Environmental journalist and busy TV producer, Candice Batista has been bringing green to the mainstream for the past 15+ years. As a wellness lifestyle producer and eco-expert for Canada’s beloved Marilyn Denis Show and founder of TheEcoHub.com, she’s always on the hunt for people, products, and stories that help Canadians live more healthfully and harmoniously with their surroundings. Here, Candice shares how she balances her busy life with being mindful about her own eco-footprint.
Q: You’re on a mission to empowering people to shift habits and live more mindfully. What’s the one daily habit you’ve adopted over the years that you believe to have the biggest positive impact on the environment?
I think overall the biggest impact is the fact that I don’t use plastic in the kitchen at all. I use silicone bags for food storage (in the fridge and the freezer), and to keep foods fresher longer, I use beeswax wraps. Both are non-toxic, easy to find and have a major impact on the amount of waste we generate in our homes. I also have lots of reusable bags. I use these in place of plastic shopping bags and I take smaller ones to the grocery store to pack things like tomatoes and avocados. When I see people using plastic bags to bag bananas, I want to scream! Why are you bagging bananas? They come in a hard skin. Those plastic bags the grocery stores provide are my BIGGEST pet peeve. They have a lifespan in your home of about 12 minutes. You bag your bananas, bring them home, take them out of the bag and then toss the bag in the garbage. It’s the worst. We are so programmed to believe that we need these items, when in fact we really don’t.
Q: You lead a busy life as TV producer and resident eco-expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, as well as running your own digital media company called The Eco Hub. How do you make the time to keep both of these professional passions alive and well?
I am not going to lie; it’s tough! My day job is very demanding; we are on super tight deadlines and work in a high-stress environment. But, I work with the best in the biz, so it helps. To work in TV you need to have a passion for it! It’s a tough gig, but it can also be a very rewarding one. When it comes to The Eco Hub, it’s a labour of love. It’s a LOT of work. A LOT! But it’s worth it. I’ve always been an eco-advocate, even as a small child, so it’s a very natural fit for me.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your role as an environmental journalist?
When I give a talk and see someone have an “AHA!” moment. Changing even one person’s mind is very rewarding!
Q: What’s on your nightstand?
- Tata Harper Body Oil (it smells like heaven)
- Province Apothecary Sex Oil (well, just because)
- My Kindle
- The Five-Minute Journal (if you haven’t heard of it, it’s essential)
Candice’s favourite DIY Spring Cleaning Solutions:
Candice Batista is an award-winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco-advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.