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Throw out the chemicals - an interview with Deni Hines Share on Facebook
Carla Grossetti talks to the entertainer Deni Hines about her passions and guilts.

by Fairfax - Wednesday, 17 September 2008


Q. Deni, as a committed environmentalist, what are you most passionate about protecting when it comes to the planet?

A. I believe all creatures great and small are equally important and vital to our survival, so I don't have one cause in particular that I'm tied to. But without trees, none of us will survive. I regularly participate in fund-raisers and awareness events on environmental matters.

Q. What do you get the green guilts about?

A. Driving. I'm very much looking forward to having an eco-friendly car. I think that is a must and certainly should be the future for everyone. Hybrid cars should be more affordable so that more people can upgrade. I do a lot of flying but, where possible, I offset the emissions.

Q. You are about to clean your bathroom. What do you reach for, bleach or bicarbonate of soda?

A. I have a chemical-free house. I use lavender oil to clean my bathroom, an orange oil-based multipurpose cleaner, and micro-fibre cloths and water for pretty much everything else.

Q. What is your meanest and greenest gadget?

A. A solar-power charger that charges up to eight appliances, such as my mobile, computer, Navman and iPod.

Q. What do you think is the biggest single issue facing the planet?

A. Greed

Q. Is mum Marcia a greenie too? Did anyone inspire you to get greened up?

A. Mum's not really a greenie, but I'm working on her. I chose this path for myself. About 10-15 years ago I could see things weren't right in the world. I've never liked putting chemicals into my body so I decided to change all my environs and seek out new information and products and make more conscious decisions for my health and the health of the environment.

Q. What do you think Australians should do to lessen their impact on the environment?

A. Start with the small things that you can put into action easily, such as using green household products and basic alternatives to chemicals. Grow some of your own veggies; get a rainwater tank; plant trees; and become involved with a local community garden group or with the council to find out about planting more trees in your area

Q. What is your No. 1 eco tip?

A. Become a vegetarian.


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