EBTV presents host Evita Ochel with special guest Rick Smith in a dialogue about shifting to a green economy in our everyday choices like our food, personal care, and home products.

Rick Smith has a Ph.D in biology and is a Canadian author and environmentalist. He is the Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute and in the past was the Executive Director of Environmental Defence Canada. Along with Bruce Lourie he co-authored the 2009 book Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health which became an International bestseller, and together they co-authored the 2014 book Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World. Rick is regarded as one of Canada’s leading environmental campaigners and has spearheaded important new “green economy” policies.

Evita’s review of “Toxin Toxout”

Evita’s review of “Slow Death by Rubber Duck”

Specific topics covered in the video include:

  1. Why the environmental landscape of the economy needs changing. (1:55)

  2. What Rick’s main discovery was from the writing of “Slow Death by Rubber Duck”. (4:15)

  3. How public awareness is changing with regards to toxins and the shift to a green economy. (7:00)

  4. The toxic nature of our current economy, and how to shift to a green economy. (9:55)

    • the importance of making it real and practical for everyday life
    • how toxin levels in the body change when consuming organic food
  5. The toxic nature of everyday personal care products, and how to reduce our exposure. (14:20)

    • how our body absorbs toxins
    • understanding personal care products as consumables
    • reducing our parabens and phthalate levels
  6. The toxic nature of our homes and building materials, and how to reduce our exposure. (18:48)

    • the risks of aromas and fragrances in our homes
    • the risks associated with our cars
    • how to improve our indoor air quality
  7. Rick shares tips for reducing our toxin exposure and take steps towards a greener economy. (23:08)

    • the best detox method
  8. Future trends for consumer awareness and a green economy. (27:12)

Books by Rick Smith