Sustainable Minimalists

Stephanie Seferian

Creating eco-friendly, minimalist homes (without the extra work).

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Sustainable Seafood?
Yesterday
Sustainable Seafood?
Billions of people worldwide rely on seafood for nutrition and economic livelihood, but 90 percent of fish populations are currently overfished.Your seafood choices matter, and buying responsibly is one of the most important ways you can contribute to healthier oceans. On today's show: breaking down exactly how to be an informed seafood consumer.Here's a preview:[3:00] Everything you need to know about that wild-caught fish[14:00] Dirty little secrets from fish farms[21:00] ... But which is healthier: farmed or wild caught?[26:00] 6 ways to buy seafood like an informed and conscious consumer, plus: what it looks like to use a sustainable seafood guide IRL Resources mentioned:Episode #236: The Health Of Our Oceans with Dr. Sylvia EarleSalmon Wars: The Dark Underbelly Of Your Favorite Fish by Douglas Frantz and Catherine CollinsSeaspiracyMonterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood WatchYou May Not Be Getting The Fish You Paid For. Here’s How To Spot Seafood Fraud (via WaPo)--Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Unpaid Labor And Gendered Work
3d ago
Unpaid Labor And Gendered Work
Reminder to my fellow moms: You don't have to do it all. Studies have shown for decades that women in heterosexual partnerships are responsible for the "invisible labor" at home. Not surprisingly, carrying the lion's share of the burden has oversized impacts on women's mental health.The solution sounds simple: Divvying up domestic responsibilities decreases resentment and increases family cohesion. But how do we best encourage our partners and children to participate in the work of the home for the long haul?It's not gendered work; it's the work of the family and all should contribute. On today's show Lori Sugarman-Li encourages us to release the need to do everything; she also calls on our partners and children to step up and participate in the essential - yet sadly unpaid! - work of the home.Here's a preview:[6:30] Semi-disturbing stats re: impacts of inequitable unpaid labor on women's wellness[9:00] Defining family flow: How can we best change a family's flow if the flow isn't working for everyone?[17:00] They aren't chores! Here's why we must change both the language and the energy around "chores"[19:00] Full task ownership versus division of labor: Which provides long-term balance?[30:00] Words of encouragement for the default (ahem ... 'she-fault') parents, plus: cycle breaking is in our hands Resources mentioned:Fair PlayPre-order Our Home: The Love, Work, and Heart of FamilyLori on Instagram --Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
The Anti-Aging Problem
Feb 13 2024
The Anti-Aging Problem
It can often feel in our culture as though women aren’t allowed to age. If we do? The patriarchy will (gasp!) deem us irrelevant. Enter countless off-the-shelf products, monthly treatments, and medical procedures that claim to turn back the clock, albeit temporarily. And while hair dyeing, teeth whitening, and more are wildly popular amongst women (and men!) forty-plus, such habits often come with excessive exposure to cancer-causing agents and hormone disruptors.On today's show Sophia Ruan Gushee encourages us to diversify our risks as we consider which anti-aging products to try. Here's a preview:[6:00] "I never worried about toxins and I turned out fine." This logic is flawed, and here's why[11:00] Don't go straight to the permanent hair dye! And other hair dyeing considerations [17:00] Teeth no longer pearly white? Beware of the heavy metals [24:00] Take an inside-out approach (not a 10 step regimen) to glowing, radiant skin  Related episodes: Episode #194: Safer Nail PolishEpisode #203: 5 Non-Toxic Hair Dye Solutions* Have you left this show an Apple Podcasts review yet? I'd so appreciate it, and thank you! --Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Plasticizers
Feb 8 2024
Plasticizers
By the time you open, say, a container of yogurt, the food has taken a looong journey to reach your spoon. And at each step, there's the chance that a little something extra has snuck in.Consumer Reports tested supermarket staples and found high levels of bisphenols and phthalates — also known as plasticizers — within. The bad news? Scientists believe there's no safe level of plasticizers on human health.On todays show Dr. James Rogers breaks down everything you need to know about the plastic chemicals hiding in your food. Here's a preview:[2:00] So many plastic problems, so little time! Breaking down the differences between PFAS, plasticizers, microplastics, and more[6:00] The documented human health effects of plasticizers, plus: What their cumulative effects mean for chronic conditions[12:00] 9 phthalates are banned in toys but they're allowed in food? Make it make sense![15:00] 5 ways plasticizers become stowaways in our food[20:00] Lifestyle changes that reduce your exposure to phthalates and bisphenols Resources mentioned:Episode #339: Dark Chocolate's Dark SideEpisode #264: Forever ChemicalsThe Plastic Chemicals Hiding in Your Food (via Consumer Reports)* Your Homework! Sign the petition to get plasticizers out of Annie's and other General Mills products--Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Willful Blindness
Jan 25 2024
Willful Blindness
When faced with information that challenges our long-held beliefs, we humans do one of two things. Either we think hard about our values and adapt our lifestyles to reflect this new data, or we cling to willful blindness so that we may continue to think and act in the ways we've always thought and acted.In honor of Veganuary I bring you a conversation with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau about changing our beliefs — and perhaps our diets — in the face of new information. Here's a preview: [7:30] Unpacking willful blindness: How and why we tell ourselves untruths to maintain long-held beliefs[11:00] Cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable. Why, then, do some people learn and change while others cling to defunct beliefs?[19:00] It's not giving up, it's letting go! Uncovering the story that's underneath your eating habits that you're unwilling to let go of[23:00] Debunking 3 commonly-held plant-based myths to reflect updated science [37:00] Attitude is everything, so flip the script! Resources mentioned: Diet For A New America Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat IndustryFood For Thought podcastColleen on InstagramThe 30-Day Vegan Challenge Previous Veganuary episodes: Episode #334: Plant-Based FamiliesEpisode #238: The Future Of Food--Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Advice For Living
Jan 23 2024
Advice For Living
Wisdom is the cumulation of valuable lessons we pick up along our journeys through this messy thing called life, and pearls of wisdom are guideposts to help us navigate the complexities of living in an uncertain world in an uncertain time.On today's show: A conversation with author Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo about trusting the wisdom of the experts — both modern and ancient — so as to better overcome life's challenges and improve overall well-being. Here's a preview of the wisdom we discuss today:[1:30] First, eat your frog![4:00] Schedule your time in 168-hour chunks[11:30] Set criteria, meet criteria, and be satisfied (no perfection required)[18:00] Stop over-apologizing (seriously, stop it!)[22:00] If you don't ask, the answer is always no[27:00] Imposter Syndrome: Name it to tame it Resources mentioned:First, Eat Your Frog: And Other Pearls for Professional Working MothersEpisode #434: Is It Time To Quit Amazon Prime? --Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
The Fast Furniture Trap
Jan 16 2024
The Fast Furniture Trap
Did you know? Ikea beds, Wayfair desks, and other fast furniture items are designed to last about five years.Fast furniture is mass-produced and relatively inexpensive; it's easy, then, to obtain and abandon. And fast decor? Low price points essentially render disposable those trendy but cheap pillows, artwork, and trinkets.There's a better way, and it always starts with slowing down. Slow Style is Zandra Zuraw's framework for creating homes that nurture without breaking the bank, and today she shows us how to create havens that inspire and welcome without anything fast or cheap.Here’s a preview:[4:30] Why bother surrounding ourselves with beauty (and other big-picture musings)[7:00] Mass production, economies of sale, and the environmental implications of fast decor[17:00] Developing your eye for design means paying attention! [25:00] How to find the fine line between keeping stuff you hate versus hopping on the hamster wheel of buying[30:00] Ethical furnishings companies DO exist! Here's where to find them once and for all Resources mentioned:The Slow Style Home podcastThe Sustainable Furnishings CouncilRoger + Chris furniture Ridwell --Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Identifying Your Shopping Triggers
Jan 11 2024
Identifying Your Shopping Triggers
You've likely been there. That moment when you look at your credit card statement and your heart sinks. Sometimes logic gives way to desire, and nothing's worse than realizing you overshopped on impulses. A lot.It’s time to take a look at what happens in the moments *before* we impulse buy. On today's show: honing in our 5 shopping triggers so we can insert that crucial pause before buying.Here's a preview:[3:45] Advertisers shape our desires, and the credit industry makes these desires seem affordable. Yikes![9:30] Buyer, beware: when your mind becomes your own worst enemy. [15:00] The shopping trigger that's the most common and the most difficult to overcome[23:00] Got parental guilt? Why you should stop buying stuff for your kids to compensate [29:00] Hankering to buy food when your kitchen is full? How to determine whether a physical trigger is colliding with an emotional one Resources mentioned:To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop (by Dr. April Benson)Insert that pause with this free printout for your walletThe Poverty of Affluence: A Psychological Portrait of the American Way of Life (by Dr. Paul Wachel) --Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Why Repairability Matters
Jan 9 2024
Why Repairability Matters
In some ways, our preponderance toward tech disposability is systemic. We consumers in the US are denied the right to repair: fixing a broken smartphone, then, is costly. It's simply more convenient to replace our broken item for the newest model.When your device is broken you should have more options than a high-priced service or the landfill, and New York agrees. The Digital Fair Repair Act should make it easier to repair our smartphones and laptops at shops of *our* choosing. It's good news, because the law may ultimately bring down repair prices for all of us. And if repair is affordable? Fingers crossed, tech stays out of landfills.On today's show: Nicholas De Leon from Consumer Reports breaks down this landmark grassroots consumer win. Here's a preview:[3:45] Need-to-know details about New Yorks' Digital Fair Repair Act[9:00] Why aren't dishwashers, washing machines, and other "white goods" covered?[19:30] What if any benefits from NY's new law will non-New Yorkers receive? [25:00] The bigger picture: Why repair what's designed to break? Resources mentioned:New York Right-to-Repair Law Promises Easier, Cheaper Electronics Repairs (via Consumer Reports)iFixit --Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Our Sponsors:* Thank you to HomeThreads! Vist www.homethreads.com/sustainable for 15% off your first order.* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/* Thank you to PuroAir! https://getpuroair.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy