don’t need to. There is a better way forward – a green energy future.

Environmental Defence is leading the charge in helping Canada shift to a green economy. We seek to end wasteful fossil fuel subsidies, invest in energy efficiency and smart conservation ideas, and speed up the transition to clean and safe renewable energy. All of which are already growing our economy and creating new jobs.

Energy
Climate and Energy

We are at a crossroads. At a time when Canada aspires to become a global energy superpower, the window of opportunity to prevent catastrophic global warming is rapidly closing. Our planet could lock into irreversible climate change within five years if we don’t change where we get our energy now. The road leading backward is a dead end. We cannot continue to exploit unsustainable and risky sources like oil or coal for our energy. We cannot continue unchecked expansion of the tar sands and the pipelines that serve them. And we don’t need to. There is a better way forward – a green energy future.

Environmental Defence is leading the charge in helping Canada shift to a green economy. We seek to end wasteful fossil fuel subsidies, invest in energy efficiency and smart conservation ideas, and speed up the transition to clean and safe renewable energy. All of which are already growing our economy and creating new jobs.

  • Climate Change
    Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world.
  • Tar Sands
    The tar sands are Canada's fastest growing source of global warming pollution.
  • Clean Energy
    Ontario is now the North American leader in renewable energy.
  • Conservation
    It's the easiest and cheapest way to cut greenhouse gases.

Environmental Defence is helping Canada shift to a green economy.

At Environmental Defence we find solutions to environmental challenges, and work with allies (including unlikely ones) to achieve unexpected results.

We are working with labour unions and other allies to create more opportunities for good green jobs like making wind mills and solar panels, insulating buildings and manufacturing electric cars. We’re also working with progressive companies to help them figure out how to pollute less and make more money doing it. We highlight the good work of manufacturers and retailers making and/or selling personal care products that are free of the Toxic Ten ingredients, chemicals which are linked to human health problems and environmental pollution. We’re also educate the public and governments of all stripes about the opportunities inherent in developing a low-carbon, resource efficient, socially inclusive economy.

Canadians don’t need to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. We can and will have both.

Green Economy
Green Economy

Environmental Defence is helping Canada shift to a green economy.

At Environmental Defence we find solutions to environmental challenges, and work with allies (including unlikely ones) to achieve unexpected results.

We are working with labour unions and other allies to create more opportunities for good green jobs like making wind mills and solar panels, insulating buildings and manufacturing electric cars. We’re also working with progressive companies to help them figure out how to pollute less and make more money doing it. We highlight the good work of manufacturers and retailers making and/or selling personal care products that are free of the Toxic Ten ingredients, chemicals which are linked to human health problems and environmental pollution. We’re also educate the public and governments of all stripes about the opportunities inherent in developing a low-carbon, resource efficient, socially inclusive economy.

Canadians don’t need to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. We can and will have both.

  • Good Green Jobs
    Creating jobs in the green economy.
  • Green Beauty
    These companies are making greener and safer personal care products.
  • Aggregates
    Socially and environmentally responsible aggregates are possible in Ontario.
  • Greenest Workplace
    Greening our homes away from home.

We all value clean, fresh water. We drink it. We swim in it and fish from it. We enjoy lazy summer weekends or vacations by its shores.

We educate people about the need for safer, cleaner water – and how we can protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, which hold 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater.

How we treat our land—especially the natural spaces where forests and wetlands thrive—greatly affects the quality and cleanliness of our water.

Environmental Defence works to protect one by protecting the other. By preserving green spaces, we protect the natural filters that keep pollutants from our rivers and lakes. It also helps keep local farmland for agricultural use. That’s why we’re so proud that the world’s biggest Greenbelt wraps around Toronto, and why we educate about the dangers that sprawl-type-growth presents.

We’re also proud our work to reduce water pollution has such a visible symbol: the Blue Flag. We brought this international symbol to Canada in 2004 to designate beaches and marinas that are clean, safe to use and involve local citizens in keeping them clean. Families rely on the Blue Flag to find beaches and marinas that meet high standards.

Action alert: Sign up for updates on Great Lakes, Lake Simcoe and Greenbelt work.

 

 

Land and Water
Land and Water

We all value clean, fresh water. We drink it. We swim in it and fish from it. We enjoy lazy summer weekends or vacations by its shores.

We educate people about the need for safer, cleaner water – and how we can protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, which hold 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater.

How we treat our land—especially the natural spaces where forests and wetlands thrive—greatly affects the quality and cleanliness of our water.

Environmental Defence works to protect one by protecting the other. By preserving green spaces, we protect the natural filters that keep pollutants from our rivers and lakes. It also helps keep local farmland for agricultural use. That’s why we’re so proud that the world’s biggest Greenbelt wraps around Toronto, and why we educate about the dangers that sprawl-type-growth presents.

We’re also proud our work to reduce water pollution has such a visible symbol: the Blue Flag. We brought this international symbol to Canada in 2004 to designate beaches and marinas that are clean, safe to use and involve local citizens in keeping them clean. Families rely on the Blue Flag to find beaches and marinas that meet high standards.

Action alert: Sign up for updates on Great Lakes, Lake Simcoe and Greenbelt work.