Eco-Friendly Homes is for sustainably minded folk who want to reduce their carbon foot print on a large scale. In each episode, I share tangible steps to reduce your home's emissions, live healthier, save money and build community!
Design Well Studios: environmental testing and biophilic design
Welcome to my Eco-Friendly Home! Today we meet up with Michelle Ifversen of Design Well Studios (DWS) based in Portland, OR!
Michelle is a biophilic designer and environmental wellness coach all wrapped into one person! And yes, she is that impressive!
Come learn from Michelle all about testing your home environment for chemicals like formaldehyde, toxic mold, and electro magnetic frequencies (EMFs). At DWS, testing is the key component for living a healthy, wellness based, and even regenerative life! Without the certainty of home testing, you're just guessing when it comes to your home's health and wellness and your body's health and wellness.
Additionally, Michelle has won design competitions that are based on biophilia (plants and nature). She incorporates nature into art pieces around the house and texturizes features to show off natural elements like movement and sunlight. Through this technique, even those without green thumbs can feel inspired by the great out doors!
Books she mentions:
What's Toxic, What's Not by Gary Ginsberg (Amazon link, not affiliated)
Toxic by Dr. Neil Nathan (audible link)
Part of having an eco-friendly home is having a clean home! Marjee and Marquise Wise co-own their own house cleaning business based in Boulder, CO. I worked on their team for six months and learned A LOT including best house keeping practices, places and spaces frequently forgotten (that actually make a drastic difference), and WHY Wise Cleaners uses nontoxic, green cleaning products. Marquise has a history of asthma and allergies so we also tap into common household allergies and why the green products are safe to use in all homes! We're also friends so this was an extra fun episode to record :) Marjee's mentions: "Think Dirty" App for rating you products. "Branch Basics" bathroom cleaner, all purpose cleaner, and kitchen cleaner. Lastly, in my podcast from 2 weeks ago I interviewed Peyton's Potions, an essential oil based, nontoxic household cleaner. If you would like to check them out use my discount code ECOHOMES15 for 15% off!! Happy Cleaning!
Peyton’s Potion is an all natural, nontoxic household cleaner made with the highest quality essential oils, Colorado local, safe for children, pets, and even those with compromised immune systems! Infact, Peyton’s Potion was created by a dedicated mother, Jess Armstrong, with her son, Peyton Armstrong, while he was battling with acute lymphocytic leukemia, mixed lineage leukemia, and an infection. Jess learned from a book she was reading, “Love. Medicine, and Miracles” by Dr. Bernie Siegel, that people who advocate for their disease have better prognosis. So they used Peyton’s sense of smell, essential oils, and a natural chemist to create this product that is safe for him and other children with cancer. They donate 5% of every sale to Cure Search to support childhood cancer research. To purchase online check out their website: https://peytonspotion.com/ Use my discount code ECOHOMES15 for 15% off! And if you are wanting to learn more or find products in a local store check out their blog and Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/peytonspotion/?hl=en All Peyton’s Potions are sold in reusable, biodegradable, glass bottles and all refill concentrates of this all purpose cleaner are also sold in glass bottles! This is a fantastic product that I am so thankful to have on my podcast! It really smells amazing, very earthy and pure. I have started spraying it everywhere including my car, shoes, and desk! I have also started using it as a little hand sanitizer when I can and doing what Jess does, taking a zen moment from the naturally soothing aromas. However, I am almost out since recording to the time of this posting. So do be warned, you will use it all!! :) Links: Love Medicine and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel http://berniesiegelmd.com/products-page/holistic-healing/love-medicine-miracles-lessons-learned-about-self-healing-from-a-surgeons-experience-with-exceptional-patients/ ECOHOMES15 Environmental Working Group (EWG) https://www.ewg.org/ Hailey Armstrong daughter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZvQ0sS_HuM Pranarom Essential Oils that Peyton’s Potion uses https://pranarom.us/products/essential-oils/
Bonus content, sugar alternatives, The Ingredient Insider
Cute and quick bonus content from our first conversation together. Elizabeth Boulos, The Ingredient Insider, and I chat about sugar alternatives and our favorite low-sugar bands! Links: Swerve - from New Orleans, LA and made from erythritol. https://swervesweet.com/about Simple Mills - my favorite premade cookies! https://www.simplemills.com/ Lakanto - brownies sweetened with monk fruit and keto friendly. https://www.lakanto.com/products/sugar-free-low-carb-brownies
The Ingredient Insider, Elizabeth Boulos
Find yourself diving deep into food labels, the food packaging process, food costs, grocery store economics, and more unique topics like second class produce, suicide rates with coffee farmers, and monkey labor for coconut water! Elizabeth Boulos is "The Ingredient Insider" for a reason. She has experience marketing for global sustainability labels focusing on cost savings, ethics, and ingredients. Elizabeth is also the Marketing Director for an upcoming podcast guest, Peyton's Potions. Please enjoy learning about sustainable claims in this free flowing conversation and check out our cute and quick 10 minute bonus episode all about baking, sugar, and our favorite low-sugar brands! Links for The Ingredient Insider: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/theingredientinsiders/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/the.ingredient.insider/ Books mentioned: Waste by Tristram Stewart https://www.tristramstuart.co.uk/books Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel http://rajpatel.org/2009/10/27/stuffed-and-starved/#more-93
Cohousing with Trish Becker-Hafnor
Cohousing allows people to own their own units while consciously sharing common space, items, meals, and time together. It provides people with a sense of belonging, connection, and purpose while also meeting the needs of sustainability or regeneration by not taking up too much space, sharing resources, and building a tribe. Intentional communities come in many shapes and sizes, cohousing is just one of them. Others include eco-villages, communal living, co-ops, and co-buying. In the micro village Trish and her family are developing in Wheat Ridge, CO, they’re converting part of the existing built environment into a common house space that includes a community library and co-working space. Turing a building into something else that serves its highest and best use is part of the cohousing mindset. Values include shared space, using a little less square footage, and warm human connections. Cohousing is an exemplary model of regenerative real estate to purchase and is also a possibility to create on our own. Trish informs us that we’re all able to create our own eco-friendly cohousing community by simply meeting and building a connection with our neighbors, offering extra storage space for the neighbors to use, or offering our extra supplies to the community for use. Let us all consider creative ways to live together as we step into a future filled with deep and meaningful connections and resourceful habits. Podcast correction* In the podcast Trish asks if converted basements can also be considered an ADU, Accessory Dwelling Units. I thought it must be detached to be classified as an ADU. However, the correct answer is an ADU is any addition or remodel that creates a secondary living quarter within a single-family residential lot. This includes basement and garage conversions, as well as building an attached or detached unit to expand the livable space. Connect with Trish: Website Ted Talk LinkedIn Instagram: @trishyloulou Cohousing links: I am a Realtor with eXp Realty, LLC in Denver. If you would like to take a tour to buy a cohousing unit with me as your agent please reach out! Madison Hopkins, email@example.com Aria in Denver, CO Aria website with units available. Micro Community forming in Wheat Ridge, CO 38th & Sheridan. Hearthstone in the Denver Highlands and FB page Harmony Village in Golden, CO Highline Crossing in Littleton, CO and FB page Wild Sage Cohousing in Boulder, CO Education: Want to find cohousing elsewhere? Check out “coho” Cohousing Association of America https://www.cohousing.org/ Want to create your own intentional community like cohousing? Foundation for Intentional Community https://www.ic.org/ Thanks for listening! Subscribe for more eco-friendly home tricks and remember your cookies!!