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Learn how to live more sustainably, without compromising your lifestyle, in this fun, inspiring and informative podcast with environmental engineer and Home Sustainability Expert Laura Trotta. She's all about making green mainstream and together with inspiring 'Eco Hero' guests will help you create an ecoceptional life you love!

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast Laura Trotta

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

Learn how to live more sustainably, without compromising your lifestyle, in this fun, inspiring and informative podcast with environmental engineer and Home Sustainability Expert Laura Trotta. She's all about making green mainstream and together with inspiring 'Eco Hero' guests will help you create an ecoceptional life you love!

    [178] Sustainable Home Design with Janine Strachan

    [178] Sustainable Home Design with Janine Strachan

    For most of us, our homes are the biggest investment we’ll make in our lifetime. Decisions we make in the home design process impact not only the durability and longevity of our home but also our home’s sustainability and cost to run.
    In this Eco Chat episode I’m joined again by Janine Strachan. Janine explains what sustainable home design is and why it’s important. She also describes the main elements of sustainable home design and how they impact the sustainability of a home.
    If you’re in the process of designing or building a home and would like it to be as sustainable and efficient as possible, this episode is a must listen!
     
    Resources:
    Green Design Solutions
    Sustainable Design Expert Webinar Series
    Sustainability in the Suburbs by Laura Trotta – the book! Pre-order now!

    • 49 min
    Benefits of Tiny Living with Janine Strachan from Tiny House Solutions

    Benefits of Tiny Living with Janine Strachan from Tiny House Solutions

    Tiny Houses are a low impact solution to both the housing crisis and high environmental impact of housing. According to the Australian Tiny House Association, Tiny Houses are moveable dwellings up to 50m2 that are suitable for residential use and can be largely grouped into three categories: on wheels, on skids or shipping containers. In this episode, Janine Strachan, Founder of Tiny House Solutions, President of the Australian Tiny House Association (ATHA) and host of ‘Tips from the Tiny House Guru’ podcast shares what’s driving the growth in the Tiny House Movement, advantages and disadvantages of living in a tiny house, costs and legalities associated with building a tiny house and her best advice for those looking to build and live in a Tiny House.

    • 46 min
    School Strike 4 Climate with Lola Stravoskoufis – Eco Chat with Laura Trotta

    School Strike 4 Climate with Lola Stravoskoufis – Eco Chat with Laura Trotta

    Lola is a Year 9 student from Exeter in the Southern Highlands region of NSW. She marched as a Year 6 student in the large student climate strikes in 2019 and subsequently joined the School Strike 4 Climate movement. She now leads the School Strike 4 Climate group in her regional town and is actively meeting with her local candidates for the upcoming Federal election to ensure the voice of youth is heard loud and clear.
    In this episode my son Matthew will interview Lola, uncovering the information he needs to include in his school assignment on someone who is using their voice for good, but also educating himself more in how students, not too much older than him, are making a really big impact in climate change awareness.
    Lola will share what the School Strike 4 Climate movement is and why she decided to join, when and how it was founded, and the impact the movement is having.
    Resources:
    SchoolStrike4Climate.com

    • 22 min
    [175] Ethical Everyday Banking with Beyond Bank Sustainability Manager Kate Carrol

    [175] Ethical Everyday Banking with Beyond Bank Sustainability Manager Kate Carrol

    We all need a bank to help us manage our money. But what if “who” we banked with made a difference?
    What if your everyday banking was yet another avenue to create a better future for humanity?
    What if your everyday banking could create a better global environment in the future?
    What if your bank poured its profits into social and environmental initiatives in the community it operated, rather than paying returns to shareholders?
    WHO you bank with CAN make a difference. A big one!
    In this Eco Chat episode I’m joined by Sustainability Manager of Beyond Bank, Kate Carroll.
    Beyond Bank Australia is a local customer-owned and B Corporation bank. Kate works across the business to help create positive impact for people and planet whilst also delivering value for the organisation.
    Kate will share why she believes people should care about who they bank with, what it means for a bank to be customer-owned and a B Corporation, and what you should look out for when making the switch to a more ethical bank.
    Resources:
    B Corporation
    Beyond Bank
    Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs
    Disclaimer: Laura Trotta is not a financial planner. Any investment advice given by Laura Trotta (or by any other person through this Website) is based on that person’s opinion and their general experience, but not your specific case. A such, you should always seek independent financial advice for your particular circumstances before acting on information that is published or recommended on this Website.

    • 31 min
    [174] Discover Ethical Superannuation with Verve Super Co-founder Christina Hobbs

    [174] Discover Ethical Superannuation with Verve Super Co-founder Christina Hobbs

    Superannuation is incredibly important to ensure you’re comfortable financially in retirement. But what if superannuation had another purpose? What if superannuation was an avenue for you to create a better future for humanity?
    What if superannuation was an avenue for you to create a better global environment in the future?
    What if could easily divest your superannuation investments away from fossil fuels, guns or gambling and instead invest in renewables, micro-finance for women-run businesses and social housing?
    Well you can!
    In this Eco Chat episode I’m joined by co-founder and CEO of Verve Super, Christina Hobbs.
    Christina is an experienced Board Director in the superannuation industry and a former Deloitte Management Consultant. Prior to founding Verve, Christina worked for over a decade as a humanitarian and financial inclusion expert for the United Nations. She is a former Board Director of the Global Women's Project and a published author on gender equality.
    Christina will explain what ESG superannuation funds are, how you can make the switch to an ethical fund and why she co-founded Verve Super, Australia's first ethical superannuation fund tailored for women.
    Disclaimer: Laura Trotta is not a financial planner. Any investment advice given by Laura Trotta (or by any other person through this Website) is based on that person’s opinion and their general experience, but not your specific case. A such, you should always seek independent financial advice for your particular circumstances before acting on information that is published or recommended on this Website.
    Resources:
    Verve Super
    Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs

    • 38 min
    [173] Discover Ethical Investing with Life Sherpa’s Christopher Zinn – Eco Chat with Laura Trotta

    [173] Discover Ethical Investing with Life Sherpa’s Christopher Zinn – Eco Chat with Laura Trotta

    Whether it’s eating organically grown food, avoiding fast fashion or divesting your financial investments from fossil fuels, tobacco or companies with a track record of modern slavery, conscious consumers and investors have long voted with their money and changed the world in the process. Investing your money can be complex at the best of times. Investing your money ethically can be even more complicated, with social washing* and greenwashing* rife.
    In this Eco Chat episode I’m joined by Christopher Zinn. Christopher is a personal finance expert and consumer campaigner at Life Sherpa. He is passionate about ethical investing and believes that empowering consumers with reliable and understandable advice and information they can implement now makes life’s goals more achievable.
    Christopher will share the difference between ethical and conventional investing, how to get started with ethical investing and what to look for in an ESG superannuation fund.
    *Social washing = a company making misleading claims about the social responsibility of its products or services to position itself in a better light for economic gains and public image.
    *Greenwashing = a company making misleading claims about the sustainability credentials of its products or services to position itself in a better light for economic gains and public image.
     
    Resources:
    Follow Christopher Zinn on LinkedIn
    Life Sherpa

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Rochelle.d ,

Easy listening

I love the bite sized information Laura shares in her podcasts. Easy listening and yet so informative at the same time.

Cat LeBlanc ,

I'm greener than I think!

I love how Laura makes being greener approachable. I feel like I'm making progress rather than facing an impossible challenge. Some great learning in here :-)

kcham44 ,

One of my favourite podcasts!

Absolutely loving this podcast - thank you Laura! I have found every podcast interesting and informative!

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