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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Mar 19, 2021

Since Emellie O’Brien's first days in production, she knew there was a way for the role of sustainability on-set to go beyond basic waste management and recycling. She got her start at the NYU Tisch Film program and not long after graduation she landed her first job as a “Green Steward” with Big Beach Films in 2011. Her early years of dedication to green practices and passion for the environment on-set is what earned her the nickname “Earth Angel” from fellow crew members over the walkie, and to this day is still what production colleagues call her whenever she is on set. By 2013 EOB founded Earth Angel and turned it into a scalable model that has since inspired the entertainment industry and significantly reduced its environmental impact.

Earth Angel has helped films and series avoid 8,500 metric tons of greenhouse gases, divert over 4,800 tons of waste, and donate over 125,000 meals to the local communities. Their client roster includes The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spielberg's The Post, Emmy-winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Earth Angel is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta.


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In this episode Marjorie and Emellie discuss:

  • What it's like to work on and run a film production with and without sustainability in mind
  • The type of research, stats, and projections that are considered when EA works with a production and what numbers are presented to the client at the end of a project
  • What happens to the materials that are not used up at the end of the production
  • What you should keep in mind when working with a company like Earth Angel and how you can make your production more sustainable on your own
  • How Covid has impacted the film industry and the way EA works with productions

Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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Mar 11, 2021

Benjamin Novak Hudgins is the Co-Founder and CEO of Novak Hair Studios. As a nationally-recognized hairstylist with over 18 years of industry experience, Hudgins uses his expertise to inspire Novak’s 90+ Luxury Solo Artists in two unique locations throughout North Texas. His work has been displayed at New York fashion week, the Mercedes-Benz tent at Swim Week Miami, and on stages and classrooms across the US. He has been the preferred stylist of many contestants in a variety of pageant systems and the go-to beauty pro for high-profile/celebrity clients across the nation.

From Hudgins’ early career in the competitive pageant world, Novak Hair Studios has carried that tradition by proudly serving as an official sponsor of Mrs. Texas America and Mrs. Oklahoma America. Hudgins’ foundation in life and work is to build a better life while actively creating a better and more beautiful planet.

Benjamin’s passion for hair began at a young age when he would steal his sister’s Collection Edition Barbies to style their hair. No longer styling barbies, he can be found at his small Texas ranch aptly named the “Hudgins Honey Bee Ranch” with husband Justin Hudgins and their chickens, ducks, bees, and Scottish Highland cows - Edna, Walter, and baby Otis.


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In this episode Marjorie and Ben discuss:

  • Why choosing beauty products with sustainable and healthy ingredients is so important
  • How certain ingredients make it into our favorite and previously more healthy and sustainable hair care product lines
  • Sustainable innovation within the haircare industry both in products and in salons
  • His surprising experiences in opening two sustainable salons in North Texas


Resources mentioned in today's episode:

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Mar 5, 2021

Author/illustrator/Designer Dana Simson is a life-long environmentalist and climate change activist. She and her husband live on the frontline of climate change in a 200-year-old house on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. She keeps a tide clock on the dash of her car and gives the blue crabs and fish the right of way on her commute home. She has been a sought-after speaker and visiting professor on imagination development for the last 20 years. Currently, she is using her skillset to engage and empower people to look at climate change as an opportunity for positive change. Dana has written and illustrated 14 books and worked with many companies internationally to design home decor and many products. She is also the illustrator for the upcoming Green Writers Press children’s picture book; Janey Monarch Seed.

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This episode is brought to you by Brightmark, a leader in plastics renewal technology. Learn more about how Brightmark is reimagining waste and how you can partner with them at

In this episode Marjorie and Dana discuss:

  • How illustrated books can have a greater impact on readers openness to the material versus all-text books
  • The changes that she's seen in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem over the last several decades as a result of climate change
  • Does living along the Chesapeake increase residents receptiveness to the concept of climate change and what changes has she seen in the community's mindset over the years
  • Her new book the Come Together Handbook


Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Connect with Dana and get a copy of the Come Together Handbook:
Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
Feb 26, 2021

Bob Powell's dreams and vision about how we can leave the world a better place are being realized at Brightmark, the company he founded to change the way the world sees and manages its waste. As founder & CEO, Bob looks beyond what we are doing now to create the path for what we will realize many years in the future. Bob is passionate about solving the world’s most complex environmental problems with innovation and optimism. Prior to founding Brightmark in 2016, Bob spent the majority of his career working in the energy industry.


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In this episode Marjorie and Bob discuss:

  • How Brightmark uses all forms of plastic from every type of waste stream and creates circular renewed products
  • How Brightmark turns organic waste into fuel and what responses people have had over the years to this practice
  • What is the difference between methane and CO2 and their impact on the environment
  • Why banning ALL plastics isn't yet part of Bob's overall vision and why


Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Connect with Bob and Brightmark:
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Feb 25, 2021
This week features an additional episode tackling the Texas power grid. I chat with Seth Mansur of RER Energy Group
to get a better understanding of what deregulation means for a power grid, why some Texans are now receiving insanely high energy bills, and what role infrastructure and politics play in the larger picture.
Get in touch with Seth at or check out
This is the first episode I've done of this kind, addressing a current climate event, and I hope to be addressing more just like this as climate events occur.
Lastly, if you love ASM then mark your calendars for our very first live online event. M.A.S.S. Eco Live will take place April 30-May 2, 2021, and will feature 3 days of panel discussions, keynote speakers, and workshops! To attend, sponsor, apply to be a panelist, or even to give us a hand with the event please head on over to Hope to see you there.
Feb 19, 2021

Jackie Marks is a sustainability communications professional with a passion for protecting animals and the planet. At the MSC Jackie and her team aim to drive greater consumer awareness of the MSC blue fish label and the important role certified sustainable fisheries play in protecting our ocean.

Jackie is the recipient of the Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) Emerging Leaders Award (June 2019), was a speaker at United Nations World Wildlife Day at UN HQ (February 2019), and has been quoted in Civil Eats, USA Today, and the Associated Press, among others. She holds master’s degrees in International Relations, and Natural Resources & Sustainable Development, and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies.


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In this episode Marjorie and Jackie discuss:

  • The role the Marine Stewardship Council plays in making sure shoppers have access to safe, healthy, and sustainable seafood products
  • What exactly makes seafood sustainable or not
  • How a cookbook is helping the MSC with its efforts to promote sustainable seafood and healthy eating habits
  • How to take the first step in getting a job in the physical and environmental sciences


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Resources mentioned in today's episode:

Connect with the Marine Stewardship Council:
Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
Feb 11, 2021

Pat Schnettler is an ocean activist and the founder of 12 Tides kelp snack company. Making his start in the traditional seafood industry, he was disheartened by its unsustainable practices and negative impacts, from overfishing and pollution to coastline destruction. Today, Pat is on a mission to show the world how our everyday food and lifestyle choices have the power to positively impact our oceans and the future of our planet.


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In this episode Marjorie and Pat discuss:

  • The habitat impact of the traditional seafood industry and how it contributes to coastline destruction
  • How consumers can be sure the sources of seafood they consume are trustworthy
  • What exactly is sea kelp and how is it different from seaweed?
  • The benefits of growing sea kelp for habitat restoration and as a sustainable food product


Resources mentioned in today's episode:


Connect with 12tides:
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Feb 10, 2021

In this episode, I will be introducing Season 2 of ASM! We'll chat about some of my favorite and most memorable interviews from season 1, the impact the show has had over the years, upcoming featured guests, how we will be supporting the show moving forward, and I'll be making a big announcement about our first live event!


Episodes Mentioned

Tom Szaky of Terra Cycle:

Kathryn Kellogg of Going Zero Waste:

Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home:

Rob Greenfield of Food Freedom:

Maya van Rossum of the Green Amendment:

Yana (Ma'ikwe) Ludwig, previously of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, co-founder of Solidarity Collective:

Izolda Trakhtenberg, aka "Earth Lady":

Jordan Figueiredo of Ugly Fruit & Veg Campaign:


Links Mentioned

Suggest or apply to be a guest:

Suggest or apply to be a sponsor:

Support the show:


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Aug 12, 2020
Kind Cup Kickstarter Campaign:
Visit our site for a full transcript of this episode at 
Founder and designer of Kind Cup, Christine Brown, grew up in a small agricultural beach town in Southern California. A sixth-generation Carpinterian, Brown is a part-time avocado farmer, and American Sign Language teacher and advocate. Brown studied Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College, and Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies for graduate school in Washington D.C. at Gallaudet University.
In this episode Marjorie and Christine Brown discuss:
  • How menstrual cups work and why they can be a much better alternative to tampons and pads.
  • How Christine came up with the idea for Kind Cup. 
  • The design elements that make Kind Cup unique.
  • Marjorie’s personal experiences with menstrual cups over the last 15 years and why she loves the Kind Cup design. 
  • What to consider when choosing a menstrual cup that works best with your body and lifestyle.
Resources from Christine Brown:
  • Direct Relief - Kind Cup's non-profit partner ( - Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.
  • Intersectional Environmentalist Group ( - A platform for resources, information, and action steps to support intersectional environmentalism and dismantle systems of oppression in the environmental movement, led by environmental activists and sustainability advocates.
  • Put a Cup in It ( - A collection of resources about reusable menstrual products overall and great general info if you are new to the conversation about menstrual cups
Connect with Christine Brown and Kind Cup:
Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
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Post a screenshot of ASM in your favorite listening app and tag us on your Instagram story!
Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts:
Jun 16, 2020
Scott Brady is the Vice President of Communications for Cariloha, based in Sandy, UT. He oversees all internal and external communications for the company. In 2007, at the height of economic crisis and recession, Scott was part of the team that helped develop and bring the eco-friendly and sustainable Cariloha retail brand to market. Despite the struggling economy, Cariloha flourished and continues to grow. Now the brand is the only company that features sustainable bamboo in all of its product lines.  
In this episode Marjorie and Scott discuss:
  • What makes bamboo sustainable.
  • How bamboo compares to other fabrics we typically used in bedding, bath, and apparel products.
  • The benefits of bamboo for people that use it.
  • How to quickly make a big impact on the sustainability practices of a company of any size
Resources from Cariloha and Scott Brady:
Connect with Cariloha:
Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
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Post a screenshot of ASM in your favorite listening app and tag us on your Instagram story!
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Apr 13, 2020

Moji Igun is the founder of Blue Daisi Consulting. Her company serves small businesses that want to reduce their waste and implement more earth-friendly business practices. She works with individuals to use their companies as an avenue to make a more positive social and environmental impact. 


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In this episode Marjorie and Moji Igun discuss:

  • The benefits to small business owners of running a green operation
  • Where to start if you want to make your business more sustainable
  • What types of certifications are available for eco-friendly businesses

Resources from Moji Igun:

Connect with Moji Igun and Blue Daisi Consulting:

Connect with Marjorie Alexander:

Want to help us spread the word?

Post a screenshot of ASM in your favorite listening app and tag us on your Instagram story!

Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts:

Feb 7, 2020

Kamea Chayne is an author, creative, the curator of, and the host of Green Dreamer Podcast. Challenging our dominant views of "advancement" that equate with destruction, degradation, and disconnection from the things that matter most, she curiously explores what it takes to realize a world of ecological balance and diversity, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all.


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In this episode Marjorie and Kamea Chayne discuss:

  • How to take action and contribute to conservation efforts in your community
  • How retail therapy caused Kamea to have a huge wake up call and start
  • How mindfulness determines our impact on ecology
  • Easy tips on how to keep your wardrobe both fresh and sustainable


Resources from Kamea Chayne:



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Jan 13, 2020

Australian surfer, father, and clean ocean advocate Pete Ceglinski is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Seabin Project. Seabin, a device designed to reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution in our oceans, acts as a trash can for our waters and has the ability to remove microplastics, microfibers, plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts, and more. Along with the development of the Seabin Project as a business, Pete is heavily involved in the technical design and development of the products. Since he co-founded the invention in 2015 there have been Seabins installed in over 40 countries, resulting in a total of 1.95 tons of waste extracted from our oceans every day.


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In this episode Marjorie and Pete Ceglinski discuss:

  • How Seabin is creating strategic partnerships with municipalities and marinas to get Seabins installed all across the globe
  • How a Seabin works and how simplicity was their key to success during the creation process
  • Where Pete and the Seabin team see taking their invention in the near future 
  • How you, your company or group can get involved, even if you don’t live near the water


Resources from Pete:


Connect with Pete Ceglinski and the Seabin Project:


Connect with Marjorie Alexander:






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Dec 26, 2019

José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He is also an illustrator and science communicator.

His commentary on diversity and environmental/outdoor equity has been featured by High Country News, Outside Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Latino USA, among others. He engaged in collaborations with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Interior, and the National Park Service during the Obama Administration. He also represented Latino Outdoors in several coalitions including the Latino Conservation Alliance, the Next 100 Coalition, and California Parks Now. He has been recognized with several honors, including the National Wildlife Federation Environmental Educator Award, Grist Magazine “Grist 50”, and The Murie Center Spirit of the Muries, among others. You may have also seen him in various outdoor spaces or read his poetic musings.

He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment.

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In this episode Marjorie and José González discuss:

  • The importance of having minorities represented in the outdoor community - as participants and as leadership
  • The challenges that some communities encounter regarding outdoor access and how to overcome those challenges
  • How strategic partnerships play into building a more racially diverse outdoor community and why not just commitment, but alignment, plays a key role in success partnership success
  • How to support youth in building healthy relationships with nature

Resources from Jose:

Connect with José González & Latino Outdoors:

José González:

Latino Outdoors:



Connect with Marjorie Alexander:





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Nov 22, 2019

JJ Flizanes is an Empowerment Strategist and the host of several podcast including People’s Choice Awards nominee Spirit, Purpose & Energy. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, a best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life and The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight and End Body Shame. Named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine, JJ has been featured in many national magazines, including Shape, Fitness, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, the CW and KTLA. Grab a free copy of the Invisible Fitness Formula at


If you want to work with JJ she is offering special pricing on her 1-on-1 sessions just for ASM listeners. Learn more at!


In this episode, Marjorie and JJ discuss:   

  • What role victim mentality plays in how we advocate for environmental sustainability
  • Frequency and how it causes us to attract different people and situations
  • Resources available for individuals to step into a more empowered position in their lives


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Connect with JJ: (where you can find ALL of JJ’s podcasts)

Spirit, Purpose & Energy Podcast

Men, Women & Relationship Podcast


Resources from JJ: 

Center for Non-Violent Communication

Imago Therapy

Episode 118 of Fit to Love Podcast

Non-violent Communication the Book

Karpman drama triangle

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Eben Alexander

Nov 19, 2019

Have a passion for a worthy cause? Want to start a podcast? Let’s team up!

I am bringing you 30 days of 1-on-1 coaching with me and a DIY podcasting course to get your cause-based podcast launched.

This is perfect for anyone that feels they have a message to share that can change the world for the better. Let’s educate, inspire and promote action in your community!

Learn more at

Sep 26, 2019

Ashley Erwin grew up in rural, northern Georgia. In her words it was the “Type of place where fertilizer goes to greeting ya soon as the front door went to close, where cow tipping and horse jacking and bonfire-truck-meet-ups with blue label sodas stacked heavy in ice chests were the norm, and where ‘mams and sirs were added on to ever’thing less a slap upside the head were what ya’s hankering after.”


In this episode, Ashley Erwin and Marjorie Alexander cover:

  • Why Angel's Envy is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees and how you can get involved
  • What makes bourbon…BOURBON? Why, the trees of course!
  • The family history of Angel's Envy, including Lincoln Henderson, the creator of Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel as well as JD’s “Gentleman Jack” 
  • What techniques go into making Angel's Envy bourbons and ryes so unique


*** Use the hashtag #ToastTheTrees along with images of Angel’s Envy cocktails, neat pours and bottles. Let's give Ashley lots of trees to plant next year in Kentucky! ***


Connect with Angel’s Envy, Ashley Erwin and the rest of the Whiskey Guardians:


Suggested Resources from Ashley:

Sep 20, 2019

In this episode, Ted Bardacke and Marjorie Alexander cover:

  • What is clean energy and how does it get to us?
  • What is the future of renewable and carbon-free energy? Will we ever succeed from the grid?
  • How can residents get access to clean energy in their area?
  • What if there are no local utilities offering clean energy in my area?


About our Ted Bardacke:

Ted Bardacke, Executive Director of the Clean Power Alliance, has forged a unique career focusing on sustainable urbanism and economic development that spans three continents, including major stints in local government, non-profit organizations, journalism and academia.

Ted comes to the Alliance from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where he was Director of Infrastructure and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Sustainability Office. In those positions he was instrumental in both crafting and then implementing the city’s first-ever Sustainability Plan, with a particular emphasis on pursuing distributed systems in the electricity and water sectors, and utilizing mobility infrastructure to pursue low-carbon and ecologically beneficial outcomes.

From 2003 to 2013, Ted worked in the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green USA and during the 1990s was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times of London, based in Mexico City and Bangkok. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, Ted has been a Visiting Fellow at Mexico City’s Centro de Transporte Sustentable and is a permanent Lecturer in the Urban Planning Program at UCLA.


Connect with Ted Bardacke and Clean Power Alliance:


Suggested Resources from Ted:



Aug 17, 2019

In this episode, Aspen Murray and Marjorie Alexander cover:

  • The reality of working conditions at some of the sweatshops that make our clothing
  • Companies who are creating ethically and sustainably produced clothing
  • How to spot sustainable clothing while shopping at traditional stores

About our guest:

Aspen Murray is a young activist who is dedicating her life to the pursuit of making ethical + sustainable fashion the norm. She firmly believes that we all have the power to vote with our dollars, but that we need to reform how we look at conscious consumerism: it shouldn't be difficult, it shouldn't be inaccessible to certain people, and it's okay if we mess up − because the onus should never fall entirely on the consumer

Connect with Aspen Murray and Ethigirl Online:

Suggested Resources from Aspen:



Jun 27, 2019

Dirty Gourmet is a women-owned outdoor company dedicated to empowering outdoorists to make food a part of their soul-nourishing outdoor experience. The founders of Dirty Gourmet, Mai-Yan Kwan, Emily Nielson, and Aimee Trudeau together after a bike tour across Canada and years of camp life took it upon themselves to rethink the idea of food in the outdoors. Whether you're a car camper getting started with a picky family to feed, or a lightweight backpacker looking for inspiration to get you to your destination, they have plenty of tips and recipes for you on our website and in their cookbook, Dirty Gourmet: Food for your Outdoor Adventures.

In this episode we cover:

  • How splitting up your trip types into 3 categories is important to enjoying cooking and eating awesome food in the great outdoors
  • Two must-follow rules for enjoying cooking during your outdoor adventures
  • A super easy homemade granola recipe!

Emily Nielson and Dirty Gourmet Online:

Suggested Resources from Emily:

Suggested online resource:


May 11, 2019

Samir Lakhani, 26, is a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity to developing countries through environmental initiatives. Prior to founding Eco-Soap Bank in 2014, Samir was deeply involved in climate-resilient aquaculture and nutrition projects in northern Cambodian villages. He has also developed solar lighting social enterprise projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Currently, he serves as the Founder & Executive Director of Eco-Soap Bank—a global soap-recycling organization—which operates in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. To date, Eco-Soap Bank has reached over 1.1 million people with recycled soap and free hygiene education. In 2017, Samir received a CNN Hero Award for his work with global hygiene.

In this episode we cover:

  • How do you recycle soap in a sanitary way?
  • How is soap that is not recycled impacting our environment?
  • Where do you get the soap and who receives the recycled soap?
  • How do you change the everyday habits of a community that is respectful of their history and traditions?

Key Takeaways:

  • 5 million bars of soap are thrown away EACH DAY! And it's not biodegradable!
  • Recruiting hygiene ambassadors that are of the local culture helps spread the message more effectively.
  • When you have big ideas, don't wait for it to be perfect, launch it now! But also consider longevity.
  • Get involved with Project EcoSoap - donate to the Kickstarter and help spread the word!

Samir Lakhani and Project Ecosoap Online:

Suggested Resources from Samir:

Suggested online resource:

  • YouTube! You can learn anything from how to build wind turbines to how to drive stick shift!


Feb 27, 2019

Born in Moldova, Izolda Trakhtenberg learned how to communicate in multiple languages through a year-long immigration process. Today, Izolda facilitates workshops that inspire people to tap into and master their leadership, creativity, and communication skills. She worked as an educator for the National Geographic Society. Later, she traveled the world as a NASA environmental education trainer. Additionally, she is the author of five books, including Speak From Within: Engage, Inspire and Motivate Any Audience. She is also the host of the Tell Your Story Better and The Creative Kind podcasts. Izolda, her husband, and their two cats live in Maryland.

In this episode we cover:

  • Is there a difference between educating children and adults?
  • Why is NASA interested in studying Earth?
  • The most effective way to educate those around you about earth-friendly habits
  • A great free resource for teachers and everyday people that want to study Earth's ecology and atmosphere

Izolda Trakhtenberg Online:

Suggestions & Resource from Izolda:




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Feb 14, 2019

Rob Greenfield is a world-renowned adventurer and activist and is embarking on his next big project, Food Freedom. Through Rob's extreme projects from cycling across the USA on a bamboo bicycle for sustainability (three times), to dumpster diving in thousands of grocery store dumpsters to raise awareness about food waste and hunger, to wearing 30 days worth of trash to create a visual of how much trash just one American creates, he has inspired countless people to positively change. Rob has been featured on thousands of media outlets around the world, hosted shows on Discovery Channel and has given two TEDx talks. You can see his media page here.

In this episode we cover:

  • Rob's journey from nature-loving kid, to materialistic teen, to environmental changemaker
  • Some of Rob's favorite adventures and experiments
  • How his choice to give up his computer caused him to question his impact in the world
  • Rob's best advice for those just getting started in eco-conscious living

Rob Greenfield Online:

Suggestions & Green Resource from Rob:

  • Take 12 hours off from devices each day if you can and go tech-free for 1 full day each week.
  • Learn about Winona LaDuke and other inspiring people at
  • Learn about educational and moving films at
  • Check out the project, film and books from the Story of Stuff


Jan 19, 2019

Joel Solomon is Co-Author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism. As a Founding Partner of Renewal Funds, a $98 million mission venture capital firm, he has invested in over 100 early growth-stage companies in North America, delivering above market returns while catalyzing positive social and environmental change. Joel is a founding member of Social Venture Network, Businesses for Social Responsibility, Chair of Hollyhock, Co-Producer of RSF's “Integrated Capital Institute”, and serves on the University of British Columbia Board of Governors.

In this episode we cover:

  • How Joel's experiences with cancer, working with Jimmy Carter and becoming the caretaker of an orca research lab led him to have a deep appreciation for nature
  • What venture capital is and why is it important to our economy
  • How Renewal Funds and other companies are giving back to the environment in a big way
  • The connection between love and money

Joel Solomon Online:

Suggestions from Joel:

"Political engagement," spend more time reading "sources of political thinking, interviews, and analysis that meet enough of our values and to stay informed and to care,"

"Read more books from people and voices who have been left out of the equation"



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Jan 6, 2019

Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental nonprofit solutions, through annual membership and everyday actions. Kate stepped into her role at 1% for the Planet in May 2015 bringing a strong track record as a leader, including roles as Board Chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), as Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, as founder and owner of a farm business enterprise, and as an elected political leader in her community. Kate earned a BA at Princeton University where she majored in history, and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on organizational systems. Kate is a master’s distance runner, kitchen gardener, and always wants more time to read and write. Kate lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.

In this episode we cover:

  • How companies that are not yet walking the walk can still help the environmental movement
  • How perfection can be the enemy of progress to any worth-while cause
  • Some of the benefits and challenges of environmental philanthropy
  • How 1%FTP makes it easy for anyone (not just companies and non-profits) to give back and help the planet

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