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A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast

A Sustainable Mind is a podcast created for the earth-conscious individual, ecopreneur, environmental activist, sustainability enthusiast, grassroots organizer, minimalist, conscious consumer and the eco-curious. If you are looking to get inspired, motivated and take ACTION to be the change you want to see in the world you are in the right place. Delivered to you each week, Marjorie Alexander brings you environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have changed the planet for the better. Featured guests discuss their relationship with nature early on, their journey to a green career, light-bulb moments, sustainable habits, lessons from launching their projects, and much more. Each episode ends with ACTIONABLE advice and resources for you to hit the ground running!
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May 19, 2022
Fedia Kourbatov is 23 years old and the founder of Baba Bags, a reusable bag social enterprise. Fedia founded Baba Bags in his college dorm room 2 years ago at the University of Oklahoma. Baba Bags' mission is to eliminate single-use plastic bag usage and give back to impactful nonprofits. In 2 years they have saved an estimated 50,000 single-use plastic bags from being used! Baba Bags currently are handmade, come with a lifetime warranty and come in 2 colors. Their green & white bag is partnered with Action Against Hunger and their orange & white bag is partnered with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Each time the respective color is purchased Baba Bags donates to the partnered charity!

 

Today’s Sponsor:

Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. Watch on any device and on the go! To get your free trial go to Wondrium.com/ASM

 

In this episode Marjorie and Fedi discuss:

  • Starting a business with a social goal as part of its primary mission.
  • The personal history behind the design of the Baba Bag and the people behind the handmade bags.
  • The future of gamification as an earth-friendly habit-building tool.
  • Valuable advice for any entrepreneur.

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Apr 22, 2022
The Grandad Company is a closed-loop upcycling brand whose mission is to breathe life into reclaimed vintage menswear for a new unisex generation. Rooted by the love and admiration for Grandads, founder and designer Jess Grech adopted her philosophy and core values from her stylish grandad. The brand uses her Grandad's un-wanted items and combines them with vintage clothing her Grandad would wear, to create a limited edition item that could never be made again.

Today’s Sponsor:

Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. To get your free trial and check out their new documentary Solving for Zero go to Wondrium.com/ASM.

In this episode Marjorie and Jess discuss:

  • How Jess’ childhood and relationship with her grandfather inspired her to start a recycled clothing company.
  • How Jess comes up with her design ideas and creates one-of-a-kind recycled fashion pieces.
  • Sustainable business and the importance of creating opportunity in an ever-changing market.

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

  • Bethany Williams
  • Bepple Pub Facebook Group
  • The Sustainable Handbook
  • The Fashion Business Manual

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Apr 4, 2022
After finding out that over 165 million single-use cups end up in landfills every day, Vince Dickson and Megan Williams went looking for a reusable alternative that was convenient and easy to carry around all day, every day. They couldn't find one so they created HUNU, a reusable cup that folds down small enough to fit into even the tightest pockets. 

Today’s Sponsor:

Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. Watch on any device and on the go! To get your free trial go to Wondrium.com/ASM

In this episode Marjorie and Vince discuss:

  • Consciousness about personal environmental impact and what determines a person’s choices about things like reusables.
  • What led to Vince and Megan coming up with the design for the HUNU cup and what features make it unique.
  • The important role that usability, portability, and aesthetics play in popularizing reusables.

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Mar 14, 2022
Proud hippie, eco-warrior, thought leader and renowned retailer Jarvis advises brands including Natwest, HSBC, Deloitte, Citrix, the Parliament Trust, House of Lords’ group Peers4Planet. His magazine GREEN was published with National Geographic from 2008, then The Guardian in 2010, evolving into the world's biggest ethical lifestyle magazine My Green Pod magazine from 2013. Jarvis launched the P.E.A. (People Environment Achievement) Awards which is the UK’s leading sustainability awards and honours individuals and teams for their contribution towards sustainability. Jarvis' online eco-conscious store www.mygreenpod.com leads the field in ethical shopping and in the next decade Jarvis’ intent is to provide an ethical alternative to Amazon, with real purpose and proper values. 

 

Today’s Sponsor: 

Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. Watch on any device and on the go! To get your free trial go to Wondrium.com/ASM

 

In this episode Marjorie and Jarvis discuss:

  • The experience that caused Jarvis to commit his life to the environment and ‘business for good’ 
  • My Green Pod’s early partnerships with Nat Geo and the Guardian in the UK and the impact Jarvis and his team are hoping the site will have on the community in the coming years
  • Why the term consumer is problematic and more empowering frames of reference for purchasing essential and non-essential products
  • Our shifting relationship with nature and how that impacts our awareness, attention, and treatment of the environment.

 

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Jan 15, 2022

Trash Academy, a project of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Environmental Justice department, is an intergenerational collaboration of young people, seasoned activists, artists, non-profits, local government, and concerned citizens of diverse backgrounds. These interventions are geared to complicate and deepen people’s understanding of litter, consumption, and waste and shift attitudes from passive acceptance to proactive responses to the waste stream. Collectively, they design projects that add surprising and interesting elements to the urban landscape using fun group activities and games, teach-ins, workshops, and three Trash Mobiles providing on-site art and creativity studios at neighborhood events and locales.


Today’s Sponsors: 

Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season 1 now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. https://pod.link/1592523204


In this episode Marjorie and Ron discuss:

  • Some of the challenges with waste in Philadelphia and how Trash Academy is educating people of all ages about the true impact of waste in our communities
  • How the Trash Mobile and other activities use concepts like gamification to have a lasting impact that traditional PSAs and non-interactive signage have not been able to accomplish
  • How parents can help their children better understand the concept of trash
  • Good first steps for how to get involved in issues you care about in your own community


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Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

Jan 13, 2022

Noah Hyams is a serial entrepreneur who started VEGPRENEUR to create a global community of entrepreneurs and investors building sustainable, plant-based businesses. Through VEGPRENEUR, Noah has interviewed and brought together founders, investors, and thought-leaders in the plant-based space. Most recently Noah was featured on Bloomberg Radio where he talked about the state of the plant-based economy. Noah is also an active startup advisor and has been invited to speak/mentor in entrepreneurship programs at New York University, the City University of New York, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Today’s Sponsors: 

Tentree is an earth-first sustainable clothing company. Check out their selection of eco-friendly clothing and accessories at https://www.tentree.com and use promo code ‘ASM’ for 15% off your first purchase.

Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season 1 now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. https://pod.link/1592523204


In this episode Marjorie and Noah discuss:

  • Some of the major challenges for plant-based businesses and how to overcome them
  • The status of the plant-based economy and opportunities for growth in the coming years
  • Invaluable advice for entrepreneurs in any space, especially during covid-19


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Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

Jan 11, 2022

Pallavi Pande started Dtocs three years ago with three things in mind, sustainability, community, and usability. Dtocs offers a line of compostable tableware from naturally fallen palm leaves from farms where she has personal relationships with the owners and farmers. Pallavi is also a woman of color and a mother of two young Dtocs brand ambassadors. She is hoping that Dtocs can be an elegant, sturdy, and affordable solution for a plastic-free world.

Use the promo code DTOCS10 for 10% off any order at www.Dtocs.com!

 

Today’s Sponsors: 

Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season 1 now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. https://pod.link/1592523204


In this episode Marjorie and Pallavi discuss:

  • Raising eco-conscious children
  • The wide range of uses and the durability of palm leaf products
  • How palm leaves are grown and retrieved and the process they undergo to be made into reusable flatware and tableware
  • The impact that Dtocs is having in the community where the leaves are harvested


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Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

Jan 8, 2022

Seth Mansur is a longtime sustainability advocate and Marine Corps veteran, and over the last decade, he has developed a deep understanding of a multitude of energy management solutions. Seth's work serves the energy needs of Commercial, Industrial, and Non-Profit Organizations and his primary objective is to help organizations take a proactive approach to evaluating and taking action on their energy needs. 

 

Today’s Sponsor: 

Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season one now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. Listen here: https://pod.link/1592523204


In this episode Marjorie and Seth discuss:

  • What exactly is energy management, why does it matter, and how does it differ between residential to commercial buildings
  • Why are energy bills so difficult to read!
  • The role of energy audits and energy monitors and determining if your situation would benefit from these tools
  • What peak energy means and why it’s so expensive
  • Community choice aggregation or deregulated energy options
  • What the energy grid of the future could look like and what happens to energy monopolies when a majority of users switch to renewables


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Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

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