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Seeking Sustainability

Seeking Sustainability

By Julia Blandford
A podcast that explores the breadth of environmentalism, and the intersection between various industries, global issues, and the environment.
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Ep. 18 | Building Climate Awareness in Uganda w/ Heizal Nagginda
It is an undeniable fact that although social media isn't all sunshine and roses, it does have some incredible perks- including being able to connect with so many amazing people from around the world! In this episode, I chatted (and laughed- a lot) with one of my Instagram pals, Heizal Nagginda. Heizal runs an organization called Climate Operation, whose aim is to educate youth about climate change and environmentalism, through visits to local schools and activities (like planting trees)! Long story short, Heizal is awesome.  To support Heizal and her work at Climate Operation, follow her on Instagram @climateoperation.  Follow the podcast Instagram @seekingsustainability_podcast and my personal Instagram @julia.blandford
April 14, 2021
Ep. 17 | Debunking Climate Terminology w/ Helena Bennett
In this week's episode, I discuss climate and political terminology with environmental educator and activist, Helena Bennett. Click here to check out the post with the terminology that Helena talks about in the episode.  Helena's Instagram: @earthbyhelena Seeking Sustainability's Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast  My personal Instagram: @julia.blandford Check out the company I work for, Trace, on Instagram: @traceyourtampon Click here to register for Trace's monthly book club! :) 
March 30, 2021
Ep. 16 | Originality, Charity, & Conscious Quality w/ BANDITS
Welcome back, friends! This episode is with Connor Humphreys, who- alongside his wife, Nicole- founded BANDITS Bandanas. BANDITS creates stylish, unique bandanas with original art, and 10% of sales goes to a charity of the artist's choice.  Shop BANDITS at Follow BANDITS on Instagram: @bandits_bandanas Follow Seeking Sustainability on Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast Follow my personal Instagram: @julia.blandford
March 13, 2021
Ep. 15 | Using Palm Leaves to Redefine Disposable Tableware w/ DTOCS
Hello all! This episode features the lovely Pallavi Pande, "mompreneur" and founder of DTOCS. DTOCS creates a more eco-conscious alternative to disposable tableware by crafting their products from naturally fallen palm leaves. DTOCS products are also microwave safe, can be reused multiple times, AND are 100% garden/backyard compostable!  To support DTOCS & learn more about the company:  DTOCS Instagram: @dtocsplates DTOCS Website: DTOCS on Amazon * To purchase your free sample of DTOCS products: * Use the code DTOCS10 at checkout for a discount! * Click here to get a free ticket to hear Pallavi speak at Podfest Global Summit, by using the code DTOCS Follow Seeking Sustainability:  On Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast My Personal IG: @julia.blandford
February 28, 2021
Ep. 14 | When Clothing Cleans Oceans w/ Mike Cangi of United By Blue
In this episode, I conversed with the co-founder of United By Blue, Mike Cangi, to discuss the story, mission, and progress of this incredible company. Topics include everything from conscious capitalism, removing plastics from the supply chain, to cleaning waterways.  Check out United By Blue: Follow United By Blue: @unitedbyblue Follow Seeking Sustainability: @seekingsustainability_podcast My personal Instagram: @julia.blandford
February 1, 2021
Ep. 13 | Creating a More Transparent Future for Fashion w/ Abby Hollis of Thread Threads
Check out Abby's work:  Abby Hollis Portfolio: Thread Threads: Connect with me!  Seeking Sustainability's IG: @seekingsustainability_podcast My personal IG: @julia.blandford
January 20, 2021
Ep. 12 | What Can I Do to Help the Earth? & Other Thoughts on Environmentalism
"What can I do, if I'm just one person?" is a question that many of us have probably pondered over, maybe even feeling a bit powerless in the face of the world's huge and daunting issues. In this episode, I discuss (more like rant into my microphone) about how fear has often been paralyzing and prevented us from taking action to help the Earth.  To buy Braiding Sweetgrass: Follow the podcast on Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast Follow my personal Instagram: @julia.blandford
January 12, 2021
Ep. 11 | OneUpAction w/ Kevin J. Patel
2021 is finally here! Let's all take a deep sigh of relief- and gratitude- that we are in a new year. With that said, let us not forget the work that still needs to be done; this year is absolutely crucial to making this planet a better, cleaner, safer place. Join me as I chat with Kevin J. Patel, founder of OneUpAction, "an intersectional youth-led organization working to provide resources to youth advocates." Let's all take a page from Kevin's book, and work hard this year to make the world a better place.  OneUpAction:  Donate: Follow OneUpAction on Instagram: Follow Seeking Sustainability on Instagram: My favorite, simple guided meditation:
January 1, 2021
Ep. 10 | Turning Trials & Tribulations into TERRA-TORY w/ Kimberly Waldropt
Well folks, it's been a while since I've posted an episode, but I'm realizing (just now, as I'm typing this) that this is my TENTH episode! Woohoo! As always, I hope you enjoy this conversation, and make sure to check out (and buy!) some of TERRA-TORY's products (seriously, they're the prettiest soaps I've ever owned). I hope this conversation and Kimberly's story inspire you to embark on your own creative endeavors and use the ups and downs in your life to guide you to whatever you were destined to create (for Kimberly, it was soap. For me, well.... I'm figuring that out).  Follow the podcast Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast Follow my personal Instagram: @julia.blandford TERRA-TORY's website:  TERRA-TORY's Instagram: @terra_tory
December 4, 2020
Ep. 09 | The Fight Against Fast Fashion w/ Sam Hartsock of Remake
If anyone else has baked multiple loaves of bread in the last couple of days to cope with their election anxiety. . . . yeah, me too. But alas, I am here with yet another distraction that can take your mind away from the election- a new podcast episode with Sam Hartsock from Remake! Based in San Francisco, Remake is an organization whose mission is to put an end to fast fashion.  Follow the podcast on Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast Remake Resources: Remake's website: Ambassador program: Donate to Remake here Sam's Favorite Brands:  Boyish Jeans Tonle  The Real Real Known Supply PACT Apparel Christy Dawn SOKO Girlfriend Collective
November 7, 2020
Ep. 08 | Zero Waste Fashion Design w/ Danielle Elsener
It's almost election day, folks- so, just as a reminder, please go out and vote! This episode features Danielle Elsener, a fashion designer whose work is centered around zero-waste design. Strategic, intelligent, and forward-thinking, Danielle is an incredible designer, and her work is undeniably innovative. I hope her work, in addition to this conversation, inspires you to rethink the way that you design.  Check out Danielle's work here:  Danielle's Website: Danielle's Instagram: Follow the podcast's IG here: Follow my personal IG here: Resources Mentioned:  Zero Waste Design Online: Holly McQuillan: Creating with Shapes by Usha Doshi (link here and here) Danielle's zero waste scrub set:
October 26, 2020
Ep. 07 | Regenerative Agriculture 101 w/ Andrew Evans
"The biggest fundamental of regenerative agriculture is the soil, it always goes back to the soil.” - Andrew Evans Welcome back, folks! In this episode, I chat with my friend Andrew about the fundamental aspects of regenerative agriculture, why "Big Ag" is harmful to people and the planet, and how we can improve agriculture through changes in policy.  To stay connected, follow:  Podcast Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast Personal Instagram: @julia.blandford Andrew's Instagram: @andrewevans__  Resources to check out:  Kiss the Ground (Netflix documentary)  The Biggest Little Farm (documentary by Apricot Lane Farms) Eat Like a Fish (book by Bren Smith)  Terminology Mentioned:  Trophic Levels  Monocropping  Hydrology Thermodynamics Biodiversity Biodynamic Topsoil  Carbon Sequestration  Ecosystem Service  Subsidies  Green New Deal 
October 7, 2020
Ep. 06 | Unpacking the Chaos of the Presidential Debate w/ Ayia Lindquist
If anyone else felt emotionally hungover from watching last night's Presidential (if you can even call it that) Debate, you're not alone. My friend Ayia and I sat down to talk about the utterly confusing catastrophe that was last night's debate and discuss some key moments that really stuck with us. Ah, but fear not! We also conversed about ways in which you can practice self-care while trying to emotionally navigate these stressful times. This episode is more of a (very) casual conversation rather than an interview, so it's a different style/format, but hopefully still equally as informative and entertaining nonetheless. Enjoy!  Follow me at @seekingsustainability_podcast and @julia.blandford Follow Ayia on Instagram @ayiayaya
September 30, 2020
Ep. 05 | Architecture's Role in Environmental Activism w/ Ariane Lourie Harrison
This episode's guest is Ariane Lourie Harrison, co-founder of Harrison Atelier, an architecture firm based in Brooklyn, NY whose primary approach to design is centered around the question, "how can we build for more than one species?" Ariane is also a mother of two, AND a professor for the graduate program at Pratt Institute in NYC.  To stay connected with me, follow:  Seeking Sustainability's IG: My personal IG: To read more about Ariane and all of the incredible work she's done, click this link: To contact Ariane: Harrison Atelier's Website: Harrison Atelier's Instagram: To read more about the Pollinators Pavillion: Things mentioned throughout the episode:  Studio Gang: Wild Bird Fund: Hudson Hemp // founded by Ben Dobson: Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural: Architectural Theories of the Environment: Posthuman Territory:
September 18, 2020
Ep. 04 | Eco-Terminology & Environmental Justice w/ Isaias Hernandez (@queerbrownvegan)
Welcome back, everyone! In this episode, I talk to Isaias Hernandez (AKA @queerbrownvegan on Instagram) about his experiences growing up in a neighborhood that faced environmental injustices, what we can do to be activists, eco-terminology, and more. We cover tons of terms and resources in this episode, all of which are linked here in the show notes. Enjoy!  To stay connected with me, follow:  The podcast Instagram: @seekingsustainability_podcast My personal Instagram: @julia.blandford Follow Isaias's AMAZING Instagram here: @queerbrownvegan Resources mentioned in the intro:  ThredUp // Ocelot Market // Ten Thousand Villages // Garmentory Terms and resources mentioned throughout the episode:  Intersectional Environmentalist: // IG: @intersectionalenvironmentalist  Slow Factory Foundation: // IG: @theslowfactory Future Earth: @futureearth // created by @steph_shep and @mahmo Hazel M. Johnson (the mother of EJ) // link to her bio here Dr. Robert Bullard (the father of EJ) // link to his official website here "Dark Waters" (based on a true story)- link to the film's trailer here Soliphilia - link to Isaias's post on soliphilia here Solastalgia - link to Isaias's post on solastalgia here Tierratrauma- link to Isaias's post on tierratrauma here Eco-Xenophobia- link to Isaias's post on eco-xenophobia here Psychoterratic- link to Isaias's post on psychoterratic here Somaterratic- link to Isaias's post on somaterratic here
September 6, 2020
Ep. 03 | Sustainable Living & Activism Through Art w/ Immy Keys
In this episode, I talk with illustrator, vegan, and environmental activist, Immy Keys. We discuss her design background, veganism, how to navigate a career as an artist while upholding personal values, and tips to live more sustainably.  Follow Immy on Instagram:  Check out Immy's Etsy shop: Follow on Instagram to stay connected and up-to-date on new episodes!  Feel free to also reach out to me with any comments, questions, requests, and more on my personal Instagram
August 16, 2020
Ep. 02 | Protecting Public Lands Through Activism, Awareness + Equity w/ Emma Gregory
In this episode, I join my high-school pal, Emma Gregory, to discuss the value of protecting public lands through political awareness, activism, community organizing, and more. Emma is a recent graduate from George Mason University and has interned for The Nature Conservancy, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and more. She is currently a Conservation Fellow at the Western Slope Conservation Center in Colorado.  Want to stay connected? Follow @seekingsustainability_podcast and @julia.blandford on Instagram. For questions, comments, and requests, feel free to DM me on Instagram! 
July 27, 2020
Ep. 01 | How I Discovered the Wide World of Environmentalism
Thank you so much for tuning in to the first episode of Seeking Sustainability! In this episode, I talk a bit about my backstory- particularly, how I went from a fashionista to a farmhand. As I discuss in this episode, there's no formula for being an advocate for the environment; our approach to environmentalism is unique to each of us. Hopefully, this podcast helps you navigate how to play role ing bettering this planet. To stay connected, follow @seekingsustainability_podcast on Instagram! 
July 18, 2020
Seeking Sustainability | Trailer
Hello everyone! My name is Julia Blandford, and welcome to Seeking Sustainability- a podcast where we talk about all of the ways in which we can individually- and collectively- create a better planet for the future. Join me as I connect with environmental changemakers and activists, to explore the intersections between various industries, global issues, and the planet.  Follow @seekingsustainability_podcast on Instagram to stay connected!
July 9, 2020