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Trash Magic!

Trash Magic!

By Oakley Jennings-Fast

Change the world one purchase, one piece of trash at a time.
There’s always something to discover about your planet and yourself - even in your garbage!
Where does stuff come from? Where does stuff go when I throw it out? I care about the environment but I don't know what to do to help. You're in luck! Do you wish plastic pollution would magically disappear? Wave a wand and everyone is buying second hand? We do! Your hosts, Oakley J-Fast a chemical engineer, and Sara Fuentes a waste and recycling expert are here to demystify the circular economy. Welcome to Trash Magic!
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S4 Ep 6: Clean Robotics: Recycling Made Easy with Tanner Cook
S4 Ep 6: Clean Robotics: Recycling Made Easy with Tanner Cook
Can a robot help demystify recycling for the rest of us? Clean Robotics knows that technology and machine learning can be used to help prevent contamination in the recycling bin. A robot scans the object you throw in the can and sorts it for you! Tanner Cook joins us today to tell us more about CleanRobotics, the future of recycling technology, and his hopes for the future of circular economy! You might see a CleanRobotics smart trash can in a stadium or airport near you! Check out CleanRobotics at their website: https://cleanrobotics.com/about-us/ Have a question about waste or recycling? Send us a voice memo or follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trashmagic_podcast/
32:41
November 28, 2022
S4 Ep 5: Shashank Nimkar on Making Ceramics Circular
S4 Ep 5: Shashank Nimkar on Making Ceramics Circular
Did you know Ceramics do not biodegrade? Think about it, ceramics are found buried from ancient civilizations! Shashank Nimkar was inspired by seeing all the ceramic waste from factories near his home and created an innovative solution! Shashank Nimkar founder and CEO of Earth Tatv is reducing mining for natural resources through closed-loop manufacturing of ceramics. Through his innovative process, he can take fired ceramics and recycle them into new ceramics which can be recycled this way forever! Earth Tatv: https://www.earthtatva.com/ Shashank Nimkar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ssnimkar/ Eart Tatv on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earthtatva.recycledceramics/ Questions about Trash? Follow us on Instagram @trashmagic_podcast or send us a voice memo (link below)!
19:46
November 21, 2022
S4 Ep 4: Jessica Groopman on Technology as a Tool for a Sustainable Future
S4 Ep 4: Jessica Groopman on Technology as a Tool for a Sustainable Future
Jessica is an industry analyst, current director of digital innovation at Intentional Futures, former founding partner of Kaleido Insights, and emerging technology advisor specializing in intersections of data, technologies, humans, and environment. Before she worked in business and technology research, Jessica's research experience was based mostly in academic anthropological fieldwork, specifically in ethnographic, linguistic, and archaeological research both in the United States and abroad. Find Jessica at: https://jessgroopman.com/ Find Trash Magic! on Instagram: @trashmagic_podcast  Send us a voice memo with your waste and recycling questions! Link is below or in our podcast description
25:46
November 14, 2022
S4 Ep 3: Lorrine Patterson on Mental Health for Climate Anxiety
S4 Ep 3: Lorrine Patterson on Mental Health for Climate Anxiety
Lorrine Patterson, Best Selling Author of "Freeing Your Heart for Love" and Founder/CEO of a nonprofit, joins us today to discuss her own journey in loving herself and recommends how to deal with climate anxiety. She is a guiding light for people challenged with depression and abuse to discover self-love and internal happiness. You can find her work on her website (https://lorrinepatterson.com/) and on TikTok and Instagram @showupandlove  Today's episode carries a trigger warning for difficult topics such as: suicidal ideation/planning, and physical assault. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org. Please take good care Find Trash Magic! on Instagram @trashmagic_podcast  Send us a voice memo of your trash questions - the link is in the episode description!
26:23
November 07, 2022
S4 Ep 2: What is Trash Magic!?
S4 Ep 2: What is Trash Magic!?
The co-hosts of Trash Magic! - Oakley and Sara - dive deeper into the meaning of trash magic and why we LOVE TRASH, genuinely. Learn more about how Sara and Oakley met, our re-branding of our podcast from "What the hell do I do with this?" to Trash Magic! and dive deeper into our love of circular economy.  We mentioned Buy Nothing on the show. Here is a link to find your local group: https://buynothingproject.org/ Send us a voice memo below! Tell us about your experience of Trash Magic!  Find us on Instagram @trashmagic_podcast
26:41
October 31, 2022
S4 Ep 1: Terrill Haigler - How a Sanitation Worker Changed Philadelphia
S4 Ep 1: Terrill Haigler - How a Sanitation Worker Changed Philadelphia
Terrill Haigler became an essential worker less than three months after accepting the position as a laborer for the Philadelphia Sanitation Department. To bridge the gap between residents and sanitation workers he created the Instagram page @_yafavtrashman to give residents an inside look as to what sanitation workers experience during the pandemic. When Terrill noticed that his co-workers didn’t have the proper PPE to execute their jobs safely he decided to stand in the gap and start a Custom Ink t-shirt fundraiser to purchase PPE, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. Catapulting him to Philly’s latest viral sensation. You can connect with Trash Magic! on instagram @trashmagic_podcast  Or send us a voice memo! 
27:55
October 24, 2022
S3 Ep 5: Makeup Making the Planet Ugly?
S3 Ep 5: Makeup Making the Planet Ugly?
Sara and Oakley explore the health and environmental impacts of makeup. An industry seen as "girly" is unregulated - what's new? Dive in for some dirty secrets on the beauty industry.  Note: We refer to "women" a lot in the episode but this information applies to anyone who wears makeup.  Lots of resources mentioned in this episode! Here they are: Cosmetic Ingredient Review Story of Stuff: Cosmetics EWG: Skin Deep  Think Dirty Ulta Clean Ingredients Recycle Coach Women of Color Personal Care Products Good Hair Explained: Beauty PFAS Ban Bill
27:55
May 16, 2022
S3 Ep 4: Interview with Derek Ruckman: CEO of WasteXperts
S3 Ep 4: Interview with Derek Ruckman: CEO of WasteXperts
Derek Ruckman is the CEO of WasteXperts. WasteXperts does onsite waste sorting and training and save their customers money while improving recycling/environmental performance. Derek has over a decade of experience in the waste and recycling industry and he is dedicated to keeping waste out of the landfills and creating a circular economy. Today we learn about the power of proper residential recycling, the economics of recycling, and much more! Advice from Derek when you do not know which bin something goes in: When in doubt, FIND OUT! Learn more about WasteXperts: https://www.wastexperts.net/ https://vimeo.com/663183048 https://vimeo.com/user162693735
44:11
March 21, 2022
S3 Ep 3: Discover your Sustainability Alter Ego with Viridescent
S3 Ep 3: Discover your Sustainability Alter Ego with Viridescent
Being a sustainability professional or climate change activist can be draining! Burnout is high when we are all trying to save the world. That's why Chance aka The Designer created Viridescent! He helps change makers create their Sustainability Alter Egos - the superhero version of ourselves we can lean on when our work becomes too much. Viridescent adds fun and creativity to sustainability - because solving these problems needs a new perspective! We hope you enjoy our interview with Chance! You can find our more about Viridescent below and the workshop coming up on March 2nd!! Her is all the information for registering for the Change Maker Workshop, discovering your own Sustainability Alter Ego and more! Become an “Origin 🍃 Change-maker” in the #VIRIVERSE ♾ Immersive Sustainability Workshops More information & registration found here.  Note that we are offering a unique “Pay What You Can Price” for this series. *We stand for an equitable world and have had enough with money being a barrier to opportunity, so we offer flex pay! For any questions, reach out to Chance AKA The Designer 🐺 @ chance.t@viridescent.biz Viridescent is working on a website, but for now the best place to plug into the #VIRIVERSE ♾ is by subscribing to our weekly email experience… Click the first link @ linktr.ee/VIRIDESCENT. Socials: Our main content hub is on WONDR (a social learning space for sustainability!) #VIRIVERSE ♾ Page Other active socials: #VIRIVERSE ♾ on YouTube Chance Thompson on LinkedIn @viridescent_us on Instagram Immersive Sustainability Club on Clubhouse
30:50
February 22, 2022
Bonus Episode: Lena Ziegler on Creating a Sustainable Wardrobe
Bonus Episode: Lena Ziegler on Creating a Sustainable Wardrobe
Lena Ziegler gives us practical tips and tricks to creating a sustainable wardrobe! Join us for this special episode where we explore what we can do as individuals to be more conscious of our impact and look good doing it!! Sources Lena Mentions in Episode: https://goodonyou.eco/ https://www.fashionrevolution.org/ https://www.redress.com.hk/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/lena-ziegler-49ab1691/
21:58
February 19, 2022
S3 Ep 2: Lifecycle of Clothes Book Review: Unraveled by Maxine Bédat
S3 Ep 2: Lifecycle of Clothes Book Review: Unraveled by Maxine Bédat
Have you ever wondered what happens to that old band t-shirt when you donate it? Or who sewed my jeans together? Where did this sweater really come from? In her book Unraveled, Maxine Bédat takes an incredible journey around the world to discover exactly how our clothes are made and where they end up when we discard them. Oakley and Sara review her book and give our reflections on an industry that is dismissed as "girly" but is in need of much needed attention in the climate and human rights space! You mess with nature it will kick your butt! - Carl from Unraveled
51:09
February 15, 2022
S3 Ep 1: Voices of Women in Waste & Recycling
S3 Ep 1: Voices of Women in Waste & Recycling
For the majority of people, waste management is a mystifying force with operations that vary widely from state to state and even differ across county lines. In this episode Oakley and Sara interview a variety of thought leaders and in the waste and recycling space. Trash Magic is excited to feature our friends and colleagues from the National Waste and Recycling Associations (NWRA) Women's Council! Featuring:  Samantha Podgorny, the Product Manager of the Electric Refuse Trucks at Heil Environmental Peggy Macenas, the Vice President of the Midwest Region at National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Katie Evans, Government Affairs at Best Way Disposal and President of th Women's Council at NWRA
26:43
January 31, 2022
S2 Ep 5: Dr. Kat Knauer: Is Plastic the Problem or How We Handle it?
S2 Ep 5: Dr. Kat Knauer: Is Plastic the Problem or How We Handle it?
Is plastic itself the problem or how we are handling it? We answer that question and so many more with a good friend and plastic recycling expert: Dr. Kat Knauer! She has her PhD in polymer science and dedicated her career to research and implement the latest in plastic recycling technologies! We talk about the technologies which will change the future of plastic recycling, her volunteer efforts with Ocean Plastics Recovery and about her new book coming in 2022 about chemical recycling for plastics!! As a nerd, I am super excited for this book. Thanks for the amazing interview Kat! Hope you all enjoy! https://www.nrel.gov/news/program/2020/bottle-consortium-launches-to-change-the-way-we-recycle.html https://oceanplasticsrecovery.com/ Instagram: @wthdoidowiththis Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865
33:40
August 30, 2021
S2 Ep 4: Angelica Maulucci and Morgan Vickers: Fashion Used to Reclaim Sense of Self
S2 Ep 4: Angelica Maulucci and Morgan Vickers: Fashion Used to Reclaim Sense of Self
This episode is a little different! We explore the many layers to fashion - and I don't just mean the layered tanks we wore in the early 2000's. Today we are joined by Angelica Maulucci - founder of Glow Up Glow Together where she helps youth discover that fashion can open the door to connection, self-discovery, and transformation and Morgan Ruth Vickers - founder of Morgan Ruth Style where she uses fashion to help women with chronic illness and survivors of domestic violence to discover and rediscover their inner beauty.  We cover so many amazing topics today including how to use fashion as a source of self expression, how to decide which clothes to get rid of (from our fashion experts!), and how to decide where to sell or to donate (so it doesn't just feel like throwing it on another Goodwill).  How to find Angelica Maulucci: https://www.glowupglowtogether.com/about ; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowupglowtogether/ How to find Morgan Ruth Vickers: https://www.morganruthstyle.com/ ; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morganruthstyle/ How to join WTH Do I Do With This Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wthdoidowiththis/
26:17
July 25, 2021
S2 Ep 3: Kirpa Grewal: Plastics in our oceans and what we can do about it
S2 Ep 3: Kirpa Grewal: Plastics in our oceans and what we can do about it
This is one of our favorite episode yet! Our amazing friend and hydrologist, Kirpa Grewal explains to Sara and Oakley how plastic gets into our oceans, waterways, air, and EVEN FOOD. It is an alarming issue. Kirpa does an incredible job explaining the reality of the issue and giving us actionable steps and hope to fight this pressing issue. So grateful for your knowledge and expertise Kirpa! You can find her on instagram @climatekirpa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865 Instagram: @wthdoidowiththis
22:39
July 15, 2021
S2 Ep 2: What's the big deal about PLASTIC?
S2 Ep 2: What's the big deal about PLASTIC?
Sara and Oakley explore the complex issue of plastic and give consumers clear tips on what exactly they can recycle! We go through the myths around plastic, the pros and cons of the material, the technology to change the industry, and what consumers can do about their own plastic! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865 Instagram: @wthdoidowiththis
22:07
July 12, 2021
S2 Ep 1: Tom Hockin at Brightmark: Plastics Solutions for now and the future
S2 Ep 1: Tom Hockin at Brightmark: Plastics Solutions for now and the future
We had the amazing opportunity to interview Tom Hockin National Director for Origination & Feedstock at Brightmark. You may have heard that China banned accepting plastic waste from the globe in 2018. Brightmark has created a US-based solution to handle our plastic recycling and turn it into a valuable end product. This is the first episode on our three-part series on plastic in celebration of July - Plastic Free Month! 
25:01
July 04, 2021
S1 Ep 12: Batteries, Lightbulbs, Paint Oh My!
S1 Ep 12: Batteries, Lightbulbs, Paint Oh My!
This episode is about what the hell to do with batteries, lightbulbs, and paint! And of course we dive into the bigger picture of all three in terms of their impact on people, the planet, and even beetles! Yes, beetles. Listen to find out!
36:00
May 31, 2021
S1 Ep 11: What happens to my recycling? MRF (Material Recovery Facility): Are you a Dirty or Clean Recycler?
S1 Ep 11: What happens to my recycling? MRF (Material Recovery Facility): Are you a Dirty or Clean Recycler?
Do you know what happens to your recycling after it is picked up!? Learning what happens to your recycling is an amazing way to understand what can be recycled and what is "wish cycled" (something we hope can be recycled but truly can't! There is one thing you as an individual can do to help the planet - recycle right! It truly helps!! If recycling is contaminated with too many things that cannot be recycled, it is sent to the landfill. Learn more about how recycling is processed and how to recycle right in this episode!
25:43
May 17, 2021
S1 Ep 10: Second Hand Buying and Selling Tips and Tricks!
S1 Ep 10: Second Hand Buying and Selling Tips and Tricks!
Sara and Oakley share their tips and ticks for buying and selling second hand! Why is it worth buying and selling second hand? We share our favorite stories and our reasons on the show. Spoiler: buying second hand is good for the environment, good for your wallet, good for your community. We are also joined by Abbie Burgess who is a new mom who was inspired to start buying more second hand! How does she pull it off? Take a listen! One note: if you can, please forgive the audio! Unfortunately Abbie and Oakley were not on a great mic for the interview. But we have lots of great things to stay so stick around!  Also the webinar we chatted about at the beginning was from Women in Cleantech and Sustainability. Amazing organization - check them out facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865 instagram: @wthdoidowiththis
28:31
May 10, 2021
S1 Ep 9: Solar Panel Recycling: Have we really evolved?
S1 Ep 9: Solar Panel Recycling: Have we really evolved?
Have we really evolved if we throw solar panels in the landfill? Our own Sara Fuentes said it best herself: "Any new innovation we have that's going to help save the planet has to be created in a way that is everlasting." It may not be sexy to think about the end of life of objects but when it comes to the future of clean energy, we must think about it! Do you have solar panels at home? What are some of your best ideas for technologies or innovations to help the planet (can be small or large ideas from artwork out of reused materials to a new technology)??  https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865 Instagram: @wthdoidowiththis
20:48
May 03, 2021
S1 Ep 8: Covid Masks Creating Trash
S1 Ep 8: Covid Masks Creating Trash
Phone, wallet, keys, mask... we live in a new world where we have one more thing we can't forget before we leave the house. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is something your familiar with if you work in manufacturing or the healthcare industry but now everyone knows what it is! An example of PPE is what we wear everyday to protect ourselves and each other from Covid: a mask! On this episode we talk about the increase single use masks and gloves has had on the environment and what individuals and companies can do to reduce their impact. We say this on the episode but want to reiterate it here: the first priority is safety and following local guidelines and work guidelines. Please do what is within your means, protocols, and comfort level when it comes to any of our suggestions. Your safety comes first. We also wanted to express our gratitude and thanks to our frontline workers
27:01
April 26, 2021
S1 Ep 7: Feeling Sassy and Glassy: WTH to do with Glass?
S1 Ep 7: Feeling Sassy and Glassy: WTH to do with Glass?
Here on WTH do I do with this, the glass is always half full! On today's episode we talk about what to do with your glass jars and even windows and car windshields! Did you also know that sand, the main ingredient in glass is actually running out!? Did you know wine bottles may not be able to be recycled!? Before you panic, take a listen to the episode and some solutions and tips we have like reverse logistics and other options for all our used glass. Stay classy, stay trashy, and stay glassy 
20:12
April 19, 2021
S1 Ep 6: What is Circular Economy!?
S1 Ep 6: What is Circular Economy!?
What exactly is circular economy!? Who are our hosts Sara and Oakley and how did they get into loving trash so much? What horoscope sign is Pitbull!? Learn all of this and more in this week's episode of WTH Do I Do with This!? Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865
24:06
April 12, 2021
S1 Ep 5: Food Series! Compost and What is WORM Composting!?
S1 Ep 5: Food Series! Compost and What is WORM Composting!?
Hi everyone! Welcome to part 3 of our food series. Great episode today talking about commercial compost, practical tips to reduce your food waste, and how to compost at home featuring Oakley's friend Julia Samson. Julia tells us how she uses worms to compost her food at home!  Want to try vermicompost (worm compost)? Check out our fakebook page! Plus you're welcome to join our Facebook community for comments and questions! https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865 For reference photos join our Instagram community! https://www.instagram.com/wthdoidowiththis/
26:03
April 04, 2021
S1 Ep 4: Food Series! Takeout Food/ The Last Straw!
S1 Ep 4: Food Series! Takeout Food/ The Last Straw!
Which takeout container is the "best" for the environment? Is this the last straw for plastic!? Find out in this week's episode https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865 https://www.instagram.com/wthdoidowiththis/
23:59
March 29, 2021
S1 Ep 3: Food Series! Meal Kits
S1 Ep 3: Food Series! Meal Kits
Which has a lower environmental impact: a meal from the grocery store or one delivered from a meal kit service? How do I get rid of this packaging from my meal kit delivery!? Find out in this week's episode!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865 @wthdoidowiththis • Instagram photos and videos
29:39
March 22, 2021
S1 Ep 2: Is my Amazon addiction really that bad?
S1 Ep 2: Is my Amazon addiction really that bad?
This week Sara and I reveal the weirdest thing we have ever received in the mail - stick around to the end! And we chat about how to properly dispose of all the packing from online shopping and the most sustainable way to shop sustainably Join our Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/420829352477865
21:38
March 16, 2021
S1 Ep 1: Paper: Good, Bad, or Tear-able?
S1 Ep 1: Paper: Good, Bad, or Tear-able?
Hello, and welcome to Trash Magic! This is our first episode. We are so excited to bring this show to you! We chat about what to do with all this paper, how to properly recycle or dispose of unwanted paper, and how to purchase more sustainable paper in the future. Today we are joined by our cohosts Oakley Jennings-Fast, a chemical engineer, and Sara Fuentes, a waste and recycling expert Questions or comments for us? Send us a voice memo below!
27:34
March 08, 2021