Sustainable(ish) living with Jen Gale

The Owl Hoot

28-09-2021 • 40 mins


Jen Gale is the founder of Sustainable(ish) and The Knackered Mums Eco Club; she is an author, podcaster, blogger and speaker.

In this episode, Jen covers:

  • New beginnings: from vet to sustainable living guru. [Starts at 1:52]
  • “My Make Do and Mend Year” – blogging and experiences. [Starts at 3:40]
  • Anna Lappé: “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” [Starts at 6:40]
  • Buying second hand and zero waste challenge. [Starts at 9:10]
  • Landfill and recycling through charity shops. [Starts at 11:34]
  • The Knackered Mums Eco Club. [Starts at 13:35]
  • Being imperfectly green – making sustainable living accessible and fun. [Starts at 15:17]
  • Empowerment to engage with councillors, MPs and companies. [Starts at 17:59]
  • Compromise on making changes within families. [Starts at 20:02]
  • Making changes in incremental steps. [Starts at 25:39]
  • Eco-anxiety – responding with action and talking about climate change. [Starts at 27:18]
  • Her future ambitions. [Starts at 31:37]
  • Living sustainably in 2050 – despair (government/big business) vs. cautious optimism (great public transport/fossil-free homes/plant-based eating). [Starts at 34:03]
  • Rewards of Sustainable(ish) – seeing others sharing dialogue and taking action. [Starts at 37:07]

Useful links

Sustainable(ish) Website

TEDx – My Make Do and Mend Year

Published Books

  • The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide – Everything you need to know to make small changes that make a big difference (2020)
  • The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting – Guilt-free eco-ideas for raising your kids (2021)

How to connect

Twitter: @sustainableish

Facebook: @mymakedoandmendlife

Instagram: @sustainableish

Pinterest: @asustainablelife

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