Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

Green Environment Resources

dictionary_150.jpg6 Glossaries: Green Healthcare Terms, Green Interior Fabric Terms, Sustainable Rugs & Carpet Terms, Green Interior Design Terms,  Green Window Terms, and Green Terms for the Conscious Consumer

I compiled these alphabetical listing of definitions from my 19 years of teaching notes and textbooks, and from the websites listed at the end of each definition. I think having one glossary in each subject area that encompasses so many terms is relatively rare." - Dayle

Dayle's hours of research are available to you in these easily downloadable pdf files.

Glossary of Green Healthcare Terms

glossary_green_300Glossary of Green Textile Terms

Glossary of Green Rug and Carpet Terms

Glossary of Green Interior Design Terms

Glossary of Green Window Terms

Glossary of Green Terms for the Conscious Consumer

 


greening_of_healthcare-fabrics_used_in_healthcare_facilities_250The Greening of Healthcare - Fabrics used in Healthcare Facilities Scientific Poster

Healthcare textiles may pose a serious risk to health and safety when patients and healthcare workers are unknowingly exposed to chemicals of concern. This poster, greening_of_healthcare-fabrics_used_in_healthcare_facilities_poster.pdf is a great summary of the paper by Dayle and co-author Dr. Walter F. Kean, professor of medicine, McMaster University, which was published in the Journal of Green Building, Fall 2011.

The Greening of Healthcare Fabrics Abstract

 


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Connection between Pollution and the Individual

The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution:  millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space….Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is, just as you are responsible for the planet.  As within, so without:  if humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution."


Ekhart Tolle, “The Power of Now” pp77-78.

Dayle has received great inspiration from the teachings of Ekhart in this book and in his subsequent book, “The New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”. Click For More Information


Air Quality Tips from the Lung Association:

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Your home should be safe and comforting, not a place that makes you sick. People can have air quality problems in any kind of home, new or old. The good news is that you can do something right now to improve the indoor air quality in your home."

Lung Association


The Guide to Less Toxic Products

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Everyday, most North Americans use beauty and cleaning products which contain hazardous ingredients. How can you find the products which are least toxic, among the thousands of products on store shelves?"

This amazing website was developed by the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, a non-profit, charitable organization that is entirely independent of any supplier or manufacturer of products mentioned in the Guide.  Dayle has this 80+ page guide listed in her personal ‘favourites’ for choosing good, better & best products in every category for the home.

Guide to Less Toxic Products

 


Why Should You Care About Pesticides on Fruits & Veggies?

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There is growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people, especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, shoppers are wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible."

This produce ranking of 43 fruits and vegetables was developed by analysts at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a not-for-profit environmental research organization.  This list is another one of Dayle’s personal ‘favourites’.

Food News


David Suzuki shows you 10 ways you can stop global warming, reduce energy consumption and make a difference

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The David Suzuki Foundation has an excellent website, one part of which lists simple changes in our everyday lives that can help slow climate change. For an excellent overview of actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint:  What_you_can_do

David Suzuki is one of Dayle’s great heros.  He has been consistent in his message for over 40 years. Dayle just finished reading his autobiograpy, a 'must read' for anyone interested in the history of the environmental movement.


Organically Grown Cotton

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Although cotton is a natural, renewable resource and is comfortable to wear, many aspects of conventional cotton growing make us very uncomfortable.  Over-application of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides has made thousands of acres too barren or contaminated for further farming. Many of the chemicals used are highly toxic, and injure or kill plants, animals, and people."

Mountain Equipment Coop is an outdoor sporting goods cooperative company that has pioneered responsible sustainable choices for their products.  This article explains the rationale behind selecting 100% organic for their cotton clothing.  Ranked in the top 25 global buyers of organic cotton, they used in excess of 129,000kg of raw cotton, avoiding more than 42,600 kg of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or defoliants. Read article here

Also see About Organic Cotton


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An Inconvenient Truth

Our climate crisis may at times appear to be happening slowly, but in fact it is happening very quickly-and has become a true planetary emergency. The Chinese expression for crisis consists of two characters. The first is a symbol for danger; the second is a symbol for opportunity. In order to face down the danger that is stalking us and move through it, we first have to recognize that we are facing a crisis. So why is it that our leaders seem not to hear such clarion warnings? Are they resisting the truth because they know that the moment they acknowledge it, they will face a moral imperative to act? Is it simply more convenient to ignore the warnings? Perhaps, but inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen. Indeed, when they are responded to, their significance doesn't diminish; it grows."

This must-see movie can be rented from the local video store or purchased on DVD.  It is also available in book format; the above quotation is from Al Gore’s website. Dayle prefers the 'opportunity' part of this crisis message and believes we can make a difference if we focus on the positive.

An Inconvenient Truth


The "Sins of Greenwashing Home and Family Edition 2010"

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A Report on Environmental Claims made in the North American Consumer Market by TerraChoice, part of the UL Global Network. They explain very clearly by defining and quantifying the 7 sins, followed by recommendations for consumers and marketers.  The sins TerraChoice identified are: Hidden Trade-Off, No Proof, Vagueness, Irrelevance, Lesser of Two Evils, Fibbing and Worshipping False Labels.  The importance of 3rd party certification on multiple attributes is stressed.


Terrachoice Sins of Greenwashing



greenhomessmr_150McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report: New and Remodeled Green Homes - Transforming the Residential Marketplace 2012

This 2012 report compiles survey result of US builders and remodelers (renovators) and their experience with building green homes. It compares to previous research and the findings are very positive for the increase in demand for green and the reduction in costs. Results are most favourable amongst builders with more green experience, who are more likely to report lower or no additional cost to consumers choosing green for their construction. Green homes are seen as having higher quality and that they save consumers money. This report can be downloaded for no cost once you obtain a log-in and password.

McGraw-Hill Construction Analytics

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