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Intentional Living at Home

FREE Simplicity & Sustainability Live Q&A webinar: This Thursday, 2/25 at 12:30pm EST!  RSVP and join me!   Intentional Living at Home Intentional living is all the rage right now, as it?s about letting your purpose guide your actions as they relate to your family, your work, your finances, your environmental impact, your spirituality, and more. That said, it?s easy to revert to living on autopilot. It?s too easy, in fact, to be blown off track by snags in the...

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2021-02-23
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Bonus: Recycling Isn't Enough with Marie Eve

Impactful Eco Friendly Changes   We?ve all been there: The awkward moment when we realize that, when it comes to eco friendly living, we could be doing more. On this week?s bonus episode, I speak with Marie Ève Gaudreau Lamarre. Marie Ève walks us through the moment she realized that she wasn?t eco friendly simply because she recycled; soon after, she knew she could ? and therefore must ? do more. In our conversation today, Marie Ève makes clear the...

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2021-02-18
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8 Minimalist Style Principles

8 Minimalist Style Principles   It happens to the best of us: despite our best intentions, we fall for trends. We assume that if a new style looks great on a model it will also look great on us. But wardrobe simplicity is about employing select minimalist style tricks that save money, reduce clothing waste, and empower you to look your best. On today?s show I speak with style coach Kim Hancher. Kim is a huge advocate for NOT running...

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2021-02-16
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Difficult Sustainability Conversations

Difficult Sustainability Conversations   If you are passionate about sustainability, you may often find yourself in the middle of thorny interpersonal interactions. Here are just a few statements I?ve heard over the years in which I?ve tried ? but miserably failed! ? to bridge the gap between my opinions and the persons? sitting in front of me: ?Environmental policies kill jobs.? ?God is omnipotent. He?ll take care of climate change.? ?Recycling is pointless. Why bother?? Today I?m speaking with fellow...

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2021-02-11
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Your Minimalist Play Room

** Sustainable Minimalism (the book based on THIS podcast!) is out now! Get your paperback or e-book copy here.**   Your Minimalist Play Room: Why Basic is Best & Less is More Got kids? If so, you?ve also got toys. If you?re like me, you may also have a play room that?s bursting at the seams with active, plastic toys. Parents want to provide novel play experiences for their children, as no one wants their kids to be deprived. But...

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2021-02-09
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Intentional Personal Development

** Sustainable Minimalism (the book based on THIS podcast!) is out now! Get your paperback or e-book copy here.** Intentional Living and Personal Development   Prioritizing personal development is a staple of an intentional life, yet listeners overwhelmingly report that they have neither the time nor the energy to pursue good habits. The result? We tend to focus on our personal development only when a problem occurs. But by then, it?s too late to proactively make a change. Today I...

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2021-02-02
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Bonus: New Is Not Best With Murielle G. 

Eco Friendly Living and Gen Z   Meet Murielle from Michigan. Murielle is a Generation Z-er who found herself interested in eco friendly living in high school. Fast forward 5 years: Murielle has dedicated her professional life to solving environmental problems as she strives to change her everyday actions so that they best align with her values. In our conversation today, Murielle imparts some practical tips (how to compost with worms!) as well as some abstract ideas, too (how to...

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2021-01-28
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Raising Healthy Children

Healthy Children & The Problems with ?Natural? Products   Parabens, formaldehyde, fragrance, and more: In 2021, raising healthy children starts by reducing exposures to common toxins. It continues by giving the side eye to products marketed to babies and kids as ?natural?, too. Potentially hazardous chemicals reside in plastic toys, food packaging, personal care products, and even food. But because babies and young children do not have fully developed immune systems, they may be even *more* susceptible to their negative...

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2021-01-26
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Mindful Parenting Tips for Overwhelmed Moms

Mindful Parenting Tips for Overwhelmed Moms   If parenting under normal circumstances is demanding, parenting during a pandemic is downright exhausting. And if you?re like me, you may have found yourself scouring the internet for parenting tips that make pandemic mothering manageable. But because we have such little (if any!) free time?and because we are downright exhausted?Google?s algorithm falls short. Mothers overwhelmingly report that their mental health is struggling amidst increased mental loads, erosion of work-life boundaries, and general daily monotony. And...

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2021-01-19
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Bonus: Eco Conscious Christianity with Lisa M.

Eco Conscious Christianity with Lisa M.   Meet Lisa from Adelaide, Australia. Lisa is a long-time podcast listener who believes that eco conscious living is the ultimate expression of her Christian faith. She excels at reducing carbon emissions from transportation (her family only has one vehicle, and it?s an electric car), but she has trouble cutting down on soft plastics. In our conversation today, Lisa imparts the hopeful truth that one person has the power to change the trajectory of...

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2021-01-14
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Feng Shui, Meet Modern Minimalism

Feng Shui, Meet Modern Minimalism   Modern minimalism is all about clean lines, clear countertops, tidy spaces, and houseplants. (Lots of houseplants.) But feng shui, too, has a lot to say about whether or not your living space feels peaceful, and that?s why the modern minimalist movement would do well to take a few cues from this ancient Chinese philosophy. Indeed, combining old design ideals with new ones is a powerful way to amplify minimalist principles in your home. This...

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2021-01-05
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When Living Green Gets Exhausting

When Living Green Gets Exhausting   I?ll just go ahead and say it: eco-friendly lifestyles can leave us feeling weary, and that?s because living green requires extra time, patience, energy, and?sometimes?financial means. But the heaviness associated with choosing sustainable choices day in and day out stems from experiencing a trifecta of difficult emotions, too, including confusion, hopelessness, and anger. Today I bring you a conversation with Cheryl Leutjen. Cheryl is the author of Love Earth Now, a collection of essays...

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2020-12-29
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Eco Friendly Laundry Products versus CPGs

Eco Friendly Laundry Products and Routines   While bathrooms boast zero-waste swaps and kitchens can overflow with sustainable alternatives, the laundry room is considered the final frontier for offering eco friendly products. Indeed, Americans continue to discard nearly 1 billion plastic detergent jugs each year, and just one third of them are recycled. Laundry products have remained staunchly un-environmental over the past 6 decades. And thanks to the monopolies CPG companies have on the market, ethical and eco alternatives to...

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2020-12-22
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Eco-Resolutions That Benefit the Collective

New Year?s Resolutions for All   It?s mid-December and you know what that means: It?s time to start thinking about your 2021 new year?s resolution. Resolutions tend to be self-serving. Humans as a species are often centered around the self, and so it?s no surprise, then, that when we plan our resolutions for the coming year many choose ones that benefit the individual. But my guest today argues that perhaps the reason why resolutions are notorious for failure is because...

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2020-12-15
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The Future of Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Fashion: Where It?s Been & Where it?s Going   Although sustainable fashion has come a long way in the past 3 decades, ethical clothing continues to suffer from some quite-common misconceptions: It?s boring. It?s expensive. It?s beige. Is it possible to find affordable, transparent, and sustainable fashion in today?s world, or are we not *quite* there yet? Today I bring you an interview with internationally recognized lifestyle visionary, Marci Zaroff. Marci has been in the sustainable fashion game for nearly...

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2020-12-08
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How to Organize For Your Personality

  How to organize your way Many times, we organize our homes the way we see organization done on television. But if you?ve ever looked to the gurus for tips on how, exactly, to organize, you may have felt disappointed when your efforts didn?t translate into long-term success. When your home is organized in a way that?s in alignment with your unique personality, you work less and relax more. That?s why organizing isn?t about having an Instagram-worthy space for a...

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2020-12-01
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How to Live Below Your Means (Without Feeling Deprived)

How to Live Below Your Means (Without Feeling Deprived)   There are only two ways to live below your means: One is to earn more; the other is to spend less. Living below your means boasts obvious benefits including increased financial security and decreased financial stress. Having a savings net is also a critical step toward self-sufficiency because it provides a buffer against setback, too. This week, I offer 10 tricks to help you live below your means without leaving you feeling...

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2020-11-24
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How Minimalists Combat Burnout

How Minimalists Combat the Symptoms of Burnout   The symptoms of burnout include fatigue, hopelessness, and diminished motivation. And while Western cultures revere busyness, simplifying schedules and paring down To-Do Lists benefit our health, our happiness, and our sanity. Minimalism at its most fundamental level is an experiment in intentional living, and so on today?s episode we explore how a life rooted in intentionality can combat burnout. This week, I speak with Delanie Fischer. Delanie is a simplicity coach who...

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2020-11-17
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Sustainable Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Sustainable gifts for everyone on your list They?re nearly here: The holidays. As consumers, we have a collective responsibility to support companies that have ethical and eco-friendly practices at the center of their missions. Still, greenwashing runs rampant, and it can be difficult (if not downright impossible!) to discern sustainable gifts from no-so-sustainable ones as we give to loved ones. ::Enter the 2020 Green Gift Guide!:: My hope is that this year?s Green Guide provides you with the motivation to...

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2020-11-10
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The Case for Part-Time Plant-Based

The Case for Part-Time Plant-Based It?s likely no surprise that plant-based diets are better for the planet than carnivorous ones, as shifting food production from meat to vegan proteins could remove up to 16 years? worth of global fossil fuel CO2 emissions (source). Vegan diets support animal rights and holistic health, too. But despite the countless benefits of going plant-based, my guest this week argues that Ride-Or-Die veganism is impractical for many people. She argues, too, that shaming imperfect vegans...

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2020-11-03
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Climate Change and Human Health

  The Effects of Climate Change on Human Health   Global warming and climate change threaten wildlife, ecosystems, and existing ways of life. There?s plenty of evidence that the effects of climate change are already impacting human health, too. Some American politicians on the campaign trail pontificate over the big picture and argue that climate change poses an existential threat to human beings. And in the short term? A warming climate may increase the prevalence of famines, spread insect-borne diseases,...

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2020-10-27
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10 Secrets of Successful Declutterers

  10 Secrets of Successful Declutterers   There?s a big difference between declutterers and *successful* declutterers. In fact, a lot of time, effort, and intention goes into creating (and maintaining!) a tidy home. This week, I divulge 10 minimalist secrets that keep my living space decluttered. I?m hopeful the 10 tips will help you, too, as you consider both how to best create your version of a minimalist home and maintain your tidy spaces for the long haul. Here?s a...

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2020-10-20
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Eat, Drink, Shop & Support Local Businesses

How to support local businesses in 2021 When it comes to purchasing possibilities, the world may indeed be flat. But committing to buying from within a 400-ish mile radius will support local businesses, keep your wealth in your own community, and increase the prosperity of your neighbors (not corporate CEOs). Need more motivation? Here are 3 additional benefits to local buying: 1. Reduced shipment-related emissions 2. Encouraged interaction with others  (and expanded neighborhood spheres!) 3. Increased awareness  of available community...

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2020-10-13
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Self-Sufficiency Spotlight: Foraging 101

  Foraging 101   [A Note from Stephanie: This episode is the second in a series that highlights attainable steps toward self-sufficiency. I hope the episodes in this series inspires you to adopt a fun, new hobby that also happens to be eco-friendly!]   I?m Armenian. Each summer as a child, my mother, sister, and I would search for grape vines along the side of the road and collect leaves to make our most beloved ethnic food: dolma. Once we found...

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2020-10-06
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How to Discuss the Effects of Climate Change

Discussing the Effects of Climate Change (Without Discussing Politics)   Unfortunately, climate change and its effects are polarized topics in today?s hyper-political environment. And although climate change is considered by many to be a partisan issue, it shouldn?t be, because the environment is for everyone, regardless of political affiliation, socioeconomic status, or skin color. And while journalism has tremendous influence on public understanding, the sad reality is that the media is not adequately educating about the effects of climate change....

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2020-09-29
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Biodiversity is Declining. Here’s Why that’s Important

Why biodiversity is important   Biodiversity is the result of billions of years of evolution into an intricate balancing act that can best be described as the web of life. When one species is lost, such loss threatens survival of countless others. This week I speak with Christianne Close, Global Practice Leader at the World Wildlife Fund. We discuss WWF?s Living Planet Index, a new report that puts numbers behind the rapid and unprecedented rates of population loss across the...

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2020-09-22
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Challenge Alert! Become a Minimalist this September

How to Become a Minimalist this School Year   I?ve always harbored mixed feelings about September. On one hand, it?s the end of summer (boo). But on the other, September ushers in both a literal and a figurative change in the air. Our kids head back to school, and there?s the opportunity to re-introduce routines after months of laid-back living. September is the perfect opportunity to both recenter and become a minimalist with intentional choices. And while January is often...

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2020-09-15
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Ethical Alternatives to Amazon (and How to Support Them)

Ethical Alternatives to Amazon   Shoppers adore Amazon, and it?s all thanks to convenience and price: The site?s Subscribe & Save feature lowers already quite low prices. And ultra-speedy shipping and responsive customer service? Many consumers have come to expect such heightened levels of convenience when shopping online. But Amazon has been in the news an awful lot in the past 5 years, and for less than stellar reasons. A growing subset of shoppers seek ethical online alternatives because Amazon...

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2020-09-08
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Self Sufficiency Spotlight: Microgreens

Self Sufficiency Spotlight: Microgreens   [A Note from Stephanie: This episode is the first in a series that highlights attainable steps toward self-sufficiency. Once per month through December, the series offers a short and sweet interview to introduce you to an aspect of sustainability you may not have considered before. I hope the series will inspire you to adopt a fun, new hobby that also happens to be eco-friendly!]   Chances are you?ve heard of microgreens before (or perhaps noticed restaurants tout...

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2020-09-01
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10 Eco-Friendly Yard Care Rules

10 Eco-Friendly Yard Care Rules   Americans are obsessed with lawns. In a perfect world, your grass is vibrant green. There?s nary a weed, and there are certainly no dandelions. It?s lush and neatly edged; yard care consists of trimming to exactly an inch and a half tall. But in order to achieve this idyllic lawn, you must be willing to shell out either money or time, despite the fact that there are other things you?d likely rather spend your...

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2020-08-25
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5 Facts About the Global Water Crisis

5 Facts About the Global Water Crisis   Ever wonder how many gallons it takes to flush your toilet? (Answer: 3.5.) Did you know that 55 gallons of water are required to grow the beans for a single cup of coffee? Today?s show is dedicated to our most important?and our most overlooked?resource: Water. Despite easy access from faucets and showers, access to clean water is a privilege. Water scarcity is driven by two phenomena happening at once: Humans are using more...

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2020-08-18
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How to Declutter Your Home without Trashing the Planet

How to Declutter Your Home without Trashing the Planet   Many minimalist influencers trademark decluttering plans to show you how, exactly, to declutter your home. The most well-known? Marie Kondo?s Konmari method, of course. But what if you desire to declutter without sending items that no longer ?spark joy? to the landfill? And while possessions that are broken or obsolete will inevitably be trashed, sustainable minimalists work tirelessly to send as little to the landfill as possible throughout the duration of...

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2020-08-11
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5 New Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

5 New Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste   Plastic waste is everywhere, am I right? (Hey there, plastic-wrapped cucumber!). If you?ve ever looked around and wondered why on Earth everything is wrapped in plastic?and if you?ve wondered whether such overreliance on a single-use product derived from fossil fuels is completely contradictory to common sense?you aren?t alone. Here?s the answer. Because plastic production requires fossil fuels, fossil fuel companies are investing billions of dollars into new plastic production facilities (source)....

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2020-08-04
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Raising Good Humans with Minimalist Parenting Guidance

Minimalist Parenting Guidance for Raising Good Humans   Parenting is hard; parenting during a pandemic is even harder. Still, guidance experts argue that raising children with both sanity and joy is possible. If you feel like you?re always on?and if you?re utterly exhausted?know that it?s A-OK to be minimalist in your parenting strategy, because doing less fosters resilience. My guest this week is nationally renowned parenting expert and mentor Sue Groner. Sue is on the show to discern what kids actually...

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2020-07-28
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How to Buy Nothing By Embracing the Gift Economy

How to Buy Nothing By Joining a Gift Economy   Have you ever heard the popular saying, ?Nothing in life is free?? Thanks to Buy Nothing groups, this platitude isn?t *exactly* true. Gifting has been around for almost as long as humans, and such economies rely on relationships?not personal gain?to spread love and share resources. And although market economies have pushed gifting aside in recent centuries, gifting is making a comeback in a big way. The benefits of Buy Nothing groups...

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2020-07-21
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Advanced Simple Living Tips for Seasoned Minimalists

Advanced Simple Living Tips for Seasoned Minimalists   Simple living is a lifestyle that refuses to accept busy and harried as normal. Instead, intentionality is about removing unnecessary conflicts, excessive to-do items, and pointless distractions as a means of experiencing all life has to offer. But if you Google ?how to live slow? (or some facsimile thereof), you will likely see the same strategies touted over and over: Turn your phone off. Walk in nature. Read. And while these strategies offer solid starting...

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2020-07-14
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5 Carbon Footprint Facts You Likely Didn’t Know

  5 Facts Carbon Footprint Facts You Likely Didn?t Know   Carbon footprints are confusing. What?s a carbon footprint, exactly, and how is yours related to climate change? Carbon footprints are a handy-dandy metric that makes clear how severely your lifestyle impacts the planet.  Your diet, travel habits, and your home?s cooling and heating practices are just some lifestyle considerations that may increase (or decrease!) your unique footprint. If you live in the United States or another developed country, your...

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2020-07-07
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Eco-Conscious Gifts for New Parents (That Are Actually Helpful)

  Eco-Conscious Gifts for New Parents (That Are Actually Helpful)   Are you always on the hunt for gifts for new parents, but often feel as though you?re coming up short? OR do you plan to become a new parent someday but find it difficult ? if not downright impossible ? to distinguish true needs amidst all the hype? It?s time to discern new baby Must-Haves from Don?t-Needs, once and for all. On this week?s episode, I?m thrilled to replace...

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2020-06-30
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Housework Woes: How to Simplify (& Green-ify!) Common Chores

How to Simplify (and Green-ify!) Housework   Laundry, dishes, and general home cleaning: Mundane housework got you down? Sustainable minimalism is about doing less and living more. The good news? It?s entirely possible to apply the tenets of sustainable minimalism to housework by simplifying tasks, minimizing magnitude and -finally! ? incorporating incremental eco-friendliness to our efforts. On this week?s episode, I offer dozens of tips and tricks to simplify (and green-ify!) our laundry, dishes, and general housework routines so that you...

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2020-06-23
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How to Save Money Like A Minimalist

How to Save Money Like a Minimalist   The minimalist lifestyle often centers itself around possessions. Yet how we spend our money ? what we choose to buy and how long we must work to make purchases ? matters, as the tenets of minimalism uniquely lend themselves to finances. Indeed, simplified money matters can reduce stress, contribute to savings goals, and increase free time. On today?s show I speak with Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), author, and fellow minimalist Dawn Starks....

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2020-06-16
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5 Ways to Stand Up to Environmental Racism

Environmental racism occurs every day and all over the globe. Worse, it rarely receives the media attention it deserves. In the United States, African Americans are more likely to live near toxic waste facilities and breathe polluted air. Their communities are less likely to receive adequate protection to prevent disasters and ? when disasters do occur ? they are less likely to receive an immediate, comprehensive response. We don?t have to look far to find instances of environmental racism all over...

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2020-06-09
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3 Steps to Becoming an Anti-Consumer

COVID-19 has forced many of us to look critically at consumerist culture for perhaps the first time. If you don?t like what you see, you aren?t alone. Although anti-consumerism is countercultural, it isn?t uncommon. Proponents argue that breaking free from the purchasing hamster wheel ushers in financial freedom; it provides clarity around what?s *actually* important, too. My guest this week is Aleah Mohammed. Aleah had an ?a-ha? moment as she took out the trash; she committed herself to a no-new-purchases...

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2020-06-02
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How Sustainable Minimalists Do Summer

  Summer is all about living the simple life, with extended bedtimes, spur-of-the-moment jaunts, and a general commitment to squeezing out every last frills-free moment in the sunshine. But thanks to unnecessary purchases, chemical-laden sunscreen and bug repellent, and unsustainable vacations that create excessive carbon emissions, our summer celebrations may harm the planet. The good news is it?s entirely possible to enjoy a simple and eco-friendly summer. On this week?s episode we are discussing practical ways to tweak our summer...

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2020-05-26
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How to Embrace Secondhand With The Best Online Thrifting Stores

The best online thrifting stores Prefer vintage? Love designer? If you have a distinct style ? or if you simply prefer new clothes! ? you may assume that thrifting couldn?t possibly be for you. But thanks to 5 of the best online thrifting stores, secondhand shopping makes thrifting for unique styles, shapes, and price ranges accessible for all of us. Corporations have fed us the false truth that new is best. Capitalist societies flourish when consumers constantly buy, but purchasing...

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2020-05-19
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5 Ways to be Frugal Without Being Cheap

5 Unique Ways to be Frugal Without Being Cheap   Pennypincher. Tightwad. Cheapskate. Under normal circumstances, public opinion tends to shun frugality. But frugality has been reborn, so to speak, thanks to the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Many are wasting less food and experimenting with gardening. Others are making conscious efforts to send less to the landfill by reusing, repurposing, and rethinking waste culture. Thrifty behaviors aren?t worthy of the side-eye anymore. Instead, the opposite is true: during a pandemic, frugality is smart. Thriftiness...

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2020-05-12
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Homeschool & Work From Home Konmari Tips

Work From Home Tips (Konmari Homeschool Ideas, too!)   Quarantined in a small space with a big family? Establishing spaces within our homes that work for everyone, including the work from home professionals, the homeschooled kids, and the adults in charge of keeping All. The. Clutter. under control maintains cohesion and reduces family tension. My guest this week is minimalist and Konmari consultant Jessica Yatrofsky. Jessica presents practical tidying tips for quarantine and always, including reasons why picking up at...

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2020-05-05
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Fair Trade, Certified B and More: The 3rd Party Labels You Need to Know

Fair Trade, Certified B and More   Ever wonder what the Fair Trade label on products *really* means? How about that elusive Certified B Corp distinction? ?All-natural?, ?fat-free?, and ?non-toxic? are blanket marketing statements that have no real meaning. But third party certifications? Their distinct logos distinguish the best from the rest. Yet while certifications are meant to give consumers confidence, it can be difficult to understand what all the different labels stand for. On today?s show I break down...

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2020-04-28
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Your Sustainability Questions, Answered

Your Sustainability Questions, Answered Many listeners write to me with compliments and criticisms; occasionally, listeners reach out with questions, too. I collected some of the most pressing queries from both personal messages and public ones in the show?s closed Facebook group. On this week?s episode I answer 5 of the most common sustainability questions you listeners have asked me. Here?s a preview of today?s show: [1:40] Why are silicone products preferable to plastic ones? [4:11] Why has plastic become so popular?...

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2020-04-21
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9 Zero Waste Lifestyle Tips During Quarantine

  Los Angeles boasts clear, smog-free skies. Passerby on New York City?s busiest avenues enjoy the sounds of chirping birds. And in Venice? Fish are visible in the city?s once-murky canals. In some ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has done wonders for the health of our planet. But in others? For many of us, sticking to our zero waste lifestyle goals feels nearly impossible. The reason is twofold. First, many of us experience the tug and pull of purchasing more than we...

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2020-04-14
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What’s a Menstrual Cup? (& Other ZW Period Queries)

What?s a menstrual cup? (And other zero-waste period queries)   Ever find yourself wondering what a menstrual cup is, exactly? Want to zero-wastify your monthly cycle but don?t know how? The average woman uses 22 disposable tampons or pads per cycle, or 264 products per year. Assuming a woman menstruates for 35 years, she will throw away a whopping 9,240 single-use menstrual products in  her lifetime.  On this week?s episode I identify six (amazing) reusable menstrual products on the market...

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2020-04-07
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