Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors | Sustainability, Green Business, Conservation

Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors | Sustainability, Green Business, Conservation

By Barbara Lee | Environmentalist
The Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors podcast was created to delve into the inspiring stories of women in eco-business, sustainability, environmentalism, and conservation. We discuss the challenges and wins they’ve had along the way, share their passion for the environment with aspiring young professionals and entrepreneurs, and hear their advice on living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Barbara Lee, host and Founder of Trashy Beauty, trash talks with other eco-conscious females about their careers in green business.
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Episode 32: Wendy Hapgood, Wild Tomorrow Fund
“So many people climb the ladder of success only to find it was against the wrong wall.” Wendy Hapgood is the Co-Founder and COO of Wild Tomorrow Fund. She was working in electrical engineering in Australia when she decided she was following the wrong path in life. Now, Wendy and her husband run a project based out of New York and South Africa that focuses on restoration and wildlife protection in a small parcel of land that is a wildlife corridor. They recently started a program called The Green Mambas, a group of 14 women from Zululand who Wendy helping become self-sustaining stewards of this land. Follow Wild Tomorrow Fund on Instagram and check out their page to take action. This is our last episode of Season Two. Join us again in 2020 for Season Three! -- There are 3 days left back the Wally Shop project so they can launch grocery delivery across the nation. Pledge here. If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:38
December 2, 2019
Episode 31: Dr. Asha de Vos, Oceanswell
Whale poop. That was how Asha de Vos, the first and only Sri Lankan to hold a PhD in Marine Mammal research, made her first big discovery - that Sri Lanka was home to a unique population of blue whales that did not follow textbook migratory patterns. Since her first discovery, Dr. de Vos has made it her personal mission to bring marine research to her home country in a pursuit of ensuring equal opportunity education for those in developing countries. In this episode, Dr. de Vos dives deep into what she had to overcome to pursue what she loved. Follow Asha and Oceanswell on social. -- Fund the change. The Wally Shop just kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to launch package free grocery delivery across the entire country. We kicked off Season Two with Tamara’s inspiring story (go back and give it a listen!) and it was actually my desire to share this story that made me relaunch the podcast. I've made my pledge and hope you will too. If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
32:29
November 18, 2019
Episode 30: Ramona Barnes, Orez [LIVE from NYC]
Ramona Barnes was born in Thailand where she spent her childhood playing on the beach. When she became a mother, she dedicated her life to a natural lifestyle but she was frustrated by the solutions for zero waste that weren't designed the way she wanted. So Ramona started her own zero waste lifestyle line called Orez, which is zero spelled backwards. This live recorded episode finds us going through Ramona's journey to creating beautiful zero waste solutions. -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
34:00
November 4, 2019
Episode 29: Lindsey McCoy, Plaine Products
Every piece of plastic ever created still exists on this planet. After seeing the effects of plastic in our environment firsthand while working in environmental education out in the Bahamas, Lindsey McCoy decided it was time to do something about the plastic in her household. Together with her sister, Lindsey started Plaine Products, a vegan, zero-waste circular hair and body beauty company based out of Cincinnati, OH. Since launching in 2017, Planie Products has already helped to divert 100,000 plastic bottles from landfill. Get your green haircare on point and use promo code TRASHY20 for 20% off your first order on this line of refillable shampoos, face wash and lotions. Follow Plaine Products on Instagram. -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:48
October 20, 2019
Episode 28: Carmen Gama, Eileen Fisher Renew
From winning a contest with her modular outerwear collection. Carmen Gama landed a one-year fellowship to work at Eileen Fisher’s Renew program. Her mission, to figure out something to do with the 35% of 1.3 million garments that have been sent back over the years through the company’s Renew program. Carmen tells us about how she build a program for textile reclamation and helped figure out a circular design for beloved pieces. If you’re in the NYC area, there’s an opportunity for you to meet Carmen in person this week! On Thursday, Oct. 10th from 6-8 PM at Eileen Fisher Brooklyn at 47 Bergen Street, Carmen will be speaking on a panel about circular design. Check out the events on the Eileen Fisher website to find out where to shop the Resewn and Renew collection. -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
37:32
October 7, 2019
Episode 27: Christina Grace, Foodprint
From Eataly to Google, CEO Christina Grace's company Foodprint has been asked to help take some of the biggest companies to zero waste. What is a Foodprint, you ask? Your foodprint is the result of everything that it takes to get food to your plate, including the effect your food has on the farmers who make it, the land where it’s grown and the animals who are part of it. Mentioned in this episode: ReFED RISE Rockaway -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:06
September 23, 2019
Episode 26: Amber English, Pixie Cup
Amber English, Co-Founder of Pixie Cup, grew up in the midwest where she never had curb-side recycling. When she went to live in South Korea, where they recycle everything, Amber realized the importance of reducing her impact on the planet through reducing waste. Amber started Pixie Cup with her brother and they now sell reusable silicone menstrual cups that are better for both women and the environment. They also have a give back program where a cup is donated when one is purchased.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Cost of a period Clue App Find Pixie Cups here or on social. -- Join us for an end of summer beach clean up with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance on Saturday, September 14th from 11-1 PM EST. Sign up here and come pick up trash with us! --  If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
35:38
September 9, 2019
Episode 25: Jeanne DuPont, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
The Rockaway waterfront South of Manhattan was an area prone to illegal dumping and destruction. Through activating the youth in the area, Jeanne Dupont has been able to help protect this land and allow the local youth to connect with it as well. Jeanne founded Rockaway Waterfront Alliance 15 years ago and has run the center as the Executive Director ever since. From a background in fashion and costume design, Jeanne has made nature her stage. Join us for an end of summer beach clean up on Saturday, September 14th from 11-1 PM EST. Sign up here. Hope to see you there! -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
39:31
August 26, 2019
Episode 24: Katie Marchini, Replate
Leftovers from your office party? Replate has a solution for you. Utilizing paid workers, Replate gives companies a way to connect their leftover food with non-profits that are helping to combat food insecurity. Katie Marchini, COO of Replate, shares with us how the company utilizes Project DASH (DoorDash's philanthropic arm) to establish new markets and just how much water is saved through the 2 million pounds of food they helped divert from landfill. Resources mentioned in this episode: Darby Hoover at NRDC Food Recovery Hierarchy Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act 1996 If you need Replate for your office, check them out here. -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:05
August 12, 2019
Episode 23: Tal Chitayat, Full Circle Home
Tal Chitayat, Co-Founder and CEO of Full Circle Home, and his partners founded their company because they believe consumers should have a sustainable option for everything - even for something as mundane as a dish sponge. Tal shares what it was like to grow a sustainability company after the 2008 economic crash, landing and then failing to sell products at Target, to the sponge problem at the New York City Marathon and Full Circle Home's seemingly quirky sponsorship of this year’s race. If you're interested in filling your home in some wonderful products with fun, quirky names like the Soap Opera Dish Soap Dispenser and Fun Guy mushroom cleaner, use code 'sustainable20' for 20% off your entire purchase of Full Circle Home products.  -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
40:52
July 29, 2019
Episode 22: Martyna Sztaba, Syntoil
Martyna Sztaba is a quintessential self-made millennial founder - she started her first company when she was 19 and her previous careers include being in publishing. When her fellow co-founders of Syntoil wanted to take the company to the next level, they asked Martyna to come on as CEO. Why Martyna took a job in an industry she knew nothing about and what the heck is carbon black? Listen in to hear how Syntoil is changing the tire industry and why a revolution in this hidden industry is so important. Kuwait Tire Graveyard MUDA Talks - Martyna's podcast Follow Martyna on Instagram. -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
29:16
July 15, 2019
Episode 21: Florencia Gallino, Sitopia
After working for the Social Responsibility Department at Converse and changing to a vegan diet, Florencia Gallino started dreaming of how she could make a bigger impact on the planet. What started as an idea to start a vegan restaurant became a rooftop farming initiative that is now in Mexico City and Argentina. This became Sitopia, an urban farming initiative for educating people about sustainable urban farm systems. PRIVATE TOUR OF BROOKLYN GRANGE NEXT WEEK ON JULY 11TH If you're interested in seeing the working Brooklyn Grange farm complete with sustainable drinks and bites by Proud Pour, Nomad Trading Co., Food For All and The Wally Shop, join us for a rooftop farm tour specially for Trash Talking listeners. Tickets are limited. Check out Sitopia on Facebook and Instagram. --- Links from the show: TedTalk on Food Systems Hombres de Maíz, Guanajuato Las Cañadas, Veracruz -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
34:25
July 1, 2019
Episode 20: Michele Kaufman, Brooklyn Grange
Imagine going to work everyday on a 1.2 acre farm in the heart of New York City, with beautiful views and fresh produce daily. For Michele Kaufman and her colleagues, this is their every day routine at Brooklyn Grange, an urban farm with 3 locations, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Long Island City and Sunset Park. Michele explains how awe-inspiring it is to get your hands dirty at Brooklyn Grange and all of the amazing green rooftops around NYC that have been created by this group. WE'RE HAVING A TRASH TALKING MEETUP @ BROOKLYN GRANGE If you're interested in seeing the working Brooklyn Grange farm complete with sustainable drinks and bites, join us for a private tour just for listeners of Trash Talking. Tickets are limited and on sale now.  -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
40:25
June 17, 2019
Episode 19: Yvanna Lacémon, Oaï Water Bottles [LIVE from France]
Yvanna Lacémon was traveling the world when she realized that she wanted to start her own project to help the environment. We lived together at a surf camp in Ecuador and after seeing my own reusable water bottle, Yvanna decided this was an easy way to get people in her native France to change their habits. With that, Yvanna founded Oaï (pronounced why), a company that produces and sells insulated stainless steel bottles in France and neighboring countries in Europe. Having worked in the music industry for years, Yvanna focused on aligning with artists like Patrice and selling her bottles to companies like LiveNation, who can help influence and change an industry laden in plastic usage. This episode was recorded live in Paris, France just outside Garé Montparnasse the weekend of the Good Planet Foundation Festival of Change.  Check out Oaï on Instagram. -- If the content we make here at Trash Talking inspires you, become a sponsor! Go to anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we cultivate and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:42
June 3, 2019
Episode 18: Flavie Morin + Julie Beretta, La Récolte
Imagine if your experience of going to get your shopping done each week was meeting up friends, educating yourself and building community with others. That was exactly what Flavie Morin envisioned when she opened up the bulk store, La Récolte, in Quebec City. While working as a server and running her business on the side, Flavie turned her vision of sharing zero waste living in her hometown into a reality. La Récolte now has two locations and hosts a number of events to give others the opportunity to share and learn about sustainable living. If you understand French, check out their website. If you don't, check out Facebook or Instagram. -- If the content we make here on Trash Talking makes an impact on you, become a sponsor! It’s as easy as visiting the link in the show notes, visit anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. For as little as $2.99 a month (the cost of a cup of coffee), you can help support the stories we share and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
29:00
May 28, 2019
Episode 17: Naama Tamir, Lighthouse (LIVE)
 Naama Tamir founded The Lighthouse restaurant in Williamsburg with her brother. Before sustainability became hip, the Tamir siblings wanted to open a place that fed affordable food with a light footprint in an atmosphere that was warm and welcoming. Since opening the Lighthouse, Naama has gone from being a small player in a non-existent field to being a big voice the movement for sustainable restaurants. Naama will be one of the participating chefs at the Zero Waste Challenge during this year’s Food Waste Fair on May 23rd at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If you’re not already going, you should definitely check it out. Tickets are still on sale and include tastings from chefs like Naama and other famous chefs from Gramercy Tavern, Untitled and Made Nice.  This episode was recorded live at Lighthouse Brooklyn. -- If the content we make here on Trash Talking makes an impact on you, become a sponsor! It’s as easy as visiting the link in the show notes, visit anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. Even with as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we share and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
32:14
May 20, 2019
Episode 16: Lauren Liles, New York City Council
New York City recently banned all single-use plastic from being purchased for city agencies, including schools and prisons. Lauren Liles is the Communications Advisor for Rafael Espinal, Council Member for District 37 here in NYC, covering parts of Brooklyn in Bushwick, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, and East New York. Council Member Espinal was responsible for this push towards a plastic-free NYC government and green roofs being required now in all city buildings. We chatted with Lauren about this movement and why plastic bags have yet to be banned in NYC. -- If the content we make here on Trash Talking makes an impact on you, become a sponsor! It’s as easy as visiting the link in the show notes, visit anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. Even with as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we share and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
32:55
May 13, 2019
Episode 15: Tyler Chanel, Thrifts and Tangles
Tyler Chanel is an expert thrifter, blogger, model, and sustainability advocate who uses her love for thrifting to help promote a sustainable lifestyle. Her ingenious blog Thrifts and Tangles is where she highlights the outfits she finds for major discounts at local thrift stores and how she changed her life from eating off paper plates everyday to carrying around a reusable water bottle. Mentioned in this episode: Behind the Scenes tour of Savers Thrift Store Andrea Bonelli Jewelry Role Models Management Craigs List Freecycle OfferUp The Society of St. Vincent de Paul -- A big, special thanks to our first supporter, Amanda Edwards. If the content we make here on Trash Talking makes an impact on you, become a sponsor! It’s as easy as visiting the link in the show notes, visit anchor.fm/trashtalking and click on the link to Support This Podcast. Even with as little as $2.99 a month, you can help support the stories we share and help us continue to spur more eco-warriors to action. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
29:03
May 6, 2019
Episode 14: Julie Raskin, Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY)
Julie Raskin is the Senior Advisor for Partnerships and Executive Director of the Foundation for New York’s Strongest at The Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY). Julie talks to us about how she got to her dream job and also the Food Waste Fair coming up on May 23rd at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I love how Julie has combined her love of the environment, giving back to the community and business into her current job. If you’re around on May 23rd, definitely go and check out the Food Waste Fair. It’s going to be an amazing day filled with delicious food and educational talks. Tickets are on sale now and $50 covers interactive exhibitions and meet and greets. Money goes to support the Foundation of New York's Strongest. Mentioned in this episode: Central Park Conservancy Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Re-Think NYC Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability Food Waste Fair Challenge - $60 for Early Bird tickets until May 3rd Adam Kaye of Blue Hill Curb side organics collection map in NYC You’ll recognize a lot of the names of vendors and partners presenting at the Exhibition Hall for the Food Waste Fair because they’ve been guests on the show. Ancolie, Commit to Green, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Common Ground Compost, Food For All, Rise, and Toast Ale.  — Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:33
April 29, 2019
Episode 13: Sandra Ann Harris, EcoLunchBox
Sandra Ann Harris is the founder of EcoLunchBox, a completely plastic free food container solution. From humanitarian aid work to wanting to use a product to help with the plastic pollution issue, Sandra has grown her business from the ground up. Her most innovative product is the Blue Water bento, which is a plastic free, leak proof container made from stainless steel and silicone. Check out EcoLunchBoxes amazing Blue Water Bento line and more about the great studies on impact that Sandra has on her website. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
32:15
April 22, 2019
Episode 12: Ana De Luco, Sure We Can
Ana De Luco is the former chairperson and one of the founders of Sure We Can, a non-profit organization that specializes in recycling cans and creating community for “canners.” Used as a way to help the planet and those looking to collecting recycling materials as a way to earn an income, Ana talks about the incredible journey to getting this organization from scrap to miracle center.  If you're interested in helping Ana or volunteering for Sure We Can, email Ana or Sure We Can directly. This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners 20% off on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear.  Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
23:53
April 15, 2019
Episode 11: Roberta Dixon-Valk, Take 3 for the Sea
Education that inspires participation and connecting people back to nature - that is the mission of Take 3 for the Sea, a movement started by Roberta Dixon-Valk and her friend. Over the last 10 years, Take 3 has inspired the removal of over 10 million pieces of plastic from the ocean and waterways. With over 8 million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean annually, this movement is helping to turn the tide against plastic pollution. Roberta speaks to us about how she was inspired from her life growing up near the ocean and her work as a marine ecologist to start this movement. Check out the amazing photos from participants around the world on their Instagram.  This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners 20% off on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
25:49
April 8, 2019
Episode 10: Gia Machlin, EcoPlum Sustainable Swag
From an ecological perspective, there's almost nothing sexy about swag. It's often not useful, promote grabbing free things we won't often make good use of, all in the name of promoting a company or business. However, Gia Machlin realized that companies are going to print freebies with their logos on them as promotional material - and that the products might as well be sustainable. EcoPlum now creates customer sustainable swag for businesses and universities who want to make a big impression with a small footprint. This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners 20% off on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:13
April 1, 2019
Episode 9: Shia Su, Wasteland Rebel
What do you get when you mix one part rebel with one part sustainability? Shia Su, the owner of the popular zero waste blog, Wasteland Rebel. Shia is a zero waste blogger living in Colon, Germany. She’s a minimalist and a vegan and she has a huge following. But most importantly, she doesn’t focus on being perfect. Shia started her journey into sustainability somewhat slowly and focuses on doing what you can rather than being perfect. This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners 20% off on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
28:13
March 25, 2019
Episode 8: Chloe Vichot, Ancolie [LIVE from NYC]
Tune in for our very first live recording completed at Ancolie, the package free cafe and coffee shop located in West Village, New York City. Chloe Vichot, owner of Ancolie and formerly from France, started Ancolie with the intention of creating food that was both delicious and kind to the environment. The concept went from wildly successful $50,000 startup to WeWork vending machines in less than 3 years.  Ancolie is located off West 4th Street at 58 West 8th Street in Manhattan's West Village. This episode was recorded live from Ancolie in West Village. The restaurant is now closed. -- This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners 20% off on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
38:29
March 19, 2019
Episode 7: Ellen Hielkema, ecofemmag
Imagine trying to find a balance to your life and going from living in NYC working in the fashion industry to living out of a van in Portugal working on eco-conservation projects. There is a balance that can be struck between these extremes and this is the story of Ellen Hielkema. Ellen is the Founder of ecofemmag, which helps to uncover the amazing stories of female entrepreneurs who work in the green space. This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners 20% off on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
22:26
March 11, 2019
Episode 6: Tom Szaky, TerraCycle + Loop
Tom Szaky was frustrated by the notion of business being purely for profit. So, he dropped out of Princeton and started a company creating fertilizer from waste, packaged in waste. Now, his company TerraCycle generates $13 million annually and his new initiative, Loop, is set to change the eco-system of CPG through its innovative, package free goods delivered to your door. In school, Tom’s economics professor said something that struck him as quite profound: “The purpose of business is profit to shareholders.” But Tom wanted to challenge that. So he started a for-profit company that could also change and make things better for both society and the environment called TerraCycle. From selling compost to now upcycling weird to recycle things like chewing gum, Tom’s company is about to change the trajectory for the entire CPG market by the introduction of Loop. Announced at the World Economic Forum, Loop is a first of its kind system that will reduce single-use containers through a convenient, circular solution. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook. -- This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners FREE shipping on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
47:13
March 4, 2019
Episode 5: Jodie Taylor, Documentarian Photographer
 Jodie Taylor had left behind her job in financial services and was on a mission to document the waste here in New York City. During the four months she spent working on this project, Jodie ended up at e-waste facilities, followed compost services across Manhattan, went dumpster diving with the freegans and discovered a part of the city that is relatively unknown to most New Yorkers. Jodie's Work Dumpster Diving with the Freegans Rescuing Leftover Cuisine -- This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners FREE shipping on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action. Tune in again next week where we’ll be back with more Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. This is Barbara Lee, thanks for listening and stay green.
20:02
February 25, 2019
Episode 4: Catherine Smiley, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
We’re taking a break from our new storytelling format of Trash Talking to bring you an overdue episode from an amazing non-profit based here in New York City called Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. True to the name of the company, volunteers are dispersed across the city at closing time for various restaurant partners. They pick up any leftover food and bring it to a nearby human service agencies to be donated as food for the hungry and food insecure. Thus, they are rescuing leftover food from restaurants and helping to reduce the environmental impact of this food as well as feed the hungry We chatted with Catherine Smiley, Program Director of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, to chat about why she thinks this program is of importance and the impact of leftover food going to the landfill.  Links: Idealist Masbia Soup Kitchen I love this project as well as the amazing work that RLC is doing to help redistribute food to those in need. I went on a rescue and it took less than an hour to collect the food and drop it off to a nearby facility where it was needed. This experience, while minimal in the amount of time needed to complete it, was incredible rewarding. If you’re interested in participating or have ideas of human service organizations who could use some additional meals, reach out to Catherine and her team directly. -- This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners FREE shipping on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action. If you’re enjoying the podcast, please take the time to rate, review and share Trash Talking with your friends, co-workers, family - anyone who enjoys hearing amazing and inspiring stories.  Tune in again next week where we’ll be back with more Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. This is Barbara Lee, thanks for listening and stay green.
28:08
February 18, 2019
Episode 3: Shilpi Chhotray, Break Free From Plastic
Shilpi Chhotray is the Senior Communications Officer of the Break Free From Plastic Movement. The project includes 1,400 non-governmental organizations from across the world who have banned together to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics. The project was started with the vision of ending plastic waste in the world not just because of the impact that it has on our planet, but because it is a social justice, public health, and human rights issue as well.  Shilpi is based in the Bay Area where she runs Samudra Skin & Sea, her wild seaweed skincare line. Shilpi didn’t just talk to us about her role at Break Free From Plastic, but also corporate responsibility and the seaweed beauty product company she started. LINKS Freedom Island Cleanup Mother Earth Foundation Echo Waste Coalition Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives Brand Audit video -- This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners FREE shipping on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:31
February 11, 2019
Episode 2: Judith Bershof, Kishu Charcoal
Do you love the crisp, clean taste of filtered water but hate all the plastic that comes with filter and bottled water? Judith Bershof created Kishu Charcoal as a way to help everyone have access to clean, delicious filtered water without a single piece of plastic! Kishu Charcoal is made by artisans in Japan and filters 99% of heavy metals and leaves you with water you can feel great about. -- This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners FREE shipping on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
20:36
February 4, 2019
Episode 1: Tamara Lim, The Wally Shop
There was a time, before Amazon or meal delivery services existed, where you would purchase commodities like milk in re-useable containers that were delivered to your house. You’d use the product inside the container and return it to be re-filled and re-used again. That’s about as green as it gets.  So imagine this incredible network of meal delivery where there is essentially zero waste. That’s what Tamara Lim was thinking when she created The Wally Shop. Tune is as Tamara shares with us her journey of working on packaging at Amazon, the world's largest retailer, to founding a company based on recycling, then pivoting to start The Wally Shop. -- Just for listeners of Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors, use promo code TRASHY for 25% off your first order from The Wally Shop. Don't wait - get package free granola and apples delivered straight to your door! This offer expires January 1, 2020. -- This episode is sponsored by Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is offering Trash Talking listeners FREE shipping on your first order of cozy organic socks and high-tech underwear. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
23:15
January 28, 2019
Season 2 Trailer
Welcome to Season 2 of Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. We’re back with a mini-series of storytelling from female eco-warriors. Join us as we get behind the scenes of the first package free grocery delivery system in New York City with The Wally Shop Founder Tamara Lin and hear about charcoal artisans in Japan who produce plastic free water filtration systems for Kishu Charcoal. This season, we wanted to bring you to the exact moment when these eco-warriors realized they needed to do something for the planet. What happened when things didn’t go as planned, and the big wins they had. What inspired these women to pursue their dreams and the ridiculous stories in their conquest of a sustainable lifestyle. We invite you to stand in the shoes of eco-warriors and hear the inspiring beginnings that have blossomed into movements. Tune in next week on Apple Podcasts or wherever you’re listening in as we launch Season Two of Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. Don’t forget to subscribe and share with your friends so you never miss a show. This mini-series is brought to you in partnership with Organic Basics. The fashion industry is a dirty bastard. Organic Basics is changing that. 
02:58
January 25, 2019
Episode 42: Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri, The Earth Institute - Columbia University
There are so many different ways to pursue a career. Some people fall into their jobs while others take a more traditional approach. The Earth Institute blends research in physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world towards a path of sustainability. Their initiatives focus on water and climate to urbanization and agriculture. There are a number of different programs that fall under The Earth Institute including Masters programs in Climate and Society as well as Sustainability Science. Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri shares her journey towards her current role as The Associate Director of Education at The Earth Institute and gives advice for those who are thinking of higher education as the path to a green career. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
26:46
October 8, 2018
Episode 41: Emilie Wood, Impossible Foods
Emilie Wood is the Sustainability Analyst at Impossible Foods. Their flagship product is the Impossible Burger, a burger the looks, tastes, cooks, and bleeds like a regular beef-based hamburger, but it’s made from plants. They launched in 2016 right here in NYC. In her current role, Emilie does everything from analyze the trash that’s created at the company to rooting around in alfalfa fields. Listen in to hear her crazy story about combusting alfalfa and what makes the Impossible Burger bleed. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:41
August 13, 2018
Episode 40: Caro Shields + Vanessa Morrish, Be An Unfucker
Vanessa Morrish and Caro Shields went from being burned out at their ad agency jobs to creating a project that helps others learn about climate change in a funny, authentic way. It's called Be An Unfucker and their website features some hilarious ways of explaining sustainability issues and what we can do to help reduce our impact on the planet. The pair create  weekly tips that focus on "Why It's Fucked' and "Change One Thing." The two have day jobs working on projects like Who Gives a Crap and tell some amazing stories on their imperfect journeys towards sustainability. (Please note that this episode contains explicit language.) -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Who Gives A Crap Veja -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:11
August 6, 2018
Episode 39: Laura François, Clothing the Loop
Did you see this viral video of an art installation made out of fabric scraps found in an abandoned factory in Southeast Asia. In the video, these renegade artists put together scenes of things you would find in nature, like a tornado, out of clothing scraps that had been abandoned over a decade previously. Along with the infamous waste photographer Von Wong, one of the organizers for the Clothing the Loop project is Laura François, a contributor to the Huffington Post and speaker at TEDx Penang Road. Originally from Canada, Laura believes that creating a positive impact in the fashion industry is directly linked to creating lasting change on human rights and environmental issues. -- Want to meet the movers and shakers in the fashion and food communities of NYC? Then join us for futuristic fashion + sustainable food and drinks. Co-Hosted by Jodie Taylor and featuring eco-fashion by Malaika New York, ADAY, and Taz the Tailor. Get your tickets for Summer Sustainability + Rooftop Summer Drinks on Tuesday, July 31st at Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent St. Greenpoint Brooklyn). Libations and small bites by Proud Pour, Toast Ale, Tito's Vodka, Misfit Juicery, Teapigs, Gotham Greens, Ocean Hugger Foods and Food for All. -- Get into the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
36:02
July 23, 2018
Episode 38: Tara DePorte, Human Impacts Institute
Tara DePorte is a self-proclaimed expert generalist. She described her typical work week as wading in the Hudson one day to wearing a suit and talking over policy at the UN the next. In 2011, Tara started the Human Impacts Institute as a way to help make the conversation around conservation fun and exciting. She knew that if she wanted to help turn the tide on talking about trash, pollution, and conservation, she had to reach people in a way that mattered. They recently launched a project called The Hub, HII’s membership program. Check it out and consider helping to support this amazing institution and everything they make happen here in NYC. They produce some amazing content and help fund artist work that promote the conversation around climate change. Check out this funny video on their site called Think Like A Kid. -- We're hosting another event! Co-Hosted by Jodie Taylor and featuring eco-fashion by Malaika New York, ADAY, and Taz the Tailor. Join us at Summer Sustainability + Rooftop Summer Drinks on Tuesday, July 31st at Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent St. Greenpoint Brooklyn). Drinks and small bites by Proud Pour, Toast Ale, Tito's Vodka, Misfit Juicery, Teapigs, Gotham Greens, Ocean Hugger Foods and Food for All. Use TRASHY5 for a 20% discount on tickets while they last. -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
29:52
July 16, 2018
Episode 37: Desiree Kaplan, Green Matters
You've probably heard a similar story - someone hates their 9-to-5, they quit, move across the country, find true love and the career of their dreams. This is Desiree Kaplan's story, a staff writer for the online green publication called Green Matters. Desiree, former attorney born on Earth Day, always knew that the environment was important to her, but it was a chance meeting with the founders of Green Matters that led to her successful and amazing career change. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Green Matters Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson Sustainability initiatives by Richard Branson -- Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for more trashy inspiration. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action. Enjoy the warm weather and beautiful eco-fashion by Malaika New York, ADAY, and Taz the Tailor at our Summer Sustainability + Rooftop Summer Drinks on Tuesday, July 31st at Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent St. Greenpoint Brooklyn). Drinks and small bites by Proud Pour, Toast Ale, Tito's Vodka, Gotham Greens and Food for All. Use promo code TRASHY5 for a 20% discount for friends, followers + listeners while the early bird tickets! Limited supply.
25:03
July 9, 2018
Episode 36: Blythe Whitten-Snarr, Ocean Hugger Foods
Imagine you're at a food event sampling different, innovative food products when you passed by a table serving sushi - ahi tuna nigiri and california rolls topped with more tuna. Maybe you've sworn off fish after listening about the dire state of our oceans and plastics found in seafood, but then you noticed the sign stating that this sushi, Ahimi®, is vegan. You politely wolfed down several pieces and, still not convinced that it wasn’t tuna, ask, “What’s it made out of?” Then you get this shocking answer - tomatoes. Not just any tomatoes - de-acidified roma tomatoes that undergo a manual process with soy sauce, water, sugar, and sesame oil creating what essentially tastes, feels, and looks like the popular sushi dish - ahi tuna. Ahi tuna, better known as bluefin tuna, is one of the most endangered fish species on the planet, yet the world continues to gobble it up in exponential numbers. This planet-based version of ahi was created by ACF Certified Master Chef James Corwell at Ocean Hugger Foods. Today’s episode of Trash Talking features Blythe Whitten-Snarr, Director of Administration at Ocean Hugger Foods, a profile company of PlantBased Solutions. A vegan and animal rights proponent, Blythe shares with us the story of Ahimi® and how this innovative food could help change the tide for ocean wildlife. -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
23:28
July 2, 2018
Episode 35: Robert Pocius and Lisa Hamilton, TekPak Solutions
Robert Pocius had been working in the packaging industry for some time when customers came to him to ask for a solution that would be truly eco-friendly. A chance encounter with a scientist who had combined plastic with organic additives led to a material that broke down into nothing more than water, CO2, and organic biomass. TekPak's packaging can break down in any landfill, fresh and salt water, or regular soil in a matter of a few months. Check out our conversation with Robert as he journied to this innovative product and the possibility of a package free planet. -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
27:20
June 25, 2018
Episode 34: Shien-Ru Tsao, Commit to Green
If you're in the NYC area, you may have already seen Shien-Ru Tsao's image plastered on tall advertisements from the NYC Mayor's Office of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Campaign. In fact, there's one right in the Staten Island Ferry terminal. Shien-Ru grew up in a family of entrepreneuers. Her parents, living just outside the Chicago, IL area, owned their own restaurant and still do to this day. When Shien-Ru's family restaurant joined a popular meal service called Grubhub, Shien-Ru was inspired by all of the waste created to start her own business designing packaging that was biodegradable. In this conversation, Shien-Ru tells us aout how she build her business, Commit to Green, with purpose and also givs her advice on pursuing a meaningful career. Resources mentioned in this episode: Illinois Food Scrap Coalition -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:03
June 11, 2018
Episode 33: Emma Cohen, FinalStraw
If you've had the final straw on single-use plastic waste, you'll love FinalStraw, the world's first retractable, portable straw created by Co-Founders Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper. FinalStraw raised $1.8 million dollars on Kickstarter sold their website SuckResponsibly.com. You can’t make this stuff up. Emma Cohen, Co-Founder of FinalStraw, went from being the Sustainability Specialist at Lost Alamos National Laboratory, home of the Manhattan Project, to cleaning up trash on the beach dressed like a mermaid, to the Co-Founder of FinalStraw. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: FinalStraw Plastic Pollution Coalition -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:56
June 5, 2018
Episode 32: Cat Agopcan, The Do Something Project
Imagine that you’re living your life as a typical consumer, working long hours, eating out at restaurants between your busy on-the-go lifestyle when one day, you total your car in an accident. As she was crying over the loss of her car, Cat Agopcan, Founder of the Do Something Project, decided to make some changes in her life and focus on minimalism rather than things. This is a deep dive into one woman's journey to live a lifestyle that's good for your wallet, your health, and the planet. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson Zero Waste NJ Journey to Zero Waste @zerowastedork @zerowastechica -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
24:28
May 29, 2018
Episode 31: Whitney Pratt, Purple Frog Gardens
Whitney Pratt didn’t take the typical path of a Georgetown graduate. Instead of pursuing finance or business, Whitney took a job as a Service Member for FoodCorps, a branch of AmeriCorp that aims to help education youth about healthy food. After that, Whitney stayed in Montana and became the Farm Manager of Purple Frog Gardens, a local organic working farm in Montana. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: The Food Project, Boston The Farmer to Farmer Podcast The Dirty Life Farm Hands Nourish Lentil Underground Purple Frog Gardens on Instagram Hungry Podcast If you’re interested in starting your own farm program or just want to chat to Whitney about the work she’s doing, get in touch with her via email. -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
28:02
May 21, 2018
Episode 30: Elizabeth Fournier, The Green Reaper
Elizabeth Fournier was a young girl when she dealt with the passing of several close family members. Through her grief, Elizabeth spent time in funeral homes and at funerals as a way of coping with her loss. When she began her career in the 90's as a blonde woman who wanted to work in the mortician's office, she faced a number of difficulties. Now, Elizabeth has written the book (literally) on green burials and is affectionately known as The Green Reaper. This is an incredible interesting topic surrounding the idea of how we can become one with nature again when we pass and Elizabeth is a fountain of knowledge around helping families plan a burial that is both economical and ecological. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment? - Smithsonian Magazine The Green Reaper -- Check out Elizabeth’s work in The Green Burial Guidebook. Hopefully you won’t need it anytime soon, but for those who are interested in creating a plan for your or a loved one’s passing that is both economical and ecological, you can learn about everything you need in this guide. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:08
May 14, 2018
Episode 29: Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots
Did you know that mushrooms can grow in the waste that comes from your morning cup of coffee? When Nikhil Arora and his classmate Alejandro Velez heard about this fact, the two were sparked to create a business around growing food from waste. They both quit their six-figure jobs and instead of following the usual path out of college, started a company that sells food grow kits and biodynamic cereal. Listen to Nikhil's story about he took Back to the Roots from growing oyster mushrooms in the basement of their fraternity house to creating some of the best selling products on Amazon and Whole Foods. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Omnivore’s Dilemma - Michael Pollan Lisa Curtis at Kuli Kuli Foods Peet’s Coffee -- Follow Back to the Roots on Facebook and learn more about the amazing stuff this company is working on. If you want to reach Nikhil Arora directly, email him here. Check out this cool re-cap of their grow event at Whole Foods Oakland co-hosted by Ayesha Curry. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
28:55
May 7, 2018
Episode 28: Jodi Bailey + Caitlin Lee-Roney, Yosemite National Parks Services
Imagine if your job was to hang out in one of the US's most treasured pieces of land, Yosemite National Park. Well, for Jodi Bailey and Caitlin Lee-Roney, it is! Jodi is the Program Manager for the Zero Waste Initiative in Yosemite and Caitlin is with the Human-Bear Management Program. They share with us about Yosemite's programs for managing waste in order to decrease negative interactions with humans and wildlife. They also have some amazing tips for minimizing your impact while you travel and visit National and State Parks across the country. -- Resourced mentioned in this episode: Subaru of America Recycle Across America Speaking of Bears by Rachel Mazur -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:06
April 30, 2018
Episode 27: Christine Datz-Romero, Lower East Side Ecology Center
It's hard to imagine a time when we didn't have curbside recycling programs, but it was actually less than 30 years ago now. That's when Christine Datz-Romero had decided to do something to help divert recyclables from the waste stream. This expanded into an entire center that is the largest collector of food scraps and electronic waste here in NYC. The Lower East Side Ecology Center that Christine founded helps divert 400 tonnes of food scraps from landfill. They also have a year-round e-waste recycling program that helps remove the 70% of heavy metals that can be found in landfill from electronics that are incorrectly disposed of. -- Resource mentioned in this episode: Mary Appelhof -- Check out the LES Ecology Center’s e-waste drop off sites! There are popup locations every weekend through June. They’ve also opened an additional drop-off site in Chinatown at 75 Broadway near the East Broadway F stop or the Grand St. D stop. You can bring your computers, keyboard, printers, etc. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays between 12-4 PM. Link in show notes for more info. Don’t miss the LES Ecology Center’s 30th birthday party at the East River Park on June 9th. Face painting, food, and compost - it’s a great opportunity to see what the LES Ecology Center does and help support the continuation of their work. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
23:18
April 23, 2018
Episode 26: Karen Leibowitz, The Perennial
Perennial means present at all seasons of the year and Karen Leibowitz and her husband Anthony Myint have been working towards initiatives that encourages the removal of carbon from our atmosphere through food. But not just any food, a sustainable food system that accounts for everything including how something is grown and the positive contributions this can supply to the environment and the way every part is used in meals and the energy expensed in creating a meal at the restaurant. The Perennial restaurant in SF uses initiatives like Kernza, a perennial grain that draws carbon out of the atmosphere year-round, at their restaurant. It's incredible to hear how they've accounted for everything in designing their business and how they're working to influence other restauranteurs. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Soil Solutions Draw Down -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action. Thank you to everyone who came to our screening of WASTED! last week Tuesday. There were over 100 people at the event and the event could not have been a success without each and every one of you. So THANK YOU for your support. We’re dreaming up our next big event! If you’ve got something you want to learn about, a space you’d like to let us use, or a business you think we should partner with, reach out and let me know! Barbara@trashybeauty.com.
33:55
April 16, 2018
Episode 25: Susan Allbert, Independent Artist
Susan Albert was working in the fashion and textile industry here in NYC. She had moved from her homeland in the UK and was struck by the amount of disposability here in the US. After her kids were born, Susan wanted to figure out a new career path. She decided she would create artwork that spoke to the theme of sustainability and environmental impact. Susan’s multimedia works are on display at her studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn as well as in various places like the Human Impact Institute and NYC Climate Week. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, my favorite piece of Susan’s has to be the tablecloth she created with imagery of various pieces of trash and QR codes that can start “dinner” conversations on issues of waste. -- We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Aerofarms + Local Roots, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, The Fillery and Teapigs. Featuring photos by JCT Photography. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
25:55
April 9, 2018
Episode 24: Roos Swart, By The Ocean We Unite
Born from one sailor's love of the ocean, By the Ocean We Unite is on a mission to prevent plastic pollution. Their work includes research conducted at sea on mini-expeditions where they invite interested citizens to join them. These expeditions are led by Roos Swart, a Marine Biologist who completed her Masters in the Dutch Caribbean. BTOWU is a clear example of how ordinary citizens can help educate and guide the public conversation around conservation and environmental protection. You can join them for one of their sailing expeditions. Their next one sets sail on April 14th from Harlingen, Netherlands. Check out the information on their Facebook page. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Guppy Friends Bubble Barrier Blue Planet 2 Plastic Expedition Up to Norway Plastic Soup Foundation Seabin -- We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Aerofarms + Local Roots, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs. Featuring photos by JCT Photography. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
24:13
April 2, 2018
Episode 23: Sabine Valenga, Food For All
About 40% of food in America will be wasted. And an average American family wastes $1,500 worth of food every year. That's billions of dollars of food that goes to landfill, creating greenhouse gases that warm our planet. Don't be a statistic. Sabine Valenga and her co-founders, David Rodríguez and Victor Carreño, were at a Harvard incubation program when they came up with the idea of Food for All, an app that allows you to rescue food from restaurants an hour before they close at a fraction of the cost. The app has partnered with hundreds of restaurants in Boston and New York City, with plans to disrupt the food waste culture in America and beyond. -- Want to meet Sabine and other eco-warriors like her? We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Aerofarms + Local Roots, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs. Featuring photos by JCT Photography. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
31:57
March 26, 2018
Episode 22: Dianne Mitchell + Julia Porter, bio-bean®
Founded in 2013, bio-bean® is the first company in the world to industrialize the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. In the UK alone, they produces 500,000 tons of waste coffee grounds every year. Like most of our trash in landfills, organic material breaks down and creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Coffee, rich in oil, makes a source of energy that burns clean and hot, perfect for cold countries with wood burning stoves like the UK. Julia Porter, National Supply Chain Manager, and Dianne Mitchell, Engineering Director, at bio-bean chat to us about their processes, challenges, and tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle. There are some funny stories and jokes, but bio-bean, with plans to expand into extracting oil from coffee waste at a commercial scale, has some serious solutions to ending our global dependence on fossil fuels. We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greene Point Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
28:46
March 19, 2018
Episode 21: Bertha Jimenez + Jessica Aguirre, RISE Products
Bertha Jimenez, with a degree in mechanical engineering and Ph.D in technology management, heard about industrial symbiosis when she was studying fish packaging warehouses. Wanting to understand what happened with the massive amounts of waste, she realized there was a significant difference between the companies who put their waste into the trash and those who upcycled. Looking for a way to keep the flow going on several industrial processes, Bertha and her team members came across an ingenious idea - take spent grain from microbreweries and turn it into high protein flour. RISE Product's low carb flour has now been made into several products by companies like Runner + Stone, Grain Stand, Lighthouse, Osteria Francescana, and others. If you’re interested in working with RISE flour or want to learn more about them, you can reach out to bertha@riseproducts.co or jessica@riseproducts.co. Resources mentioned in this episode: Change Food William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle and Upcycle We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. We've extended our listener discount - use TRASHYEB5 for a $5 discount on tickets. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
28:02
March 12, 2018
Episode 20: Lauren O'Donnell, Greenpop
It all started with one challenge between 10 friends - plant 1,000 trees each to help offset their carbon footprint. Well, that challenge never ended and soon turned into an organization that is starting a Treevolution in South Africa. Lauren O'Donnell did not mean to start a green revolution. In fact, she wasn't even all that interested in sustainability or conservation. But, in taking on this personal challenge, Lauren and her friends sparked something in the community. Today, Greenpop has planted over 82,000 trees in ancient forests near Cape Town as well as in disadvantaged communities in the city. Their annual Reforest Fest takes place on the weekends of March 13-15th and March 23-25th and includes planting trees, seminars on sustainability, live music and local food. Check out one of their events and help support the planting of trees on their website. Cape Town is today facing a water crisis that will leave the city with no water by May 11th*, what the town is calling Day Zero. Greenpop has put a hold on their city-wide tree planting, but they are holding water-wise workshops to help educate people on the conservation of clean water. *Date projections change regularly. Check the city's website for the most up-to-date information. -- Tune in to the very end where we answer a listener question about plastics and China refusing to accept the US's recycling. We have special guest Sam Silver from Sims Municipal Recycling Center here in New York City who gives us some great tips on recycling and breaks down the issue surrounding recycled materials and gas prices. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Happy Earth People: http://happyearthpeople.com/ Wazoogles: https://wazoogles.com/ -- We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenepoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now and use TRASHYEB5 for a $5 discount exclusively for Trash Talking listeners. Promotional discount expires on March 9th. Ticket price includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee, Teapigs, and more. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action
34:31
March 5, 2018
Episode 19: Louisa Ziane, Toast Ale
All beer is made from four ingredients - water, carbohydrates, hops and yeast. In ancient Babylonian times, they would use bread as the carbohydrate source as a way to preserve a food prone to spoilage. When Tristram Stuart, founder and CEO of Toast Ale, first heard about this recipe he realized he had found the perfect project to go all in on. Toast takes leftover bread from bakeries and sandwich shops and turns it into delicious beer. The company has open sourced its recipe and encourages franchises and partnerships in other cities and countries. They have partnerships in New York City, Iceland, South Africa, and Brazil, with further plans to expand. All proceeds go to Tristram's charity Feedback. Louisa Ziane is the Chief Financial Officer and Brand Manager for Toast Ale UK. She went from working in finance to the Carbon Trust and eventually landing the opportunity to help Tristram start Toast from the ground up. Louisa shares with us some incredibly inspiration stories about how she chose her current career path and how she made huge pivots in her life. Resources mentioned in this episode: Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal The Carbon Trust Farmaggedon Impossible Burger WASTED! A Story of Food Waste Dan Barber of Blue Hill WastED London Regrained Tea People Snact Change Please Moon Cups Toast Ale is hiring in the UK and across their global partners. Check it out. We're also gearing up for our screening of WASTED! A Story of Food Waste that Toast and Tristram Stuart are featured in. The screening will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Tickets include Toast beer and other sustainable beverages and food. We will have special early bird pricing specifically for Trash Talking listeners, so sign up for the mailing list and be the first to know. There are limited spots and we anticipate the event selling out. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
34:59
February 26, 2018
Episode 18: Danni Washington, Nature Knows Best + Big Blue & You
Proud eco-geek and science communicator Danni Washington is making waves with her non-profit work and as the host of her own Fox-syndicated television show Nature Knows Best. She also founded her own non-profit called Big Blue and You and puts on a yearly event called ArtSea in Miami. Wanting to bridge the gap between scientists and every day citizens, Danni embarked on a wild adventure that has taken her from recording videos for text books, to YouTube and winning a contest led by clothing brand Roxy, and onto being the star of her own tv show. Listen in as Danni tells us how she made it all happen and the time she tried to convince comedian Kevin Hart to go green. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Andrea Marshall, Marine Biologist Blue Mind, Wallace J Nichols Mission Blue, Dr. Silvia Earl Saved by the Sea, David Helvarg March for the Ocean, June 9th Plastic Ocean, Capt. Charles Moore Rachel Carson Plastic Paradise, Angela Son Kiss the Ground Klean Kanteen -- If you're in the Miami area on Saturday, March 3rd, check out Danni's non-profit, Big Blue and You, event called ArtSea. It takes place at Historic Virginia Beach Park and includes a full day of art and education surrounding ocean conservation. Save the Date for our showing of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, co-hosted by Talk Trash City, on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 PM. We'll be bringing together an evening of sustainable food and drink at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of March. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
28:08
February 19, 2018
Episode 17: Nathan Hodge, Raaka Chocolate
It’s Valentine’s Day this week and chances are you’ll be partaking in one of my favorite guilty pleasures - chocolate. Every year, 58 million pounds of chocolate is purchased. But not everything is so sweet about the practices that surround this commodity-driven product. Nathan Hodge, head chocolatier of Raaka Chocolate in Brooklyn, NY, is working to change this. If you’re like most conscious consumers, you’ve probably thought of the impact that a commodity-driven treat like chocolate has on our planet and the communities that grow them. This episode dives into the indigenous cultures where cacao is grown as well as the meaning of sustainable chocolate. Nate shares with us the time he set his oven on fire and when he had a bow and arrow drawn on him while researching cacao trees in South America. He's very passionate about creating delicious, sustainable chocolate that supports the health of the makers, consumers, and planet. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Taza Chocolate Patagonia Lost City of Z -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
25:05
February 12, 2018
Episode 16: Nicole Baum, Gotham Greens
When you think of fresh, crisp greens and herbs, what images are conquered in your mind? If it's warm, lush fields in California and the pain of throwing out sad, wilting leaves you're going to love this chat with Nicole Baum of Gotham Greens. Using a fraction of the space, water, and no soil, Gotham Greens has build hydroponic green houses on the rooftops of urban cities. Their mission - get fresh greens at a minimal impact to the environment and create arable land where there is the densest population - New York City and Chicago. Nicole talks us through Gotham's programs, where you can go to visit the farm, and the urban projects that are changing the way city-dwellers get their fresh greens. The best part is that these greens are fresher, more nutritious, and turn food miles into food footsteps. Gotham Greens has already taken over most retail stores, from Whole Foods Market to Key Foods and FoodKick, and are looking to expand to the cities with the harshest weather and highest populations. Learn about why this matters and how you can see this working farm within your own neighborhood. -- Resources mentioned in this podcast: Gotham Greens Instagram Viral Puri, CEO + Co-Founder of Gotham Greens TedxBrooklyn Green Bronx Machine Wellness in the School The Kitchen Community -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action. *Photos used with permission from Gotham Greens
28:12
February 5, 2018
Episode 15: Lilian Liu, United Nations Global Compact
Lilian Liu grew up in two worlds - her home country of Sweden where sustainability and responsible business practices were prevalent - and Shanghai, where her parents were from, which faced aggressive growth during her childhood. China dominates the clothing industry with more than 40 percent of clothing being produced in this one country alone. This led Lilian to pursuing non-traditional methods of international relations and development. Beginning with interning at the United Nations, Lilian is now the Manager of Partnerships and UN Relations, a program with over 9,000 business partners. She shares incredibly valuable insight about pursuing a career path in international relations and sustainability as well as her view of the global fashion industry. Lilian will be speaking at the UN on Tuesday, Jan. 30th at the UN General Assembly on Sustainable Textiles. This event is open to all and registration information can be found online. Connect with Lilian on LinkedIn or email here at lilianyliu@gmail.com. *DISCLAIMER: Lilian is sharing her own views and opinions and is not representing the United Nations or its programs in any way. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: UN Global Compact Ten Principles Redress Reformation Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline True Cost River Blue Fashion Revolution Rent the Runway Beacon's Closet *Some of these links are affiliate links and purchasing through them helps to support the show. -- Don't forget to sign up for our Underground Farm Tour of Farm.one on Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7 PM. Tours are $30/person and include the tour and tasting, prosecco, and an eco-take home gift box with herbs, Trashy Beauty coffee body scrub, and more. Spaces are very limited. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
27:47
January 29, 2018
Episode 14: Camila López Gómez, Impact0 Mexico
Mexico is seeing the beginning of its sustainability movement. Camila Lopez Gomez, Project Manager at Impact0, Mexico's only sustainability organization with an international ISO certification, tells us about the climate of Mexico's environmental movement and the hard decisions she had to make in pursuing her passion. Impact0 has helped divert over 80,000 kgs of recyclable materials from landfills and they help everyone from small companies to museums figure out how to reduce their impact. Camila travels to different festivals around the world like Glastonbury, learning about sustainability initiatives and bringing that knowledge back to her homeland. Over the years, as Carnaval de Bahidora's attendees have increased, the festival has worked to decrease their impact. If you're interested in coming to Mexico in February to meet myself and Camila, check out Carnival Bahidora's festival page. You can reach Camila directly by emailing camlop@impact0.org or connecting with her on LinkedIn. - Resources mentioned in this episode: Carnival Bahidora Wangari Maathai London Olympics Sustainability Report Green Giants - Don't forget to sign up for our Underground Farm Tour of Farm.one on Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7 PM. Tours are $30/person and include the tour and tasting, prosecco, and an eco-take home gift bo with herbs, Trashy Beauty coffee body scrub, and more. Spaces are very limited. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
28:40
January 22, 2018
Episode 13: Dana Mitchell, Farm.one
It's the ultimate way to cut down on the environmental impact of growing food - hydroponic, vertical growing. It may look SciFi like, with the glowing LED lights and high-tech equipment, but it certainly could be the way we grow food in the future. Dana, Operations Manager at Farm.one, tells us all about their farm, the weird things they grow, and how you could own your very own piece of Farm.one here. In this episode, Dana breaks down what you should know about food and environment, in a delicious episode that's sure to get you thinking about where your next meal could come from (or, at least those fancy edible flowers on your Restaurant Week plate). You can also book a tour and check out their facilities, with a glass of sustainable prosecco in hand. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Christina Tosi Alice Waters Ripple Foods Perfect Day Impossible Foods Patagonia —- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
31:21
January 15, 2018
Episode 12: Paula Pebsworth, Primatologist
Paula Pebsworth landed her first research job by emailing and asking one question, "Can I volunteer my time to help you?" This got her working with some of her research idols and led to her study of geophagy, a self-medicating behavior where primates will eat clay to alleviate GI symptoms. Paula has traveled the world doing her research and witnessed beautiful moments in nature. From Madagascar to Japan, Paula is a go-getter who values finding a way to help reduce human-wildlife conflict in the world. If you're inspired by Paula's work, you can read her research papers online. And, if you’d like to reach out to Paula, you can email her directly at paula.pebsworth@gmail.com. Paula is currently in India undergoing another research project and can be slow to respond. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Primate Information Network Jane Goodall David Attenborough Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver This Changes Everything - Naomi Klein Draw Down - Paul Hawken Bill McKibbon *some of these links are affiliate links and purchasing through them helps support the podcast -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
31:22
January 8, 2018
Episode 11: Nicole Caldwell, Better Farm + Green Matters
When Nicole Caldwell's uncle passed away and left her a 65-acre hippy commune farm in Redwood, NY, she was undergoing a whirlwind of change in her life. Wanting to connect her passion for the environment and sustainability to what she did every day, Nicole decided to quit her job, move to upstate NY, and start a farm/bed and breakfast. From one book about gardening and while moonlighting as a bartender, Nicole built Better Farm from nothing. She now has programs to teach people how to homestead and garden, a bed and breakfast, and an artist residency program. They also hold an annual music festival in the summer. The farm is home to rescued animals, like a herd of alpaca and Henrietta the chicken. And after just 4 years, Nicole was able to turn a profit from all her hard work. Nicole says this was the best decision of her life. She is also Editor of Green Matters, an online media company focused on green news. Listen in as Nicole shares how she got there. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: How to Have a Green Thumb without a Bad Back by Ruth Stout What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen Dirt Fed Up Joel Salatan *Some of the links are affiliate links and purchasing through them helps fund the podcast. -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
34:31
January 1, 2018
Episode 10: Berlin Crystal Kelly, Proud Pour
Berlin Crystal Kelly was working in finance in NYC when she was struck with the realization of how much money was spent on alcohol every night in one city alone. So, Berlin quit her job and started a wine company with one premise - for every bottle of sauvignon blanc sold, an organization would restore 100 wild oysters to the water. These hard working bivalves filter 3,000 liters of water every day and help restore the natural waters of New York harbor. From there, Berlin expanded to pinot noir and wildflowers and has plans to help other keystone species. Berlin shares her experiences working the land and how she hopes to change the way people think about their relationship to the land. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Proud Pour WWOOF New York City Home Brewers Guild Charity Water -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
26:49
December 25, 2017
Episode 9: Cara Braund, Wildlife Works Kenya
Cara Braund spent nearly two years volunteering and working on various conservation projects in Kenya before landing her dream job - managing the office of a carbon-credit community-based conservation project in Eastern Kenya. At Wildlife Works, Cara helps manage several projects that are all part of a larger organization utilizing the local community to reduce carbon emissions and environmental destruction. They support everything from an eco-factory to eco-charcoal production and also have a wonderful eco-lodge where guests can stay and tour the 500,000 acres of protected land. -- Resources mentioned during this episode: REDD+ The 11th Hour Brush with Bamboo Carbon Offsetting with Wildlife Works -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:20
December 18, 2017
Episode 8: Jenny O'Grady Giddy, Cloudbridge Reserva
After hiking Mount Chirripo, the tallest mountain in Costa Rica, Jenny O'Grady and Ian Giddy were observing the deforestation caused by farming and decided to buy the land. The idea was to let mother nature regenerate, but the couple was too impatient for that, so they decided instead to build a reforestation project Today, the Cloudbridge Reserva is home to all 6 of the endangered feline species native to Costa Rica, like jaguars and ocelots, along with black-handed spider monkeys and Baird Tapirs. Jenny tells of this incredible project and if you are really inspired, you can book a stay or take the time to volunteer at this beautiful conservation project. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Elizabeth May Out of Africa Inconvenient Truth & Inconvenient Sequel Barite Galdikas Dian Fossey Bill McKibben, 350.org Cloud bridge -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
32:25
December 11, 2017
Episode 7: Sarah Sproviero, Lightfoot Market
If you're a conscious consumer, you'll relate to Sarah Sproviero's plight of the difficulties in purchasing products from companies that are kind to the environment, the people who make them, and you. After being frustrated with the lack of transparency and the immense amount of research that went into finding the best companies, Sarah started the Lightfoot Market. The Lightfoot Market is dedicated to being a marketplace for conscious consumers and thoughtful brands to connect. They run bi-annual pop-up markets here in New York City and have a directory of carefully vetted brands they trust. The next Lightfoot Market Holiday Pop-Up will be on Dec. 9-10th at the Metropolitan Suite in Chelsea, NY. We will be there selling the Trashy Beauty repurposed coffee body scrub. Come and say hi. We'll have a free treat for anyone who supports the podcast. Sarah used to be an environmental teacher at the Audubon Society and credits playing outside and being close to nature as the reason she cares deeply about the environment today. There's a pretty hilarious story that Sarah shares from her teaching days, so you have to listen to the end when she reveals her party trick. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Bower Studios The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability #stopsucking movement Rothy’s - click here for $20 off! Keap Candles Dopper Water Bottles Ecocult United by Blue *Some of these links are affiliate links and by purchasing through this link, you will be supporting the show. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
32:17
December 4, 2017
Episode 6: Franziska Elmer, Ph.D + Marine Biologist
The coolest part about being a scientist is getting to go to places where others are not allowed to go - literally! Franziska Elmer got to live on a remote atoll research center during her Ph.D and saw one of the most untouched eco-systems on the planet. The only other people who get to visit Palmyra are volunteers and millionaires who donate money to the Nature Conservancy. Fran is also a huge believer in protecting the environment and underwent the Plastic-Free challenge while living on a desert island called Bonaire. Geek out with us as we talk about Fran's career from studying ecology, living in New Zealand, and teaching students how to become marine biologists in the Caribbean. Resources Fran mentions during this episode: Coral List Plastic Free tips Gate’s Coral Lab Seagrass Carbon Credit Offset If you'd like to connect with Fran directly, you can find her on Facebook. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
30:13
November 30, 2017
Episode 5: Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli, Common Ground Compost
New York City spends $1.3 billion a year on waste management and it's one of NYC's biggest exports, going to other states as far as Ohio. With a small, local movement to compost, NYC already has one of the country's largest compost programs. How long do you think it takes for a head of lettuce to break down in a landfill? The answer might shock you - 25 years. With the climate warming and our soils depleting, the answer to fixing some of the planet's greatest problems may come down to one behavioral change - compost. Meredith ties in trash, compost, and food nutrition in one jam-packed conversation. And, listen to the very end, because Meredith turns the tables on me! Meredith is extremely knowledgeable and inspiring to speak with. Her straightforward way of talking about the trash problem is great for anyone wanting to understand this issue better (and take action!). Connect with Common Ground Compost on their website, Facebook, and check out one of the events Meredith speaks at in NYC. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Hack Trash City New Dream Guppyfriend Good Brother Co Vokashi Rescuing Leftover Cuisine -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:09
November 23, 2017
Episode 4: Malaika Haaning, Malaika New York
Locally made, minimal waste, upcycled trash - that's what Malaika has built her fashion line from. And if you saw it in a window in New York City, where Malaika lives, you would never know. Her high fashion, eco-conscious clothing line is beautifully minimal, made for all seasons, and built to last. Malaika is from Denmark, where she was always told to care for the environment through simple actions. She's been to Bangladesh where she saw the rivers run blue from factory dyes. Check out her fashion line and connect with Malaika on Facebook and Instagram. —- Resources mentioned in this episode: Zero Waste Daniel Jenny Mustard - Vegan Youtuber and blogger Sublime Magazine Sagekat EO Products Sustainable Fashion Directory -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
31:39
November 13, 2017
Episode 3: Sharon Rowe, Eco-Bags Products
Former New York City actress turned entrepreneur, Sharon started her journey in the late-80’s when she decided to do something about the wastefulness of plastic bags. She sold 1,000 bags at her first Earth Day festival and was featured on Oprah. She also recently wrote a book guiding others in the art of creating an intentional business. A registered B Corp, Sharon’s business has diverted 2.65 trillion plastic bags from use. This is an episode not to be missed - Sharon has so many fantastic tips for balancing work and life, shares her highs and lows through building an intentional business, and has years of experience in green business to share. Check out Sharon’s book, The Magic of Tiny Business, available for pre-order on Amazon. Connect with Sharon on Facebook, Instagram, and skip the single-use plastic at Eco-Bags Products. -- Resources mentioned in this episode: Eco-Bags Products B Corporation The Magic of Tiny Business -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
33:32
November 7, 2017
Episode 2: Cheryl Davies, Yintuition
Cheryl Davies was living what she thought was a great life - working in the textile industry, living in New York City, car, boyfriend - but something was off. Today, Cheryl is a licensed acupuncturist, lives a minimal life from her bicycle, and partakes in dumpster diving with her partner Rob Greenfield (the guy who wore all his trash in a specially designed trash suit for 30 days). She doesn't even have a cell phone plan, so this interview was conducted while Cheryl was at the public library in Vancouver, Canada after Cheryl, Rob, and a group of Green Riders biked from Central Park to Vancouver in less than 90 days. There is something magical in the way Cheryl has discovered a new life and career after the one she thought she wanted where she was working in the fashion industry. Cheryl proves that any amount of change is possible if you start small. Connect with Cheryl on Facebook, Instagram, and Acurhythms, the business she co-founded. -- Resources mentioned in this show: Rob Greenfield -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
31:48
November 6, 2017
Episode 1: Jacey Bingler, Ecosia
Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees. They use over 80 percent of their profits to fund reforestation work all over the world using money made from ad revenue. Their goal - plant 1 billion trees by 2020. The company now plants trees in Burkina Faso, Indonesia (Borneo), Madagascar, Nicaragua, Peru, and Tanzania. Ecosia wants to create a world where the environment no longer needs protecting, and with averaging 1 million trees every few weeks. Jacey Bingler is Ecosia's Head of Communications. She tells us about her former jobs working in advertising and how she happily transitioned to a job at Ecosia, working to spread the message of tree planting and helping to reverse climate change. -- Resources mentioned in this show: Naomi Klein Jane Goodall Elizabeth Kolbert Tomorrow -- If there’s an eco-warrior you think has a story that would inspire others, email me at Barbara@trashybeauty.com. We highly encourage you to try out Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. Ecosia lets you take one small step to making the planet a greener place by doing something that you do every day - search the web. -- Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
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November 3, 2017
Introduction by Barbara Lee
Eco-Warrior and Founder of Trashy Beauty, Barbara Lee, went from pre-law in undergrad to traveling the world for 2.5 years. After being a barista in New Zealand, planting trees in the Caribbean, and working communications for a conservation project in Kenya, Barbara returned home to the US and ended up working as a recruiter at a tech startup in New York City. Faced with the immensity of the trash problem in NYC, in comical contrast to her former home city San Francisco, Barbara wanted to find a way to change the tide on the way people thought about trash. Join the conversation on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and try out our repurposed coffee body scrub. Don't forget to subscribe, review, and share this podcast with other eco-warriors. We read all of your reviews and your positive ratings help us spread the word and spur more eco-warriors to action.
08:52
November 2, 2017