Sustainable Minimalists

Stephanie Seferian

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

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Dark Chocolate's Dark Side
2d ago
Dark Chocolate's Dark Side
Thanks to its rich supply of antioxidants, dark chocolate has long been revered for its health benefits. But there's a dark side to dark chocolate: Recent research has found heavy metals in many of our favorite brands. The worst part? These heavy metals - cadmium and lead - are linked to serious health problems including cancer in both children and adults. Today we round out Chocolate Week with a bang: Dr. Jim Rogers from Consumer Reports discusses what heavy metals in the cacao supply means for regular consumers; he also offers his best tips for shopping smarter and safer the next time we're in the chocolate aisle. Here's a preview:[2:00] Everything you need to know about cadmium and lead[6:00] Exactly how heavy metals find their ways into the chocolate supply[11:30] Traceability, trust, and responsibility: Addressing the industry's lack of corporate accountability[18:00] Chocolate's best offenders, worst offenders, and every brand in between[20:00] Does 'organic' matter with regard to heavy metals?[22:00] Action steps for concerned chocolate consumers Resources mentioned:Lead and Cadmium Could Be in Your Dark Chocolate (via Consumer Reports)Sign the petition and tell candy makers to educe risky heavy metalsHow Ethical Is Your Chocolate? Listen to Part 1 of Chocolate Week here--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Defend The Eco-Trend: Algae
17-01-2023
Defend The Eco-Trend: Algae
Algae is having moments in many spotlights. First, innovators are using microalgae - not petrochemicals - to create disposable packaging. Elsewhere, macroalgae is fed to cows to reduce their methane emittance. And pesky algae blooms? There's actually a company that first captures then transforms algae blooms into our favorite sneaker's cushiony foam. Still, algae's biggest potential comes within the field of human nutrition. Is microalgae an alternative to fish for omega 3s and, if so, can this oft-overlooked photosynthetic organism solve our oceans' overfishing woes?Here to unpack algae's emergence on the environmental scene is proud omega 3 evangelist Corinna Bellizzi, who believes algae is worth paying attention to for its array of both planetary and human health benefits. (Psst ... If you're new to Defend The Eco-Trend episodes, this series dives deep into a product or innovation in the sustainability sphere with big promises. Is the hype legitimate (or is it greenwashing?).Here's a preview:[3:00] Half the oxygen we breathe comes from algae, plus other fun algae-related facts[6:00] Recent innovations in the algae space[16:00] Hey there, omega 3s! Microalgae's emerging place as part of the human nutrition solution[19:00] 3 must-dos for optimal health[21:00] Fewer fish, more algae: The Top 5 environmental and human health benefits associated with algae for omega 3s Resources mentioned:Orlo Nutrition (use code SUSTAINABLE10 for 10 percent off!)Care More, Be Better podcastBloom MaterialsNotpla algae-based disposable packagingWant more episodes like this one? Check out #295: Defend The Eco-Trend: BambooNutrition Without Compromise podcast * Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. --Thank you to our sponsors!Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your first order and a $60 free gift.Cariloha: Get 25% off your order with code SUSTAINABLE at checkout. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Plant-Based Families
10-01-2023
Plant-Based Families
From meat-free 'chicken' nuggets to non-dairy ice creams, plant-based foods that actually taste good are becoming increasingly available in grocery stores. In many ways it's never been easier to find kid-friendly and carnivore-friendly cuisine.So then why aren't more of us (myself included) transitioning our families to plant-based eating?In honor of Veganuary I bring you a conversation with PETA's Faith Robinson about why we should all take yet another look at our diets; she also offers her best tips for incrementally transitioning our families to plant-based eating.Here's a preview:[5:00] Are processed meat-free foods healthy?[9:00] Thoughts on the protein problem[10:00] Eating plant-based is one of the most environmentally friendly actions we can do and here's why[11:00] Capitalizing on our children's innate sense of compassion to ease the transition to plant-based[20:00] Don't reinvent the wheel! Incremental first steps for incorporating more plant-based meals Resources mentioned:Want more episodes like this one? Check out #238: The Future Of Food.Tons of resources for parents available at petakids.com.Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Your Right To Repair
05-01-2023
Your Right To Repair
Stuff breaks. In 2023, stuff breaks often. Few amongst us possess the knowledge to fix the evermore complex gadgets we use every day; worse, professional repairs (if they're even available) often cost more than replacing the item outright. What's a sustainable minimalist to do?On today's episode we discuss all-things conscious consumption as it relates to home appliances, planned obsolescence, and the Right To Repair movement (it'll be fun, I promise!).Here's a preview:[3:00] An electricity primer: where it comes from and why it's important to choose energy-efficient appliances[9:00] Exactly how long our favorite household appliances *should* last (we see you, planned obsolescence)[22:00] Energy Star versus Energy Guide: What's the difference?[29:00] Everything you need to know about the Right To Repair movement [36:00] Practical ways to maintain your appliances for longevity Resources mentioned:Repair.orgHow To Use the EnergyGuide Label To Shop for Home AppliancesBuy Me OnceConsumer ReportsENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023Find a Repair Cafe near youEpisode #095: What's Planned Obsolescence? * Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email Stephanie and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Holding The Line
08-12-2022
Holding The Line
It's the most wonderful time of the year, or is it? December can be stressful, expensive, and emotionally taxing; it's no wonder, then, that 3 in 5 Americans believe the holiday season negatively impacts their mental health. Enter interpersonal boundaries which, when done right, protect your time, well-being, and budget. Even better? Drawing explicit lines in the proverbial sand increases the chances you'll actually enjoy the holiday season.  Here's a preview:[3:00] The personal and interpersonal benefits associated with setting boundaries[6:00] Getting our minds right: 2 soul-deep understandings that are necessary before attempting to set any interpersonal boundary[14:00] When to set a boundary (and exactly how to do it, according to psychologists)[19:30] It's role play time! 7 potential interpersonal trouble areas, with 7 real-life boundary setting examples Resources mentioned:Episode #243: Boundaries And Generational ClutterEpisode #326: Gift BoundariesWe Can Do Hard Things podcastLeave a voicemail with your question and I’ll answer it on-air! Here’s how: State your name then leave the show a message at ‪(857) 264-1967‬.Join our (free!) community here.Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. Thank you to our sponsor! Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your order and a $60 free gift.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Gift Boundaries
06-12-2022
Gift Boundaries
How do we kindly ask our parents and in-laws to stop buying into plastic junk culture for our children? Why would we even want to embark on such an uphill battle?Overwhelming amounts of gifts may be commonplace around the holidays but the reality is this: The Number One most important gift we can give our kids is an inhabitable planet on which they can survive and thrive. With both the planet and families in crisis (hello, debilitating clutter!), it's high-time we find ways to avoid unnecessary presents in advance of the holidays.Today I chat with Whitney Leigh Morris about how she established (and maintains!) gift boundaries with her loved ones in December and always.Here's a preview:[3:00] Both you and your children benefit when you establish gift boundaries; here's why[7:00] When to play the "climate crisis card" versus when to pivot[20:30] 3 reasons to donate to reputable non-profits instead of returning or re-gifting[24:00] Hindsight Mom Guilt wisdom for parents concerned their kids will be left wanting[31:00] Thoughts on handling people who are affronted by your boundaries Resources mentioned:Episode #231: Unhappy ReturnsEpisode #105: Where Do Goodwill Donations Go?Airbnb ExperiencesWhitney on Instagram Thank you to our sponsors! Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your order and a $60 free gift.* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
RE-RELEASE: Listeners Call In! 20+ Non-Consumer Gift Ideas
02-12-2022
RE-RELEASE: Listeners Call In! 20+ Non-Consumer Gift Ideas
When it comes to giving presents, sustainable minimalists understand that less is more and thoughtful is better. Indeed, minimalist holiday gift ideas don’t manifest themselves when walking the mall; you can’t find them by panic buying in the days leading up to Christmas, either.Need some inspiration? Today I’m thrilled to turn the mic over to you the listeners as you offer up nearly 2 dozen non-consumer gifts for the holiday season. *A note from Stephanie: This episode originally aired in November 2021 and it's too good to not re-release!Here’s a preview:[2:20] Making (and preserving!) memories through experiences and photos[5:20] 7 personalized DIY gift ideas (that will also be appreciated)[9:15] 2 book-related minimalist gift ideas[13:00] Creating new traditions as a means of buying less junk[16:00] When in doubt, donate[19:00] Thoughts on the “gift in a box” hack Resources mentioned:Yankee Swap rulesHeifer InternationalDid you know there’s a book based on THIS podcast? (Thank you for supporting my work!)* For even more minimalist gift ideas, check out this blog post from the archives* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Something For Nothing
01-12-2022
Something For Nothing
Are you getting all you can from your library?Libraries are quiet pillars of our communities that often get overlooked. That's unfortunate because libraries are one of the few places where you can truly get something for nothing.On today's show I'm outlining 7 goods and services you likely never knew you could get for free from your library. Here's a preview:[9:00] Exactly how much you're paying for multiple video streaming services (plus, how much the library can help you save)[16:30] Stephanie's favorite hack for cooking magazine lovers[20:00] How to get the most out of your Library Of Things[22:00] Museum tickets and your child's holiday Experience gift, BAM Resources mentioned:Episode #289: The Convenience TaxLeave a voicemail and rave about your local library! (857) 264-1967‬Hoopla DigitalKanopy Video DatabaseMango LanguagesOverDrive Ebooks, Audiobooks and MoreZinioeBook Central-- * Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.-- Thank you to our sponsors! Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your order and a free gift.Nutrafol: get free shipping and 15$ off at nutrafol.com with promo code SUSTAINABLE.Armoire: head to armoire.style/sustainable to get up to 50% off your first month plus 2 free bonus items.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Expansion
29-11-2022
Expansion
Success is often accomplished with grit, resilience, and action. Still, many of us women are bogged down by countless pressures each and every day. Who has time to work toward goals when the obstacles in the way somehow feel both mundane yet unconquerable?You can face steep odds and still find happiness, and that's because every woman has wells of resilience within to help get us through.Today I speak with career and leadership coach Jennifer Pestikas about making the choice to take up space; she also offers the nuts and bolts behind boldly expanding. Here's a preview:[3:45] What should be in your resiliency toolbox (and how to build yours)[7:30] Thoughts on managing the pressures associated with being the first, the only, or different[15:00] Breaking down reasons why women sometimes make themselves small/diminish their accomplishments[24:00] What to do when you find yourself at the intersection of defeat and reinvention Resources mentioned:The Nine Enneagram Descriptions (via the Enneagram Institute)Gallup Strength FinderGood On You appBrave Women At Work: Stories Of Resilience --* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. --Thank you to our sponsors! Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your order and a free gift.Helix Sleep: Get $400 off and 2 free pillows at https://birchliving.com/sustainable.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
O Christmas Tree
22-11-2022
O Christmas Tree
Ah, the holidays. The 5-ish weeks between Black Friday and New Year's Day tend to be an extended party of sorts in which many of us overspend, overeat/drink, overdecorate, and excessively waste. The excesses associated with the holidays come with a hefty environmental cost: on average, US households produce 25% more trash than normal between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day; worse, wonton wastefulness can (and does) add more than half a metric ton onto our annual carbon footprints.I believe it's entirely possible to have a joyous December without the waste and so, on today's show, we discuss practical ways to spread holiday cheer with the planet in mind.Here's a preview:[2:00] Artificial, local, root ball intact, and more: Breaking down the Christmas tree conundrum via Steph's handy dandy grading rubric[17:00] 4 of the most impactful (and practical!) ways to spread good tidings without being wasteful, according to mathematics Resources mentioned:Organic Christmas Tree Farms Near You DatabaseThe Carbon Trust's Tips For A More Sustainable Christmas (via Carbon Trust)Join us on Instagram! (Seriously! Just do it, we're having lots of fun!)Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com Thank you to our sponsors!Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your order and a free gift.Helix Sleep: Get $400 off and 2 free pillows at https://birchliving.com/sustainable. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
From FOMO To JOMO
17-11-2022
From FOMO To JOMO
Joy Of Missing Out (JOMO) is about actively turning from the external stimuli that neither serves nor ignites. And whereas Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is rooted in external validation, obtaining JOMO is a giant leap toward serving your internal self.During the holidays and always, it pays to get intentional about All. The. Things: Our priorities, our precious free moments and, of course, our long-term goals. On today's show we first discuss our collective affinity as human beings for simplistic comparisons; we also break down 4 action steps toward a more intentional (and self-soothing!) way of being. Here's a preview:[2:30] The historical origins of social comparison[10:30] Don't compare yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself: Here's how[12:00] The Number One question people pleasers should ask themselves before committing[21:00] 7 effects of cortisol on the body, plus practical thoughts on *actually* slowing down Resources mentioned:Episode #178: Digital MinimalismSustainable Minimalists free Facebook group--Thank you to our sponsors!Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your order and a free gift.Helix Sleep: Get $400 off and 2 free pillows at https://birchliving.com/sustainable.--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy