March 8, 2023
Sustainable Living Practices by [The] EcoHub Founder Candice
Candice Batista, founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Eco Hub, lets us in on her sustainable living practices that are one hundred percent beginner friendly.
Meet Candice! She’s an environmental journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco-advocates who has committed to sharing sustainable tips, practices, and eco-friendly brand recommendations acquired throughout her years of living intentionally, on her platform, the [The] Eco Hub. If you plan to start living green soon, this one's for you.
Hello Candice! The Eco Hub is such an insightful platform for sustainable living! What motivated you to start it, and how do you keep your community engaged?
I started learning about changing weather patterns and climate change when I began my career at Canada’s Weather Network. As the main news anchor for the flagship show, it was my responsibility to report on weather events taking place across the world. Whilst doing that job, I uncovered an amazing green movement in Toronto and was shocked that no one was covering these topics in the mainstream media. I left my job at The Weather Network to launch the first green TV series in Canada. That was over 15 years ago.
I started my blog The Eco Hub, to help people live more mindfully by understanding their impact and taking steps to lead a more sustainable life.
One small step every day leads to big changes!| Photo by Candice Batista
Go green and grow locally! | Photo by Candice Batista
What is your advice to beginners pursuing healthy, eco-friendly, green living?
Pick one area in your home and start there. Rome was not built in a day! Green living is hard, society is not set up to help us succeed, so you need to find what works for you. Perhaps that means reducing food waste, reducing plastic in the home, etc.
One of the most empowering things you can do is to conduct a DIY waste audit in your own home. Over the course of a week, collect all your garbage (not organic waste). Then go through it and see what kind of trash you are creating. This will give you lots of info about the types of items you are bringing into the home.
As an environmental journalist, what changes in the way people live do you want to see in the next few years? What changes have you seen that made you proud?
I’d like to see a reduction in consumption. We need to do better! Consumption is at the root of a lot of issues we face.
Everything deserves a second chance in life - recycle! | Photo by Candice Batista
Live intentionally for our planet | Photo by Candice Batista
We love your IG bio: “Helping people live more sustainably since 2001.” What has kept you going now decades later?
There are days when I want to give up! Sometimes I can’t believe it's been that long! But I was born an environmentalist. I could not imagine doing anything else! The planet gives us so much and that’s why I keep going.
What’s a [passion] project that you are most excited about?
Honestly, my website, The Eco Hub, is my passion project. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I am so grateful to have a platform where I can share my knowledge and help people to make more sustainable choices.
Make use of those beautiful jars! | Photo by Candice Batista
Life’s organic - it’s fantastic! | Photo by Candice Batista
What’s your vision for your platform in 2023?
More content on plastic waste and what people can do about it!
What’s a fashion style that makes you feel confident?
I love anything BOHO, I am a hippie at heart!