Sustainable Minimalists

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Creating eco-minimalist, non-toxic homes (without the extra work). Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability.  The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too.  Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

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Seventh Gen, Unilever & SLS
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are found in loads of personal care, beauty, and cleaning products. But there are both environmental and human health concerns associated with SLS and SLES: why, then, do eco-conscious brands continue to include such surfactants in their product offerings? On today's show I'm answering a listener's question about the well-known "green" brand, Seventh Generation. Why does their laundry detergent list Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) as its first ingredient? Is Seventh Generation *actually* eco-conscious, and how does Unilever play into the equation? Here's a preview: [1:30] Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is in nearly everything. Here's why [3:30] The connection between SLS and palm oil [4:20] Seventh Generation and Unilever: The problems with mega-corporations [8:30] Human health concerns associated with SLS and SLES [12:00] 3 considerations when purchasing health, beauty, and cleaning products Resources mentioned: Molly's Suds Tandi's Naturals Episode #187: A Palm-Oil Primer Episode #194: Safer Nail Polish Ideas The Dirty Dozen: Sodium Laureth Sulfate * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
Introcast: The Jordan Harbinger Show
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Whenever you add money to your bank account, it doesn't just sit there. Your bank lends your money to industries and projects with the intent of making a profit. Many banks (and all the big name banks in particular) regularly invest OUR money into the fossil fuels industry, thereby funding the continued mining and burning of oil, coal, and gas. To give you a scope of the problem: In 2021 alone, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America spent a combined $137 BILLION on fossil fuel projects. There's a solution, and it's divesting. Intentionally putting your money in places that don't fund the fossil fuels industry is a small lifestyle tweak that will do loads of good for the planet. Today I speak with Certified Financial Planner Gary Grewal about finding the right bank or credit union that's aligned with your values.    Here's a preview: [2:30] What banks actually do with your hard-earned money [6:10] The big bank worst offenders [14:30] How to find a better bank [17:30] 3 reasons why you may want to consider your local credit union for your banking needs [24:00] Gary's personal and professional thoughts on Aspiration   Resources mentioned: Episode #258: Conscious SpendingFinancial Fives: The Top 325 Ways To Save, Earn, And Thrive To Retire Before 65Mighty DepositsGlobal Alliance for Banking on ValuesNerd WalletAs You SowBanking on Climate Chaos Fossil Fuel Finance Report * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello!   Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
All-Things Eggs
There's lots to consider when buying eggs. What does "humanely raised" mean, exactly, and are free-range eggs actually worth the extra cost? As it turns out, there are many misleading claims on egg cartons. On today's short and sweet episode I'm answering listener Lauren's question about intentional egg purchasing. My goal is to arm you with facts - not marketing gimmicks! - so that you can confidently spend in ways aligned with your values the next time you're at your farmer's market or grocery store.   Here's a preview: [1:45] Cage-free vs. free range vs. pasture raised: Do these distinctions matter? [6:00] Want to buy the healthiest eggs? Here's what to look for [8:30] 4 marketing gimmicks designed to confuse consumers [11:15] 3 3rd party certifications to look for on your next carton   Resources mentioned: Did you know there's a book based on THIS podcast? Thank you for supporting my work! Vital FarmsOliver's OrganicPete & Gerry'sHappy Egg Co.  * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello!   Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
Life Lessons Learned From Plants
Life provides countless opportunities each day to practice self-awareness and reflection. For some of us, such introspection happens when we exercise or meditate. For others, it naturally occurs when we're in touch with nature. Today I speak with author Marcus Bridgewater, also known as the uber-popular Garden Marcus on social media. Marcus argues that nurturing plants also helps us grow as people, and so he's on the show to divulge 5 life lessons he's learned that are rooted in his time in his garden.   Here's a preview of the life lessons discussed today: [4:30] You can't make anyone flourish, but you can nurture an environment conducive to flourishing. Here's how [6:30] The importance of patience, awareness, and self-observation in the garden and in life [11:30] Repotting: Giving yourself room to grow as a means of maximizing potential [17:15] Sharing the fruits of your success with others for the benefit of both your community and yourself [20:00] How to foster an environment conducive to your personal growth    Resources mentioned: How to Grow: Nurture Your Garden, Nurture YourselfGarden Marcus on TikTok and Instagram    * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello!   Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
The Trauma Response
It feels as though nearly every day Americans must process another mass shooting. Such traumatic events are a part of life in the US today and, if our recent history is to inform the future, these events will continue. Today I speak with psychotherapist Lena Derhally about the human trauma response: which feelings are "normal", and which ones aren't? In the second part of today's conversation we discuss best practices for talking with our children about the tragedy at Robb Elementary School. (Please note that while today's conversation is centered around the recent events in Uvalde, Texas, Lena's advice is applicable to all instances of gun violence.)   Here's a preview: [4:00] Ongoing trauma and protective mechanisms: Numbness is normal! [9:15] Thoughts on media sensationalism and the importance of turning off the news, at least sometimes [11:30] The research-backed importance of taking action as a means of healing [15:30] What to say (and what not to say!) to your children about gun violence in schools [20:30] The importance of maintaining routines, rhythms, and schedules for your children   Resources mentioned: The Facebook Narcissist  * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
Plant-Based Fashion
The fashion industry is in a state of transition, and that's because fossil fuels-based synthetics simply aren't sustainable. Enter clothing made from plants: they are neither new or revolutionary (hey there, cotton, linen, and hemp!); still, clothing made from renewable fibers continues to expand in breadth and scope during this unique moment in time.  On today's show I speak with author Alyssa Couture about the innumerable ways in which plant fabrics support both humans and the planet. Alyssa has a wealth of knowledge regarding the the evolution of plant-based textiles (algae! cacti!); she also offers smart tips for listeners who seek to prioritize plants over synthetics when buying new.   Here's a preview: [7:30] Bioplastics are the future: A quick primer [16:00] Is it actually possible to clothe 7 billion people in plants? (Hint: soon) [18:00] Harnessing the powers of desert and ocean plants to create luxurious (and biodegradable) fabrics [21:00] How to use your wardrobe as a means of pushing change   Resources mentioned: Stink documentaryEpisode #153: The Future Of Sustainable FashionHealthy Fashion: The Deeper Truths   * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
Countertop Composters
Countertop composters have hit the market, and they've hit the market in a big way. Many promise to transform ho-hum food waste into nutrient-rich soil in under 24 hours without odors or hassle. For some of us, these new machines sound like the answers to all our composting prayers. But listener Katie wants to know if countertop composters - and specifically the Lomi by Pela - are worth the hefty price tags. Are their environmental claims overblown, or will such devices actually reduce household waste by up to 50 percent? And what about the energy requirements? Is any product truly eco-friendly if it requires (fossil-fuels sourced) electricity? On today's episode I'm offering my unbiased thoughts on the Lomi countertop composter. (**Please note all opinions are 100% all my own.)   Here's a preview: [3:30] Why compost? A quick composting primer [4:30] 5 benefits to the Lomi countertop composter [10:00] 5 (significant) drawbacks to countertop composters for conscious consumers (hey there, alliteration!) [12:00] Let's talk about those energy concerns ... [18:00] Electricity in the United States: how to read your electric bill with a critical eye   Resources mentioned: Episode #081: How To Make Great Compost (With Very Little Effort)Episode #121: Fair Trade, Certified B and More: The 3rd Party Labels You Need To KnowWhat is U.S. electricity generation by energy source? (Via US Energy & Administration)  * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello!   Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
There are certain things in life that don't have to get done, and then there are priorities that absolutely must get done well. On today's show we discuss what it takes to thrive on purpose, and specifically we're discussing the importance of flexibility. Today I speak with author and social impact leader Wendy Teleki. Wendy argues we shouldn't be afraid to recalibrate and make the big changes when we need to. In our conversation today Wendy distills her hard-earned lessons on balancing - and rebalancing - amid an onslaught of ever-changing demands and priorities.   Here's a preview: [6:20] Thoughts on "having it all" versus letting some things go [10:45] Why the edge of the wheel is where you want to be (and how to get there) [20:30] What to do when you find yourself in a role you're not necessarily comfortable with [25:00] The benefits of creating your Don't-Do list first [26:00] Thoughts on using the speeding of time as a means of becoming our best selves now [29:45] Wendy's Number One piece of advice for parents   Resources mentioned: Rebalance: How Women Lead, Parent, Partner and ThriveWatch this episode on Youtube    * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello!   Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
Quick Fix Thinking
We want new stuff and we want it now. The possessions we buy often make us happy, at least for a little while (hello, dopamine!). But before we know it, today's 'it' item becomes tomorrow's clutter. On today's show we are examining the psychology behind quick fix thinking. Why do humans tend to prioritize instant gratification over long-term goals such as having a decluttered, minimalist home and obtaining financial security? The good news is we aren't slaves to our DNA, and in the second part of today's episode I'm offering my best thoughts for stepping away from quick fixes - which, by the way, are also almost always to our detriment - and toward intentional but distant priorities.   Here's a preview: [5:45] The psychology behind instant gratification: how quick fix thinking changes our brains [9:50] Why it's so hard to make new, positive habits stick (and why it's so easy to pick up bad habits) [13:00] 4 reasons why humans tend to prioritize quick fixes over long-term goals [19:00] 5 action steps for stepping away from quick fixes and towards what's best for us in the future   Further reading/Resources mentioned: Spying a product and unsure if it's as good as the marketing makes it sound? Send me the product name and I'll do the research for you!10 Reasons We Rush for Immediate Gratification (via Psychology Today)The Real Issue With Instant Gratification (via Psychology Today)Listen to this episode on Youtube    * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
Desperation Dinners
Cooking at home is generally cheaper, healthier, and better for the planet than relying on takeout and meal subscriptions. Still, our busy lives crave convenience: cooking, then, is a self-sufficient skill our culture is in danger of losing.  Today I speak with blogger Rachael McKennon about cooking at home and cooking from scratch. Rachael understands that feeding a family is hard work, so she's here to offer her best tips, tricks, and hacks to take the overwhelm out of the task.   Here's a preview: [6:30] Convenience versus whole foods: The benefits of home cooked meals [11:00] How to fully stock your pantry before cooking a single thing [15:00] Kitchen appliances that are actually worth the money (and ones that aren't) [21:00] 4 desperation dinners for those nights when you're hangry and unprepared     * Watch the extended version of this interview on Youtube. * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Please send me your episode ideas!   Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
Responsible Family Vacations
If you are fortunate to embark on vacation with your family this summer, your children will undoubtedly benefit from the experience. There's the need for them to practice flexibility and problem-solving in real-time; there's also the fact that seeing more of the planet will encourage your children to care for its future. Yet there's an elephant in the room, and it's this: vacations often come with a hefty carbon cost.  On today's show - and just in time for summer! - we discuss tangible ways to make your summer holiday more sustainable. Today I speak with travel blogger Samantha Runkel. Samantha has been to a whopping 80 countries and counting and so she's on the show to offer the knowledge she's gained from boots-on-the-ground experience as to how we can be responsible travelers this vacation season and beyond (while also infusing a heavy dose of memory-making!).   Here's a preview: [4:00] Put your money where your (suitcase) is: Reframing the assumption that long-distance is always eco-unfriendly [8:00] Carbon offsets: Yay or nay? [10:15] Where to find green booking options for your next getaway [11:45] What participating in active regeneration looks like for families with children [14:30] How and why you should intentionally spread your dollars around on your next holiday [17:45] Family road trips that aren't completely wasteful * Join our (free!) community here. * Watch the extended version of this interview on Youtube. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

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580 reviews
BennieSouthCarolina 2022/06/25
I learn so much
Thank you for a great podcast.
dobromom 2022/06/19
Love it!!
Such a great podcast! Stephanie does a fabulous job providing you with an episode on just about anything to do with sustainability and minimalism! T...
mmxoalba 2022/06/16
Thank you
I enjoy every single episode and I look forward to listening to you. Thank you specially for doing the egg episode. You’re awesome!!
Julie with JMB Living 2022/06/08
Listen and Learn
This is such an informative podcast and definitely worth your time! It is clear that Stephanie spends considerable and thoughtful time to research and...
HappyBeae 2022/06/02
Industrial compost
Hi Stephanie, Thank you for the wonderful podcast, it is a great recourse for down-to-earth sustainability! I live in California where we are lucky ...
Rachael McKennon 2022/05/26
This is a must listen!
I am so glad I found this podcast! Stephanie is so thoughtful and heartfelt. She has the best guests ever - knowledgeable, informed, and passionate. I...
SarahOttsvillian 2022/05/06
Perfect podcast
You have combined three of my favorite things- motherhood, sustainable living and minimalism into one awesome podcast. Your guest speakers are intelli...
Twiggya 2022/04/26
So helpful!!
She has so many amazing ideas and statistics that have opened my eyes soooo much more!!
listener gal 2022/05/05
Made in China
Why are you speaking about yen when talking about China? Japanese money is yen and Chinese use RMB or yuan.
Kc90162018 2022/04/23
Love love this podcast
I can’t tell you how many times I reference this podcast in my daily conversations. I love this podcast, the topics are fantastic, I can’t rave enough...


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